Colin Kaepernick Files a Grievance Against the NFL and Its Owners for “Colluding to Keep Him Out the League”

On Sunday Oct. 15, Colin Kaepernick’s attorney Mark Geragos, filed a grievance against the NFL and its owners for “colluding to keep him out the league,” demanding an arbitration hearing on the matter.

The filing says that the NFL and its owners “have colluded to deprive Mr. Kaepernick of employment rights in retaliation for Mr. Kaepernick’s leadership and advocacy for equality and social justice and his bringing awareness to peculiar institutions still undermining racial equality in the United States.”

Geragos released an official statement on Twitter saying that the grievance was filed “after pursuing every possible avenue with all NFL teams and their executives.”

Some individuals think this move is a good move for Kaepernick who has become a victim of the very racism he protested, such as Chair of the African-American Studies program at University of Mississippi, Dr. Charles Ross.

“At this point he doesn’t have much to lose,” Ross said. ” I think that clearly his strategy of just kind of being quiet over the last year and a half and not doing any interviews, hasn’t beared any fruit.”

“It’ll be interesting to see whether or not the NFL can be dragged into court and some kind of an argument or a case can be made that NFL owners are colluding to keep him from working, which is kind of an obvious thing right now,” Ross said. “Jay Cutler got signed and he was retired. They basically talked him into coming back.”

Kaepernick began kneeling for the national anthem last year as a response to the continued police brutality against unarmed individuals and the justice system’s failure to prosecute police officers who use excessive force. Following the 2016 season, Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers to test the free agency.

Six weeks into the season, Kaepernick has yet to find a job. Kaepernick’s agent has reached out to all 32 NFL teams this year to express Kaepernick interest in returning to the field but so far no teams have reached out to him. Some of the quarterbacks that have been signed this year include Blaine Gabbert, Jay Cutler and most recently Brandon Weeden. To view a complete list of the 30+ free agent quarterbacks that were signed before Kaepernick here.

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Dwayne Wade Headed to The Cavs

Dwayne Wade has signed a $2.3 million 1-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers after reaching a buyout from the Chicago Bulls. Wade is set to clear waivers today and join the Cavs for training camp.

The Cavs already have a 20 man roster and will have to cut a non-guarenteed training camp invitee.

Wade who is 35 years old now, averaged 18.3 ppg with the bulls last year, the lowest of his career. He is a three-time NBA champion, 12-time All-Star and eight-time member of an All-NBA team.

Wade joins a team that is noticeably different from the team that made a good play off run before losing 4-1 in the finals to the Golden State Warriors. Some of the changes include the trade that sent Kyrie Irving to the Celtics in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and other pieces.

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President Donald Trump Calls Protesting NFL Players “Sons of Bitches” and Ask That They be Fired Causing a Spike in Protest

Friday President Donald Trump visited Huntsville, AL to give a speech. The speech closely resembles the rallies Trump held during his campaign and he used it to campaign for Luther Strange as Senator.

During the speech, Trump made some comments about the ongoing anthem protest that has taken place through out the NFL. Trump called the protesters “son of bitches” and asked that the owners fire any players who “disrespects” our flag.

This prompted widespread outrage and protest from players, owners, CEOs, supporters of the protest and supporters of American’s first amendment right a like Sunday and Monday.

“I think its a good thing that [the protesters, players, owners, etc] did [protest] to prove a point that the president is trying to take the first amendment away from certain people and I don’t think it should be tolerated,” sophomore biology student Kiersten Ellis said. “I think its a good thing to do that to make a point that they’re not going to give into him.”

 

Many people called the president’s words divisive.

The growing spike in protest did cause backlash from Trump, his base and critics of the protest.

Trump took to Twitter to ask fans to avoid games if they were offended.

Trump Tuesday also took to Twitter to ask the league to put in place a rule against players kneeling for the anthem.

Trump made a point to say the anthem protest wasn’t about race but about respecting our flag.

Although the president’s recent comment caused a spike in the protest and has drawn tremendous attention to the conversation of racial injustices, some people see the protest as veering off track such as sophomore international studies major David Pfaehler.

“Originally when Colin Kaepernick started to kneel during the national anthem, it had a serious reasoning behind it,” Pfaehler said. “It was to protest obviously police brutality against young black men and against communities of color in general. Now instead of uniting behind a constructive movement and Black Lives Matter it has now taken turn to satisfy egos. NFL owners only joined the protest when they thought their profits were going to be hurt or their players, who make them so much money, were completely against [the presidents comments].”

Director of the African-American Studies Program at Ole Miss, Dr. Charles Ross has some concerns with the turn the protest is taking too.

“I’m a little concerned that Colin Kaepernick has not gotten the opportunity to get a job,” Ross said. “He was the first one to start the protest last year, now these owners have come out suites. They’re on the field locking arms with players and its taken on a whole different kind of identity. Its like this unity protest and its not necessarily focused on police brutality.”

“[owners and CEOs joining the protest] is a relatively positive thing but I don’t think it can be totally positive because the individual that facilitated all this basically came out and spoke against police brutality and in essence racial inequality and racism in America,” Ross said. “He is now himself a victim of his own kind of willingness to take on this issue because he still doesn’t have a job.”

“I’m hoping that where it goes is that Kaepernick is given an opportunity to play football again, which i think is a real disservice,” Ross said. “In a lot of ways it just validates every thing he’s been standing for because the fact of the matter is that the racism of these white owners is perpetuated in the fact they’re not giving him a job. Yet they’re down on the field. They now embrace what he was doing, yet they’re still not giving him a job, so there is this other layer of racism that is being placed on the racism that he was talking about.”

Paris and Los Angeles Awarded the 2024 and 2028 Olympics Respectively

On Wednesday, the Olympic Committee formally announced that the 2024 and 2028 Summer Olympics would be hosted in Paris and Los Angeles respectively.

Paris and Los Angeles were the last two cities in the running for the bids after Hamburg, Rome and Budapest pulled out due to financial concerns.

According to researchers at Oxford’s Saïd Business School, the overrun cost of the 2016 Olympics was $1.6 billion. Both Paris and LA have most of the facilities needed for the games reducing the cost of hosting the Olympics.

Los Angeles’ planning committee estimates the cost to be around $5.3 billion.

The last time Paris hosted the Olympics was in 1924 and 2024 will mark the city’s 100 year anniversary of hosting the Olympics. The 2024 Olympics will be the third time Paris has hosted the event adding them to the exclusive list of three timers with London.

Los Angeles hosted the Olympics in 1932 and 1984. The 2028 will be LA’s third has hosted the events adding them to the list with London and Paris.

The U.S. has hosted the Olympics nine times making it the most of any country. The last times it hosted the summer games was in 1996 in Atlanta and it hosted the winter games in 2002 in Salt Lake City.

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NCAA Football Week 1 Recap

Its been a very long time with out football and for many people like myself its been a very long time with all the offseason news. I’m a student at the University of Mississippi or Ole Miss so naturally I’m a fan of the SEC and I would like to say we as a conference look a lot better this time around this year than we did this time last year or for a lot of teams, they look better than they did at any point last year. I know its only week 1 and not too much can be drawn from performances this early but there was still some great football this past weekend.

Alabama looks like the sheer powerhouse that they always do looking to make another great championship run as they seek to redeem themselves after a hard fought battle that ended with Clemson taking home the Championship trophy after a few crucial pick plays.

(If you look at the receiver on the outside you see he didn’t even make an effort to get open and that his purpose in this play was solely to disrupt the defense.)

LSU looks like a team that could give Alabama a run for their money this year in the SEC west. During their game against BYU this weekend they didn’t allow their offense to cross the 50 yard line. As an Ole Miss Fan that’s not settling to hear but as a fan of the SEC and some good football that is great to hear and I really look forward to a great match up between LSU and Bama Nov. 4.

Mississippi State played excellently in week 1 also. It could be the fact that they played Charleston Southern but either way they put up 49 points and didn’t allow the opposition to score any. I have Mixed feelings about Missouri, they played Missouri State and allowed them to get 43 points but they also scored 72 points and Drew Lock broke a record with 7 touchdowns so I’m not sure if that’s more due to good offense or bad defense. Either way we will find out this weekend when the Tigers face off against the Gamecocks in Columbia.

Ole Miss surprised me this weekend after a turbulent offseason I wasn’t expecting us to be much competition this year and their performance this weekend really silenced some of my doubts. Shea Patterson made some good plays with his feet and our wide receiver corps proved why they are in the talk as one of the great wide out groups in the league. Our opponent was South Alabama so our win was expected but I’m skeptical of how that will transfer over in conference play as I’m sure at least two or three of our big catches would have been broken up by a skilled defense like Alabama or LSU. Against Texas A&M I’m confident we’ll be able to get those same passed and probably even a few more but against a real team like Vanderbilt or MSU I’m a little worried.

Speaking of Texas A&M, they showed their love for the cinnamon challenged when they choked a 34 point lead in the second half. After A&M’s starting quarterback got injured the game slowly started to get away from them. four and out after four and out eventually lead to a late game comeback lead by UCLA’s Josh Rosen who really rose to the challenge and carried his team to the promise land with some excellent passing through out the second half.

Tennessee and Georgia Tech had an excellent match up during week one with a game that went into double overtime before being decided by a failed 2-point conversion from Georgia Tech. They took the Arkansas approach and it didn’t pay off in the end.

Clemson showed they are looking to take the ACC again this year. Despite losing Deshaun Watson to the draft over the summer Clemson doesn’t seem to be hurting offensively. They destroyed Kent State but this weekend they get to put their skills to test against Auburn.

Another team that disappointed this passed week was Baylor as they lost to Liberty 45 – 48 so I don’t think the TCU/Baylor battle will carry the same bearing this year unless Baylor makes a tremendous comeback by November.

Cavs Trade Kyrie Irving To Celtics For Isaiah Thomas In A Blockbuster Trade


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Cavs traded Kyrie Irving to the Celtics Monday for Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and a 2018 first-round draft pick.

Kyrie Irving has played his whole career in Cleveland but earlier this summer asked Owner Dan Gilbert for a trade to escape Lebron James’ shadow.

The teams squared off against each other in last year’s Eastern Conference finals and will meet each other again in the season opener on Oct. 17.

The Celtics took to twitter to announce the news.

 

 

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Cavaliers rout Celtics in a 130 – 86 conference final victory bringing series to 2 – 0

Thanks to a 30 point contribution coupled with 7 assists and 4 rebounds from Lebron James, The Cavs were able to make history last night with a devastating 130 – 86 victory in Boston. 130 is the most points scored by Clevelands franchise in the playoffs. Cavs outscored the Celtics 40 – 13 in the second quarter alone holding a 72 – 31 lead at half time.

Despite resting along side the rest of Cleveland’s starters for the entirety of the fourth quarter, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving were able to put up 21 and 23 respectively. Love managed a double-double with 12 rebounds.

Celtics played the second half with out their star player, Isiah Thomas who left the game early due to a hip strain. Thomas finished the game with a pair of free throws after going 0 of 6 from the field. Finishing second seed in the east, Cleveland looks to finish the series at home.

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