LiAngelo and LaMelo Have Been Turned Down by European Teams

LiAngelo and LaMelo Have Been Turned Down by European Teams
(FreshAsFrankie) Things went smoothly for Lonzo Ball, playing at Chino Hills High School, then one year at UCLA, and ultimately being drafted in the lottery by the Los Angeles Lakers, just like his dad LaVar Ball planned. Things haven’t gone quite so well for Lonzo’s younger brothers, LiAngelo and LaMelo. Thanks in part to their boisterous dad, the Ball brothers have been thrust into the spotlight with all eyes on their every move and some have been very questionable.

Earlier this year, LaVar pulled LaMelo out of Chino Hills High School after disagreements with their new basketball coach, Dennis Latimore. LaVar’s boys were the big draws for the school and he felt it entitled him to a say in the basketball program. Latimore said LaMelo’s days of taking 50 shots a game were over and LaVar wasn’t with it. Though the move was criticized, it wasn’t too bad since LaMelo is just a junior, still eligible to play AAU ball and has a standing offer at UCLA. LaVar, however, then took things a step further.

LiAngelo was indefinitely suspended from the UCLA basketball team after he and two teammates were arresting for stealing items from a Louis Vuitton store in China during a team trip. LaVar responded by pulling the freshman baller from the school. That move was met with much more scrutiny. LiAngelo needs a lot of work and he has no chance of being drafted in June, according to ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski.

Now both boys are without teams and very much in need of development and actual playing exposure. Some basketball insiders have floated the idea of LiAngelo and LaMelo potentially playing overseas, and though they have enough name recognition to draw some interest, the move isn’t as easy as perceived.

Most teams overseas have already begun their seasons, so adding the Ball brothers isn’t exactly feasible. Also, some teams will likely be wary about signing them knowing that LaVar and the issues he brings is apart of the deal.

Earlier this week, it was reported that the Lithuanian team, Lietkabelis Panevezys was interested in signing both Ball brothers, but the team’s head coach Arturs Stalberg shut that down, noting that the team has openings in security since they’re experienced in that field.

Though there are some substantial issues, LaVar might have a trick up his sleeve. The polarizing figure has managed to turn his boys into well-known figures and turn a hefty profit. Their names alone will likely draw interest from someone at some point.

Source: complex.com

Colin Kaepernick Invited to Next Meeting with NFL Owners

Colin Kaepernick Invited to Next Meeting with NFL Owners
(FreshAsFrankie) Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is expected to receive an invite to the next meeting between NFL players and team owners, according to league sources.

“We look forward to him joining the conversation,” NFL vice president of communications Joe Lockhart said in a conference call on Wednesday. According to Lockhart, Kaepernick’s invitation would likely come from the players.

“My understanding is Colin Kaepernick has been invited to these last two meetings. He has been in the discussion with the players’ coalition. Lockhart said. “I expect that he will be invited to this meeting. We look forward to him joining the conversation with the (NFL Players Association), but I don’t have any confirmation that he’s planning to attend.”

Last week, the NFL and NFLPA held a meeting to discuss the ongoing protests during the national anthem. According to Kap’s former teammate Eric Reid, the quarterback did not attend because he was not officially invited by the league.

Kaepernick, who filed a collusion claim against the NFL, remains unemployed. Recently, Kap’s former NFC West rival, Richard Sherman said he believes the league is making an example out of the quarterback. “I think they had a point to make, and they made it.’’

Source: usatoday.com

Herman Cain Defends Ben Carson in Open Letter: “House Negroes Stand Up!”

Herman Cain Defends Ben Carson in Open Letter: "House Negroes Stand Up!"
 (FreshAsFrankie) From one Black Republican Presidential candidate to another, 2012 GOP primary contender Herman Cain called on the swath of American‘s who’ve been referred to as “house negros” to own the title and block out their haters, in an open letter he wrote in defense of 2016 GOP primary candidate Ben Carson, this week.

Carson was recently blasted by his hometown Michigan Chronicle, which called him the “shame of Detroit” and nominated him for the running of the rhetorical “House Negro of the Year Award,” for bucking the current movement to remove Confederate statues from public grounds across the U.S. In Cain’s letter, posted to his personal website, the businessman and Tea Party activist confides in Carson that he too has had the house negro characterization attached to him for what he says is his unwillingness “to embrace the backward thinking of today’s black identity politics.”

Cain went on in the letter to proudly claim the title if it connotes that he is successful. He also imparts his personal feelings on the Confederate statues discourse, aligning his position with Carsons and referring to calls to remove the Civil War relics as a “waste of time and distraction.”

In its entirety the letter reads as follows:

They say it to me too, Dr. Ben Carson, because just like you, I refuse to embrace the backward thinking of today’s black identity politics.

Since the Michigan Chronicle, a historically black Detroit-based newspaper, thinks Dr. Ben Carson is a “house Negro”, then I must be one also. Because that’s one of the names you get called by other black people when you are a success at something, and you do not buy into “black group think”, or act and say what they want you to say.

Maybe the Michigan Chronicle has not noticed that there are a lot of successful black people in prominent positions in America, because some of us have chosen to focus on performance and productive opportunities, rather than on the past. This is especially true of the current waste of time and distractions about statues, and who owned slaves 200 years ago.

Gentle Dr. Ben Carson is too nice to respond to that garbage article and name-calling by the Michigan Chronicle, but I’m not!

Let’s start with the fact that he prayed hard about even accepting the HUD job. Personally, I was glad he accepted it, because he will bring “outside the box” ideas and thinking to HUD. Many of the old ways of doing things have left many of our urban areas unchanged for 50 years, and too many of our young people have been trapped in cycles of poverty, crime and weak educations.

Secondly, Dr. Carson didn’t become a world-renowned brain surgeon by being a “house Negro”. He achieved this distinction because of his intellect and the results he produced in his profession.

Dr. Carson had plenty of other better paying and less stressful opportunities to choose from before he accepted the HUD position, but he chose to serve his country and a president who is truly trying to create a better America.

The Michigan Chronicle thanks Dr. Carson for his sacrifice and dedication by calling him a nasty insulting name. It’s the usual attempt to try to discredit his patriotism and to discourage him. Knowing Dr. Carson, that old tactic ain’t going to work.

The good news is that millions of black people are not drinking the name-calling brand of Kool-Aid. We are thinking for ourselves, telling people the truth, serving our country and pursuing the greatness of America and the richness of our futures.

Being called a “house Negro” is just one of the insulting names I have been called as an ABC (American Black Conservative), simply because I do not subscribe to the black liberal backward-looking narrative of black identity politics. Maybe that’s why I have had multiple successful careers over the last 50 years, and name-calling has not stopped or slowed me down yet!

If being called a “house Negro” is what some of us must endure for succeeding in this nation and thinking for ourselves, then let all of the “house Negroes” stand up and be counted.

Wow! There are too many to count, but there’s Dr. Ben Carson standing tall among millions, and doing something great again.

Thank you, Dr. Ben Carson, for being an achiever and a patriot.

Source: huffingtonpost.com

David Banner: Trump Showed the World that Post-Racial America Doesn’t Exist

David Banner: Trump Showed the World that Post-Racial America Doesn't Exist

(FreshAsFrankie) David Banner, making an appearance on CNN, spoke about the climate of racial tension in the country following violent, racist demonstrations in Charlottesville this past weekend.

“I don’t understand why America acts so surprised. So for me, one thing that Trump was able to do was to show the world that the post-racial America that liberal white people were trying to talk about doesn’t exist,” Banner said.