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Colin Kaepernick refuses “to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people”...

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  • stringer bellstringer bell Members Posts: 26,212 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited September 2017
  • stringer bellstringer bell Members Posts: 26,212 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited September 2017


    https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/las-vegas-police-explain-michael-bennett-incident-refute-claim-of-racial-profiling/
    Las Vegas police explain Michael Bennett incident, refute claim of racial profiling

    Las Vegas police have now described their version of events in the Michael Bennett case

    Just hours after Michael Bennett made several startling claims against Las Vegas police, the department strongly defended itself by describing their version of events during a press conference on Wednesday.

    According to Bennett, he was assaulted by police after attending the Mayweather-McGregor fight on August 26. At some point after the fight, Bennett was walking back to his hotel when he heard gunshots. The shots were heard by hundreds of people, who all began to flee the area.

    Once police were on the scene, Bennett says that they "singled" him out and pointed their guns at him for "nothing more than being a black man in the wrong at the wrong time."

    Bennett also added that the officers used excessive force while he was in custody, and that one cop even threatened to "blow his head off."

    Kevin McMahill, the Undersheriff of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, gave the LVMPD's version of events during the department's press conference.

    According to McMahill, police received a call around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday about a possible active shooter who was believed to be somewhere around Drai's nightclub at the Cromwell casino.


    When officers arrived at the hotel, it was total chaos as hundreds of people were attempting to flee the supposed shooter (the Daily Mail has a picture that was taken as people were fleeing and you can see that by clicking here).

    After clearing the casino, a team of officer's started heading toward Drai's nightclub, and while they were on the way there, they located Bennett.

    "As they moved toward the nightclub, an individual later identified as Bennett was seen crouched down behind a gaming machine as the officers approached," McMahill sald. "Once Bennett was in the officer's view, he quickly ran out the south doors, jumped over a wall onto Flamingo Road East of Las Vegas Boulevard into traffic."

    According to McMahill, the officers viewed Bennett's actions as suspicious, which is why he was handcuffed.

    "Due to Bennett's actions, and the information the officer's had at the time, they believed that Bennett may have been involved in the shooting and they gave chase," McMahill said. "Bennett was placed in handcuffs and detained while officers determined whether or not he was involved in the incident."


    In his statement, Bennett said his time in custody felt like an "eternity" due to the brutal way that the officers treated him.

    McMahill said the Seahawks defensive end was in custody for 10 minutes.

    "He was detained for approximately 10 minutes and released," McMahill said.

    McMahill also added that Bennett told the officers that he "understood" why the situation happened after Vegas police explained it to him.

    "Mr. Bennett, at the scene, had the incident explained to him by a supervisor and he said that he understood and that he had no problem with what the officers did," McMahill said.

    However, McMahill did go on to say that Bennett did actually mention having an issue with one of the cops.

    "He claimed the officer pointed a gun at his head," McMahill said.

    McMahill didn't deny Bennett's claim that an officer said he wanted to blow the NFL player's "head off."

    "That's part of what we have to investigate," McMahill said.


    McMahill showed a five-minute video that was taken by a police body camera on the night of the incident, and the end of the video appears to show an officer holding something up to Bennett's head.

    Basically, the LVMPD's version of events is that they got a call of shots fired at a casino. They didn't know exactly what the shooter looked like, so they looked for any suspicious people and Bennett qualified because he allegedly attempted to flee after noticing a group of officers.

    The exact truth about what happened probably won't come out for another few days, but there's a good chance that it will come out at some point because Vegas has more security cameras than pretty much every other city in the world.

    According to McMahill, the LVMPD will have to sift through hours of video footage before they get to the bottom of what happened.

    "We learned of Mr. Bennett's allegations just this morning and an internal investigation has been opened," McMahill said. "Part of that investigation includes pulling footage from dozens of body cameras. As of today, we know there are at least 126 videos associated with those cameras that we have to review. As you can imagine, it takes a significant amount of effort and time to review all the video and available evidence. If the investigation reveals that any polices or training was violated, those officers will be held accountable."

    One thing that McMahill did note is that the officer accused of threatening Bennett either didn't have a body camera, or he had it and it wasn't on. McMahill also noted that he didn't believe this was a case of racial profiling because the two officers who handcuffed Bennett were both male Hispanics.

    One other thing that should be noted is that there's no video of Bennett fleeing. The lone video shown at the press conference only showed Bennett when he was already on the ground. With 126 pieces of video out there, a more accurate version of events should eventually come out.

    Basically the pigs are saying that nothing wrong happened because it was a chaotic situation.. Oh and there was no racial profiling because the two pigs involved were Hispanic.. So I guess Black folks can only be racially profiled by white pigs now.. According to this new Las Vegas pig logic...
  • MaywoodMaywood Never Told On NobodyMembers Posts: 2,035 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Bennett & Sherm
  • ThaNubianGodThaNubianGod Members Posts: 1,862 ✭✭✭✭✭
    If Kap's wife/gf was Ayesha Curry, Vanessa Bryant, or Kardashian.....I don't think people would be defending her. Not saying she's the reason for him not being on the Ravens, but no doubt any chance of it happening ended with her tweet. When you got millions at stake, stupid joke memes shouldn't come into the equation if you're an adult. She's not even dude's wife, wasn't her place to pull that.
  • BobOblahBobOblah Members Posts: 9,324 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited September 2017
  • ThaNubianGodThaNubianGod Members Posts: 1,862 ✭✭✭✭✭
    If Kap's wife/gf was Ayesha Curry, Vanessa Bryant, or Kardashian.....I don't think people would be defending her. Not saying she's the reason for him not being on the Ravens, but no doubt any chance of it happening ended with her tweet. When you got millions at stake, stupid joke memes shouldn't come into the equation if you're an adult. She's not even dude's wife, wasn't her place to pull that.

    We can deal with whether her tweet was wrong or not later. The issue at hand is that we all know why kaep isn't on a team and it's 🤬 for ray lewis to act like that meme was the reason.

    I agree with this.
  • MaywoodMaywood Never Told On NobodyMembers Posts: 2,035 ✭✭✭✭✭
    If Kap's wife/gf was Ayesha Curry, Vanessa Bryant, or Kardashian.....I don't think people would be defending her. Not saying she's the reason for him not being on the Ravens, but no doubt any chance of it happening ended with her tweet. When you got millions at stake, stupid joke memes shouldn't come into the equation if you're an adult. She's not even dude's wife, wasn't her place to pull that.

    U sound like Whitlock
  • CopperCopper The WickMembers Posts: 49,531 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Cacs all on dan lebetard timeline talking about "now we know what really happened" since the police put out a statement
  • farris2k1farris2k1 Members Posts: 1,937 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Copper wrote: »
    Cacs all on dan lebetard timeline talking about "now we know what really happened" since the police put out a statement

    Of course they side wit the cop, thats wat they do
  • D. MorganD. Morgan Not even on social media BUT.... I'M SWAGGIN SO HARD I FUCKED THE GRAM UPMembers Posts: 11,662 ✭✭✭✭✭
    D. Morgan wrote: »
    Can't lie been reading this Dave Zirin guy tweets. He talking that 🤬 for a white guy. Never heard of him until the past few days

    You should check out his books. He been with the 🤬 calling out hypocrisy of pro sports owners/the establishment for a minute

    @D. Morgan

    Thanks Gabs!!!
  • Already Home_17Already Home_17 Members Posts: 14,572 ✭✭✭✭✭
    If Kap's wife/gf was Ayesha Curry, Vanessa Bryant, or Kardashian.....I don't think people would be defending her. Not saying she's the reason for him not being on the Ravens, but no doubt any chance of it happening ended with her tweet. When you got millions at stake, stupid joke memes shouldn't come into the equation if you're an adult. She's not even dude's wife, wasn't her place to pull that.

    wouldn't that logic also apply to the ravens upper management if they allowed her tweet to be the deciding factor in not signing kaepernick?
  • dnyce215dnyce215 Members Posts: 1,245 ✭✭✭✭✭
    They knew they wasn't signing Kaep Ray gave them the cover to say why they didn't. Ravens are cowards and their racist fan base
  • AggieLean.AggieLean. Sion Country ass nigga.Guests, Members, Writer, Content Producer Posts: 2,325 ✭✭✭✭✭
    The Ravens organization and Ray Lewis look weak and like cowards in all of this. Ray looking like a shuffling fool. That picture Nessa posted was spot on. I honestly think Harbaugh wanted him too
  • 5th Letter5th Letter Black Identified Extremist Members, Moderators, Writer Posts: 37,068 Regulator
    dnyce215 wrote: »
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    They just want us to handle injustice like Jackie Robinson did, just take the abuse and don't say nothing.
  • D. MorganD. Morgan Not even on social media BUT.... I'M SWAGGIN SO HARD I FUCKED THE GRAM UPMembers Posts: 11,662 ✭✭✭✭✭
    dnyce215 wrote: »
    lxcbsr3vn418.jpg

    That's a hell of a shirt. Can't wait to read the comments about it, see all the white tears about, see more shuckin and jivin from 🤬 ass 🤬 . Most off all I can't wait hear Shannon Sharpe speak some real 🤬 about it.

    If this a new pic of course,LLS
  • ThaNubianGodThaNubianGod Members Posts: 1,862 ✭✭✭✭✭
    If Kap's wife/gf was Ayesha Curry, Vanessa Bryant, or Kardashian.....I don't think people would be defending her. Not saying she's the reason for him not being on the Ravens, but no doubt any chance of it happening ended with her tweet. When you got millions at stake, stupid joke memes shouldn't come into the equation if you're an adult. She's not even dude's wife, wasn't her place to pull that.

    Ravens already said they were not going to sign him before she posted that either way. Her tweet is irrelevant either way.
    Not really the point though, I already said her tweet wasn't the reason he wasn't signed. My issue is a GF tweeting something like that out in the first place. She had no business pulling that 🤬 when Kap has millions at stake with a contract.
  • CopperCopper The WickMembers Posts: 49,531 ✭✭✭✭✭
    5th Letter wrote: »
    dnyce215 wrote: »
    lxcbsr3vn418.jpg

    They just want us to handle injustice like Jackie Robinson did, just take the abuse and don't say nothing.

    What he did during that era made sense...it ecposed them as beung savages that they are...now theres no need for that
  • Matike85Matike85 Members Posts: 4,527 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited September 2017
    Charlamagne Da 🤬 Ether Kid from Hip Hop duo Kid & Play about Colin Kaepernick
  • 2stepz_ahead2stepz_ahead Who I am is Complex, What i am, simply put. I'm a Threat walking out the lions denGuests, Members, Writer, Content Producer Posts: 32,324 ✭✭✭✭✭
    kid fukked up on this one.

    🤬 musta needed money
  • D. MorganD. Morgan Not even on social media BUT.... I'M SWAGGIN SO HARD I FUCKED THE GRAM UPMembers Posts: 11,662 ✭✭✭✭✭
    kid fukked up on this one.

    🤬 musta needed money

    That chump probably didn't even get paid for that 🤬
  • stringer bellstringer bell Members Posts: 26,212 ✭✭✭✭✭
    https://www.si.com/nfl/2017/09/06/nfl-tv-broadcasters-anthem-protests-colin-kaepernick?utm_campaign=themmqb&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social
    How NFL TV Broadcasters Plan to Cover the Anthem Protests

    Tim Corrigan knew what it meant as soon as it happened. The longtime ESPN producer was sitting in a production truck on the ground floor of FirstEnergy Stadium when he witnessed through a bank of television monitors that a group of close to a dozen Cleveland Browns players had chosen to take a knee during the national anthem before the Browns-Giants preseason game on Aug 21. At the time, Corrigan was serving as the rehearsal-game producer for Beth Mowins and Rex Ryan, who were calling the game as practice for a later assignment as Sean McDonough and Jon Gruden described the action for a nationally televised audience a few broadcast booths down in the press box. As soon as he saw it, Corrigan let Mowins and Ryan know what it meant. “Guys, “Corrigan said, “this is going to be a huge story on opening week.”

    This Sunday the NFL’s broadcast networks will be faced with significant editorial choices before kickoff. It has become clear that a number of players across the NFL plan to either kneel or make some kind of statement when the national anthem plays. The MMQB spoke with executives at CBS, ESPN, Fox and NBC for insight and perspective on how they planned to cover any protest. Uniformly, they agreed that it was a news story to cover. How much each network covers the protest will vary.

    “We will document what is on the field just as we did last year,” said CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus. “We don’t show the national anthem for most of our games, but we have instructed our producers and directors to scan the sidelines, and if something is going on that we think deserves coverage, they are free to show it. Week 1, I think it will be a story. If it is still being done Week 4, 5 or 6, I’m not sure it still is a story. We will make that decision as the season goes on.”

    “It is an interesting and divisive topic,” said Richie Zyontz, the lead producer for Fox Sports on Joe Buck and Troy Aikman’s NFL broadcast. “I discussed privately with colleagues at our Fox NFL meetings, and opinions are split: Some feel it has no place in the broadcast; others feel it’s part of the game story. Our boss Eric Shanks, similar to last season, has asked us to acknowledge what our cameras see without dwelling on it, and I totally agree. I think we should document what transpires during the national anthem on both sidelines. I don’t think it would be right to show a single player without the context of his teammates and the other sideline. Every game account and every radio call-in show will be rife with description and discussion on Monday regarding the anthem so to ignore it would be negligent.”

    Said Fred Gaudelli, the executive producer of NBC’s Sunday Night Football, “We would definitely show any player who is protesting, no question about that. If it happens on Sunday night, we would probably come out of the pre-kick break and document that so-and-so decided to protest. I don’t want to get into—and I don’t think Al [Michaels] and Cris [Collinsworth] want to get into—any long elaboration, because it can become an endless discussion. But as it relates to being at a football game, you have to show it and document it, and from there you move on to football. People are protesting, and some of these guys are star players.”

    “I think we all expect something to happen,” said ESPN’s Corrigan, who will produce the late game, Chargers at Broncos, for the opening week Monday Night Football doubleheader. “You have to be careful, though. You don’t want to lead people in a path of conversation that is not the right conversation. You have to be reactive to what you see. What I mean by that is if nobody does anything in Denver, then I don’t know why we would engage. Part of it is what happens in front of us. We are reporting on news in front of us if something happens. Then we would discuss with Rex [Ryan, who will call the game with Mowins] if he has an opinion on it and how he dealt with it on his teams.”

    The announcers—and particularly the sideline reporters who will have a first-hand account of what is being done—will be key in terms of how long the coverage goes and the depth of the coverage.

    “Last year I had [produced] the [opening week] Niners-Rams game, and we got there in time for the anthem because the early game had finished,” Corrigan said. “We had Lindsay Czarniak positioned down on the field so she could observe things that you can’t see from the booth or the television, which includes reaction from fans or players. As a producer I am thinking, What aren’t we seeing? What aren’t we hearing? Are there little moments going on that we can report on?”

    Clearly, every NFL rights-holder is reticent to go too deep on protest discussions during a game broadcast, though TV executives swear up and down that their coverage of the issue is not dictated by the NFL. Last week McManus became the first sports television network president to say publicly that he believed national anthem protests last season were a factor in the decline of NFL ratings. He was emphatic, however, that it was merely a factor and not the cause.

    “We don’t tell our announcers what to say,” McManus said. “We encourage our announcers to express their opinion. If they have an opinion or thought on this, they are free to express it. But I have said we are basically there to broadcast a football game and not get involved in political or social issues. I don’t think you will see a lot of commentary on the part of our commentary teams.”

    McManus linking the anthem to any kind of ratings decrease runs counter to public declarations from Fox Sports executives and other execs that the protests had any impact. When I asked whether the anthem protests had an impact on declining NFL ratings last year, Gaudelli said, “If you had a list of items that affected the ratings last year, I’m not sure it cracks the top 90 percent.”

    Every executive The MMQB spoke with believed the story would recede as the season moved along. “There will be a lot of curiosity early in the season as to what types of protest statements we might see,” Zyontz said. “I suspect the topic and the way television reacts will cool off as season progresses.”

    Perhaps so, but keep in mind how far the protest has come from Colin Kaepernick simply taking a knee. In Week 3 of the preseason, there were at least six games at which a player displayed a sign of protest of some kind during the anthem. Nobody knows where this is ultimately going, including the football-airing networks.
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