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Carolina Panthers Spanish-Language Broadcaster Resigns After Team Seeks to Censor His Support of Donald Trump

But on-field political displays are fine.

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A longtime radio broadcast analyst of the Carolina Panthers confirmed that he had resigned from his position on Tuesday, citing an attempt from team officials to silence his public support for Donald Trump.

Luis Moreno Jr. has been a Spanish-language radio broadcast commentator for Panthers games since 2010, and some fans had raised questions as to why he was absent from broadcasts for the team’s first game. Moreno went on to confirm that he had resigned from his job to a reporter with the Charlotte Observer.

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Moreno is citing what he describes as a censorship campaign from Panthers team officials such as Eric Fiddleman and Steven Drummond. He recounted Fiddleman contacting him at one point during this off-season, demanding that he remove any reference to the Carolina Panthers on his social media accounts, where he had tweeted and posted about his support for President Donald Trump and his reelection.

Drummond and Fiddleman have declined to comment on their purported attempts to muzzle Moreno’s personal social media expression. “If what they want me to do is stop supporting the president, I’m not gonna do that,” said Moreno of their demands.

In discussions with team officials, Moreno declined to shut up about his views. The immigrant from Mexico cited his independent contractor employment status with the team, questioning how they could seek to censor his personal social media accounts during a time frame in which he’s not even officially employed.

Basically what I told Eric, I said, ‘Listen … I’m not even under contract right now. I am not willing to participate in this project anymore if I’m going to be censored. So unless they call me, I’m not going to do it anymore. Because I am not OK with them censoring my freedom of speech in support of the president.’

I’m hurt,” he continued, “because this has nothing to do with my performance on-air. This has nothing to do with how good I am at what I do. I’m one of the best, and I’ll put myself against anybody in the country when it comes to what I do in Spanish. None of my support for the president was done on any of their social-media pages, it was never done on any of the airtime — whether it was a podcast or a broadcast or anything related to the Panthers. This was solely on my personal time on my personal accounts.”

The Panthers permit and promote political expression celebrating the Black Lives Matter street riot movement, with seven players kneeling for the national anthem during the first 2020 game.

The NFL is a joke at this point. Don’t give these overpaid babies your attention any longer.

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Gray Wolves Spotted in Central California for the First Time in a Century

Wolves are traveling from Oregon to Central California.

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A gray wolf (canis lupus) has been observed in counties of California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range, with the animal returning to territory from which it’s been absent from for nearly a century. The GPS-tracked wolf, designated OR-93, has traveled south from Oregon, passing through Modoc County and Alpine County. Most recently, the wolf entered Mono County.

The journey of the young male wolf represents new territorial range from the species. Biologists believe it’s possible the wolf’s presence could result in the formation of new wolf packs in the Sierra Nevada region, should the animal prove successful in returning to the area with a mate. The wolf broke off from Oregon’s White River Pack southeast of Mt. Hood sometime within the past few months. Previously, wolves that ventured into California from Oregon didn’t travel south of Lake Tahoe, the single largest alpine lake in North America, that straddles the California-Nevada border.

OR-93’s historic trek so far south into California’s central Sierra Nevada is thrilling news for wolf recovery throughout the West,” said Pamela Flick, director of the California preservation group Defenders of Wildlife. “OR-93 also importantly brings the potential for increased genetic diversity to our state.

Wolves were dealt with as pestilence during the American settlement of the western United States, and the animals still pose a threat to the livestock of ranchers to this day. The animals were eliminated from the state of California entirely sometime in the 1920’s, and a gray wolf was seen in California for the first time in almost a century in 2011.

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Wolf attacks on humans are extremely rare, although if the population is restored in Eastern California, farmers and ranchers will have to find deterrents for threats to their livestock. The presence of wolves in the region can serve as a benefit to the local ecosystem, assisting to keep the population levels of destructive animals in check.


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