Last October, at the height of the debate over NFL players protesting our national anthem, Houston Texans owner Bob McNair made headlines when ESPN reported that he compared the player’s protests to “inmates running the prison” during a meeting with team owners, executives and league officials.
Shortly after his comment began to make headlines across the nation, McNair issued this apology:
“I regret that I used that expression. I never meant to offend anyone and I was not referring to our players. I used a figure of speech that was never intended to be taken literally. I would never characterize our players or our league that way and I apologize to anyone who was offended by it.”
But McNair now regrets issuing that apology, telling the Wall Street Journal on Thursday that he had “nothing to apologize for.”
“The main thing I regret is apologizing. … I really didn’t have anything to apologize for,” McNair said.
The Texans owner went on to tell the Journal that his “inmates” analogy wasn’t intended to be a reference to the league’s players, but NFL executives who McNair feels have more power than the owners.
“We were talking about a number of things, but we were also washing some of our dirty linen, which you do internally,” McNair continued. “You can’t do that publicly. That’s what I was addressing: The relationship of owners and the league office.”
After ESPN inaccurately characterized McNair’s comments, Houston Texans offensive lineman, Duane Brown, was one of the only players to speak out publicly against the team’s owner.
Brown, who raised his fist during the national anthem prior to a 2016 game in order to “protest” what he claimed was racial inequality and oppression, took aim at McNair’s comments:
“I think it was ignorant. I think it was embarrassing. I think it angered a lot of players, including myself. We put our bodies and minds on the line every time we step on that field, and to use an analogy of inmates in prison, that’s disrespectful. That’s how I feel about it.”
The Texans offensive lineman also went on to claim McNair used a team meeting to blast Barack Obama’s victory in the 2008 Presidential campaign.
“He came to talk to the team,” Brown said. “He was visibly upset about it. He said, ‘I know a lot of y’all are happy right now, but it’s not the outcome that some of us were looking for.’ That was very shocking to me.”
McNair denies any such meeting ever occurred.
“I don’t go into meetings and express views like that,” McNair said. “I never said that. He has no problem saying things that are not true.”
According to a nationwide survey conducted in November, some 60 percent of Americans disagreed with the NFL’s handling of the national anthem protests.
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ESPN Social Justice Warrior Jemele Hill Slanders Philly PD For Starbucks Arrests
Clearly, failed ESPN blogger Jemele Hill can’t help herself.
No matter the situation, no matter the circumstances, no matter the facts, Jemele Hill can and will find a way to claim literally everything is racist.
Case in point, over the weekend, a video emerged of two black men being arrested inside a Philadelphia Starbucks, leading a countless number of social justice warriors on Twitter to fire up their outrage machine and question whether the men were only being arrested because of their race.
After all, the video does not include any context for the arrest, so the only logical assertion any self-respecting social justice warrior can make is a simple one – racism.
A white SJW can even be heard in the video questioning the intentions of the arresting officers.
@Starbucks The police were called because these men hadn’t ordered anything. They were waiting for a friend to show up, who did as they were taken out in handcuffs for doing nothing. All the other white ppl are wondering why it’s never happened to us when we do the same thing. pic.twitter.com/0U4Pzs55Ci
— Melissa DePino (@missydepino) April 12, 2018
Additionally, Melissa DePino, the user who originally posted the video and describes herself in her Twitter profile as “outraged since Nov. 8,” used her original Tweet to frame the narrative she wanted to push by asserting the police officers arrested the two men for “doing nothing.”
With such a groundswell of social justice warrior propaganda already propping the story up and bringing attention to anyone who Tweeted about it, it wasn’t long before the more popular, attention seeking SJW’s, like Jemele Hill, emerged on the scene.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) April 14, 2018
When a fellow Twitter user suggested that maybe, just maybe, she should wait for all the facts to come in before making the leap to claim racism, Hill was having none of that.
Once again, this train is never late … https://t.co/AIYg26HqgW
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) April 14, 2018
As usual, though, the facts did eventually begin to reveal themselves.
And, as usual, folks like Jemele Hill were left looking rather foolish.
According to Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross, who just so happens to be a black man, the facts of the situation – as they almost always happen to do – completely justified the officers’ actions.
“Commissioner Richard Ross said Starbucks employees called 911 to say the men were trespassing. He said officers were told that the men had come in and asked to use the restroom but were denied because they hadn’t bought anything, as he said is company policy. He said they then refused to leave.
Ross, who is black, said police asked the men to leave three times but they refused, and they were then arrested but were later released after the company elected not to prosecute. He said the officers “did absolutely nothing wrong” and were professional in their conduct toward the individuals but “got the opposite back.” He did not mention the person who said he was meeting with the men.
“As an African American male, I am very aware of implicit bias; we are committed to fair and unbiased policing,” Ross said. But he added “If a business calls and they say that ‘Someone is here that I no longer wish to be in my business’ (officers) now have a legal obligation to carry out their duties and they did just that.”
This perfectly acceptable answer and rationale for the situation, however, completely failed to satisfy perpetually outraged social justice warriors like Jemele Hill, who interestingly shifted her argument once presented with the facts.
Because the police had been called, I’m guessing the least they had to do is ask these gentlemen to leave. But why arrest them? Why embarrass them by placing handcuffs on them? I have seen plenty of officers de-escalate situations like these. https://t.co/2aIKIo1K2T
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) April 15, 2018
With her logic crumbling beneath her feet, Hill realized these 5 minutes of fame were soon coming to an end, if she didn’t change her argument once again.
This time, rather than questioning whether race played a role in their actual arrest, Hill declared that race must have played a role in the amount of time the two men remained in custody.
That’s another question I’d like to be answered. I get responding to the complaint but they took every step afterward as if the intention was to prosecute to the fullest extent. The fact that this even crossed a prosecutor’s desk is mind blowing. https://t.co/Bbyan5RJIJ
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) April 15, 2018
But once again, her insatiable desire to jump to conclusions and cry racism got the the better of Jemele Hill.
Had she merely waited just a moment for the facts to emerge, she would’ve known the two men were only kept in custody after 1:00 A.M. because that’s how long it took Starbucks to inform the police that they wouldn’t be pressing charges.
Considering the fact that it was their corporate policy that caused this entire fiasco, it was only right for Starbucks to issue this apology:
We apologize to the two individuals and our customers for what took place at our Philadelphia store on Thursday. pic.twitter.com/suUsytXHks
— Starbucks Coffee (@Starbucks) April 14, 2018
Of course, in keeping with their liberal company’s nature, Starbucks is also extremely likely to take their reaction to this ordeal a step too far as they look to avoid an incident like this in the future.
On Monday’s “Good Morning America,” Starbucks’s chief executive Kevin Johnson called for “unconscious bias” training for employees.
“My responsibility is to look not only to that individual but look more broadly at the circumstances that set that up just to ensure that never happens again,” Johnson said.
The manager who followed Starbucks’ company policy by calling the police on the two men in Philadelphia is no longer employed by the company, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
WATCH: Alabama Football Players Ask If They Can Pray For President Trump While Visiting White House
For decades, the idea of professional and college sports teams visiting the White House to celebrate their respective world or national championships with the President of the United States was a foregone conclusion.
It was a tradition rarely ever questioned for any reason, much less, a political one.
That was, of course, until the President became Donald Trump, and anyone in the world of sports even remotely left of center began to push the idea of athletes boycotting White House visits simply because they disagree with the President on politics.
In fact, the Golden State Warriors made such a big deal about their desire to not visit the Trump White House, with star players like Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and their head coach Steve Kerr continuously attacking the President with the same talking points one would expect from San Fransisco Liberals like Nancy Pelosi, the President personally disinvited the entire franchise.
But while professional sports teams have led the charge against visiting the Trump White House, college football’s national champions have continued to visit the President without an ill word uttered.
Take the 2018 National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide for example.
On Tuesday, head coach Nick Saban – a guy awesome enough to place several calls to perspective recruits from inside the White House – and the Crimson Tide rolled into Washington, D.C. to celebrate their latest national championship with President Trump.
Apparently, prior to the visit, Coach Saban does what he does best – he laid out a plan for how his team was to handle the White House visit.
“Coach Saban addressed it and just said, ‘Hey, we’re doing this regardless of your political thoughts,” Alabama center Ross Pierschbacher said. “‘We’re going, just to celebrate this team. It’s an honor. And just to be able to say that you’ve gone to the White House is something that you can cherish forever.’ So that was basically the extent of that.”
And the players followed their coach’s lead.
“It’s an incredible honor for us to be invited to the White House,”Alabama running back Damien Harris said. “It’s something that comes with being national champions, so we’re definitely thankful for the opportunity.”
But while the stark difference between the behavior of 18-22 year old college kids and their grown, middle-aged professional counterparts is fascinating and worth noting, it was something that actually happened at the White House celebration that still has people talking.
According to a Tweet from WBRC News reporter Christina Chambers out of Birmingham, an inspiring moment occurred when the event concluded, as Alabama senior punter J.K. Scott and some of his teammates and coaches approached President Trump to ask if they could pray for the President and his staff.
What a cool moment! .@AlabamaFTBL JK Scott asked @POTUS if he could pray for him and his staff. Video below shows President Trump and Bama players praying after the Tide’s @WhiteHouse visit! @WBRCnews @BarrettSallee pic.twitter.com/tE4hj4k38l
— ChristinaWBRC (@ChristinaWBRC) April 10, 2018
President Trump also took to Twitter after the event to express what a “great honor” it was to host the national champs.
Today, it was my great honor to welcome the 2017 NCAA Football National Champion, Alabama Crimson Tide – to the White House. Congratulations! #RollTidehttps://t.co/hF5EZHlSVS pic.twitter.com/JfGue4IIs1
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 10, 2018
Saban, a six-time college football national champion head coach, also took time to express his appreciation for the White House visit and the President himself.
“You know, not many people get invited to the White House, so not many people get invited to see the president and meet the president,” Saban said. “So this is a special day for our team. A team that is being honored here because of their achievements in terms of winning the college football national championship, which makes me very proud.”
“A special thanks to our president to invite us here and make this a special day for us,” Saban continued. “President Trump, thank you so much.”
That’s the definition of class.
Five Men Claim To Be Transgender Women In Order To Compete In Boston Marathon As Females
Some 50 years ago, a Boston Marathon official attempted to drag a woman off the marathon’s course after she attempted to enter the 1967 men’s-only race.
Photogrpahers caught the moment in now infamous phots that some claim are a landmark moment in the fight for women’s equality in sports.
Today, however, the marathon’s position on gender has completely changed.
When runners take to the streets of Boston next Monday to run the annual marathon, competitors will be allowed to register and race using the gender they identify with, according to a report from ABC News.
“We take people at their word. We register people as they specify themselves to be,” Chief of the Boston Athletic Association, Tom Grilk, said. “Members of the LGBT community have had a lot to deal with over the years, and we’d rather not add to that burden.”
The Boston Marathon’s new position on gender has caused as many as five biological males to register as transgender females in order to compete in this year’s race as females.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t look as though Boston will be alone in making such a radical move.
ABC News also noted that several other cities – like Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and London – are close to following Boston’s lead.
“We want to be inclusive and sensitive to all of our participants,” Chicago Marathon executive race director Carey Pinkowski told ABC News. “At this point, we don’t feel that we need to require legal or medical records or anything along those lines.”
Of course, while ABC and many other mainstream media outlets have taken the opportunity celebrate the Boston Marathon’s shift in gender policy as a monumental victory for transgender rights, that hasn’t stopped the same media from continuing to attack the marathon’s policy requiring participants to present a photo ID.
According to ABC News, the marathon’s policy still requires competitors to present a photo ID verifying their name and gender, a policy transgender advocates deem “unfair.”
Apparently, this is oppression of the worst form, because it deals with those transgender individuals who haven’t felt their gender identity is important enough to have their personal information legally changed.
What a travesty.
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