Max Kellerman Exposes Jerry Jones For Disrespecting American Flag

Max Kellerman Exposes Jerry Jones For Disrespecting American Flag
(FreshAsFrankie)Patriotism has now been at the forefront of the discussion concerning NFL players who kneel during the national anthem. Once Trump asserted himself into the conversation, the police brutality and systemic oppression of people of color seemed to become the backdrop of why Kaepernick knelt and is no longer employed by the league.

A few weeks ago players, team staff, and owners bonded together in unity and took a knee during the anthem – including Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Whom after participating in that act of protest issued a team policy that all players will stand for the national anthem or will be benched. Now it appears the league as a whole is trying to implement a policy to police the protesting, in a similar way as NBA commissioner Adam Silver recently did.

As as a result, First Take’s Max Kellerman called out NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for “violating U.S. flag code” with a flag laid horizontally in his Twitter account background photo. Kellerman also spoke on the Cowboys merchandising the flag and other violations that are listed by law. The commentator scoffs at the idea of organizations and the heads of teams asking players to respect the flag by not kneeling when they also under the law violate the usage of the flag.

Listen to what he had to say above.

New Marlins Owner Derek Jeter Says His Players Have Right To Protest

New Marlins Owner Derek Jeter Says His Players Have Right To Protest
(FreshAsFrankie) Former New York Yankees’ captain and current Miami Marlins’ co-owner Derek Jeter was asked his thoughts about athletes kneeling during the national anthem and if he would join in the protest.

“Would I? I’m not playing,” said Jeter Wednesday night at Cipriani Wall Street, where his Turn 2 Foundation celebrated its 21st-anniversary dinner.

“The thing that I think is frustrating, this whole rhetoric that is going back and forth. People lose sight of the fact of why someone was kneeling,” said Jeter. “They’re focused so much on the fact that they are kneeling as opposed to what they’re kneeling for. Peaceful protests are fine. You have your right to voice your opinion. As long as it’s a peaceful protest, everyone should be fine with that.”

Jeter was referring to the current rhetoric being spewed by President Donald Trump and others who suggest that kneeling during the national anthem is disrespectful to the flag, the country, and the military. Colin Kaepernick initially began the demonstration to protest against racism, oppression, and police brutality against black people. Jeter noted that people are more focused on the form of protest as opposed to why they’re protesting.

One of Jeter’s other business ventures is the Players’ Tribune, his website that allows former and current athletes to voice their unfiltered thoughts and opinions. Many of The Players’ Tribune contributors have written about social issues, so it’s no surprise that Jeter has sided with them on this topic.


NFL Star Gerald McCoy Predicts Restricting Anthem Protests Won’t Fly

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(FreshAsFrankie)Just as the tide appeared to be turning in favor of President Trump’s suggestion that NFL teams incorporate policies that require players to stand for the National Anthem, a growing wave of resistance against such a proposal has raised the level of suspense for what fans can anticipate seeing come Week 6 of the season on Thursday, Sunday, and Monday. While some owners and executives have already hinted that enforcement of a kneeling ban is coming, there are players raising their voices on the matter as well, and they are pushing back.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones kicked off the week by vowing to punish players who “disrespect” the flag or anthem, and Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase told the press that starting this past weekend, players who wished to protest could do so by remaining in the team’s tunnel until the song was over, but could not under any circumstances protest the anthem on the field. It was reported that the Washington Redskins have already briefed their players on what will be tolerable during the pregame anthem going forth, and at least three other teams have had plans in the works to segue from the controversial demonstrations. Even NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell appeared to fold to fans standing in opposition to the protests, when he issued a memo to all 32 teams, in which he encouraged them to have their player’s stand.

Still, there are those with whom the prospect of such regulations is not sitting well, including the NFL Players Association, which released a statement challenging whether any demonstration held by a player in the league thus far has truly shown disrespect to the flag. Most recently Tampa Bay Buccaneers star Gerald McCoy predicted that there will definitely be some defiance should the league enforce an unconstitutional policy. “I don’t think guys are gonna like it,” McCoy told Adam Schefter on his Know Them From Adam podcast. “I think it’s gonna be an uproar if that is to happen because you’re basically taking away a constitutional right to freedom of speech. If guys wanna have a, I guess you would call it a peaceful protest, I don’t think it’s right to take that away,” he said.

Michael Bennett on Equality: American History Shows Black Lives Don’t Matter

Michael Bennett on Equality: American History Shows Black Lives Don't Matter
(FreshAsFrankie) Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett recently spoke with ESPN about his appreciation for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Bennett discussed the movement’s impact on him personally and why he feels it’s so important while examining his Black Lives Matter hat. “This hat means a lot to me,” said Bennet. “You talk about Philando Castille, you talk about Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, and Michael Brown. This hat says it all. Through American history, we’ve been shown that black lives don’t matter. We were slaves for 400 years. We didn’t have rights until 1960. The last hanging in America was [in the 1960s].” Bennett feels like blacks are not given the same opportunities as other races and said it’s a scary time when blacks are being killed and the person who murdered them is not convicted of the crime. “It just shows you that, as much as we think times have changed, times haven’t really changed,” he continued. “So we have to keep reminding you that black lives matter. Because every day when we wake up, we’re reminded that black lives don’t matter.” Bennett has spoken about social justice in the past on outlets like The Breakfast Club.

The clip comes just after the star football player was wrongfully profiled by police who he alleges threatened his life.

Richard Sherman on Bennett Arrest: Money nor Fame Stops Racial Profiling

Richard Sherman on Bennett Arrest: Money nor Fame Stops Racial Profiling
(FreshAsFrankie) Several members of the Seattle Seahawks spoke on the brutal August arrest of teammate Michael Bennett, after he addressed the matter himself, during the team’s post-practice press conference on Wednesday, September 7.

Head coach Pete Carroll touched on how common such social issues as police brutality are discussed in the Seahawks locker room, and defensive end Cliff Avril spared a few words that backed his teammate, but it was the famously vocal Richard Sherman who went in depth about the all-around social implications of the incident.

“I’ve been hemmed up, countless times when I was younger. You live in the inner city, that’s just how it goes. Police are trying to patrol the city, keep the city safe. So, you know … A black between the sizes of 6-4 and 5-3, you know? And they are going to get you,” the 29-year-old Compton native said while posing that he, like many around the league, can personally identify with what happened to Bennett.

While Sherman and Bennett have on occasion differed on their positions as they concern politics, they are known to be two of the more socially conscious athletes in the sport and have both been open about their dissent in the past. Bennett for example, is an active proponent of Black Lives Matter, while Sherman has gone on record to say that he won’t pledge his unequivocal support for the group’s actions because he hasn’t gotten a good sense of what their end goal is. But both men were very supportive of Colin Kaepernick’s protest and have played pivotal roles in converting the Seattle locker room into the most woke in the league.

Last year the Seattle Seahawks decided they’d demonstrate in solidarity with Kaepernick, but that they’d do it as a team, and would compromise by standing, but linking arms during the playing of the National Anthem. This year, they’ve observed as Bennett has taken his own protest to a next phase, by sitting out the ceremony altogether. While Sherman can see such a move causing a stir among Seahawks fans, he spoke of that being more so an issue concerning society and how it approaches life and death issues concerning the Black community, then it is a matter that any one player bears the onus of confronting.

“Mike is sitting, protesting and doing everything he can to combat the exact thing that he experienced,” Sherman said. “People are so worried about him sitting down during the national anthem that they completely miss that message at times. They want to be more angry at the action than the message. That’s an unfortunate part of the world that we live in.”

Isaiah Thomas Posts Video in Response to Critics Following Trade and Injury News

Isaiah Thomas Posts Video in Response to Critics Following Trade and Injury News

(FreshAsFrankie) After two weeks of inactivity on social media, Isaiah Thomas has broken his silence about the trade that sent him from being a franchise hopeful in Boston to Cleveland’s latest piece to a potential fourth Lebron title. Thomas has virtually disappeared as pundits and insiders chatted away on the status of the mid-August trade and the eighth-year point guard’s questionable health. But on Tuesday, September 5, Thomas returned to the internet with a video that shows the Cleveland faithful just what the new guy in town has been up to while the doubters doubted, and Kyrie Irving received the praise.
“They say every man is defined by his reaction to any given situation. Well, who would you want to define you? Someone else or yourself? Whatever you do, give your heart to it, and stay strong,” Thomas wrote, citing lyrics from Nipsey Hussle’s ‘I Do This’ in the caption of the clip. He opens up on a personal note, by discussing how he found out he got traded. Thomas is seen rehabbing as he sweats it out in the weight room. By the video’s ending, he is taking shots in his new Cavs practice uniform.
Thomas has a month and a half to blend in with Jae Crowder, Derrick Rose, and Jeff Green, and perhaps even a last minute Dwyane Wade signing. Considering his recent success with the Celtics, he’d be looking to lead the back court pack. But the big question is whether he and Boston know something about his hip that the rest of the world doesn’t and whether he’ll have the chemistry with James that Irving did, despite their tiffs. Thomas seems to believe so, and he is finally beginning to own the part.

Money Mayweather wins via 10th-Round TKO 50-0

Money Mayweather wins via 10th-Round TKO 50-0

(FreshAsFrankie) In his return from a two-year retirement, Floyd Mayweather improved to 50-0 with a 10th-round TKO over an incredibly game Conor McGregor in their pay-per-view super fight at T-Mobile Arena. But the storyline was just as much about McGregor, the UFC‘s lightweight champion, in defeat than it was about the 40-year-old Mayweather.


McGregor, 29, who was making his pro debut, never fought reckless or overly aggressive, which contrasted his prediction of a first-round knockout. What he did was present Mayweather with a poised and credible challenge, teasing a bright future in the boxing game should he consider it.

“He’s a tough competitor. I think we gave the fans what they wanted to see,” Mayweather said. “Our game plan was to take our time, let him shoot all his heavy shots early and then take him out at the end down the stretch.”

Mayweather, who officially announced his retirement after the fight, was true to his prediction throughout the fight’s build when he promised it wouldn’t go the distance. He also stuck to his guns about standing in front of McGregor looking for a finish.


Mayweather vs. McGregor results

R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 TOTAL
Mayweather 9 9 9 10 10 10 10 9 10 TKO 86
McGregor 10 10 10 9 9 9 9 10 9 85



Cavs may put a Hold on Irving Trade Following Isaiah Thomas’ Physical

Cavs may put a Hold on Irving Trade Following Isaiah Thomas' Physical
 (FreshAsFrankie) The Cleveland Cavaliers made waves this week when they traded star guard Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and a conditional 2018 draft pick. However, reports from Cleveland indicate some apprehension toward finalizing the deal due to Thomas’ physical.
Isaiah suffered a hip injury in the Eastern Conference finals and has been rehabbing throughout the offseason but according to league sources, hasn’t started running yet. One league source stated that after IT left Cleveland soon after his examination and added, “it’s a very sensitive situation.” As the Cavaliers weigh their options, the trade is still tentative and Kyrie Irving could possibly remain in Cleveland.

Is Micheal Jordan Making A “Black Lives Matter” Air Jordan?

Is Micheal Jordan Making A "Black Lives Matter" Air Jordan?
(FreshAsFrankie) There is a rumor that suggests Micheal Jordan might be in the process of making an Air Jordan sneaker just for Black Lives Matter. I wonder what would prompt this? Is it because Black people are being disenfranchised all over? OR is it because so-called White Supremacy is on the rise?

However, Jordan did drop some Black History Month kicks, even though he has not really represented Black Lives all that much.

Warriors Wanted To Trade Klay Thompson For Kyrie

Warriors Wanted To Trade Klay Thompson For Kyrie
(FreshAsFrankie) The NBA offseason keeps getting crazier by the day, with trades happening left and right. Recently, it was announced that Kyrie Irving would be heading to the Boston Celtics in a trade for Isaiah Thomas and others. Many teams showed interest in Kyrie Irving after he announced that he wanted to be traded from the Cavaliers. According to reports, one of those teams was the Golden State Warriors.

ESPN’s The Undefeated revealed that the Cavaliers reached out to the Warriors about possibly trading Irving for Klay Thompson before they made the decision to send their point guard to the Celtics. It was noted by Marc Spears of The Undefeated that the Warriors passed on the offer, which led the Cavs to send Irving to Boston.

Source: Bleacher Report