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Trump Weighs In on the Revived National Anthem Debate

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Here it is, 2018, Colin Kaepernick out of a job and Black Lives Matter hasn’t been heard from in a while (at least, not when anyone was listening.)

And yet, the NFL National Anthem debate is once again in the news.

The media has a tendency of focusing on narratives that rev people up, rather than narratives that most people agree on.

Sadly, you think most people would agree that it’s respectful to stand for the National Anthem, no matter what your ideology is.

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The NFL, who found themselves at the center of the Anthem controversy when Kaepernick inspired dozens of other players to kneel during the National Anthem in protest of police brutality.

Fans did not take too kindly to this, and the franchise found themselves caught between declining sales and falling victim to the notoriously tyrannical Court of Public Opinion. They at first supported the players, who are paid millions to earn even more money for the vastly wealthy NFL owners, to practice their “free speech” on the field.

Then, in what many called, too little too late, they announced a policy for the 2018/2019 season that players would be required to stand or stay in the locker room.

For some insane reason, they’ve flip-flopped back, once again, suspending the policy which drew the attention of POTUS himself, who has been quite vocal about the importance of the well-paid players showing their respect for the Anthem during games.

The Daily Wire has the story:

President Donald Trump reignited the war with the National Football League on Friday after the league announced on Thursday that they were halting their decision to prohibit players from kneeling on the field during the national anthem.

The NFL suspended its policy after the Miami Dolphins revealed yesterday afternoon that they would “suspend and/or fine players who protest during the national anthem,” The Daily Wire reported.

Trump responded on Friday by blasting the NFL on Twitter, writing, “The NFL National Anthem Debate is alive and well again – can’t believe it!”

“Isn’t it in contract that players must stand at attention, hand on heart?” Trump continued. “The $40,000,000 Commissioner must now make a stand. First time kneeling, out for game. Second time kneeling, out for season/no pay!”

Some critics say the President shouldn’t weigh in on this issue, but they forget that Trump’s willingness to not only weigh in on the culture war but to make it a central narrative in his platform, is why so many Americans gravitate towards him.

Americans take patriotism seriously, and a lack of patriotism is one of the central issues of our most hotly-contested and vital political issues of our day.

We voted “America first” for a reason, and how our celebrated sports franchises reflect the patriotism of millions of Americans definitely matters.

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NBA Superstar Banned from Team Over Vaccination Status

This could be a crucial moment for the national narrative regarding vaccine mandates.

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As COVID-19 continues to wane here in the United States, a debate is heating up regarding vaccines for the illness, and whether or not it is appropriate for Americans to be forced into receiving one.

This argument has permeated all echelons of life here in America, from public schools attempting to require shots to be educated, all the way up to the NBA, where one of the league’s most talented players is now facing banishment from his team on account of his personal medical choices.

The Brooklyn Nets won’t allow Kyrie Irving to participate in any team activities until he gets the COVID-19 vaccine, the team announced Tuesday morning.

Nets general manager Sean Marks released a statement confirming Irving’s status with the team amid controversy that the Nets’ star player is reportedly unwilling to get the vaccine.

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“Given the evolving nature of the situation and after thorough deliberation, we have decided Kyrie Irving will not play or practice with the team until he is eligible to be a full participant,” the statement read.

And then…

“Kyrie has made a personal choice, and we respect his individual right to choose. Currently, the choice restricts his ability to be a full-time member of the team, and we will not permit any member of our team to participate with part-time availability.”

The news comes amid a national outcry against vaccine mandates, and could become a crucial litmus test in the court of public opinion regarding the discriminatory practices being leveled against the unvaccinated.

As COVID-19 continues to wane here in the United States, a debate is heating up regarding vaccines for the illness, and whether or not it is appropriate for Americans to be forced into receiving one. This argument has permeated all echelons of life here in America, from public schools attempting to require shots to be educated, all the way up to the NBA, where one of the league’s most talented players is now facing banishment from his team on account of his personal medical choices. The Brooklyn Nets won’t allow Kyrie Irving to participate in any team activities until he gets the COVID-19 vaccine, the team announced Tuesday morning. Nets general manager Sean Marks released a statement confirming Irving’s status with the team amid controversy that the Nets’ star player is reportedly unwilling to get the vaccine. “Given the evolving nature of the situation and after thorough deliberation, we have decided Kyrie Irving will not play or practice with the team until he is eligible to be a full participant,” the statement read. And then… “Kyrie has made a personal choice, and we respect his individual right to choose. Currently, the choice restricts his ability to be a full-time member of the team, and we will not permit any member of our team to participate with part-time availability.” The news comes amid a national outcry against vaccine mandates, and could become a crucial litmus test in the court of public opinion regarding the discriminatory practices being leveled against the unvaccinated.

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LeBron James Vilifies Police Ahead of Highest Murder Rate in U.S. History

Super rich NBA star LeBron James has spent years disparaging police.

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NBA star LeBron James has spent years disparaging police and now, the CDC has announced that the U.S. has suffered the highest murder rate increase in 100 years of record keeping.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. homicide rate has risen 30 percent between 2019 and 2020, the biggest spike recorded in 100 years.

But in the face of this dire situation, and despite that only a tiny percentage of Americans have been killed by police, pro athletes such as James have been on an anti-cop tirade for years.

James has repeatedly attacked police with blanket statements, support for anti-cop personalities and causes, and often uninformed criticism over individual situations.

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To name just a few incidents James perpetrated over the last few years, In August of last year James donned a fake MAGA cap that read “Make America Arrest Cops Who Killed Breonna.”

That same month, James jumped to social media to support Utah Jazz player Donovan Mitchell who tweeted about a police-involved shooting that occurred in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Without any facts about the incident, James went on the attack to tweet, “And y’all wonder why we say what we say about the Police!”

The following month, James refused to offer any comment about two police officers where were murdered as they sat in their police cruiser in Los Angeles. James was urged to match the reward for information leading to the arrest of the killer. However, James replied that he had “zero comment” on the situation and had no interest in coming to the support of the police.

In Jan. of this year, James attacked the United States saying that we live in “2 Amerikkkas,” one for white people, and one where blacks are “chained, beaten, hung, shot to death cause of the color of [their] skin.”

In April, James was at it again when he tweeted a photo of a Columbus police officer and added a caption reading “You’re Next.” James took so much criticism for the tweet that he deleted it.

Only weeks later, James took criticism from an LAPD officer who slammed the NBA star’s “irresponsible and disturbing” attacks on police. The officer, Joseph Dion, also blasted James’ demagoguery against the police.

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NBA star LeBron James has spent years disparaging police and now, the CDC has announced that the U.S. has suffered the highest murder rate increase in 100 years of record keeping. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. homicide rate has risen 30 percent between 2019 and 2020, the biggest spike recorded in 100 years. But in the face of this dire situation, and despite that only a tiny percentage of Americans have been killed by police, pro athletes such as James have been on an anti-cop tirade for years. James has repeatedly attacked police with blanket statements, support for anti-cop personalities and causes, and often uninformed criticism over individual situations. To name just a few incidents James perpetrated over the last few years, In August of last year James donned a fake MAGA cap that read “Make America Arrest Cops Who Killed Breonna.” That same month, James jumped to social media to support Utah Jazz player Donovan Mitchell who tweeted about a police-involved shooting that occurred in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Without any facts about the incident, James went on the attack to tweet, “And y’all wonder why we say what we say about the Police!” The following month, James refused to offer any comment about two police officers where were murdered as they sat in their police cruiser in Los Angeles. James was urged to match the reward for information leading to the arrest of the killer. However, James replied that he had “zero comment” on the situation and had no interest in coming to the support of the police. In Jan. of this year, James attacked the United States saying that we live in “2 Amerikkkas,” one for white people, and one where blacks are “chained, beaten, hung, shot to death cause of the color of [their]…

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