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Will Owners Force NFL Players To Stand During National Anthem?; Why Marcus Peters Protests

By Eric L. Wesson Sr.

CALL Staff Writer

On Tuesday, Oct. 17, National Football League 32 white owners will meet with Commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss the league’s policy concerning the singing and playing of the National Anthem before all NFL games.

Goodell issued a memo to all 32 teams that the league believes “that everyone should stand for the National Anthem,” and that “the controversy over the Anthem is a barrier to having honest conversations and making real progress on the underlying issues.”
His comments come after Sunday’s Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco 49ers game in which Vice President Mike Pence walked out after the Anthem after previously being instructed to do so by President Donald Trump if any player kneeled down.
Current policy simply states that players, “should stand and place their helmets in their left hand.” Should is not mandatory language as outlined by the U.S. Supreme court because “should” is not mandatory language.

The narrative shifted from the issues of police shootings and officers not being held accountable, inequality and injustice brought to the forefront 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick, to patriotism after Trump stated that players who kneeled were “disrespecting our flag”, “our country” and “our veterans” and even stated during a rally in Alabama, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!’”

Trump’s statement, marked as one of the most offensive statements ever made by a president, sparked a protest among players, coaches and even owners locked arms and kneeled before and some during the playing of the National Anthem.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who happens to be friends with Trump and gave the Trump’s inaugural fund, $1 million, in response to Trump saying, after he spoke to several owners, “I think they are afraid of their players, if you want to know the truth, and I think it’s disgraceful.” Jones has publicly declared that his team’s players are banned from protesting during the anthem.

After his team’s loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, Oct. 8, told the press that he believes all NFL players should stand for the anthem. All of the Cowboys were on their feet at Sunday’s game, and Jones suggested he was unaware that two players raised their fists toward the end.

“I don’t know about that. But if there is anything that is disrespectful to the flag then we will not play,” Jones said. “You understand? If we are disrespecting the flag then we won’t play. Period.”

“We’re going to respect the flag, and I’m going to create the perception of it. And we have,” Jones said.

“The league in my mind should absolutely take the rules we’ve got on the books and make sure that we do not give the perception that we’re disrespecting the flag,” Jones said

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said prior to Sunday’s game that President Trump had “changed that whole paradigm” of what kneeling during the anthem means, so “I think it’s incumbent upon players today if that’s how the public is looking at it, is to stand and salute the flag.”

“Trump has made standing for the anthem about patriotism,” Ross added. “It’s so important if that’s what the country is looking at to look at it differently … It’s a different dialogue. Whenever you’re dealing with the flag, you’re dealing with something different,” Ross said.

Sloane Stephens Wins U.S. Open In Dominant Fashion

sloanNEW YORK (AP) — Sloane Stephens never looked shaken by the setting or the stakes in her first Grand Slam final. Her opponent, Madison Keys, most definitely did.
Stephens easily beat her close friend Keys 6-3, 6-0 to win the U.S. Open on Saturday, Sept. 9, capping a remarkably rapid rise after sitting out 11 months because of foot surgery.
“I should just retire now,” Ms. Stephens joked. “I told Maddie I’m never going to be able to top this. I mean, talk about a comeback.”
The 83rd-ranked Ms. Stephens, who beat Venus Williams in the semi-finals, is only the second unseeded woman to win the tournament in the Open era, which began in 1968.
A year ago, she sat out the U.S. Open altogether because of what turned out to be a stress fracture in her left foot. She had an operation in January, and made her season debut at Wimbledon in July, exiting in the first round. Lost her next match, too, in Washington.
Since then, she has gone 15-2, and her ranking has soared from outside the top 900 to what will be around No. 20 as of Monday. Oh, and, don’t forget: She is now, and forever will be, a Grand Slam champion.
“I mean, things just have to come together,” Ms. Stephens said, “and the last six weeks, five weeks, they really have.”
This was only the second time in the Open era that two women were making their Grand Slam final debuts against each other in New York. Ms. Stephens most certainly handled the occasion better, claiming the last eight games and making only six unforced errors — Ms. Keys had 30 — in the entire 61-minute mismatch.

O.J. Simpson Granted Parole In Nevada Robbery

OJ Simpson

LOVELOCK, Nev. (AP) — O.J. Simpson was granted parole Thursday after more than eight years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel heist, successfully making his case in a nationally televised hearing that reflected America’s enduring fascination with the former football star.
Simpson, 70, could be a free man as early as Oct. 1. By then, he will have served the minimum of his nine-to-33-year armed-robbery sentence for a bungled attempt to snatch sports memorabilia and other mementos he claimed had been stolen from him.

O.J. Simpson appeared thinner and grayer at his parole hearing than when he was last seen four years ago. Simpson is pleading Thursday on live TV for his release from a Nevada prison.

He got the four votes he needed from the parole commissioners who heard his case. In agreeing to release him, they cited his lack of a prior conviction, the low risk he might commit another crime, his community support and his release plans.
During the more than hour-long hearing, Simpson forcefully insisted — as he has all along — that he was only trying to retrieve items that belonged to him and never meant to hurt anyone. He said he never pointed a gun at anyone nor made any threats during the crime.
“I’ve done my time. I’ve done it as well and respectfully as I think anybody can,” he said.
Inmate No. 1027820 made his plea for freedom in a stark hearing room at the Lovelock Correctional Center in rural Nevada as four parole commissioners in Carson City, a two-hour drive away, questioned him via video.

Simpson, gray-haired but looking trimmer than he has in recent years, walked briskly into the hearing room dressed in jeans, a light-blue prison-issue shirt and sneakers. He laughed at one point as the parole board chairwoman mistakenly gave his age as 90.
The Hall of Fame athlete’s chances of winning release were considered good, given similar cases and Simpson’s model behavior behind bars. His defenders have argued, too, that his sentence was out of proportion to the crime and that he was being punished for the two murders he was acquitted of during his 1995 “Trial of the Century” in Los Angeles, the stabbings of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.

Before the hearing concluded, one of the dealers Simpson robbed, Bruce Fromong, said the former football great never pointed a gun at him during the confrontation, adding that it was one of the men with him who did so. Fromong said Simpson deserved to be released.
“He is a good man. He made a mistake,” Fromong said, adding the two remain friends.

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