Mahomes Monstrous Contract, DeSean Jackson’s Anti-Semitic Social Media Posts

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The Kansas City Chiefs signed Super Bowl-winning quarterback (and MVP) Patrick Mahomes to a monstrous 10-year contract extension worth up to $503 million, with an injury guarantee of $141.8 million. Mahomes will make an average salary of $45 million per year dwarfing Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson’s annual average of $35 million per year. Mahomes’s contract is the richest contract in the history of pro sports.

Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson posted anti-Semitic messages on social media with quotes attributed to Adolf Hitler and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. The quote attributed to Hitler read,  “[white Jews] will blackmail America. [They] will extort America, their plan for world domination won’t work if the Negroes know who they were.” He also expressed his admiration for Louis Farrakhan, who is widely known as an anti-Semite. The Eagles owner and general manager are both Jewish, but the team has not publicly commented on the posts.

 

 

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Joey Chestnut, Miki Sudo Set World Records At Nathan’s Famous, Name Changes: Redskins Likely, Indians A Possibility, Braves No

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Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo crushed the competition again at the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog-Eating Contest. At 36 years old Chestnut, a former construction manager from San Jose, CA, beat his own world record by eating 75 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes (around 21,750 calories). To say Chestnut dominated his competition is an understatement. He consumed an astonishing 33 more hot dogs and buns than the second-place finisher. This is Chestnut’s 13th Mustard Yellow Belt in 14 years.

Sudo also set a world record in the women’s division by eating 48.5 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes for her seventh consecutive win at this event. Sudo also dominated her competition by consuming 32.5 more hot dogs and buns than her closest competitor.

In addition to the Mustard Yellow Belt, both Chestnut and Sudo pocketed $10,000 with the win.

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In 2013, Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder said “We’ll never change the name….It’s that simple NEVER-you can use all caps.” As of this past weekend, it looks like Snyder is changing his mind, and the NFL franchise will have a new name before the start of the NFL season.

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The Cleveland Indians are also now considering a name change. In an official tweet from the team, they said,  “[W]e are committed to engaging our community and appropriate stakeholders to determine the best path forward with regard to our team name.”

The Atlanta Braves say they are not considering a name change. They said, “[The organization] honors, supports and values the Native American community. That will never change.”

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“Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing” At All NFL Week 1 Games, Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating, Kasparov Criticizes NBA

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The NFL is discussing having the Black National Anthem, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” performed live or pre-recorded prior to “The Star Spangled Banner” at each of the week 1 games this season. “Lift Ev‘ray Voice and Sing” written as a poem by James Weldon Johnson was later turned into a song by his brother J. Rosamond Johnson.

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Thankfully, Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest will provide some live sports over the 4th of July holiday weekend. This iconic event normally takes place in Coney Island, NY but will be held indoors (with no fans) for the first time in its history.  Joey Chestnut, who traditionally dominates in this sport, will be looking to capture his 13th Mustard Yellow Belt and his fourth straight win. His world record is 73.5 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes.

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Chess grand master and human rights activist, Garry Kasparov, criticized the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver for not standing up to human rights violations carried out by the Chinese Communist Party against the Uyghur population. Kasparov responded to Silver’s comment saying, “NBA-China relations have improved…they have a different view how things have been done, how things should be done. And hopefully, we can find mutual respect for each other.” Kasparov tweeted, “The NBA’s concern for human rights stops right at the bank, China has Uyghur concentration camps and is preparing to crush Hong Kong and he talks of ‘mutual respect’? What a joke.”

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Signing Waiver To Attend Games, Washington Redskins Under Pressure To Change Name

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The NFL is going to leave it up to individual teams to decide if they’ll allow fans to attend games. There will be safety protocols in place, and the teams will likely ask fans to sign a waiver agreeing to recuse the NFL from any liability if they contract COVID-19 while attending a game. The stadiums will also be required to go cashless.

Corporate sponsors, fans, local officials, and a Hall of Fame coach are putting pressure on the Washington Redskins to change their name. Shareholders and investors sent Nike, FedEx, and PepsiCo letters asking the brands to cut ties with the franchise if they don’t make the change.

Hall of Fame coach and current NFL broadcaster Tony Dungy also weighed in saying he makes a conscious effort not to say “Redskins” during broadcasts. “When I’m on the air, I try to just refer to them as Washington. I think it’s appropriate. If the team doesn’t want to change, the least I can do is try not to use it.”

 

 

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NBA Tape Delay Due To Bad Language, Kaepernick Scripted Series, MLS $65 Fyre Festival Meal

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Commissioner of the NBA Adam Silver speculated in an interview about tape-delaying games because he’s worried about corporate sponsors getting upset if the players use bad language. He said, “I think often players, they understand when they’re on the floor, they’re saying certain things to each other because it’s so loud in the arena, they know a lot of it is not being picked up. They may have to adapt their language a little bit knowing what they say will likely be picked up by microphones and in all seriousness, we may need to put a little bit of a delay.”

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Netflix announced they will be producing a six-part series on Colin Kaepernick called “Colin in Black and White.” Kaepernick will narrate the scripted drama about his experiences growing up as a black child adopted into a white family.

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Major League Soccer teams have arrived at the Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in preparation for the MLS is Back Tournament. Apparently the accommodations aren’t exactly up to par yet. Players are posting pictures of the $65 lunch special delivered through room service and comparing it to the meals at the infamous Fyre Festival.

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Zimmerman & Desmond Opting Out Of MLB Season, Tim Tebow On Mets Roster, Emoni Bates Commits To Michigan State

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Major League Baseball finally agreed on a 60-game season, but many players have announced they will opt-out for the year due to Coronavirus concerns and social unrest issues. Among the players opting-out are Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman who stated he won’t play because of his newborn baby and his mother (who has multiple sclerosis), and Colorado Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond who cited concerns for his family’s health as well as racism, sexism, homophobia, labor wars, and cheating scandals.

In other baseball news, the New York Mets are offering up a spot on their roster to minor league outfielder (and former NFL quarterback) Tim Tebow.

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The #1 high school basketball recruit in the country for the class of 2022, Emoni Bates, committed to Michigan State. Bates had scholarship offers from Duke, Michigan, Florida State, Georgia, DePaul, and Kentucky but chose Michigan State for their loyalty. Michigan State recruited him in 7th grade, while Duke extended an offer to him in 8th grade. As a sophomore, Bates became the youngest player to become the Gatorade National Player of the Year. Other superstars winning this award include Chris Webber, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Greg Oden, Bradley Beal, Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns, Ben Simmons, Jayston Tatum, RJ Barrett, and James Wiseman.

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Cam Newton Signs With New England, Patriots Fined $1.1 Mill For Illegal Filming

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Big news reverberated in the NFL on Sunday night when seemingly out of nowhere the New England Patriots signed quarterback Cam Newton. The former NFL MVP signed a one-year performance-based incentive contract worth a maximum of $7.5 million. Newton is 31 years old and has suffered some injuries in the last few years. He was released in March by the Carolina Panthers (where he was selected with the #1 pick in 2011). The Patriots are hoping Cam can ignite the team after having lost their powerhouse superstar quarterback Tom Brady to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Waiting in the wings to get his start at QB with the Pats is Jarrett Stidham (selected with the 133rd overall pick in 2019).

In other Patriots news, the team has been penalized $1.1 million and a 3rd round pick in next year’s NFL draft for illegally filming a 2019 Cincinnati Bengals/Cleveland Browns game. The film crew is also banned from filming any games this season.

 

 

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Another Buyer For Mets, Pro Football Hall Of Fame Game & NYC Marathon Canceled, Jenkins Says Football Non Essential

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The Reuben brothers have emerged as another potential buyer of the New York Mets. According to reports David and Simon Reuben, who made their money in real estate, are interested in the Mets as part of an opportunity for development surrounding Citi Field.

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The NFL canceled the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Pittsburgh Steelers on August 6th and postponed the enshrinement ceremony scheduled for August 8th. The Cowboys and Steelers will play in the 2021 Hall of Fame Game, and the enshrinement ceremony will now take place in 2021 as well.

The NFL still plans to start the season in September, but the New Orleans Saints Malcolm Jenkins isn’t convinced it’s a good idea. He said, “The NBA is a lot different than the NFL. They can actually quarantine all of their players, or whoever is going to participate, whereas we have over 2,000 players; and even more coaches and staff who can’t do that. So we end up being on this trust system — the honor system — where we just have to hope that guys are social distancing and things like that, and that puts all of us at risk. That’s not only us as players, and whoever’s in the building(s), but when we go home to families.

“I have parents that I don’t want to get sick. I think until we get to the point where we have protocols in place, and until we get to a place as a country where we feel safe doing it — we have to understand that football is a non-essential business. We don’t need to do it. So the risk has to be eliminated before we — before I would feel comfortable with going back.”

If the season does get underway, NFL teams are discussing a plan to use seats closest to the field to display advertisements in an attempt to make up for lost revenue.

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The New York City and Berlin marathons were canceled due to concerns over COVID-19.

 

 

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Baseball Will Return, FBI Says Noose Not Hate Crime, NFL Allows Cities To Determine Fans, No Bradley For Lakers

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The Major League Baseball Players Union officially approved the imposed 60-game season, so it looks like we’ll have a baseball season after all. July 1st will mark the start of “spring” training with opening day on July 24th.

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The FBI announced there was no hate crime against Bubba Wallace at Talladega over the weekend where a noose was found in Wallace’s garage. The investigators reported the noose had been in the garage since last October where it was used as a garage door pull. In addition, the report claimed that no one could have known Wallace would be assigned to that particular garage. Wallace commented on the report saying,  “The image that I have, that I have seen, of what was hanging in my garage is not a garage loop. I’ve been racing all of my life, we’ve raced out of hundreds of garages that have never had garage pulls like that… It was a noose. Whether it was tied in 2019 or whatever, it was a noose. It wasn’t directed at me, but someone tied a noose. It is a noose.”

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According to reports, the NFL might allow individual teams and cities to determine how many fans will be allowed in the stadium. The NFL appears determined to allow fans to avoid losing billions in revenue. It’s estimated that the NFL could lose $3 billion if the season is played in empty stadiums.

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The Los Angeles Lakers Avery Bradley announced he will not play when the NBA season resumes at Disney World. According to ESPN, Bradley is concerned about his family’s health particularly his six-year-old son who has a history of respiratory illnesses.

For those players reporting to Orlando, the NBA will have ring data monitors (called Oura rings) which can potentially access COVID-19 through heart rate and heart rate variability.

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MLB Imposed Season, NASCAR Shows Solidarity With Bubba Wallace

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After months of trying to agree on a deal to start the Major League Baseball season, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred announced the league is imposing a 60-game season with no expanded playoffs. The imposed season asks players to report to camp on July 1st with opening day the weekend of July 24-26th. The players have until 5:00 pm today to respond to the league.

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The NASCAR community rallied behind Bubba Wallace in a show of solidarity for the horrendous noose incident that took place over the weekend. The drivers, pit crew, and others pushed Wallace’s #43 car to the front of pit row prior to the Geico 500 at Talledega on Monday.  Wallace said it was emotional and meaningful and teared up saying,  “Sorry for not wearing my mask but I wanted to show whoever it was that you’re not going to take away my smile… The pre-race deal was probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to witness in my life from all the supporters from drivers from crew members, from everybody here, the badass fan base, thank you guys for coming out here… This is truly incredible and I’m proud to be a part of this sport”

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