Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Democratic Presidential candidate Andrew Yang are set to face off in a one-on-one basketball contest, according to a tweet from the New York entrepreneur on Tuesday.
My team is in touch with Ted’s team to find us a date for some 1-on-1. I’m pumped for it. 😀👍🏀 https://t.co/xIQmqLckzo
— Andrew Yang (@AndrewYang) September 17, 2019
The two men plan on donating proceeds from the stunt to charity, ensuring that the athletic spectacle of two men in their forties is more than a pointless vanity.
Yang got Cruz’s attention after footage emerged of him playing basketball before the most recent Democratic debate. Cruz has been known as a frequent player at the U.S Senate’s basketball court, and has played in other similar celebrity contests. He defeated late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel in a charity game last year.
Cruz had earlier specified that Yang would have to poll at 5% or higher in order to qualify to compete against the Texas Senator. In response, Yang clarified that he was in fact polling at that level in many state Democratic primaries.
Sorry. You gotta poll at 5% or more to play on my court. https://t.co/xRx6VYdWft
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) September 11, 2019
Yang is running his campaign on a proposal that he calls the ‘Freedom Dividend.’ He’d enact a universal basic income of $1,000 for every U.S citizen. A few conservatives have been willing to entertain the proposal, and some such as Tucker Carlson have lauded Yang for his policy prescriptions to combat the devastating economic effects of mass automation.
If the two olympian athletes are able to raise money for charity with some awkward balling, then there’s no harm done. Both should be praised for their willingness to embarrass themselves in a athletic competition some middle-aged men would be more hesitant to engage in.
Ohio High School Football Players Reinstated After Suspension For Entering Field With Thin Blue Line, American Flags
Why were they even suspended?
Two Little Miami, Ohio high school football players who were suspended from their team for entering a game while carrying the Thin Blue Line and Thin Red Line(commemorating firefighters) flags have been freed from suspension, after community members expressed outrage at the punishment of the two young men.
Jarad Bentley and Brady Williams had been given an indefinite suspension from the Little Miami High School football team for carrying the two flags onto the field before a game, apparently violating a rule against political symbols. The two seniors reject the notion that they were making a political statement, and one of the boys had spoken of his intention to honor first responders, such as his own father, on the anniversary of 9/11.
Two Little Miami football players pay the price for civil disobedience. They were told not to carry onto the field thin blue line and thin red line flags at their 9/11 game. They did anyway. The school has now suspended them from the team indefinitely. #ThinBlueLine #ThinRedLine pic.twitter.com/19y9GAvaxr
— David Winter (@DavidWinterTV) September 14, 2020
After concerned parents and community members organized a protest event to stand with Williams and Bentley, the Little Miami School Board reversed its decision, freeing the senior players from suspension.
The President of the school board seemed keen to establish that the institution “supports police,” perhaps feeling the pressure from angry parents displeased to see the patriotic young men kicked from the football team for an innocuous display of patriotism.
UPDATE: High school players REINSTATED after suspension for honoring 9/11 first responders ==>https://t.co/i7hbJ7VLgr
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) September 15, 2020
They still might face some consequences, and reportedly team officials had commanded the players not to enter the field with the flags. Their punishment will be settled within the athletic department’s code of conduct.
College and high school sports teams put on elaborate displays in support of the left-wing Black Lives Matter movement all the time. Pro-police and firefighter flags are not a political statement by a long shot. This suspension never should’ve been issued in the first place.
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