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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.

Fried Ray Rice

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Talk about piling on to a scapegoat, the frustrated pundits hopping around like rabid rodents on the latest SUPER ATHLETIC STAR role model fixated on one bad moment recorded and vilifying a gifted athlete through eternity.

The destruction of a person or a family, looking to use that persons’ pain to get paid journalistically, TV and Radio wise, is a feeding frenzy. Journalists missing the dramatic moment and getting frustrated rocks off is a sickness of giant psychological proportions. It could be the nature of our species to destroy those who have excelled in some fashion. OJ was a feeding frenzy casting a shadow on how celebrity cannot step out of some phony conceptuality of who they could be if they were perfect.

Speaking about OJ, the full truth about debts, threats, etc., has never surfaced. Funny how powerful some other kinds of big players can be to affect all of us with a non-truth that becomes truth.

I don’t know what transpired in the heat of this current moment between husband and wife, between lovers in pain, but I sincerely think one should listen to the victim of the abuse when she states she doesn’t want to have her family destroyed, and there is not one stitch of understanding coming from the press. This video punch out moves into legal problems rather than psychological problems that are better addressed without criminality placed on the psychological issues of our day. Who knows the pressure placed upon these two individuals put in front of paparazzi scrutiny around each corner and not knowing that whatever once was private is now magnified virally.

Any domestic dispute takes two participants. Pushing buttons goes both ways If our society is so in a hurry to live in fear while profiting over the destruction of a celebrity downfall moment then we have failed our civilization test.
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Payton Speaks WISDOM

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MDC says, Peyton Manning is a rehearsed sad motivational speaker that only the donor alumni’s of Oklahoma State can afford.

According to the Tulsa World, Manning received $105,000 for a 30-minute speech and a 30-minute question-and-answer session in Stillwater. The money was paid by the OSU Speakers Board.

So what did they get in return? Apparently, a laundry list of fairly obvious lines that appear in any of the various motivational books that can be purchased for 99 cents on the clearance shelf.

“I challenge each of you in this arena tonight to invest your time to become a game-changer. A game-changer looks deeper and senses something others don’t and then acts on it.”

“You either get better or worse every day. You don’t stay the same.”

“Enjoy the journey, not the destination.”

“This is your world. Own it.”

Actually, this isn’t our world. It’s Peyton’s world. The rest of us are just paying the rent. At $105,000 per hour.

Seriously, though, we’ll never complain about a guy finding a way to get paid for his time. We’re all worth whatever someone will pay, and OSU’s Speakers Board decided Manning is worth $105,000 per hour. There’s not a thing wrong with Peyton collecting the cash.

But here’s the bigger issue. At a time when the NCAA and various member institutions are fretting about how to afford the inevitable obligation to pay student-athletes, the fact that $105,000 can be scraped together by Oklahoma State for 60 minutes of cliché and rah-rah reconfirms that, when the time comes to cough up fair market value to the kids who are bringing in millions, the schools will find a way.

Richard Sherman vs Chris Christie

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Who is the real Thug ?

The Super Bowl is upon us. And the world is centered in East Rutherford, New Jersey. It’s the biggest show on Earth and it is nauseatingly overly stuffed down our dumb downed brains as if our lives depended on it.

Yet, miracle of miracles we have a political super nova moment in the form of the State of New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie, who has been shown to have used his political power in bullying the Mayors of all the municipalities in New Jersey to endorse him in last Novembers gubernatorial election. Those Mayors who apparently supported his reelection were granted funds from the Sandy Relief Monies. The monies dedicated and intended to be given, impartially, to the communities most hurt by Sandy. He has been known to be a bully using hard knuckle political strength to muscle his agenda.

And last September, between the ninth and twelfth, it appears the staff of the Governor punished the Democratic Mayor of Fort Lee, by closing at morning rush hour, two of the three lanes used by motorists that were out of Fort Lee and entered separately into the George Washington Bridge, creating a monumental traffic jam those four days. One of the days was 9/11, a security nightmare. The governor has played dumb, and his staff has been fired and or subpoenaed by the State Legislators special committee and the Federal Government in the form of a Prosecutor.

Christie is considered a bully, which is synonymous to THUG.

We turn to the tremendous NFL League championship game held in Seattle between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers. The contest concluded with the last play of the game deciding the outcome. The ball was thrown to the far end of the end zone and it was hit or miss whether the receiver was able to pull the ball out from a spectacular leap or would it be equally blocked which is was by the huge effort of one defensive end Richard Sherman. The moment was full of testosterone, and Sherman was hyped, psyched and full of himself and came off and gave a Muhammad Ali moment, not as poetic as “float like a butterfly,…”, but intense. Armchair quarterbacks were outraged from coast to coast, saying he acted like a THUG. He was deemed a thug until he gracefully went to the ESPN microphones to elaborate his enthusiasm with measured words and high intellect, displaying a refined intelligence, becoming his Stanford University background.

It is difficult to watch all the invested Republicans once again suffering the reality that their horse in the 2016 Presidential race will be scratched due to hubris over impartiality.

MDC feels, hands down Chris Christie is the winner in, “Who is the Real Thug”, contest, and Richard Sherman is a gentleman and a scholar not to mention a super talented athlete.

Smoke a SUPER Bowl

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Because the Super Bowl is a mini police state replete with panoptic surveillance, it will probably be difficult for fans attending the game to consume marijuana without getting arrested. Even though the two teams come from states where marijuana is legal, and even with all the jokes about the game thus being the Smoke-a-Bowl, fans will only be able to consume the far more toxic alcohol. Why? Because unlike in Colorado and Washington, alcohol is legal in New Jersey and marijuana is not.

While that reality is probably a bit of a buzzkill for some fans, it will not stop the drug policy reformers who succeeded in legalizing marijuana in Colorado from using the Super Bowl to draw attention to the alcohol-marijuana comparison.

As reported previously by Pando, that comparison was the central message of the successful Colorado campaign to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Building on that success, the Marijuana Policy Project has purchased billboards near the Meadowlands reminding fans just how insane it is for laws to effectively encourage the consumption of a far-more-toxic drug – and to do so during a sporting event that is, unto itself, far more dangerous than consuming cannabis.

MPP has also launched a petition drive to pressure the NFL to stop punishing its own players who consume marijuana.

Using an event like the Super Bowl to make this point is particularly powerful. Professional sports are immersed in alcohol advertising – and alcohol itself. One study, in fact, found that one in 12 pro sports fans are drunk by the time they leave a game. No doubt, that has more than something to do with pro sports having long been plagued by alcohol-fueled violence.

Would there be less of such violence if fans looking for a buzz were allowed to choose marijuana instead of alcohol? It is impossible to say for sure. However, the federal drug czar’s has already suggested that cannabis is “the safest thing in the world” and there is plenty of social science research showing that alcohol is far more of a factor in violence than marijuana. Those are some of the messages drug policy reformers hope Super Bowl fans get when they are slurping down their beers at this Sunday’s game.

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NFL Rules

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If medical experts deem using marijuana as a legitimate solution to treat concussions and other head injuries, the NFL would consider allowing athletes to use it, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said.

MDC says, the NFL needs to follow the NBA rules.

While attending a sponsored event, which announced the first 16 winners of the $20 million “Head Health Challenge,” Goodell was asked about the topic and didn’t dodge his recent comments on drug use by active players.

“I’m not a medical expert. We will obviously follow signs. We will follow medicine and if they determine this could be a proper usage in any context, we will consider that,” Goodell said. “Our medical experts are not saying that right now.”

Both the Seahawks and Broncos, who are playing in Super Bowl XLVIII, reside in states where the drug is legal for recreational use. A report on HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryan Gumbel” estimated that somewhere between 50 percent and 60 percent of the league’s active players regularly use the drug to deal with pain.

The league is also looking into a few other preventive options in diagnosing head injuries on the field.

“Not only are we going to get better at diagnosis, but we’re going to make a difference in the prognosis and the treatment,” Goodell said. “People are going to get better.”

The Drunk NFL

 

MDC asks, what legal rights do we waive when entering a football game? Be aware about being scanned and having pictures of your face taken and recorded.

NFL now requires fans ejected from game for unruly behavior to complete and pay for online course before returning

The NFL is cracking down again – but this time fan behavior is the target.

According to an ESPN report, the league is now requiring any fan who is ejected from a game this season to complete – and pay for – a four-hour online course before they are permitted back in the stadium.

Some teams have enacted this policy in the past, but this is the first season all 32 teams will require the completion of the course, which is centered on alcohol abuse and anger management, before re-entry.

Dr. Ari Novick, a psychotherapist, and MetLife Stadium security director Daniel DeLorenzi designed the program. ESPN reports that the cost of the course varies by team. The Detroit Lions charge $50, while the New England Patriots charge a league-high $100.

Those who fail to complete the course and try to return could be arrested for trespassing.

Ray DiNunzio, director of security for the NFL, told ESPN that monitoring the offenders will vary by stadium, but could involve facial recognition technology.