Archive for January 23rd, 2018

No Love From Cavs, Kidd Fired From Bucks, #Please Stand Rejected By NFL

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All is not well in Cleveland. The Cavs have lost their last 10 of 14 games and are now 6 games behind the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference standings. Tensions are continuing to run high, and the latest victim is Kevin Love. Love left the game in their Saturday night loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder with a mysterious illness and missed Sunday’s practice. Cavs held a “loud and intense” team meeting on Monday to discuss Love and other issues.

In other NBA news, the Milwaukee Bucks fired former 10-time NBA All-Star Jason Kidd, but Kidd found out 15 minutes prior to the firing when he got a call from Giannis Antetokounmpo. The current All-Star called Kidd and said, “Coach, this isn’t right what they’re about to do, but [they] are gonna let you go,'” He then continued, “‘What can I do? I’ll call the owners, I’ll call my agent.” Kidd claims he holds no ill will toward the Bucks.

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AMVETS, known as American Veterans, is the largest veteran service organization. AMVETS submitted an ad to the NFL for placement in their Super Bowl program with the message “Please Stand”. The NFL rejected the ad (included here) and claimed it could be considered “a political statement”. Marion Polk, AMVETS national commander, wrote a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stating,  “Freedom of speech works both ways. We respect the rights of those who choose to protest as these rights are precisely what our members have fought — and in many cases died — for. But imposing corporate censorship to deny that same right to those veterans who have secured it for us all is reprehensible and totally beyond the pale.”

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