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Take a Knee

take-a-kneeRetired NBA legend Kobe Bryant says he’d kneel during the national anthem if he was still playing in the league today.

Bryant was asked on The Hollywood Reporter’s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast what he would do before a game — in light of the current political statements being made in the sports world — if he were still lacing it up.

“Kneel,” Bryant boldly said.

More than 250 NFL players controversially knelt during the national anthem as a nod to peaceful protests for racial equality that Colin Kaepernick began last year. The protests were reignited after Trump’s rhetoric at an Alabama rally in September, when he used profanity to describe protesting players and called for their firing.

Bryant also answered a question about what he would say to President Donald Trump, saying he’d tell him to “focus on serving, not leading.”

MDC cracks up because , Congress is getting involved? Athletes will be told like paid bitches as the police force in the united states (lowercase used,  because states are not united and powerful anymore) . The South Park creators remind us that, We can Sit- Stand- Knell – or put your Weiners out !!

In preseason games, the Lakers have decided to lock arms during the national anthem as a compromise to not offend the military while also shedding light on injustice in the country.

Coach Luke Walton, a former teammate of Bryant’s, said last week: “I think (the players) chose to show that we are united in this and that obviously, they have a ton of respect … well, I will let them speak for themselves, but I have a ton of respect for the country, the flag, the military. But by locking arms, I feel like we are showing that there are issues in this country, and it is a chance for us to raise awareness and still make it a talking point. If you do nothing, then it kind of goes away, and if it goes away, then nothing changes.

“… It is important for me, for the players and for our country to continue to talk and be active and get out in the community and do things that makes this country better and equal for opportunities and for everybody that lives here. I think that is why the players and team decided to do that.”

Bryant is slated to have his Nos. 8 and No. 24 Laker jerseys retired at halftime of the team’s game against the Golden State Warriors on Dec. 18.

The Injured Student Athlete


Medical Hardship/Disqualification for a NCAA athlete, what to do?

When the collegiate student-athlete suffers an injury or illness that will limit or prevent their athletic participation for the remainder of a competitive season or longer, the issue of medical hardship or disqualification comes up. The NCAA has specific rules governing these medical situations. Health care professionals who take care of collegiate student-athletes need to be familiar with these rules because their assessment and disposition is often pivotal in whether the student-athlete’s request for additional athletic participation time is granted.

There are many terminologies for these situations such as medical exemption, medical extension, medical hardship, medical non-counter, and medical disqualification. The difference in terminology is due to the length of time a student-athlete is incapacitated and the timing of the injury or illness.

The medical hardship waiver can be requested to the appropriate conference or to the NCAA if the institution is an independent. The following situation must be met per NCAA rules: a) the incapacitating injury or illness occurs either during the senior year of high school or during one of the four seasons of intercollegiate competition, b) the injury or illness occurs prior to the first half of the playing season that concludes with the NCAA Championship in that sport, and c) the student-athlete has not participated in more than two contests or 20% of the scheduled contests (whichever is greater).

A similar request is to waive the five-year period of eligibility and extend a sixth year. This requires two out of five years of circumstances beyond the control of the student-athlete. An incapacitating medical circumstance would be one example of a qualifying condition. A voluntary redshirt year would not.

A medical disqualification or medical non-counter is a different situation. This involves a medical condition in which the student-athlete is advised to not ever further participate in intercollegiate athletics. If this situation is approved, the student-athlete may retain their grant-in-aid at the discretion of the institution for the remainder of their four to five year college experience. The next academic year, the student-athlete doesn’t count toward the maximum number of grants allotted to a team. If the student-athlete subsequently practices or returns to competition at that institution, he or she will “count” the entire inactive period unless a waiver is granted by the NCAA Management Council.

Providing contemporaneous medical documentation is essential to any of these situations. What does contemporaneous medical documentation mean? The NCAA defines this documentation as; a) including a diagnosis or description of the student-athlete’s injury or illness at the time of the injury or illness, and b) demonstrating that the injury or illness is incapacitating. This documentation has become increasingly confusing to institutions, conferences, and the NCAA reinstatement committees.

Which records are needed? It depends on the situation. That is where the vagueness resides. There has been discussion at the committee level at the NCAA to create a standardized medical documentation threshold. The goal of this would be to encourage consistent medical documentation at the time of injury or illness and the subsequent decision to medically restrict or disqualify the student-athlete.

Trying to go back sometimes years and find documentation to support an extension request can be difficult to impossible. Situations that required immediate surgery are easy. Its illnesses including mental illness, and injuries that surgery was delayed that are more difficult to properly describe.

Good record keeping, particularly in the training room is critical. Documentation inconsistencies or lapses can undermine the best of intentions. How participation during the convalescent phase is documented is of the utmost importance. The term “full participation” or “full clearance” implies that the student-athlete has healed and is ready for competition. Just because the coach doesn’t play the student-athlete means he or she is still incapacitated if the student-athlete is fully cleared by the medical staff. Return to play documentation in the medical chart should be reserved for the sports medicine staff, not consultants or students working in sports medicine. Designating one individual on the staff such as the director of sports medicine or the head team physician to review all cases to be submitted for medical redshirt or disqualification can create consistency in reporting.

When the student-athlete suffers an incapacitating injury or illness be it temporary or permanent, it’s a stressful time for all involved. Health care professionals need to be prepared in not only these situations but all situations to deliver accurate, precise medical documentation that will not only assist in the treatment of the student-athlete but possibly help them regain some of the missed time from their sport.

Just last night, the greatest player in the game suffered a serious injury, Kobe Bryant. Kobe after the game went on his Facebook account and posted this;

This is such BS! All the training and sacrifice just flew out the window with one step that I’ve done millions of times! The frustration is unbearable. The anger is rage. Why the hell did this happen ?!? Makes no damn sense. Now I’m supposed to come back from this and be the same player Or better at 35?!? How in the world am I supposed to do that??

I have NO CLUE. Do I have the consistent will to overcome this thing? Maybe I should break out the rocking chair and reminisce on the career that was. Maybe this is how my book ends. Maybe Father Time has defeated me…Then again maybe not! It’s 3:30am, my foot feels like dead weight, my head is spinning from the pain meds and I’m wide awake. Forgive my Venting but what’s the purpose of social media if I won’t bring it to you Real No Image?? Feels good to vent, let it out. To feel as if THIS is the WORST thing EVER! Because After ALL the venting, a real perspective sets in. There are far greater issues/challenges in the world then a torn achilles. Stop feeling sorry for yourself, find the silver lining and get to work with the same belief, same drive and same conviction as ever.

One day, the beginning of a new career journey will commence. Today is NOT that day.
“If you see me in a fight with a bear, prey for the bear”. Ive always loved that quote. Thats “mamba mentality” we don’t quit, we don’t cower, we don’t run. We endure and conquer.

I know it’s a long post but I’m Facebook Venting LOL. Maybe now I can actually get some sleep and be excited for surgery tomorrow. First step of a new challenge. Guess I will be Coach Vino the rest of this season. I have faith in my teammates. They will come thru.
Thank you for all your prayers and support.

Much Love Always.
Mamba Out

Bryan W. Smith, M.D., Ph.D., FAAP
Bryan is the medical consultant for the Atlantic Coast Conference





MDC mentioned about this four months ago about becoming a reality. Now,we watch a pregame show sponsored by Kia Motors, and the NBA champion Miami Heat plays at an arena that has the words “American Airlines” plastered all over the place. The Giants no longer play in Giants Stadium — it’s MetLife Stadium now, folks — and the historic Garden in Boston is now the TD Garden.

So maybe the NBA’s upcoming fashion faux pas won’t bother us one bit. But it will annoy.

Late last week, the NBA announced that, come 2013, jerseys will include advertising patches. No, they won’t be of NASCAR proportions (yet), but a 2.5-inch-by-2.5-inch square patch will be placed on every team’s jersey. Teams will go find their own sponsors, and the league could earn as much as $100 million from the entire arrangement.



MDC says the NBA will eventually move to additional advertising revenue similar to Nascar and the international soccer leagues.

Owners, desperately looking to boost revenues, are expected to consider the idea when they meet April 12 in New York for the first time since ending the lockout.

But what could really surprise fans is just how much money teams could pull in by making the change.

Commissioner David Stern bellyached during the work stoppage that his organization has been losing more than $300 million each year, with 73 percent of teams losing money (22 of 30).

The NBA has already tested out advertising on uniforms in the little watched WNBA and D-League.

So how much value does sports laundry have?

European soccer’s legendary Manchester United earn over $30 million a year from AIG; uniform revenue, according to Bloomberg.

Ad space on the chest of the iconic purple and gold Lakers jersey is worth $4.1 million dollars in annual TV exposure, while the Minnesota Timberwolves jersey space is worth only $300,000 if you believe the results of a study done last year by Horizon Media.

As the saying goes, things are only worth what someone is willing to pay for them.