Archive for Trent Baker

Watch: Panthers Fan Punches Older Fan in the Face


Police are investigating an ugly moment from the stands at Thursday night’s Philadelphia Eagles-Carolina Panthers game. In the video captured of the incident, a fan in a Cam Newton Panthers jersey is seen sharing words with an older fan in a white shirt, who the user who uploaded the video to Instagram said is also a Panthers fan, behind him when the fan in the Newton jersey begins to punch him in the face. Blood instantly gushed out while another fan breaks up the fight. The young fan then hurries off with his female accomplice while the older fan wipes the blood away. Per the user who uploaded the video, the man in the Newton jersey and the woman were standing for the entire game and the man sitting behind them complained that they were obstructing his view. The man in the Newton jersey is also said to have berated the older man, calling him a “geriatric f***,” a “f*****” and a “hick.” The Panthers organization and the NFL are both assisting authorities in the investigation on what police call a simple assault on a 62-year-old. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Veterans, Military Family Members Set Fire to NFL Gear in Response to National Anthem Protests

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Per a Fox 8 report, military veterans and military family members came together Sunday to show their disapproval of the NFL allowing national anthem protests. The group met at American Legion Post 15 in Mahoning County, OH to set fire to their NFL jerseys, hats and memorabilia as part of a counter-protest to NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem, while the league has previously not allowed players to honor fallen officers and 9/11 victims. “To see people disrespect the flag, that people who fought and died and my dad was severely injured is just a disgrace,” Dan Madden, whose father served in the Army, told Fox 8. Some of the veterans and family members of veterans recorded messages for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who is mulling over requiring players to stand for the national anthem. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

ESPN’s Wilbon Compares Jerry Jones to a Slave Owner for Requiring Players to Stand for National Anthem


Monday on ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption,” co-host Mike Wilbon likened Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to a slave owner because he said Cowboys players will either stand for the national anthem or not play. “[T]he word that comes to my mind, I don’t care who doesn’t like me using it, is ‘plantation,'” Wilbon told co-host Tony Kornheiser. “The players are here to serve me and they will do what I want no matter how much I pay them. They are not equal to me. That’s what this says to me and mine.” (h/t The Hill) Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Clay Travis: Jemele Hill Either ‘Stupid’ or “Intentionally Trying to Get Fired’


In a Monday live show, OutkicktheCoverage.com founder Clay Travis ripped ESPN “SC6” anchor Jemele Hill for calling on people to boycott everything related to the Dallas Cowboys in response to owner Jerry Jones requiring players to stand for the National Anthem. In September, Hill called President Donald Trump a “white supremacist” — which she received a slap on the wrist for. Monday, ESPN released a statement that Hill had been suspended for two weeks following her second violation of ESPN’s social media guidelines. Travis said he has no sympathy for Hill because she is either “so stupid” she does not understand how advertisers work in relation to her salary, or she is “intentionally trying to get fired.” “This is one of the dumbest things I’ve ever seen in my life,” said Travis. “I don’t know whether Jemele Hill is so stupid that she doesn’t understand how her salary is paid or she is intentionally trying to get fired.” He noted how Hill tweeted out the advertisers for the Cowboys and that many are also ESPN advertisers in this “rabbit hole of absurdity.” Travis continued, “If you are in the business that we are in, your salary is either paid by advertisers or the NFL,

Joe Namath Supports National Anthem Protests: ‘Look Up the Meaning of Oppression’


Former New York Jets great “Broadway” Joe Namath defended the National Anthem protests Tuesday on “Fox & Friends,” and suggested viewers should “look up the meaning of oppression.” “[G]oing back to what Colin Kaepernick initially did, it was to point out some injustice that’s being done to the black race, or to people that obviously when you look — and I say obviously, some of these dash cams and shootings that were done to unarmed people. He was reaching out to try to get it more investigated. So that’s where this oppression thing comes in,” Namath explained. “Look up the meaning of oppression,” he later added. “Look up the definition of oppression, and you understand that it’s obviously taken place.” Although Namath supports the meaning behind the national anthem protests, the former star quarterback said owners like Dallas Cowboys’ Jerry Jones have the right to tell players to not protest in the workplace. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Al Sharpton on Jemele Hill Suspension: ‘We Won’t Stand for This’


Rev. Al Sharpton thinks it is “outrageous” ESPN is suspending “SC6” anchor Jemele Hill over her tweets calling for a Dallas Cowboys boycott because owner Jerry Jones is requiring players to stand for the national anthem. “First of all, Jemele Hill and anyone else has the right to express their views,” Sharpton told TMZ Sports. “To try and silence her will not silence many of us that feel what Jerry Jones has done is put the Cowboys players in a position of either I must sell my right to express my feelings, my freedom of speech, my right to protest in order to do my trade and do my business. That is, in my opinion, disrespecting what the flag is supposed to stand for.” “We will not be shut down and we will not be suspended and we will not stand for her to be suspended,” he added. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Stephen A Smith: Trump ‘Successfully Hijacked’ National Anthem Protests — ‘He’s Won This Round’


Monday, ESPN “First Take” co-host Stephen A. Smith awarded President Trump the win for having “successfully hijacked” the national anthem protests in the NFL. Trump denounced the protests in September, causing players to protest the president and stand in unity around the league. On Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence walked out of Lucas Oil Stadium when players knelt before the Indianapolis Colts hosted San Francisco 49ers. “[V]ice President Pence, pushed forward by President Trump, decided to make this move,” Smith said. “It is what it is. In the end, what it really, really comes down to is the president has successfully hijacked this issue. He’s turned it into an issue about patriotism and beyond. He’s catering to his base in the process. And the biggest thing that he’s doing is that he’s pulling it all off hiding behind these issues when, in my opinion, his real agenda is going at the NFL community that didn’t let him in that good old boys club.” He continued, “They didn’t let him in the 1980s when was an owner in the USFL. He has a history of exacting retribution to those who didn’t make him money. He turned it into something the players didn’t

Kudlow: Trump ‘Ending the War on Business’


In a Sunday appearance on New York AM 970’s “The Cats Roundtable,” economist Larry Kudlow said the economy was “rising” and businesses are doing better because President Donald Trump was “ending the war on business.” “Donald Trump is, in fact, ending the war on business,” Kudlow told host John Catsimatidis. “Trump is ending the punishment of investment. That’s what this tax bill is really about: the return on capital will go up after tax. The cost of capital will go down after tax. And that will lead directly into new business projects, and more hires, and better wages and productivity. It doesn’t get any better than this.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Pirro on Hillary Politicizing Las Vegas Shooting: ‘Time for You to Go Back Into the Woods’


Fox News Channel “Justice” host Jeanine Pirro chastised 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on her Saturday show for her apparent rush to “manipulate” the pain and anger following the Las Vegas shooting to criticize lawful gun owners. The crowd fled at the sound of gunshots. Imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer, which the NRA wants to make easier to get. — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 2, 2017 “Hillary, there’s a reason you lost the election,” Pirro said. “As Americans come together, you seek to divide, not sympathize, not empathize, showing just how hollow a tin man you are. In your desperate attempt to be relevant, you go after gun owners in the NRA, when this guy wasn’t even a member of the NRA.” Pirro then showed clips of Clinton blaming the GOP and the NRA for the “gun epidemic” in America, saying not all gun owners should be blamed for the actions of Stephen Paddock — much like not all Muslims should be blamed for the actions of a few. “Wait a minute, the NRA and the GOP?” responded Pirro. “How dare you connect law-abiding citizens exercising our Second Amendment rights to a mass murderer of innocent civilians. How

Billy Crystal Rips Sean Spicer: Even Mel Gibson Thinks He’s an ‘A**hole’


Saturday on HBO’s “Real Time,” Billy Crystal ripped former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, saying it “pissed” him off “big time” to see people taking pictures with the “half man, half Jack Russell Terrier” in the green room at the Emmys. “[Spicer] was the liar, was the voice for this crap,” Crystal told host Bill Maher. Crystal quoted Spicer saying Hitler did not use chemical weapons on his own people, joking that even Mel Gibson thinks Spicer is an “asshole.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Redskins’ Terrelle Pryor Says He Flipped Off Fan in Tunnel After Being Called ‘N-word’


TMZ Sports released video of Washington Redskins wide receiver Terrelle Pryor flipping off a fan following the team’s 29-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs Monday night. In the video, a fan called Pryor a “b****” as he headed into the locker room from the tunnel and added, “F*** you, f*** Ohio State.” After the insults, Pryor, a former star quarterback at Ohio State, turned around a flipped off the fan and had to be restrained and escorted to the locker room. Pryor said Wednesday in his Instagram story, “Being called a n***** several times to the point where an NFL employee had to step to me and stand by me the whole game from 2nd quarter on is the exact reason why guys are kneeling during anthem.” He continued, per CBS Sports, “I chose not to kneel because as a team we decided to be one and stand … but as I walked in [the] tunnel hearing some of you call me n***** and say ‘F you’ to me, me flicking the person off is more deserving. I do apologize to my teammates and the organization. But at some point you keep calling us the n-word we going to

Redskins’ Terrelle Pryor Says He Flipped Off Fan in Tunnel After Being Called ‘N-word’


TMZ Sports released video of Washington Redskins wide receiver Terrelle Pryor flipping off a fan following the team’s 29-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs Monday night. In the video, a fan called Pryor a “b****” as he headed into the locker room from the tunnel and added, “F*** you, f*** Ohio State.” After the insults, Pryor, a former star quarterback at Ohio State, turned around a flipped off the fan and had to be restrained and escorted to the locker room. Pryor said Wednesday in his Instagram story, “Being called a n***** several times to the point where an NFL employee had to step to me and stand by me the whole game from 2nd quarter on is the exact reason why guys are kneeling during anthem.” He continued, per CBS Sports, “I chose not to kneel because as a team we decided to be one and stand … but as I walked in [the] tunnel hearing some of you call me n***** and say ‘F you’ to me, me flicking the person off is more deserving. I do apologize to my teammates and the organization. But at some point you keep calling us the n-word we going to

ESPN’s Nichols on Las Vegas Shooting: We Owe It to the Families to Stop Gun Violence


Monday, Rachel Nichols opened ESPN’s “The Jump” with a message about the Las Vegas shooting that left at least 58 dead and more than 500 others injured, petitioning for something to be done to solve the gun violence. “Officials say [the Las Vegas shooting] is the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, a phrase I guess they’re getting used to because it was only 14 months ago they were saying that about the shooting in Orlando. The Orlando shooting claimed more lives than Virginia Tech, now this one claims more lives than what happened in Orlando. I don’t know how we’re going to solve the debate about guns in this country — I just know that while we’re all arguing the body counts keep going up and more and more families are suffering,” said Nichols. She then noted how NBA players have spoken out on ending gun violence. “Las Vegas is a sobering reminder we haven’t done that yet,” Nichols stated. “We can, and we owe it to the families mourning today to do the hard work of figuring it out.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

‘Build the Wall’ Chant at Utah High School Football Game Sparks Controversy


A group of students chanted “build the wall” at a Utah high school football game over the weekend and some people are not happy about it. In a 10-second video, students from Woods Cross High School, a school located just north of Salt Lake City, can be seen chanting “build the wall” and holding a cutout of President Donald Trump. Ayelen Almada, a Woods Cross graduate, told Fox 13 that she was at the game with her 16-year-old sister and a friend and asked the students to stop the chant because it made them “uncomfortable.” The students agreed to stop, only to start the chant again moments later. Almada’s sister threw a water bottle at the crowd and yelled to get them to stop. “They grabbed a large Gatorade bottle and just chucked it at her stomach,” Almada recalled. Almada said it hurts that students hurled anti-immigration insults disguised as football chants. Almada called on social media to help her complain to Woods Cross about the chant. “Whether you support it or not, it’s not really something you should bring to an environment on a Friday night where kids are there to have fun together as a school,” she stated. Students defended

Harvard’s Tribe: Trump ‘Twisting’ NFL Players’ Arms to Stand ‘as Un-American as Anything’


Sunday on MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe weighed in on President Donald Trump denouncing national anthem protests in the NFL, accusing him of “twisting” players’ arms to stand. According to Tribe, Trump pressuring NFL owners to make sure players stand violates the First Amendment, which he called “as un-American as anything.” “Donald Trump is speaking for the government when he puts pressure on the NFL and the NFL relies on the government for all kinds of things,” Tribe argued. “It’s subject to the antitrust laws. He is not just expressing some wish that he has. He is twisting their arms in order for them to twist the arms of the players. And that is as un-American as anything. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Ed Klein: Hillary Still Has Hopes for 2020 — Dems ‘Want Her to Go Away’


Ed Klein, author of the new book “Guilty as Sin: Uncovering New Evidence of Corruption and How Hillary Clinton and the Democrats Derailed the FBI Investigation,” said Hillary Clinton was still holding out for the 2020 election and hoping to work her “Clinton magic” to get into the White House. Klein, speaking on New York AM 970 radio’s “The Cats Roundtable,” said Clinton hopes the Democratic Party will look at their nominees for the 2020 election and then turn to her, but he has heard a different tune from Democrats, who simply “want her to go away.” “She, I believe from talking to people around her, still has the hopes that the Clinton magic … will come back in 2020. And when the party looks at all the nominees, they will go back to her,” he told host John Catsimatidis. “That is not what I hear from … the Democrats,” he added. What I hear from the Democrats … she won’t stop talking, and she won’t go away. They want her to go away because she was a disaster, and they know they would lose again if she ran. So, I think her days are numbered. I think the Clintons’ days are

Pirro: Roy Moore’s Election ‘Was an Anti-McConnell Referendum’


Saturday during her opening statement on Fox News Channel’s “Justice,” Jeanine Pirro reacted to former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore’s victory over Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL) in Alabama’s Republican U.S. Senate primary runoff, saying the victory was an anti-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) referendum. Pirro said Moore won the GOP vote over Strange because “Moore is more like Trump” and cannot be bought. “Roy Moore, with virtually no money, wins even though the president, at Mitch McConnell’s request supports the sitting senator,” Pirro stated. “Now, that would make sense given he needs ‘Big Luther’ who is sitting until December for his healthcare and tax reform vote.” She added, “Moore is a horseback riding cowboy who knows how to handle a weapon, a constitutional Christian conservative who twice chose to lose his job rather than compromise his principles, the kind of man who simply cannot be bought.” “For decades, the establishment has been giving it to the American people. Last week, Alabama Republicans gave a big one back to the establishment, and it portends yet another upcoming insurrection not only in the next race between Judge Moore and his Democratic challenger this December but in the 2018 mid-term elections. Strap

Pirro: Roy Moore’s Election ‘Was an Anti-McConnell Referendum’


Saturday during her opening statement on Fox News Channel’s “Justice,” Jeanine Pirro reacted to former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore’s victory over Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL) in Alabama’s Republican U.S. Senate primary runoff, saying the victory was an anti-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) referendum. Pirro said Moore won the GOP vote over Strange because “Moore is more like Trump” and cannot be bought. “Roy Moore, with virtually no money, wins even though the president, at Mitch McConnell’s request supports the sitting senator,” Pirro stated. “Now, that would make sense given he needs ‘Big Luther’ who is sitting until December for his healthcare and tax reform vote.” She added, “Moore is a horseback riding cowboy who knows how to handle a weapon, a constitutional Christian conservative who twice chose to lose his job rather than compromise his principles, the kind of man who simply cannot be bought.” “For decades, the establishment has been giving it to the American people. Last week, Alabama Republicans gave a big one back to the establishment, and it portends yet another upcoming insurrection not only in the next race between Judge Moore and his Democratic challenger this December but in the 2018 mid-term elections. Strap

Jason Johnson on Puerto Rico: ‘This Is What White Nationalism Looks Like as Policy’


During Saturday’s “AM Joy” on MSNBC, The Root politics editor Jason Johnson said President Donald Trump’s response to Hurricane Maria’s damage to Puerto Rico was “what white nationalism looks like as policy.” He explained, “When you have a policy, when you have a belief that only white people are true Americans, Puerto Ricans are Americans — Donald Trump doesn’t care about that. Therefore he is attacking people and distracting from the fact that a response there to fellow American citizens has not been adequate.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Frank Schaeffer: Roy Moore Pulling Out a Gun at a Rally Is a ‘Threat’ and What Fascists Do


Saturday on MSNBC, author Frank Schaeffer claimed former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore pulling a concealed handgun out of his pocket while speaking at a rally Monday in Fairhope, AL, one day before his election against Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL), was not only a “threat” but also “the act of a fascist.” “When you see Judge Moore pull out a gun at a public rally, that is a threat,” Schaeffer told MSNBC “AM Joy” host Joy Reid. “This is the act of a fascist. This is not American. People don’t do this.” “We’re in new territory here,” he later added. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Chad ‘Ochocinco’ Johnson: National Anthem Protests Have Become ‘Politically Whitewashed’


Former Cincinnati Bengals star wide receiver Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson said in an interview with TMZ Sports that he believes the national anthem protests in the NFL are now “politically whitewashed” and have lost their initial meaning, much like the “Ice Bucket Challenge” that became a viral sensation in 2014. “We’re not kneeling for the same reasons that Kaepernick kneeled for 14 months ago,” Johnson explained. “It’s completely different.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Stephen A Smith ‘Tired’ of Protests: ‘I Want to Get Back to Football’


Friday, ESPN “First Take” co-host Stephen A. Smith said he was “tired” of the national anthem protests and linking of arms in unity, adding he is ready to “get back to football.” Smith reasoned that Colin Kaepernick’s initial protest has been “hijacked” and the message has been “lost” because the protests are now anti-President Donald Trump, which he said just causes more “division.” Partial transcript as follows: The locking of the arms, the kneeling during the national anthems, I’m not going to lie to you all. I’m going to confess. I’m tired of it. I’m tired of it. Here is the reason why: number one, I want to get back to football. Number two and more importantly than getting back to football, I want to know what the hell we are going to really, really, really do about it. As far as I’m concerned, the real issue at hand has been hijacked. When you talk about oppression, when you talk about prejudice, when you talk about brutality on the part of police officers, can someone tell me what specifically has been done to address those issues that Colin Kaepernick supposedly was directing our ire towards? What actually has happened? I

Stephen A Smith ‘Tired’ of Protests: ‘I Want to Get Back to Football’


Friday, ESPN “First Take” co-host Stephen A. Smith said he was “tired” of the national anthem protests and linking of arms in unity, adding he is ready to “get back to football.” Smith reasoned that Colin Kaepernick’s initial protest has been “hijacked” and the message has been “lost” because the protests are now anti-President Donald Trump, which he said just causes more “division.” Partial transcript as follows: The locking of the arms, the kneeling during the national anthems, I’m not going to lie to you all. I’m going to confess. I’m tired of it. I’m tired of it. Here is the reason why: number one, I want to get back to football. Number two and more importantly than getting back to football, I want to know what the hell we are going to really, really, really do about it. As far as I’m concerned, the real issue at hand has been hijacked. When you talk about oppression, when you talk about prejudice, when you talk about brutality on the part of police officers, can someone tell me what specifically has been done to address those issues that Colin Kaepernick supposedly was directing our ire towards? What actually has happened? I

Steelers’ Maurkice Pouncey: ‘We’ll All Be Standing Out There for the National Anthem’


After the Pittsburgh Steelers’ national anthem debacle with only one player standing on the field for the national anthem and the rest of the team in the locker room, Steelers veteran center Maurkice Pouncey vowed the team would all be standing together Sunday in Baltimore. “I promise you one thing, this week we’ll all be standing out there for the national anthem. Trust me,” Pouncey said Wednesday. “As far as I know it’s 100 percent participation. We love this country. It’s America. We know there are injustices in this world, but to me, personally, football is football and that’s what we need to approach it as,” he added, via CBS Pittsburgh. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

ESPN’s Kellerman: Trump Knows Failing a Business When He Sees One — ‘He’s Failed at Literally Every Single Business He Ever Entered’


Thursday, ESPN “First Take” co-host Max Kellerman ripped President Donald Trump for saying the NFL as a business “is going to go to “hell” if the national anthem protests continue. Kellerman said Trump should know a failing business when he sees one because “he’s failed at literally every business he ever entered.” “I mean, it’s hard to disagree with a guy who knows a lot about businesses going to hell,” stated Kellerman. “He failed at literally every single business he ever entered, including real estate for which he is most famous, where he went bankrupt multiple times. So, if someone knows a business that’s going to hell, it’s Donald Trump, who, by the way, was ultimately a successful TV reality star. And so I do think he knows a business is going is going to hell when he sees one because he’s so good at that.” Stephen A. Smith responded to Kellerman’s comments, saying, “Say what you want about his businesses or what have you. It’s very, very difficult for me to call an individual a failed businessman, even with all the bankruptcy issues, when he’s a billionaire.” “Wait, who said he was a billionaire?” Kellerman asked. “He did.” “Well,

HBO’s Gumbel to Trump: ‘Thanks’ for ‘Energizing the Social Conscience’ of Modern American Athletes


Tuesday on HBO’s “Real Sports,” host Bryant Gumbel thanked President Donald Trump for “energizing the social conscience of the modern American athlete” with his “racist, churlish and childish comments” over the weekend regarding NFL players protesting the national anthem. “Those of us who have long focused on the intersection of sports and society have often wondered what it would take for today’s athletes to forsake the path of least resistance and actually stand for something, and now we know,” Gumbel said at the conclusion of the show. “Many suddenly seem not just willing, but also eager to follow in the giant footsteps of Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, Bill Russell, Billie Jean King, Roberto Clemente, Arthur Ashe and many others who courageously used their athletic platforms to challenge authority in the pursuit of justice.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Gregg Popovich: White People Need to Be Made ‘Uncomfortable’


San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich had plenty to say in response to President Donald Trump denouncing national anthem protests while speaking Monday at his team’s media day. Popovich called the United States of America “an embarrassment” and followed that up by saying white people “especially” need to be made “uncomfortable” for any change to be made. “There has to be an uncomfortable element in the discourse for anything to change,” Popovich explained. “Whether it’s the LGBT movement, women’s suffrage, race, it doesn’t matter. People have to be made to feel uncomfortable, and especially white people because we’re comfortable. We still have no clue of what being born white means.” “If you read some of the recent literature, you’ll realize there really is no such thing as whiteness, but we kind of made that up. That’s not my original thought, but it’s true,” he continued. Popovich added, “Because you were born white, you have advantages that are systemically, culturally, psychologically there. And they have been built up and cemented for hundreds of years, but many people can’t look at it. It’s too difficult.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Shannon Sharpe: Alejandro Villanueva ‘Wrong’ to Stand for National Anthem Against Team Vote


Monday on Fox Sports 1’s “Undisputed,” co-host Shannon Sharpe criticized Pittsburgh Steelers tackle and former Army Ranger and Afghan war veteran Alejandro Villanueva’s decision to go “rogue” by going onto the field Sunday to stand for the national anthem before the team’s game with the Chicago Bears, despite the team’s vote to remain in the locker room. “I believe he was wrong in this situation,” stated Sharpe. “I believe he put his personal feelings and beliefs in front of that of the team.” He continued, “If a team took a vote and said this is what we’re going to do, although I understand that he served in the military, I commend him for his service, but this is a team and the team said this is what we’re going to do, we criticize so many athletes when they put their goals, their views, their ideas in front of the team. Well, that’s what he did. He said forget what you guys said, this is what I’m going to do.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Cris Collinsworth: President Trump ‘Should Apologize’ for Calling Anthem Protesters ‘SOBs’


NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” analyst Cris Collinsworth called on President Donald Trump to apologize for calling players protesting the national anthem “SOBs.” “I would say he should apologize,” Collinsworth stated Sunday. “They’re not SOBs. They’re smart, thoughtful guys. They really are.” Collinsworth continued, adding that the protesters want the same thing as Trump: “a better America.” “I guarantee you if the president invited — I can make a list of 10 guys — to the White House and heard their stories and heard their thoughts and heard how concerned they are about America, they would find the common ground and they would move this forward,” he said. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Charles Barkley ‘Embarrassed’ That ‘Ignorant Folks in Alabama’ Would Applaud Trump’s Anti-Anthem Protest Comments


NBA Legend Charles Barkley said Sunday that he was “embarrassed” and hurt by how people from his home state of Alabama gave President Donald Trump a “rousing” applause for calling national anthem protesters “SOBs.” “The president of the United States should never use the words SOB. That’s just 100 percent inappropriate,” Barkley said on “The NFL on CBS” pregame show. “I’m embarrassed because he said the speech in Alabama and got a rousing reception when he said those things. So it hurts me that those ignorant folks in Alabama would applaud something so stupid.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

LeBron James: Trump’s ‘Using Sports as the Platform to Try and Divide Us’

A racial insult was spray-painted upon the front gates of NBA superstar LeBron James's Los Angeles home
Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James took to Twitter Saturday in a video to voice his frustration with President Donald Trump for trying to “divide” the country by speaking out against national anthem protesters. “We all know what happened at Charlottesville and the divide that caused and now it’s even hitting more home for me now because he’s now using sports as the platform to try and divide us,” James said in the video. He continued, “We all know how much sports brings us together, how much passion it has, how much we love and care and friendships and everything it creates. And for him to try and use this platform, even more, it’s not something I can stand for, it’s not something I can be quiet about.” James added that Trump telling NFL owners to move on from national anthem protesters is “not right” because they are using their First Amendment right. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Judge Jeanine Slams Anthem Protesters, Roger Goodell: ‘Shame on You!’


Saturday during her opening statement on Fox News Channel’s “Justice,” Jeanine Pirro delivered an emotional monologue directed at national anthem protesters and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who responded to President Trump’s “divisive” comments where he said he wishes NFL owners would let go of any national anthem protesters. “The biggest issue facing our country today is the tip-toeing and political correctness that has brought us to the brink of disaster in national security, politics and sports,” Pirro began. “The question: Do we have the fortitude, courage and determination to stand up to those who threaten our values?” Pirro went on to say the athletes should all put their money and time to fix the “social injustices” instead of “disrespecting our country.” “Shame on you. Shame on all of you. And shame on you, too, Roger Goodell for not showing that you love this country as much as the president does when you had the chance,” she added. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Judge Jeanine Slams Anthem Protesters, Roger Goodell: ‘Shame on You!’


Saturday during her opening statement on Fox News Channel’s “Justice,” Jeanine Pirro delivered an emotional monologue directed at national anthem protesters and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who responded to President Trump’s “divisive” comments where he said he wishes NFL owners would let go of any national anthem protesters. “The biggest issue facing our country today is the tip-toeing and political correctness that has brought us to the brink of disaster in national security, politics and sports,” Pirro began. “The question: Do we have the fortitude, courage and determination to stand up to those who threaten our values?” Pirro went on to say the athletes should all put their money and time to fix the “social injustices” instead of “disrespecting our country.” “Shame on you. Shame on all of you. And shame on you, too, Roger Goodell for not showing that you love this country as much as the president does when you had the chance,” she added. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Huntsville Radio Host to Voters: You Can Send Trump a Message by Voting Against Strange


Friday on Huntsville, AL talk radio WVNN’s “The Dale Jackson Show,” host Dale Jackson told Alabama voters that they could send President Donald Trump a message by voting against Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL) in the upcoming Alabama Senate election. “If you’re looking to send a message, the message is sent through giving Donald Trump a big loss,” stated Jackson. “That’s the best message you can send.” He explained it through punishing children, reasoning a parent cannot praise a troublesome child into better behavior. Jackson later said that Trump is dragging Strange’s “seven-foot-tall bloated corpse” to the finish line, adding that the president does not reciprocate the love Strange shows for him. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Strange: ‘I Support the Concept’ of Graham-Cassidy, But Not Signed Off on It


In an interview with Birmingham, AL’s CBS affiliate WIAT that aired Friday, Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL) said he supported the “concept” of the Graham-Cassidy health care legislation, but he wants to review the “specifics” of the bill regarding Alabama before he signs off on it. “I support the concept of it very much so,” Strange told WIAT. “I haven’t seen the specifics of how it affects Alabama yet, so I’ve not signed off totally until I make sure our citizens are protected.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Aaron Hernandez Attorney: Hernandez ‘Was Struggling in a Deep, Dark Place’

Aaron Hernandez sitting in the courtroom of the Attleboro District Court during his hearing in North Attleboro, Massachusetts on August 21, 2013
Deceased New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez had an advanced case of the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), researchers said on Thursday. Jose Baez, the attorney for Hernandez and his family, said Friday that his client “was struggling in a deep, dark place” leading up to his suicide in prison. “I think [Hernandez] was struggling,” Baez said on ESPN’s “SportsCenter.” “I think he was struggling in a deep, dark place that many athletes suffer from.” “There’s one thing for certain, Aaron was very, very, very sick,” added Baez. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

MSNBC Guest on Jemele Hill Controversy: The White House Is Saying It’s Okay to Not Hire Black People


During Sunday’s “PoliticsNation,” ESPN “The Undefeated” writer William Rhoden weighed in on the controversy surrounding ESPN anchor Jemele Hill. Hill tweeted this week that President Donald Trump is a “white supremacist,” a statement the White House called a “fireable offense.” Rhoden said Trump and the White House are telling the “racist” sports media and other white people that it is “OK” to not hire black people. “[T]he problem with the White House is that it’s created an atmosphere where they’re telling white folks ‘it’s okay,'” Rhoden explained. “It’s okay not to hire black folks. It’s OK to grab your Confederate flag or your Nazi flag and walk openly. It’s okay to do that.” Rhoden then vowed that black people would start “fighting fire with fire.” “It’s economics. We’re going to start boycotting. We’re going to start boycotting the organizations who support our enemy,” he added. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

NYT’s Chozick: Hillary Thought ‘It Was Our Job’ to Get Her Elected


Sunday on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” New York Times reporter Amy Chozick said Hillary Clinton made it sound in her new book, “What Happened,” like she thought it was the media’s job to get her elected. “Is Clinton right that there hasn’t been enough soul-searching about the press’ responsibility?” asked host Brian Stelter. “I agree with Hillary Clinton that for an industry that thrives on investigation and interrogating others, we’re very bad at scrutinizing ourselves, and there definitely could be more soul-searching about our role in 2016,” Chozick responded. “The way she presents it in the book is a little bit like it was our job to get Hillary Clinton elected.” “Our job was to inform voters about their choices and how those choices would impact their lives, whether it was about Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump or any other candidate,” she said. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Watch: Las Vegas High School Football Game Ends in Brawl, Police Break It Up With Pepper Spray


A football game between two Las Vegas high schools got out of hand Friday. Per Las Vegas Review-Journal, tensions escalated at the game between Canyon Springs and Basic out of the Clark County School District as the two teams piled up a total of 35 penalties, mostly personal fouls, and four players were ejected before a brawl broke out at the end of the game. Clark County School District Police intervened with pepper spray once players started punching and swinging helmets at each other. Las Vegas Review-Journal writes most of the pepper spray was “directed toward a group of Canyon Springs players and coaches, though at least one Basic staffer was targeted.” Players and coaches dispersed as they screamed in pain from the pepper spray. More police came to the scene to control the crowd. Despite police being called, no one was arrested. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Judge Jeanine to Hillary: You Lost Because People Don’t Like You


During her opening statement Saturday on Fox News Channel’s “Justice,” Jeanine Pirro said she has “had it” with Hillary Clinton’s “poor me nonsense” regarding her loss in the 2016 election. “You lost because people don’t like you,” Pirro directed at Clinton. “They don’t trust you. You’re arrogant and condescending. You call them names like ‘deplorable.’ And you have the moral core of a jellyfish. And you wonder why your accomplishments aren’t recognized. Your state department lied and said there were no emails on Benghazi.” She continued, “You out and out lied that there was no classified information on your email server, and you did it for convenience when we all know you set up a private non-secure you and your girlfriends Uma and Cheryl, allegedly doing state department work, could raise money for the organized criminal end prize known as the Clinton Foundation, which was nothing more than a campaign slush fund allowing you to take money from foreign governments and live a life to which government employees are unaccustomed.” Pirro then called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to open a new federal investigation into Clinton. “Hillary should not get a free pass because she lost an election,” said Pirro. “Her reign was
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