TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Thursday The 29th Of May: President Obama Host Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Read By Dr. Maya Angelou (PhD) 1928-2014.

 

Tall and regal, with a deep, majestic voice, Maya Angelou defied all probability and category, enjoying mainstream success as an author and thriving in virtually every artistic medium.

 

Angelou, a modern Renaissance woman, survived the harshest of childhoods to become a force on stage, screen, the printed page and the inaugural dais.

 

She died Wednesday at age 86. The Struggle Here On Earth Is Over Queen Maya. Rest And Worry No More.

 

 

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President Obama to Host Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit

WASHINGTON, DC – On Thursday, May 29, President Obama will host a Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit at the White House, where he will be joined by young athletes, parents, coaches, academics and experts, athletes, military service members, and other stakeholders.

 

We know that many parents are focused on how best to protect their child from concussions, identify when their child has a concussion, and how best to respond when their child has a concussion.  Last fall, the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council published a report that found that there are gaps in our research knowledge and that there is a startling lack of data on concussions, especially in youth sports.  The report also found that there is still a “culture of resistance” among athletes related to the self-reporting of concussions and the adherence to treatment plans once they experience a concussion.

 

The President believes we can and must do better and the Administration is committed to helping ensure that children continue to be active and play sports safely. During this summit, the Administration will announce new commitments from both the public and private sectors to raise awareness among young athletes, parents, school administrators, clinicians, coaches, and youth sports programs about how to identify, treat, and prevent concussions, as well as to conduct additional research in the field of sports-related concussions that will help better address concussions among students.

 

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WASHINGTON–President Barack Obama, on this overcast Thursday, hosts the White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit and a variety of public-private partnerships to deal with the problem.

 

 

From the White House: the “summit is bringing together key stakeholders to highlight new commitments, including new public-private partnerships, to increase research that will expand our knowledge of concussions and to provide parents, coaches, clinicians, and young athletes tools to better prevent, identify and respond to concussions.”

 

 

Actions Obama will announce, according to the White House:

·         The NCAA and the Department of Defense are jointly launching a $30 million effort to fund the most comprehensive clinical study of concussion and head impact exposure ever conducted and to issue an Educational Grand Challenge aimed at improving concussion safety behaviors in college sports and the military. This initiative aims to produce research on concussion risks, treatment and management through a multi-site longitudinal clinical study and advanced research projects.  Through an Educational Grand Challenge, the initiative aims to create novel and impactful evidence-based concussion education materials and solicit research proposals to identify key factors for affecting change in the culture and behavior of college student-athlete and other young adult populations with regard to concussions.

 

 

·         The NFL is committing $25 million over the next three years to support projects and partnerships aimed at promoting youth sports safety, including support for new pilot programs to expand access to athletic trainers in schools, in conjunction with the National Athletic Trainers Association, and to support a Back to Sports program — a collaboration with the National PTA and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association — to hold information sessions across the country to educate parents about sports safety and the value of sports participation and an active lifestyle.

 

 

·         The National Institutes of Health is announcing the launch of a new longitudinal research effort to detect, characterize, and measure the chronic effects of repetitive concussions to inform clinical trials aimed at preventing or slowing disease progression in the future.  NIH is being supported by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, starting with an initial investment of $16 million from its first Sports Health Program partner, the National Football League. This funding, together with grants announced at the end of last year, fulfill the $30 million commitment the NFL made to the NIH in 2012.   This fall, the NIH will convene public and private funders of concussion and TBI research, including NIH, the NFL, DoD, and NCAA, with the goal of supporting enhanced coordination among research efforts and better leveraging of public and private investments to accelerate research outcomes.

 

 

·         The UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program, with a $10 million investment from Steve Tisch, UCLA’s Departments of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics will launch the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program to target sports concussion prevention, outreach, research and treatment for athletes of all ages, especially youth.  The program will focus on strategies such as community education events, including a planned Southern California youth concussion day for players, coaches, parents and trainers; a new fellowship program training the next generation of pediatric sports neurologists; longitudinal research studies to advance understanding of and treatment of concussion; and expanded treatment capacity through new multidisciplinary concussion clinics.  In addition, this commitment will support a planning initiative to inform the development of a national system to accurately determine the incidence of youth sports-related concussions.

 

 

·          The National Institute of Standards and Technology will invest $5 million over five years as part of the Materials Genome Initiative, to work on tools to accelerate the development of advanced materials that can provide better protection against concussions for the athlete, the warfighter and others.  These efforts aim to advance the development of new materials including light-weight, structural composite, and active or smart materials for protective gear.

 

 

·         Pop Warner Little Scholars will participate this season in a research project modeled on the High School RIO reporting system, which tracks concussions and concussion trends in high school sports, to improve tracking of concussions among young athletes.  100 Pop Warner teams will participate in the RIO pilot.  Pop Warner provides youth football and cheer and dance programs to approximately 425,000 young people ranging in age from 5 to 16 years old.  The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia will launch a comprehensive pediatric and adolescent concussion registry to enable CHOP researchers to assess data for thousands of children with concussions to improve understanding of concussions and their impact on child health.

 

 

·         Safe Kids Worldwide, in partnership with Johnson & Johnson, will host more than 200 sports safety clinics for parents, coaches and young athletes across the country, including education on concussions, and will release a research report this summer providing updated insights into the culture of youth sports today.  The Brain Injury Association of America in collaboration with SAP will build an online application to help students, parents and educators better understand when to return to class after a concussion through a software platform that allows students, parents, educators, coaches and medical treatment providers to communicate.

 

 

·         USA Cheer will roll-out a new Head Injury Protocol to over 300,000 cheerleaders and their coaches this summer at clinics around the country to teach coaches and cheerleaders how to prevent, identify and seek treatment for any suspected head injuries.  USA Cheer and its partners, the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators, the U.S. All-Star Federation and the National Federation of State High School Associations will release new, updated cheerleading safety guidelines to reduce head injuries in cheerleading.

 

 

·         U.S. Soccer is establishing a Chief Medical Officer position to interface with the medical community and experts in the field of concussion management and prevention.   U.S. Soccer and Major League Soccer will jointly organize a first-of-its-kind Medical Summit to, among other topics, lead a coordinated effort on concussion management and prevention initiatives. They also will use their platforms to communicate PSAs and other concussion-related messages including through U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Team games, MLS games and special events, and other venues.

 

 

·         The National Federation of State High School Associations will host a concussion summit this year focused on promoting best practices to minimize injury risks in high school athletes.  NFHS writes playing rules for high school level sports, reaching more than 19,000 high schools and more than 7.7. million participants in high school sports.  The National High School Athletic Coaches Association will use its summer  convention to provide education sessions on concussion for high school coaches and expand the concussion information on its Web site. 

 

 

·         The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will promote the use of its new Heads Up to Parents app to help parents learn how to spot concussion symptoms and what to do if they think their child or teen has a concussion.  In response to the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation to evaluate education efforts, CDC will evaluate its Heads Up concussion education program to help ensure that its messages are best reaching parents, coaches and young athletes.  It also will support the evaluation of ‘return to play’ laws.

 

 

·         The American Academy of Neurology will host its first multidisciplinary Sports Concussion Conference this summer and continue to support a national public education campaign to increase awareness of its clinical guidelines on sports concussions.   The American Psychological Association will produce a Web-based Concussions Toolkit as a resource for psychologists on concussions research and clinical information.  The American Academy of Pediatrics anticipates releasing an updated policy statement on sports-related concussion in children and adolescents in the  fall of 2015.   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will, by spring 2015, release the clinical guidelines it is developing for the appropriate diagnosis and management of children and teens with mild traumatic brain injury, including concussions, for use in doctor’s offices and emergency departments.  CDC has convened a Pediatric Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Guideline Workgroup composed of leading clinical experts to support the development of these guidelines. 

 

 

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White House Schedule – May 29th, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 29th, 2014

 

WEEKEND GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
THURSDAY, MAY 29th, 2014

 

 

Thursday May 29th, 2014. All Times EDST

 

In the morning, the President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.

 

 

Later in the morning, the President will deliver remarks as part of the White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit.  He will be joined by young athletes, parents, coaches, academics, experts, athletes, military service members, and other stakeholders for these remarks in the East Room.  The President’s remarks will be open press.

 

 

In the afternoon, the President will join students participating in the White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit for a sports clinic on the South Lawn.  This event will be pooled press.

 

 

10:00 AM: THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.

 

 

11:10 AM: THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at the White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit, East Room.

 

 

12:30 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, The Brady Press Briefing Room.

 

 

 

2:55: PM: THE PRESIDENT participates in a clinic as part of the White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit, South Lawn.

 

 

3:00 PM: The Vice President attends a reception for the Democratic National Committee, Local Event Time: 12:00 PM. Private Residence – Seattle

 

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President Obama’s Schedule for the Week of May 29th to May 30th 2014

 

On Thursday, the President will host a summit at the White House on youth sports safety and concussions, where he will be joined by stakeholders, including young athletes, parents, coaches, experts, professional athletes, and military servicemembers. At the White House Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit, the President will announce new commitments by both the public and private sectors to raise awareness about how to identify, treat and prevent concussions, and conduct additional research in the field of sports-related concussions that will help us better address these problems.

 

On Friday, the President will attend a hurricane preparedness meeting at FEMA Headquarters.

 

 

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Gutierrez in Richmond, Va. to prod Cantor on immigration reform

 

By LYNN SWEET

 

Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA), Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) join a group of military 'DREAMers,' undocumented youth who aspire to serve the United States military but are prohibited from doing due to their immigration status, during a rally in front of the U.S. Capitol on May 20, 2014. | Getty Images

Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA), Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) join a group of military ‘DREAMers,’ undocumented youth who aspire to serve the United States military but are prohibited from doing due to their immigration status, during a rally in front of the U.S. Capitol on May 20, 2014. | Getty Images

 

WASHINGTON — Rep. Luis Gutiettez D-Ill. on Wednesday hits Richmond Va. to discuss immigration reform at the State Capitol. Richmond is in the congressional district of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor R-Va. congressional district (VA-7) and the event is designed to try to prod Cantor into getting House leadership to take up immigration reform — almost a year after the Senate passed a comprehensive reform bill.

 

There is not a lot of time left. In a speech on the House floor last week (May 20) Gutierrez noted only 18 legislative days before Congress takes a July 4 break.

 

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Hillary Clinton: Rahm Emanuel interviews her in Chicago June 11

 

By LYNN SWEET

 

WASHINGTON—Hillary Rodham Clinton hits Chicago for a speech on June 10—the day her new book “Hard Choices” is released—and at the Chicago Ideas Festival the next day, she will be interviewed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who is helping raise money for a group encouraging her to run for president in 2016.

 

Clinton returns to her hometown for the paid address to the United Fresh Produce Association and the Food Marketing Institute, meeting at McCormick Place coming on the release date of the anticipated blockbuster—and I say that based on news reports that a million copies of the book have been printed.

The Ideas Festival is calling the Clinton/Emanuel event a “conversation,” with the former Secretary of State delivering remarks for about 20 minutes, followed by Emanuel hosting a question and answer session which will include taking questions from the audience.

 

Ticket info:  chicagoideas.com Tickets to Clinton’s event will include a signed copy of Hard Choices.

 

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Westboro Baptist Church’s Plan to Protest D.C. High School Sparks Counterprotest

 

 

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A local high school’s effort to support its gay students has drawn the ire of the Westboro Baptist Church, provoking the divisive, Kansas-based group to plan a protest next month in the District.

 

On Wednesday, mayoral candidate David Catania, an openly gay member of the D.C. Council, called on residents of the city to stand with students at Woodrow Wilson High School “in support of tolerance and respect.”

 

The Northwest D.C. school will host a Pride Day on June 4, welcoming more than 20 organizations with support and services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning students into its atrium for a midday event.

 

Five days later, the WBC is planning an anti-gay protest on the sidewalk outside the school, attempting to catch the attention of students as they arrive for morning classes.

 

“This generation cannot find wisdom at any of their institutions of elementary, secondary or post-secondary education,” organizers declared in a release posted to Westboro’s website on Sunday. The group is targeting Wilson for providing resources to gay students.

 

Last year, Wilson made history as the first public school in D.C. to have a pride celebration.

 

Catania spoke with the principal, faculty and students behind the second annual event and thanked them for their work. Some have announced plans to organize a peaceful counterprotest.

 

“As I told the students, they are reaffirming the District’s legacy of inclusiveness and respect,” he said in a release.

 

“This is the city where Mildred and Richard Loving sought refuge and the freedom to love the person of their choice when the state of Virginia barred them from marrying because of the difference in the color of their skin,” he continued, referring to the landmark civil rights decision that invalidated laws barring interracial marriage. “More recently, it is the same city that was at the forefront of the fight for Marriage Equality.”

 

Catania, a Republican-turned-independent who spent much of his childhood in Kansas, is urging D.C. residents to back the students against the protesters.

 

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From Associated Press:

 

Conservative Senator: Gay Marriage Will Become Law Of The Land

 

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Hatch said people who can’t see what’s happening aren’t living in the real world. He made the remarks during an appearance on KSL-Radio’s Doug Wright Show (http://bit.ly/1koFdlh).

 

“Let’s face it: anybody who does not believe that gay marriage is going to be the law of the land just hasn’t been observing what’s going on,” said Hatch, a seven-term Republican senator who has been a proponent of keeping marriage exclusively between a man and a woman.

 

He said he doesn’t agree with the string of pro-gay marriage rulings, but defended two Utah judges who issued such decisions. Hatch said Robert Shelby and Dale Kimball are both excellent federal judges. Hatchrecommended both for the bench — Shelby in 2011 and Kimball in 1997.

 

“How do you blame the judge for deciding a case in accordance with what the Supreme Court has already articulated?” Hatch said.

 

His only criticism of Shelby was that he didn’t immediately put his ruling on hold when he struck down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban in December. More than 1,000 gay and lesbian couples until the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay more than two weeks later. The case is before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.

 

Gay rights activists have won 14 lower court cases since a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling last summer. Gay and lesbian couples currently can marry in 19 states and the District of Columbia, with Oregon and Pennsylvania being the latest states to join the list.

 

Hatch also questioned whether judges should be able to tell states how to handle an important matter like marriage.

 

He said he believes nobody should suffer discrimination, and said religious people should try to understand other people’s beliefs.

 

The former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee predicted the Supreme Court would take a gay marriage case in 2015.

 

“Sooner or later gay marriage is probably going to be approved by the Supreme Court of the United States, and certainly as the people in this country move toward it, especially young people,” Hatch said. “I don’t think that’s the right way to go, on the other hand, I do accept whatever the courts have to say.”

 

Thank you Associated Press.

 

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From TPM LIVEWIRE:

 

Newspaper Writes Blistering Editorial On McConnell’s Shift On Obamacare

 

By DANIEL STRAUSS

 

That doesn’t quite add up to the editorial board of the Lexington Herald-Leader.

 

“Repeal the federal law, which McConnell calls ‘Obamacare,’ and the state exchange would collapse,” the editorial said on Wednesday. “Kynect could not survive without the ACA’s insurance reforms, including no longer allowing insurance companies to cancel policies when people get sick or deny them coverage because of pre-existing conditions, as well as the provision ending lifetime limits on benefit payments. (Kentucky tried to enact such reforms in the 1990s and found out we were too small a market to do it alone.)”

 

The editorial goes on to say that Kynect wouldn’t be able to survive without the federal funding from Obamacare.

 

“Kynect is the Affordable Care Act is Obamacare — even if Kentuckians are confused about which is which,” the editorial continued.

 

The editorial went on to say that the talking points it received from the McConnell campaign in response to questions about McConnell on Kynect and Obamacare are “unconnected to reality.”

 

“Kentuckians are waiting to learn if their five-term senator understands —or cares— how much is at stake,” the editorial concluded.

 

 

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Let’s Cook! with Richard Sherman and the Seattle Seahawks

 

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Richard Sherman of the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks goes into the White House Kitchen to cook up something special. http://www.letsmove.gov

 

 

 

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St. Louis Rams Pick 2013 SEC Player Of The Year, Michael Sam, 249th Overall Pick Out Of 256, In NFL Draft.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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From The Associated Press:

 

St. Louis Rams pick Michael Sam in NFL draft

 

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Sam was picked by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the NFL draft Saturday, becoming the first openly gay player drafted by a pro football team. Sam played at Missouri, and came out as gay in media interviews earlier this year. His team and coaches knew his secret and kept it for his final college season. He went on to have the best year of his career: He was the Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year.

He was taken with the 249th overall pick out of 256. He’ll start his professional career not far from the place where he played his college ball.

The 6-foot-2, 255-pound Sam was considered a mid-to-late round pick, far from a sure thing to be drafted. He played defensive end in college, but he’s short for that position in the NFL and slower than most outside linebackers, the position he’ll need to transition to at the professional level.

The impact of his selection goes far beyond football. At a time when gay marriage is gaining acceptance among Americans, Sam’s entry into the NFL is a huge step toward the integration of gay men into professional team sports. Pro sports have in many ways lagged behind the rest of society in acceptance.

Publicly, most people in and related to the NFL have been supportive of Sam. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said Sam would be welcome in the league and judged solely on his ability to play. A few wondered whether teams would be reluctant to draft Sam because of all the media attention that would come with it.

Fair or not, the NFL — coming off a season in which a bullying scandal involving players on the Miami Dolphins was one of the biggest stories in sports — was looking at a possible public relations hit if Sam was not drafted. He would likely have been signed as a free agent and given a chance to make a team in training camp, but to many it would have looked as if he was being rejected.

Now that he’s here, it could be seen as an opportunity for the NFL to show that crass locker room culture is not as prevalent as it might have looked to those who followed the embarrassing Dolphins scandal.

Thank you Associated Press

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The NFL at last has drafted its first openly gay player, and he’ll be headed to St. Louis.

 

The Rams selected defensive end Michael Sam with pick No. 249 Saturday night, ending months of speculation to when – or if – Sam would hear his name called in the draft.

 

“Thank you to the St. Louis Rams and the whole city of St. Louis. I’m using every [ounce] of this to achieve greatness!!” Sam wrote on Twitter shortly after the draft ended Saturday night, while posting a picture of himself wearing a Rams ball cap and a huge grin.

 

WATCH: Michael Sam’s reaction

 

REACTION: Around Twitter to Sam being drafted

 

Sam became the first openly gay athlete drafted into one of America’s major professional sports leagues. Veteran NBA player Jason Collins came out last summer and plays for the New Jersey Nets.

 

Sam was drafted of the seventh and final round of the draft, and only seven players were drafted later.

 

“For Michael, it’s a little bit of relief that it’s over, and you can finally say you’re part of the NFL family. That is a dream come true for so many football players. That’s a realization that all his hard work has paid off,” gay former NFL player Wade Davis, the executive director of the You Can Play Project, told USA TODAY Sports. “Now he can really start to focus on his new journey.”

 

Sam, who allowed ESPN cameras to document his historic moment, began sobbing after receiving the phone call from the Rams. He hugged and kissed his boyfriend, whom Outsports.com identified as a man named Vito, in video that aired moments later on national television.

 

Sam was a first-team USA TODAY All-America selection at Missouri last fall after leading the SEC with 11.5 sacks. He did that after having announced his sexuality to his teammates prior to his senior year. It clearly wasn’t an issue for the Tigers, who won the SEC East and the Cotton Bowl.

 

Sam’s sexuality was big news three months ago, but his football acumen seemed to be more of an issue for NFL teams in the lead up to the draft. He was considered to be small by NFL standards, just 6-foot-2 and 252, and had a disappointing showing at the NFL scouting combine in February. His 40-yard dash was slow, at 4.91 seconds, and he didn’t jump as high or lift as much as the top pass rushers in the class.

Sam’s measurables improved at his pro day in Columbia, Mo. in March, and Sam was widely considered to be a third-day pick, with projections that he would come off the board anywhere in the later rounds of the draft.

 

“As much contact I’ve had with teams and owners and general managers over the past couple of months, I have no doubt that teams are evaluating him strictly on his football ability,” Davis said. “That’s not to say there aren’t one or two that were scared off by it, but the vast majority of teams really are just saying hey, if this guy can help us win, and he has a body of work that we all respect, then we’re going to take him.”

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Yet as Saturday afternoon turned to evening, and the seventh round began with Sam still undrafted, his status became the most compelling storyline in the final stage of the three-day draft.

 

ESPN, who had a camera with Sam in San Diego, had reporter Shelley Smith broadcasting live from a watch party at a gay bar in West Hollywood, while the hashtag #SamFans united Sam’s supporters online.

 

“It’s good that Michael Sam was drafted. I think there’s still very much a problem in that it took for so long for it to happen. But, baby steps,” former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, one of the first active players to publicly advocate for gay rights, told USA TODAY Sports.

 

With the Rams’ decision to draft Sam, the NFL might be able to dodge serious questions that Sam’s sexuality affected his draft status had all 32 teams passed on Sam.

 

Sam made his public announcement in February in a series of interviews with The New York Times and ESPN and then spoke about sexuality at a press conference at the combine in Indianapolis. He has largely avoided the spotlight since, eschewing interviews with large and small media outlets.

 

Sam spent draft weekend in San Diego, watching the draft unfold in private, inviting only one television camera from ESPN to record his reaction. The video of Sam and his boyfriend, their hugs and kisses, and their playful exchange as Sam smeared a cupcake on his partner’s face, went viral by Saturday evening, and might wind up being the iconic images from this entire draft.

 

The media attention will certainly return as soon as he arrives in St. Louis, where he’ll participate in his first minicamp next weekend.

 

“If you draft him, or you sign him as a collegiate free agent, then you need help on the public relations front. You’re going to face public relations issues with him that will be different from what your PR director is used to facing,” former Colts general manager and current ESPN analyst Bill Polian said last week. “It becomes an all-encompassing media issue that you as a club need to be able to handle. That’s not the GM’s concern now. He’s trying to grade Michael Sam as a football player. I believe in my humble opinion that he’s a draftable player.”

 

Davis is working with the NFL to help executives, coaches and players better understand LGBT issues in pro sports — not just to help the league prepare for Sam’s arrival, but to make the NFL a more welcoming environment for future gay players.

 

Davis met with league officials, including commissioner Roger Goodell, in New York City and gave a presentation to league owners, general managers and head coaches in Orlando in March.

 

Now Davis is working with NFL vice president Troy Davis to put together a series of presentations with teams and players as part of the league’s Respect at Work program.

 

“This really is a reassurance that all the work that we’ve been doing is impactful, that it’s been paying off for so many other LBGTQ individuals, and those who are straight as well, who can look to the NFL and see that it is welcoming,” Davis said. “Young kids can now turn on their televisions and see that Wow, I can say that in my lifetime I saw the very first openly gay NFL player.”

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Super Bowl XLVIII Is Why The Game Is Played And “The Expert Pundits” Should Be Ignored.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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The Denver Broncos Must Have Been Tied Up In Gov. Chris Christie’s Bridge Gate, You Know, Stuck In That Traffic Study On The George Washington Bridge. They Never Showed Up To Play In Super Bowl XLVIII.

 

This is why we play the actual sports games and don’t pay a lick of attention to ALL the sports “experts” who are highly paid idiots, according to their Super Bowl picks for XLVIII.

 

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Super Bowl XLVIII By The Numbers: Historic ineptitude on display.

 

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The game wasn’t all that interesting, not with the Seahawks jumping out to a big lead and with the Broncos unable to do anything about it, but Super Bowl XLVIII certainly produced some interesting statistics.

 

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Like, how Peyton Manning set a Super Bowl record for the most completions and Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas set a Super Bowl record for the most catches. So, it wasn’t all bad for Denver, am I right?

 

Anyway, here were the most fascinating numbers for the final game of the 2013 season.

 

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0: The number of times in NFL history before Sunday that an NFL game ended with a 43-8 score.

 

0: The number of interceptions thrown by Russell Wilson this postseason.

 

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0.125: The percentage of successful replay challenges by Broncos coach John Fox this season. Fox challenged the call of a forward pass by Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in the first half, but referee Terry McAuley confirmed the original ruling on the field. On the season, Fox was 1 for 8.

 

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2:02: The length of time of Renee Fleming’s beautiful national anthem if you hit the stopwatch when she opened her mouth to sing.

 

2:12: The length of time of Renee Fleming’s gorgeous national anthem if you hit the stopwatch when her accompanying band began to play.

 

3: The number of consecutive seasons that a safety has been scored in a Super Bowl, via Michael David Smith.

 

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3: The number of times since the 1975 season, including Sunday, that a Super Bowl team has not scored at least 10 points in the game.

 

5: The number of points the Seahawks had accumulated early in the first quarter. No other Super Bowl team in history has ever had five points on the scoreboard.

 

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5: The number of losses for the Broncos in Super Bowl games. That’s the most of any team in the league.

 

11:41: The amount of time in the first quarter that the Seahawks held the ball. Overall, Seattle ran 22 plays in the first 15 minutes. Denver ran six.

 

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12: The number of seconds it took for the Seahawks to score, the fastest score in Super Bowl history. The previous fastest was 14 seconds when Devin Hester scored on the opening kickoff return in Super XLI.

 

13: The number of receptions for Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas, the most of anybody in Super Bowl history.

 

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13: The number of years it’s been since a Super Bowl participant was shut out in the first half. That would be the Giants falling behind 10-0 to the Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV.

 

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19: The number of minutes into the game that it took for the Broncos to get their first first down.

 

24: The number of times a coin flip in the Super Bowl has landed on heads, and the number of times it’s landed on tails, via RJ Bell.

 

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29: The number of points scored by the Seahawks to start the game, the most consecutive points ever scored by one team to open a game since the Redskins scored 24 in Super Bowl XXVI, via ESPN Stats Info.

 

33: The number of completions Sunday by Peyton Manning, the most-ever by a Super Bowl quarterback.

 

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69: The length of Malcolm Smith‘s pick-6 of Peyton Manning in the first half. It’s the longest interception return for a touchdown since Tracy Porter returned one 74 yards in Super Bowl XLIV against a guy named Peyton Manning.

 

82,529: The number of fans who jammed themselves into MetLife Stadium to watch the game.

 

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526,217: The base salary made by Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson for the entire 2013 season.

 

882,352:The salary made by Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning eachweek of the NFL season, via Bryan A. Graham.

 

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$10.2 Million: The amount the legendary boxer, Floyd Mayweather bet on a Denver Broncos victory. I won’t mention the starving children, poor families, charities that could have used that $10.2 million. Now his bookie can retire. Oh well, he’ll just jave to fight Manny Pacquiáo.

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Best, worst of Super Bowl XLVIII

 

Evaluating the memorable moments of Seattle’s Super blowout of Denver

 

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The Seattle Seahawks, underdogs in the eyes of the folks in Las Vegas, smoked the Denver Broncos 43-8.
This was an unlikely game in which Peyton Manning did a passable imitation of his beleaguered younger brother, Eli. Or was it barely passable? This season alone, Eli (15) and Peyton (two) combined to throw 17 interceptions at MetLife Stadium, the home of the Giants and Jets. In a quirky turn of events, the brothers combined to throw seven interceptions (and one lonely touchdown) here against the Seahawks this season.
The best play of the game, if you are a Seahawks fan, was linebacker Malcolm Smith‘s 69-yard interception return for a touchdown late in the second quarter. Defensive end Cliff Avril hit Manning’s arm as he released the ball, and Smith gathered in the disabled duck — and ran a wondrous, meandering route to the end zone. That gave Seattle a stunning 22-0 lead.
It was the longest interception return for a touchdown since the Saints’ Tracy Porter took one back 74 yards — against Manning in Super Bowl XLIV.
Going in, if you had known that Seattle’s two starting cornerbacks — Richard Sherman and Byron Maxwell — would be out of the game midway through the fourth quarter, you might have thought Manning would have a field day. Instead, he merely finished the game with a Super Bowl record for completions (34), an exceedingly hollow victory.
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Best effort by a part-time player: It’s not how you start; it’s how you finish. Seattle wide receiver Percy Harvin got a six-year, $67 million contract but made exactly one catch during the 2013 regular season. Hip surgery on Aug. 1 to repair a torn labrum took Harvin out of play for much of the season, but he returned for the divisional playoff game against the Saints (three catches), then suffered a concussion. After sitting out the NFC Championship Game against the 49ers, he was a big part of the Seahawks’ offensive game plan. He had two sweet runs in the first half, a 30-yard rush around left end and a 15-yard sweep. Then he ran back the kickoff to open the second half 87 yards for a touchdown — and a 29-0 lead.
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Best quarterback: Russell Wilson is the most successful quarterback in NFL history over his first two seasons. This Super Bowl victory gives Wilson a total of 28 wins — one more than the Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger in 2004 and ’05. This is a guy who was drafted in the third round, 53 spots behind Cleveland’s Brandon Weeden.
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Worst quarterback: He had the best offensive season in NFL history, but he was also the second-oldest quarterback to start this ultimate game. Peyton Manning was the only player on either team to win a Super Bowl, but he certainly didn’t win this one. No, the two interceptions weren’t completely his fault, but his big-game nerves will be questioned after this loss. Again. Manning is now 11-12 in playoff games.
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Worst effort in the big game: The Broncos franchise is now 2-5 in Super Bowls — and the only team to lose five. The worst Super Bowl blowout ever? The Broncos lost to the 49ers 55-10 in Super Bowl XXIV.
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Best career opportunist: In addition to his memorable interception, Smith had a backbreaking fumble recovery in the third quarter. Cornerback Byron Maxwell punched the ball from the hands of Demaryius Thomas. Smith scooped it up, and it wasn’t long before Seattle had a 36-0 lead.
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Best non-omen: The Seahawks had zero players who had previously appeared in a Super Bowl, the first team with that number since the 1990 Buffalo Bills. Those Bills, by the way, lost a tough one to the Giants (Scott Norwood, wide right) and went on to lose four consecutive Super Bowls. The Seahawks, obviously, are not students of history.
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Worst start (ever):We’ve seen Peyton Manning check out of so many plays this season that we almost expect it. So when the Broncos’ quarterback stepped out of the shotgun formation and moved toward center Manny Ramirez on the first offensive play of the game, it seemed like business as usual. But then Ramirez inexplicably snapped the ball over Manning’s head. It sailed into the end zone, and Seattle had a stunning safety — 12 seconds into the game. It was the fastest score in Super Bowl history and only the ninth safety. The second-fastest? Chicago’s Devin Hester took the opening kickoff all the way back in Super Bowl XLI — against Manning’s Indianapolis Colts. Indianapolis, for the record, came back to win that game.
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Best dressed: Manning, declining to follow the fashion trend of Michael Jackson, actually wore two gloves, one on each hand. An hour before the game, when he first started throwing, the temperature was 52 degrees. But with a forecast calling for the low 40s (not to mention a modest wind chill), Manning probably didn’t want to make a “Bad” decision and change midstream.
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Worst dressed: “Broadway” Joe Namath made a pregame sideline appearance wearing an enormous retro 1960s fur coat, which sent Twitter into a tizzy. It was tawny, with white, snowy piping, and it had a hood. See temperature in above item.
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Best breakup: If not for Denver linebacker Nate Irving, the Seahawks almost certainly would have had a 12-0 lead in the first quarter. But after Russell Wilson feathered a lovely pass up and over into the end zone to Jermaine Kearse, Irving stuck his right hand in Kearse’s face. As they fell to earth, he wrenched the ball loose, and Seattle had to settle for a field goal.
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Worst route-running decision: On paper, it was an ugly interception by Manning. But judging by the exercised discussion his coaches had with him afterward, tight end Julius Thomas might have broken off the route prematurely. In any event, Seattle safety Kam Chancellor collected the late-first-quarter gift ball, and the Seahawks had another offensive possession. They ran 22 plays in the first quarter versus only seven for Denver.
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Best dodged bullet: The Broncos’ Trindon Holliday appeared to fumble after returning a kickoff past his 30-yard-line. Chris Maragos knocked it loose, and kicker Steven Hauschka recovered. It was ruled a fumble on the field and would have given Seattle the ball in Denver territory with more than three minutes left in the first half. But, upon further review, Holliday was ruled down by contact. So take heart, Broncos fans. It could’ve been worse.
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Jonathan Martin, Richard Incognito And The National Football League


 

By Jueseppi B

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This is a very sticky nasty complex issue of racism, harassment, bullying, misconceptions of masculinity and common sense.

 

I’ll start off with this:

Incognito Used Slurs In Voicemail to Martin

 

Published on Nov 4, 2013

Marcellus Wiley joins Numbers Never Lie‘s Jemele Hill and Michael Smith to discuss breaking news reports of a transcript surfacing that details a profane voicemail allegedly left by Miami Dolphins‘ Richie Incognito for teammate Jonathan Martin.

 

 

 

From The Huffington Post:

Richie Incognito Threatened Jonathan Martin, Used Racial Slur To Refer To Dolphins Teammate: REPORTS

 

Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito used a racial slur to refer to teammate Jonathan Martin in threatening text messages, as first reported by Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com. Martin, a second-year offensive lineman, abruptly left the team last week to reportedly receive help for emotional issues.

 

Citing a source with knowledge of text messages that Martin made available to his parents, the Dolphins and the NFL, La Canfora reported that Incognito called Martin, who is biracial, a “half-n*****” and threatened his family. ESPN’s Adam Schefter obtained the transcript of a threatening voicemail that Incognito allegedly left Martin. Citing sources multiple sources who confirmed the authenticity of the transcript, Schefter reported that the NFL and the Dolphins have heard the message.

 

Schefter and ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, citing multiple sources, reported over the weekend that Incognito played a key role in the alleged bullying and harassment of Martin. Incognito, however, denied the reports and lashed out at Schefter on Twitter for linking him to Martin’s case.

 

The Dolphins issued a statement Sunday morning saying that the“notion of bullying is based on speculation and has not been presented to us as a concern from Jonathan or anyone else internally.” But later on Sunday night, the Dolphins suspended Incognito indefinitely.

 

“We believe in maintaining a culture of respect for one another and as a result we believe this decision is in the best interest of the organization at this time,” the organization said in a statement released just before midnight. “We will continue to work with the league on this matter.”

 

According to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports, Martin will begin his therapy today in California.

 

UPDATE: Citing a “ranking club source” on Monday, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reported that Richie Incognito is “done” with the Miami Dolphins.

 

“There are procedures in place and everyone wants to be fair,” the source told Salguero. “The NFL is involved. But from a club perspective he’ll never play another game here.”

 

Thank you The Huffington Post

 

 

From The Hollywood Gossip:

Richie Incognito Voicemail Includes Homophobic Slurs, Racial Taunts

by Hilton Hater

 

Rookie offensive lineman Jonathan Martin left the Miami Dolphins last week due to frustration and anger over being at the center of multiple, extreme hazing rituals.

 

And now transcripts of a voicemail teammate Richie Incognito left for Martin give fans a clearer idea of just what had been going on inside the Miami locker room over the past few months.

 

Martin had reportedly paid $15,000 to Incognito for a Las Vegas trip that he did not even attend, telling sources that he feared repercussions from his fellow lineman if he did not pony up the cash.

 

It’s unclear what, exactly, Martin meant by this – but one can hazard a guess based on the following, which is a transcript of a voice message Incognito left for Martin in April 2013, a year after Martin was drafted:

“Hey, wassup, you half nigger piece of shit. I saw you on Twitter, you been training 10 weeks. [I want to] shit in your fucking mouth. [I'm going to] slap your fucking mouth.”

 

“[I'm going to] slap your real mother across the face [laughter].”

 

“Fuck you, you’re still a rookie. I’ll kill you.”

 

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that officials from the NFL and from the Dolphins have heard the message and also seen texts from Incognito to Marin that include derogatory terms referring to the female anatomy and sexual orientation.

 

Incognito was suspended indefinitely by the team last night for conduct detrimental to the squad and has a resume that would make Lindsay Lohan ashamed.

 

He was suspended by the University of Nebraska in 2004 for violations of team rules; dismissed from Oregon after transferring there; and was voted the NFL’s Dirtiest Played in 2009.

 

Still, though, Miami voted Incognito to its six-player leadership council to start this season.

 

It is unknown, meanwhile, if Martin will return to the Dolphins.

 

Thank you The Hollywood Gossip

 

 

From The Miami Herald Blog:

Incognito considered black in Dolphins locker room

 

Posted by Armando Salguero

One of the most curious aspects of the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin story is how race has become very much a part of it outside the Dolphins locker room — in the media and among fans and observers — but not at all so far within the Dolphins locker room. 

 

Think of this:

Richie Incognito left Jonathan Martin a voice mail that, among other things, called Martin a “half-n—-r.” And Dolphins players of color, knowing of the voicemail, have expressed no problems with Incognito.

 

“I don’t have a problem with Richie,” Mike Wallace said. “I love Richie.”

 

“I don’t think Richie is a racist,” cornerback Brent Grimes said.

 

“Richie Incognito isn’t a racist,” tight end Michael Egnew said.

 

ESPN analyst and former Dolphins wide receiver Cris Carter has know Mike Pouncey since the player’s childhood. Today Carter said on air he recently spoke to Mike Pouncey and the center, who is Incognito’s friend, addressed race.

 

“They don’t feel as if he’s a racist, they don’t feel as if he picked on Jonathan repeatedly and bullied him, but if they could do it all over again there would be situations that they might change but they’re very, very comfortable with Richie,” Carter said.

 

“They think it’s sad, not only that Jonathan’s not on the football team, but also that Richie is being depicted as a bigot and as a racist.”

 

How is this possible?

 

Well, I’ve spoken to multiple people today about this and the explanation from all of them is that in the Dolphins locker room, Richie Incognito was considered a black guy. He was accepted by the black players. He was an honorary black man.

 

And Jonathan Martin, who is bi-racial, was not. Indeed, Martin was considered less black than Incognito.

 

“Richie is honarary,” one player who left the Dolphins this offseason told me today. “I don’t expect you to understand because you’re not black. But being a black guy, being a brother is more than just about skin color. It’s about how you carry yourself. How you play. Where you come from. What you’ve experienced. A lot of things.”

 

Another former Dolphins employee told me Martin is considered “soft” by his teammates and that’s a reason he’s not readily accepted by some of the players, particularly the black players. His background — Stanford educated and the son of highly educated people — was not necessarily seen as a strength or a positive by some players and it perpetuated in the way Martin carried himself.

 

And so — agree with it or not, comprehend it or not — this is a reason the Dolphins haven’t turned on Incognito as a racist.

 

Thank you The Miami Herald Blog

 

 

From NBC Sports:

 

David Cornwell’s statement regarding Jonathan Martin

 

Posted by Mike Florio on November 7, 2013, 9:02 PM EST

[Editor's note:  On Thursday night, lawyer David Cornwell issued a statement on behalf of Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin.  The full text of the statement appears below.]

 

Jonathan Martin’s toughness is not at issue. Jonathan has started every game with the Miami Dolphins since he was drafted in 2012. At Stanford, he was the anchor for Jim Harbaugh’s “smash mouth” brand of football and he protected Andrew Luck’s blind side.

 

The issue is Jonathan’s treatment by his teammates.  Jonathan endured harassment that went far beyond the traditional locker room hazing.  For the entire season-and-a-half that he was with the Dolphins, he attempted to befriend the same teammates who subjected him to the abuse with the hope that doing so would end the harassment.  This is a textbook reaction of victims of bullying.  Despite these efforts, the taunting continued.  Beyond the well-publicized voice mail with its racial epithet, Jonathan endured a malicious physical attack on him by a teammate, and daily vulgar comments such as the quote at the bottom.  These facts are not in dispute.

 

Eventually, Jonathan made a difficult choice. Despite his love for football, Jonathan left the Dolphins. Jonathan looks forward to getting back to playing football. In the meantime, he will cooperate fully with the NFL investigation.

 

Quote from teammate: “We are going to run train on your sister. . . . She loves me. I am going to fuck her without a condom and cum in her cunt.”

 

Thank you NBC Sports

 

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Quote from teammate: “We are going to run train on your sister. . . . She loves me. I am going to fuck her without a condom and cum in her cunt.”

 

I use these vulgar words because not using them lessens the seriousness of this offense against Jonathan Martin by Richie Incognito.

 

I’m not sure how conduct goes in an NFL locker room, nor do i understand the mentality that allows a caucasian man to call a Black man a nigger, OR talk about fucking his sister, pulling a train on her and cumming in her cunt.

 

 

I’m curious how this attack against Mr. Martin’s sister plays into toughening up Mr. Martin by Mr. Incognito? How does calling Mr. Martin a nigger make him a better football player?

 

I firmly believe football needs to be outlawed period. Yes I typed that. NFL players are dying from head injuries received from playing the “game” of football. It’s actually like playing Russian Roulette in that you don’t know until years later if you have CTE.

 

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a form of encephalopathy that is a progressive degenerative disease, which can only be definitively diagnosed postmortem, in individuals with a history of multiple concussions and other forms of head injury. The disease was previously called dementia pugilistica (DP), as it was initially found in those with a history of boxing. CTE has been most commonly found in professional athletes participating in American footballice hockeyprofessional wrestling and other contact sports who have experienced repetitive brain trauma. It has also been found in soldiers exposed to a blast or a concussive injury, in both cases resulting in characteristic degeneration of brain tissue and the accumulation of tau protein. Individuals with CTE may show symptoms of dementia, such as memory lossaggression, confusion and depression, which generally appear years or many decades after the trauma.

 

Repeated concussions and injuries less serious than concussions (“sub-concussions”) incurred during the play of contact sports over a long period can result in CTE. In the case of blast injury, a single exposure to a blast and the subsequent violent movement of the head in the blast wind can cause the condition.

 

CTE is to blame for the suicide deaths of Dave Duerson and Junior Seau as well as diagnosed post-mortem in  Mike WebsterTerry LongAndre WatersJustin Strzelczyk and Tom McHale,  Lou Creekmur,  John Grimsley,  Tom McHale,  Chris Henry. Other football players diagnosed with CTE include Cookie Gilchrist  and Wally Hilgenberg, among others.

 

Now the NFL also hides and covers up bullying and harassment in it’s locker rooms. In any work place in America a claim such as the claim Jonathan Martin has made would be handled by the Human Resources Department, with legal action taken as well as termination of harassing party.

 

NOT in the National Football League. In the National Football League, bullying & harassment are good for business. Bullying & harassment are encouraged by management and coaches.

 

I’ve heard fellow tough men in the NFL say Martin should have fought back instead of walking away from the “team” as if a team consists of men who do nothing and stand by and watch the bullying of a “teammate” in their NFL locker room.

 

Funny thing about fighting back….in 2013 fighting back means going out to your vehicle, opening the glove box, retrieving a 9mm and returning to the locker room and killing everybody in sight.

 

Good thing Jonathan Martin’s educated parents raised him to walk away. Huh.

 

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Welcome To Cafe Swag™: Whats Happening At 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue


 

By Jueseppi B.

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White House Tweets – August 20, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 2013: Photo of the Day

 

From White House Photographer Pete Souza

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President Barack Obama talks with former coach Don Shula prior to a ceremony honoring the 1972 Super Bowl Champion Miami Dolphins, in the Blue Room of the White House, Aug. 20, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama talks with former coach Don Shula prior to a ceremony honoring the 1972 Super Bowl Champion Miami Dolphins, in the Blue Room of the White House, Aug. 20, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

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President Obama Honors the 1973 Super Bowl Champion Miami Dolphins

August 20, 2013 | 9:00 |Public Domain

 

President Obama welcomes the 1972-1973 Miami Dolphins to the White House to honor their 1973 Super Bowl win and their undefeated season.

 

 

 

 

Press Briefing by Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest

August 20, 2013 | 49:32 |Public Domain

 

White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statements and Releases August 20, 2013

 

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Meeting with Indian NSA Shivshankar Menon

 

 

Statement by the President on the Presidential Elections in Mali

 

 

Remarks by the President Honoring the 1973 Super Bowl Champion Miami Dolphins

 

 

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Gene Sperling, Brandon Belford
August 20, 2013
04:00 PM EDT

 

America has always been a nation of immigrants, and throughout the nation’s history, immigrants and visitors from around the globe have kept our workforce vibrant, our businesses on the cutting edge, and helped to build the greatest economic engine in the world. However, America’s immigration system is broken and has not kept pace with changing times. Our outdated immigration system has hindered our ability to attract legitimate international travelers and the best foreign workers. This isn’t good for the economy or the country. This is why Congress needs to pass comprehensive reform to fix our broken immigration system: doing so would go a long way to grow our economy, create jobs and improve America’s ability to compete for the best global talent.

 

Today, we are highlighting another economic benefit of commonsense immigration reform: a boost to U.S. travel and tourism.

 

Travel and tourism, which is the number one service that we export and a key source of job creation, is reliant on a modern immigration system that allows us to efficiently welcome legitimate international visitors to America.

 

In 2012, international travel and tourism resulted in $165.6 billion in exports and the entire U.S. tourism and travel industry accounted for $1.4 trillion in economic activity and supported nearly 8 million jobs. That’s a contribution to the U.S. GDP and the job force that we should make every effort to grow.

 

In fact, this momentum has continued, the leisure and hospitality sector has created more than 450,000 jobs in the past twelve months. And tourism spending continues to be a key driver of economic growth for a number of regions throughout the country.

 

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Megan Slack
Megan Slack

August 20, 2013
04:17 PM EDT

 

Today, President Obama sent the message below to the White House email list to explain why he’ll be on the road this week talking about his plan to make college more affordable. If you didn’t get the email, be sure to sign up.

 


 

Hello, everybody –

Michelle and I know exactly how tough it can be to pay for higher education. By the time we finished paying back the loans we took out to go to college and grad school, I was on my way to being a U.S. Senator.

 

I believe that anyone who works hard should have the same opportunities that our educations gave us. That’s why, as President, I’ve made it a personal mission to make higher education more affordable — and why I’m going to be visiting school campuses later this week.

 

Learn more about why this is the time to take action.

The facts are clear. Over the past three decades, the average tuition at a public four-year college has more than tripled. At the same time, many state governments are actually reducing their support for education, and many middle-class students are getting stuck with the tab. Today, the average student taking out loans to pay for education graduates with more than $26,000 in debt.

 

Just tinkering around the edges won’t be enough: To create a better bargain for the middle class, we have to fundamentally rethink about how higher education is paid for in this country. We’ve got to shake up the current system.

 

That’s why, starting Thursday, I will be embarking on a bus tour to offer my plan to make college more affordable, tackle rising costs, and improve value for students and their families. My plan includes real reforms that would bring lasting change. They won’t all be popular with everyone –including some who’ve made higher education their business — but it’s past time that more of our colleges work better for the students they exist to serve.

 

Over the past four and a half years, we’ve worked to put college in reach for more students and their families through tax credits, improving access to financial aid, and new options that make it easier to repay those loans.

 

But if we’re going to keep the doors of higher education open to everyone who works for it, we need to do more — much more. And that’s exactly what I’m going to be talking about this week.

 

So learn more here, then help to spread the word:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/share/college-affordability

 

Thanks,

President Barack Obama

 

 

 

Tyler Holden
August 20, 2013
05:15 PM EDT

 

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When the Miami Dolphins took to the field at the Los Angeles Coliseum on January 14, 1973, history was on the line. After winning every game so far in the season, that Super Bowl Sunday, the Dolphins swept past the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII with a 14-7 victory to clinch the championship. With two touchdowns and extra point conversions, the Dolphins became the first team in the NFL to have a perfect season. Now, 40 years after the Dolphins first donned their Super Bowl rings, they remain the only undefeated team in NFL history.

 

Today in the East Room, President Obama welcomed the 1973 Super Bowl Champion Miami Dolphins to the White House to celebrate their accomplishment. It did not become common practice for Super Bowl champions to visit the White House until after 1980, and President Obama was able to take advantage of past presidents’ missed opportunity.

 

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An Important Announcement:

 

A very important and vital organization is forming to defeat ALEC, a group responsible for creating the Stand Your Ground Laws in 31 United States. This new organization is in the beginning stages of getting set up and started in it’s efforts to defeat ALEC. 

 

To get involved and get included from the ground up, please visit WE Political Sigh Up Form.

 

A little background on A.L.E.C.:

A.L.E.C. …..Corporations Are Indeed People Too.

 

Corporations Leaving A.L.E.C./Koch Brothers

 

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