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Last night, BLM ripped the mask off (again) and showed who they are. BLM showed that they are domestic terrorists when around “100 protesters took part in the rowdy, two-borough rally, first marching from The Bronx into Manhattan on the Cross Bronx Expressway.” It ended with six Black Lives Matter protesters getting “arrested outside of the 34th Precinct in Washington Heights on Saturday night after earlier marching onto the George Washington Bridge and briefly stalling traffic.”

The mask is off. BLM activists aren’t protesters. They’re rioters. Whether they’re Antifa or BLM activists or another anarchist organization, this thread of tweets exposes these left-leaning terrorists as hating America and willing to destroy America to achieve political power.

It’s apparent that these riots aren’t about George Floyd or civil rights. This isn’t about empowering minorities, either. It’s about manipulating minorities so that they’ll look past the Democrats’ ongoing list of failures. BLM is just a different type of plantation. Instead of Confederates selling off family members, today’s Democrats tell African-Americans that government can do what fathers used to do. Instead of the KKK terrorizing African-Americans, BLM, with the enthusiastic help of the Propaganda Media, pounds into African-Americans that Republicans are racists, that Republicans don’t want African-Americans to succeed.

When’s the last time that a BLM ‘leader’ pushed for school choice, strong nuclear families and respect for one another? When did BLM speak out against black-on-black crime? Or against schools where African-American students are essentially illiterate? If implemented, these things would substantially improve black lives. Better yet, they’d likely improve black lives quickly.

This begs the question why the billionaire owners of the NFL would jump into bed with BLM. These aren’t stupid people. Stupid people don’t become billionaires. This might help explain some things:

A new group of visionaries are needed. We don’t need more Sharptons, Jesse Jacksons and other race-baiters. What’s needed are more people like Tim Scott, Candace Owens, Kim Klacik, Jack Brewer and Harris Faulkner. These are men and women of moral clarity, personal integrity and vision.

The Bible says “Without a vision, the people perish.” Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton aren’t visionaries. It’s time for Jackson and Sharpton to retire. It’s time, too, for the NFL and the NBA to stop talking about having a conversation on race just for the sake of having a conversation.

BLM protesters are fine with endless conversations. So are Democrats. It’s time to put together a plan with achievable benchmarks and deadlines to accomplish those items. In other words, it’s essential for talk, followed by action.

Let’s see rich NFL players establish foundations that fund opportunity scholarship programs. Those foundations should be in place by the NFL draft. Once that step happen, the rest of things will fall into place with proper diligence.

This article talks about how what NFL end zones will look like for the future. It says “The end zones at NFL stadiums will be stenciled with a pair of messages calling for an end to systemic racism throughout the 2020 season, Commissioner Roger Goodell revealed during a Tuesday conference call. The phrases ‘End racism’ and ‘It takes all of us’ will be seen in the 10-yard scoring areas at either end of the field, Goodell said.”

When it comes to PR stupidity, you can’t much worse than the NFL. The NFL, you’ll remember, is the pro sports league that thought that suspending Ray Rice for 2 games was sufficient after he assaulted his then-fiance coming out of an Atlantic City casino elevator. This year, the spineless ‘leaders’ of the NFL folded like a cheap suit when the players decided that they’d support the BLM organization. Had the NFL had a spine, they would’ve told the players they wouldn’t support terrorists like BLM. If you have a problem with the word terrorists, watch these videos, then tell me that word doesn’t fit:

BLM’s co-founders are admitted “trained Marxists.” Further, BLM stands for the destruction of the nuclear family. Why would the NFL want to connect with BLM? People are figuring out who BLM is and what they represent. This isn’t a winning situation for the NFL. If the NFL had someone smart running their PR operations, that person would’ve told them that it’s most important to not alienate anyone. When people tune out, which will happen this fall, revenues drop. The PR person should’ve asked the players what’s most important — to keep the fat paychecks coming or to establish a relationship with a radical activist organization?

The NFL and society would be farther better off if the players focused on fixing problems rather than starting a conversation. Anyone can start a conversation. Thus far, only President Trump has fixed any problems. When someone says that they’d like to start a conversation about race, it sounds like President Obama prepping for a beer summit. The Beer Summit didn’t do any harm but it didn’t fix anything, either.

Last night’s Fox News Special, featuring Harris Faulkner, highlighted a major distinction between the Democrats’ symbolism vs. President Trump’s positive actions. This difference was best highlighted during a heated discussion between Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and retired NFL star Herschel Walker.

During their discussion, things got feisty. “Walker, a known supporter of Trump, challenged the NFL and the NBA’s decision to incorporate the phrase ‘Black Lives Matters’ on their fields and sports jerseys, arguing ‘some people may not believe in BLM.'” I’m old enough to remember the USFL. Trump signed Herschel Walker after his junior season.

The Cuban-Walker dispute is about 28:00 into this video:

Right before that is Harris Faulkner’s interview with Sean Hannity. That’s the best part of the show. But I digress. Back to Cuban-Walker. The NBA is painting Black Lives Matter on the arena floor. That sounds good but it’s a divisive statement. Cuban tried justifying it this way:

Herschel, they’re not mutually exclusive. Every life matters but when someone is in trouble you address them first. The Black community has had issues and I think, you know, systemic racism has been here for generations and it’s not going away unless we do something about it.

That’s a cop-out in my estimation. There’s a bigger problem within the black community that’s been there for a generation or more. Black-on-black crime is killing far more African-Americans each year than police shoot in a decade. It’s worse than that though. It’s worse than that when little children like Secoriea Turner, an 8-year-old in Atlanta, gets shot while sitting in the back seat of her mom’s car. Why don’t those lives matter to the activists?

Rather than supporting an organization titled Black Lives Matter, which is a symbolic gesture, why doesn’t the NBA start an organization called All Black Lives Matter. Forget about the NFL contributing $250,000,000 over 10 years to address systemic racism. That’s ok but it’s mostly symbolic. Why haven’t the NFL and NBA combined to start a scholarship fund so disadvantaged students can get into private schools?

That would be infinitely more productive than the symbolic gestures that they’ve involved in now. The NFL and NBA could use their offseasons to teach the importance of keeping families intact. That would have a huge impact, too.

It’s time for the NBA and NFL to stop with the symbolic gestures. It’s time they started with something substantive.

The Kansas City Chiefs have signed Patrick Mahomes, their Super Bowl-winning QB, to a 10-year contract extension. Now that the NFL has jumped into bed with the Black Lives Matter Movement, I’m officially a former fan of the NFL, including the Minnesota Vikings. Any corporation or organization that sides with Marxists isn’t worthy of my patronage.

Last year, I officially stopped watching the NBA because they sided with the Chinese. We were lectured that the NBA was trying to open up China’s market. Anyone that supports the manufacture of Nike products in Chinese sweat shops by child labor won’t get a penny from me.

When the NFL announced that they’d play “the Black National Anthem” right before the official National Anthem, they made it clear that they were doing this to “recognize the victims of police brutality.” According to this article, “the league is also considering allowing players to wear helmet decals or jersey patches recognizing those who have been impacted by systemic racism and police brutality.”

In June, in the wake of nationwide protest over systemic racism, the NFL released a statement in support of Black Lives Matter, writing: “This is a time of self-reflection for all – the NFL is no exception. We stand with the Black community because Black Lives Matter.”

What about black children like Secoriea Turner, the innocent 8-year-old who was killed “while riding in a vehicle with her mother and an adult friend, according to police. The driver was attempting to enter a parking lot at 1238 Pryor Road where a group of individuals illegally placed barricades. Someone in the group opened fire on the vehicle, according to police, striking Turner.” Doesn’t this beautiful child matter?

Here’s more from the official NFL statement:

“Through Inspire Change, the NFL, Players and our partners have supported programs and initiatives throughout the country to address systemic racism. We will continue using our platform to challenge the injustice around us,” continued the statement.

Like the rest of the nation, the NFL will make symbolic gestures to appease Black Lives Matters. What the NFL won’t do is pay attention to the innocent lives lost like Secoriea Turner. What the NFL didn’t do is their homework. Does the NFL want to partner with an organization that wants to defund the police? Check this out:

May 30, 2020
Enough is enough. Our pain, our cries, and our need to be seen and heard resonate throughout this entire country. We demand acknowledgment and accountability for the devaluation and dehumanization of Black life at the hands of the police. We call for radical, sustainable solutions that affirm the prosperity of Black lives.

That’s right. Defunding the police leaves the poorest minority neighborhoods in the most precarious positions. Apparently, the NFL doesn’t care about those black lives. After all, poor blacks aren’t likely to attend games and produce revenue for the NFL.

Question for the NFL: isn’t it an injustice that poor minority neighborhoods are the neighborhoods where violent crime is most prevalent? What about that injustice? Doesn’t that injustice matter to you because they don’t have a high-profile mouth-piece to lobby for them?

I already stopped watching the NBA last fall when the NBA decided that siding with China was more important than standing with the free people of Hong Kong. LeBron James lectured us about how nuanced US foreign policy is, especially when he’s relying on opening Chinese markets to sell products with his name on them. It doesn’t matter to him that the athletic gear that bears his name is made in Chinese sweat shops with child labor. That nuance isn’t worthy of King James’ consideration.

Now, the NFL is jumping into bed with Black Lives Matter and other Marxists. The NY Post reports that “the league will have renditions of ‘Lift Every Voice And Sing,’ traditionally known as the Black national anthem, played before ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ as the NFL’s regular season gets underway. The NFL is also considering other ways to recognize the victims of police brutality during the upcoming season, which is slated to start on Sept. 10. Among those ideas is listing the names of victims on helmet decals or jersey patches, per ESPN.”

It isn’t that I hate recognizing “the victims of police brutality.” It’s that they’re ignoring the black-on-black crime that happens every weekend in Chicago. Those lives apparently don’t matter to the NFL. Further, the NFL is infamously leftist. DeMaurice Smith, the current leader of the NFLPA, was part of President Obama’s transition team in 2008. Joe Lockhart, a professional partisan hack for the Clinton administration, was also part of the NFL’s league office. When he was part of the Clinton administration, he was the WH Press Secretary.

The decision comes in the weeks after commissioner Roger Goodell admitted the league fumbled its handling of previous peaceful protesting done by players. The NFL has since committed $250 million to fight systemic racism over the next 10 years, and Goodell has urged teams to sign quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has been unable to land a contract since he knelt during the national anthem to protest police brutality in 2016.

Tonight, I’ve talked with several friends. When I told them about this, these friends immediately said that they wouldn’t watch the NFL anymore. I then told them that I’d already made that decision. First, I wholeheartedly dispute the notion of systemic racism. That’s a quick dodge of personal responsibility. Check this stupidity out:

It’s time to start ignoring the NFL, too. If they’re hopping into bed with leftists and Marxists, which they are, they won’t get my business. The NFL is caving to the NFLPA to “recognize the victims of police brutality” but they aren’t doing anything to recognize the victims of black-on-black crimes? What’s up with that? That’s what people without principles do. That isn’t what mature men of integrity do.

I’m fairly certain that there’s more than me and my friends that think the same way out there. When people turn off their TVs in droves, I’ll be there to say I told you so. Finally, let’s finish with a little humor from Yogi Berra:

If people don’t want to come out to the ball park, nobody’s gonna stop ’em.

Amen, Yogi. For that matter, I won’t even watch them on TV.

Saying that the Vikings nailed it Thursday night is, IMHO, understatement. With 2 picks, the expectation was that the Vikings would get 2 plug-and-play guys who would start on Day One. Not only did they meet those expectations, they exceeded them.

After trading WR Stefon Diggs this offseason, the need at WR was pretty obvious. With the pick they got in the Diggs trade, the Vikings just let things come to them. That worked perfectly when LSU Tigers WR Justin Jefferson dropped into their laps. The things that jump out at you about Jefferson are his quickness, his precise route-running and his contested ball rate. According to ESPN College GameDay analyst Kirk Herbstreit, who was part of ABC’s broadcast of the NFL Draft last night, “Reminds me of a kid that grew up playing a lot of backyard football with those brothers – being the youngest one, trying to prove himself. Natural ball skills. Everything you want to see from a guy. What I love is they get the ball to him early to kind of set the tone because of the energy that he can provide and the personality that he has. He’s dominant in the slot because of that length, and the quickness to be able to separate, but like I said, you get the ball downfield.”

Most of the mock drafts I saw had Jefferson going to the Iggles a pick before him. When they passed on Jefferson, Vikings GM Rick Spielman pounced. After the night finished, Spielman told reporters that they think Jefferson can play outside or in the slot, which was the underlying presumption. That might not be necessary if Spielman’s coaches are right in their evaluations.

The Vikings other first round pick came later than expected because the SF 49ers decided they couldn’t risk letting Brandon Aiyuk get away. The Vikings were the recipients of that decision, with the Vikings trading back from 25 to 31 while picking up additional picks in the fourth and fifth rounds. Specifically, the Vikings picked up the 117th and 156th overall picks from SF.

After dropping to the 31st pick, the Vikings still got excellent value when they picked TCU defensive back Jeff Gladney. The Vikings released Xavier Rhodes this offseason, then lost Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander through free agency. Saying that the secondary was a concern is understatement. Had the Vikings stayed at 25 and picked Gladney, Vikings fans likely would’ve approved. shared this with their fans:

Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer shared an anecdote from Thursday’s call with Gladney, a First-Team All-Big 12 selection with the Horned Frogs who is happy to stay in purple. “When we called him — [college scout] Pat [Roberts] gets him on the phone — and he said, ‘I’ve been waiting for you guys to call.’ That’s part of what you like about him,” Zimmer said. “He’s a competitor and he wants to get out there and go.”

The Vikings needed to get off to a fast start in this year’s NFL Draft. Thanks to great player evaluations and some fortunate decisions by other teams, that’s exactly what the Vikings got last night. They filled 2 needs but they still have other needs to fill. They still need help with the offensive line, defensive line, the secondary and probably another receiver. The good news is that they still have 12 picks left to fill those needs.

Approximately a month ago, I started reading articles about how the Vikings were paying attention to NC State center Garrett Bradbury. As the draft approached, it became clear that offensive line was one of the positions that the Vikings were focusing on in the first round. (The other position group was defensive line.)

Thursday night, the Vikings got the man they wanted all along when they drafted Mr. Bradbury with the 18th pick in the NFL Entry Draft. The thing that jumped out at me with Bradbury was something Coach Zimmer said in his interview with Voice of the Vikings Paul Allen. With about a minute left in this interview, Coach Zimmer talked about a conversation he had with Defensive Line Coach Andre Patterson:

Patterson was watching tape of the trio of Clemson Tiger defensive linemen that were drafted in the top half of tonight’s first round. Patterson walked into Zimmer’s office and asked who this NC State center was that was standing up to Clemson’s D-Line. That pretty much cemented the Vikings’ attitude about drafting Bradbury.

It sounds like the Vikings will now move Pat Elflein, last year’s center, out to offensive guard, then plug in Bradbury at center for the next 10 years. I’m giving this pick an A- grade, partially because he’s the best interior lineman in the draft, partially because the Vikings upgrade 2 positions with a single pick.

Tune in to LFR on Saturday morning for more updates on the Vikings draft picks.

In his open letter to the NFL, it’s pretty apparent that NBA superstar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar forgot to read the Constitution. In his letter, Jabbar said “In May, you implemented a childish policy about how grown men must respond to the national anthem: a player can stay in the locker room during the anthem, but if he takes the field and then protests, the team and the player can be fined. Oh, Dear Owners. You stood at the precipice of history tasked with deciding whether to choose the principles of the US Constitution over profits of commerce, patriotism over pandering, morality over mob mentality, promoting social justice over pushing beers. Sadly, you blinked. Courage, it seems, is expected only of players.”

Actually, the Constitution gives employers the right to squash free speech if that speech hurts their business. Each individual NFL franchise is worth lots of money. For instance, the Dallas Cowboys’ franchise is worth $4,800,000,000. The NFL’s TV contract is literally worth billions of dollars each year.

For that reason, these owners have the right to protect their financial interests. Abdul-Jabbar’s whining about owners choosing “the principles of the US Constitution over profits of commerce, patriotism over pandering, morality over mob mentality, promoting social justice over pushing beers” sounds like socialist blather.

The Constitution is just fine. Just because it doesn’t give you the outcome you prefer doesn’t mean it isn’t intact. The truth is that the Constitution is built on the premise that there’s constantly competing principles that have to be balanced against each other. That’s why the First Amendment doesn’t prohibit business owners from limiting their employees’ speech.

Further, this didn’t help the players’ cause:

The entire Hands Up, Don’t Shoot thing was a myth. That isn’t opinion. It’s a finding of fact. If players want to be activists, let them do it on their own time. NFL fans tune in, at least partially, to escape politics. Then, too, if the players want to use the opportunity to be activists, I’m certain that lots of fans will be willing to eliminate the NFL from their TV schedule. I’m certain because lots of them already have eliminated it from their TV priorities.

For all of Abdul-Jabbar’s high-minded talk, he apparently hasn’t figured out that free market capitalism still drives this nation.

Between Stephen Ross and Roger Goodell, the NFL have candidates to play idiots covered. First, Stephen Ross was stupid enough to tell the world that he’d suspend any player for 4 games if they didn’t stand for the National Anthem. By doing that, he made the matter a collective bargaining situation. That’s per the NFLPA-NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Next, Roger Goodell, the NFL’s spineless commissioner, decided that he’d make a difficult situation worse. He started by being spineless. Colin Kaepernick decided he wouldn’t stand during the National Anthem because he disagreed with this nation’s racial policies. Had Commissioner Goodell done the right thing right then, he would’ve implemented a new rule saying that all players would stand ruing the National Anthem. That would’ve ended things right there.

Instead, he let the problem fester, which led to the NFL’s TV ratings cratering and increased numbers of empty seats in stadiums. Commissioner Goodell should’ve sent the message that what players do away from the stadium is their business but what they do prior to the game is the NFL’s business. Commissioner Goodell gets paid almost $50,000,000 a year. The owners have a right to expect him to make intelligent business decisions. He hasn’t. He’s a disaster. He’s the most overpaid disaster in NFL history.

By now, NFL fans know that the Commissioner caved to the NFLPA, aka the NFL players’ union, over the issue of standing/kneeling for the National Anthem right before the start of each game. This joint statement summarizes things quite nicely:

It opens by saying “The NFL and the NFLPA, through recent discussions, have been working on a resolution to the anthem issue. In order to allow this constructive dialogue to continue, we have come to a standstill agreement on the NFLPA’s grievance and the NFL’s anthem policy. No new rules will be issued or enforced for the next several weeks while these confidential discussions are ongoing.”

This wouldn’t have gotten to this point if Spineless Roger had laid down the law with the owners, then the players. First, he should’ve told Ross that there wouldn’t be suspensions of players if they didn’t stand. Then he could’ve said that deactivating players for games was acceptable. Next, with that situation fixed, Goodell could’ve told the NFLPA to pound sand because there weren’t any CBA issues to discuss.

Instead, Commissioner Goodell caved because he doesn’t understand what’s bothering the fans. This isn’t about disrespecting the military. This isn’t about the flag or the Anthem. It’s the American people collectively saying that they just want to watch a football game. They’re saying that they’d tune in FNC, CNN or MSNBC if they wanted the latest in political activism.

Just once, wouldn’t it be nice if the NFL got a simple PR matter right?

Michael Nutter is the former mayor of Philadelphia. He’s written this op-ed to defend the Philadelphia Eagles football team for not attending the customary Champions Day event at the White House. In his op-ed, Nutter quoted President Trump’s statement, which said in part “(The Eagles) disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country.”

Nutter then said “Here is where the lying begins and ends with Donald Trump — none of the Eagles took a knee during the playing of the National Anthem during last year’s regular season or playoffs.” Technically, Nutter is right. None of the Eagles took a knee a la Colin Kaepernick. Saying that they didn’t protest during the national anthem is another story.

This article proves that Eagles players protested during the Anthem. The title of the article is “Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins explains why he protested during the national anthem.” Instead of taking a knee, here’s what Malcolm Jenkins did:

Does Mayor Nutter really want to base his argument on a trivial technicality? What’s most interesting is that Jenkins didn’t deny protesting:

Last week, prior to this political firestorm, Jenkins’ explained at his locker why he started protesting during the national anthem by raising his fist, and whether he believes the initial message has been lost.
Here is what he had to say:

“I think that is why the demonstrations were in fact very effective. Here we are going into three years later and we are still having conversations about it. Even though it gets confused sometimes, it is still creating that dialogue. I think the reason that we are still talking about it is that we have yet to find a better way to do it. To create this much buzz. Nobody has provided another platform for it to have the same weight so we will continue to figure out what we have at our disposal to bring as much attention to this cause as possible. To continue to stay on message about it being about systemic racism, about our criminal justice system, about police brutality, about lack of education and economic opportunities in our community of color. We will keep repeating that. If you want to talk about the anthem and the anthem is going to bring the cameras to me, so be it.”

My first recommendation to Jenkins is to stop listening to DeMaurice Smith. He thinks like a politician. My second recommendation for Jenkins is to pull his head out of his ass and start working towards a solution. Starting conversations without a goal in mind is just wasting time. Saying ‘we want to start a conversation’ is saying ‘pay attention to us. We don’t have a solution.’ If you want to change society, prepare enough to recommend a solution or a series of solutions.

Putting a fist in the air isn’t a solution. It’s a high-profile temper tantrum. If you want to be taken seriously, do the homework. Do the research. This isn’t kids’ stuff. This is about positively impacting millions of lives who need help.

Finally, I’d recommend to Jenkins to start advocating for African-American athletes to stop giving the Democratic Party 90-95% of their vote. That’s a surefire way of guaranteeing that you’ll be taken for granted. Putting that bloc of votes up for competition increases the politicians’ accountability.