This past week at the White House, President Trump and his staffers and associates hosted the winners of the NCAA championship. He took the opportunity to meet with members of the team from Pennsylvania State and threw a red, white, and blue volleyball up in the air. Also in attendance was the Ohio State University men’s team.
President Trump took a special moment to take a picture with Maryland lacrosse player Dylan Maltz whose originally from Ashburn, Virginia. In the picture, Maltz is seen where a tie celebrating President Trump’s 2016 presidential win. However, despite all the festivities, there were some notable absences. The men’s basketball team from the University of North Carolina and the women’s basketball team from South Carolina were not in attendance.
The Daily Mail reported the following,
“Trump jovially met with other NCAA teams on the South Lawn and various rooms of the White House in their absence on Friday. With the Utah skiing team, he contorted his pointer fingers and thumbs into a ‘U’ shape for their photo together. He and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos prayed with the Oklahoma Women’s Softball Team in the White House’s East Room.
A lot of great athletes,’ he told the Maryland Women’s lacrosse team, jesting that the men and women of the school – both of whom were at the top of their respective divisions – should play each other. In the Red Room of the White House, the president plugged the Second Amendment as he met the West Virginia Rifle team.
‘Second Amendment, right? Save the Second Amendment!’ the president said. He also commented that West Virginia has a ‘great governor’ and is ‘doing well.’ The state’s Democratic governor, Jim Justice, announced a party switch to Republican at a Trump rally in the state this past August.”
Because North Carolina and South Carolina were not present it meant that neither of the NCAA basketball champions were present as they had actually won. The Tarheels had released a statement indicating they were fine with going but could not agree on a date with the White House. The statement revealed the following by spokesman Steve Kirschner,
“We tried about eight or nine dates and between they couldn’t work out that date, we couldn’t work out that date, so – we would have liked to have gone, but not going.”
However, their coach Roy Williams had indicated that when the team won the championship in 2005 that the administration under George W. Bush did not invite them for a solo event. But instead an event similar to the one hosted by President Trump that was in the style of a cattle call.
Yet in 2009 the team did attend the White House when President Obama was in office. It seems the problem is not a date or an invitation but the person who is president. Because they have no problem attending when a Democrat is in office but they do when there is a Republican in office. Williams had publicly disparaged President Trump saying,
“You know, our president tweets out more bulls*** than anybody I’ve ever seen,.”
Indicating that it is, in fact, the President and not the date the team and coach have a problem with. The women’s team from South Carolina took a somewhat similar but unique stance when they refused to come because it took the White House six months to extend an invitation.
Gamecocks Coach Dawn Staley told the Associated Press the following in September,
“We haven’t gotten an invitation yet and that in itself speaks volumes. It’s what it stands for. It’s what national champions do. We did hear from the White House about attending tomorrow’s event, but we will not be able to attend. As I’ve been saying since our practices for this season started, all of our focus is on the season ahead. The only invitation we are thinking about is to the 2018 NCAA Tournament.”
Sports are meant to be a time of happiness and continuity. A time for people to come together and forget all that divides us and enjoy themselves. Yet sports have been disrupted over the last year from their intended and original purpose and it is extremely upsetting. No longer can you turn on the television to watch a simple football game without it turning political, the very thing you are trying to escape when watching a game.
It’s high time to leave politics to the real politicians and sports to the players. When we seem them intermingle it is never a good result. Especially more recently and when it comes to football.
Even though it is not their job it is abundantly clear that it is not the White House, Congress, or the Senate playing politics but these amateur sporting professionals.
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This Is The 7-Word Response Trump Gave To Freed UCLA Player’s Father That Has Everyone Cheering
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Members of UCLA’s basketball team were arrested in China after being caught shoplifting. President Trump was fortunately able to get them released after speaking with the Chinese president. However, the President took issue with the families of the young men who were arrested when he felt they did not give him the proper respect he was owed.
The father of LiAngelo Ball did not give much credit to President Trump for getting the boys released. In an ESPN interview he said,
““Who? What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.”
After the ESPN interview, the President tweeted out the following in response to the father’s statements,
“Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal. I should have left them in jail!”
Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal. I should have left them in jail!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2017
Originally, the President tweeted out,
“To the three UCLA basketball players I say: You’re welcome, go out and give a big Thank You to President Xi Jinping of China who made your release possible and, HAVE A GREAT LIFE! Be careful, there are many pitfalls on the long and winding road of life!”
John Kelly, the president’s chief of staff, said of the Chinese authorities,
“These are law and order guys; they have pretty swift justice. An awful lot of American kids don’t realize that the kinds of things that in United States society we tolerate with a slap on the wrist, a lot of countries they take very seriously.”
However, the father received flack in the media for downplaying his son’s behavior. In the same interview with ESPN he said,
“As long as my boy’s back here, I’m fine. I’m happy with how things were handled. A lot of people like to say a lot of things that they thought happened over there. Like I told him, ‘They try to make a big deal out of nothing sometimes.’ I’m from L.A. I’ve seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses. My son has built up enough character that one bad decision doesn’t define him. Now if you can go back and say when he was 12 years old he was shoplifting and stealing cars and going wild, then that’s a different thing.”
During the event in question the three players, Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, admitted they stole sunglasses as well as a few other things during a team trip to China. Their crime occurred at the same time that President Trump was in Asia for his international trip.
The Washington Post wrote,
“Trump was piqued because he has pointed to his record of freeing Americans held overseas as evidence of his dealmaking prowess and as a contrast with predecessor Barack Obama. Before the three basketball players, the Trump administration had successfully negotiated releases including American student Otto Warmbier from North Korea and charity worker Aya Hijazi from Egypt. Although those efforts earned bipartisan welcome, the apparent grievance that he has not gotten more credit or thanks in the UCLA case drew criticism.”
The Los Angeles times also reported,
“Rep. Steve Womack (R–Ark.) said Trump “personally engaged the Chinese president and it turned out the way it did,” with the players released. He said China is known for being “extremely punitive” with criminal suspects, adding: “This could have been a disaster for those families.”
Ball, Hill and Riley were detained in Hangzhou for questioning last week before the Bruins beat Georgia Tech in their season-opening game in Shanghai. The rest of the team returned home Saturday. Athletic director Dan Guerrero said the shoplifting occurred when the team had 90 minutes of free time on Nov. 6 in Hangzhou. He said the three took items from three stores. The players are suspended indefinitely, and coach Steve Alford has said they will have to earn their way back onto the team.”
President Trump has made it a mission during his presidency to work on releasing Americans that are detained and arrested while overseas. He was able to obtain the release of college student Otto Warmbier. He died shortly thereafter. Now he has obtained the release of these students. The president’s comments speak to a much larger issue at hand. President Trump has received very little support or acknowledgment for the work he has done especially on behalf of Americans that have been arrested while overseas. This is something that President Obama never did do, nor was willing to do. Instead, he stood by and waited for action to happen and it never did.
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BREAKING: Trump Just Reversed Major Ban But Liberals Are Even More Enraged About It Now – Here’s Why
Liberals are melting down everywhere!
Liberals will always find a reason to have a problem with President Trump. It’s why they are always protesting over something no matter how ridiculous it is. Whether it’s a travel ban or not you can count on them taking the streets. Another issue has come to the forefront that has them protesting yet again.
President Trump reversed his decision to repeal the elephant trophy ban after an immense amount of public backlash. This past Friday he tweeted out a message on social media that he will be upholding a ban for importing trophies of elephants that are hunted and killed in Zimbabwe. This will be pending further review.
His tweet read,
“Put big game trophy decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts. Under study for years. Will update soon with Secretary Zinke. Thank you!”
Secretary Zinke also echoed the decision and intimated that he and the president had discussed the issue and were concerned about conservation and the critical need for healthy herds. The statement came hours after a statement by Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Sanders had defended the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services decision to end the 2014 ban that had been previously initiated under President Obama. On Thursday the service noted that through December of 2017 they would issue permits to import sport-hunted trophies from Zimbabwe elephants.
The Daily Mail reported.
“The move was met with a barrage of criticism from animal rights groups and activists. It also came on the same day that the US State Department presented to Congress its first annual report on wildlife trafficking which, it said, ‘remains a serious transnational crime.’ French screen legend and animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot added her voice to the growing chorus of criticism, slamming Trump as ‘unfit for office’ after his administration’s ‘shameful actions.’ ‘No despot in the world can take responsibility for killing off an age-old species that is part of the world heritage of humanity,’ Bardot said in a letter to Trump, released through Fondation Brigitte Bardot.
The move is ‘a cruel decision backed by Zimbabwe’s crazy dictator and it confirms the sick and deadly power you assert over the entire plant and animal kingdom,’ the 83-year-old actress added. ‘Your shameful actions confirm the rumors that you are unfit for office.’
According to the Great Elephant Census project, African Savanna elephant populations fell by 30 percent between 2007 and 2014, while Zimbabwe saw a drop of six percent.
Despite an overall fall in poaching, Africa’s elephant population has declined in part because of continued illegal killing, said a report this year by CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. African ivory, in particular, is highly sought in China where it is a status symbol.
A provision in the Endangered Species Act says the import of such trophies can be legal if accompanied by proof that the hunting benefits broader conservation of the species. Trump’s sons are known to have a passion for hunting. In one widely shared photograph, Donald Trump Jr poses with a knife in one hand and an elephant tail in the other, the animal’s corpse beside him. The US decision follows tumultuous days in Zimbabwe, where President Robert Mugabe refuses to resign after the military seized control of the country.”
SCI President Paul Babaz said in a statement,
“These positive findings for Zimbabwe and Zambia demonstrate that the Fish and Wildlife Service recognizes that hunting is beneficial to wildlife and that these range countries know how to manage their elephant population.”
Wayne Pacelle, the organization’s president and CEO said,
“Let’s be clear: elephants are on the list of threatened species; the global community has rallied to stem the ivory trade; and now, the U.S. government is giving American trophy hunters the green light to kill them.”
SCI Director of Communications Steve Comus told NPR in an email,
“In some occasions, the skull might be (could even be skull with tusks). And, there are other parts imported sometimes, as well. What happens is that all of the meat, etc. is consumed by local people there in Africa (typically a village close to where the elephant is harvested). So, most of the elephant not only remains in Africa, but in the stomachs of local Africans.”
While animal welfare issues have not been a huge priority for the administration the issues related to it occasionally come to the forefront of the media. The President and his family have received criticism and backlash for trophy hunting in Africa and have almost never spoken out in defense of themselves for it. While others have considered it a non-issue that should not be worried about.
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Massive Layoff’s Just Hit NFL After Veterans Day Fiasco That Isn’t Over Yet And Its Bad
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The NFL has not been doing too well since the media sensation surrounding players kneeling for the national anthem. Ratings and players notoriety and support have taken a hit because people are sick and tired of watching others disrespect the flag and the veterans and service members who fought for it. Now ESPN is taking a hit because of it.
After the Thanksgiving holidays, multiple sources have told reporters from Sports Illustrated that ESPN is expected to lay off more than 100 of their staffers. The positions that are being targeted for layoffs are front facing talent on the television end of the business, executives, producers, as well as technology and digital staffers. On-air talent is being considered for a cut because of how much ratings have plummeted as well as viewership. The on-air talent is being held responsible for not keeping people’s attention.
However, ESPN officials have refused to publicly comment to Sports Illustrated. Hiring has continued though, so it appears that layoffs will be considered for older employees who have been with the network longer. A sort of out with the old and in with the new type of deal.
Sports Illustrated reported,
“In Oct. 2015 the company laid off roughly 300 employees, about 4-5% of its workforce—a particularly brutal act of gutting given the long tenures of many of those who were cut. Many of those employees helped build the foundation of ESPN and had given their professional life to the company.
Last April, ESPN eliminated around 100 journalists and on-air personalities. At that time the company said: “A necessary component of managing change involves constantly evaluating how we best utilize all of our resources, and that sometimes involves difficult decisions.” ESPN continues to be impacted by the changing habits of consumers including cord-cutting and cord-nevers (those who have never purchased a cable subscription) as well as the rising costs of sports rights. The network has dropped in households from 100.13 million in 2011 to an estimated 87.5 million households today.
Part of the reason ESPN will conduct the moves in late November/early December, two sources said, is to get employees an additional year in the stock vesting program. Last month Michael McCarthy of Sporting News first noted a round of layoffs were coming to ESPN. If you have endured layoffs at your place of employment, you know how extraordinary awful they are. Multiple ESPN employees in speaking with SI said the atmosphere in Bristol is tense, especially in the SportsCenter division. Asked to characterize how employees are feeling, one longtime on-air anchor offered one word: “Queasy.””
The Free Beacon reported,
“The network has suffered from steep expenditures on broadcasting deals in tandem with a reduced subscriber base, even as it has made a series of public missteps.
One public relations challenge came when “SportsCenter” host Jemele Hill called President Donald Trump a white supremacist on Twitter and then called for a boycott of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ advertisers. ESPN suspended her for twice violating company social media policy, and Trump publicly mockedthe network for its ratings.
Executive decisions have also harmed the network’s image. Examples include the rapid canceling of a partnership with Barstool Sports and the controversial removal of an Asian-American announcer from a University of Virginia football game over his name’s similarity to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Rumors of layoffs surfaced in October, when Sporting News reported that 40 to 60 positions would be eliminated. Even with that modest estimate, sources were saying at the time that the layoffs would affect popular people at all levels. “This time it won’t matter if you’re ‘liked’ or not. It’s not going to be pretty,” one source said.”
The irony of this report coming out a day after Veterans Day cannot be lost on, or forgotten by anyone. NFL ratings through ESPN have been decreasing rapidly and it is in no small part due to the fact that players have been kneeling during the national anthem. Football viewership has a stronghold in middle America and average citizens love America, work hard, and respect this country. They have chosen not to tune in because of it.
The MLB does not have this issue and the NFL would do well to look at the MLB as an example of what to do if they want to remain relevant and making money. Because if they continue on the path they are going their ratings will get worse and their business will flop.
Given that yesterday was Veterans Day this is very good news. People need to be held responsible. And the best part of it all is that these paid athletes and celebrity sports entertainers are being held responsible with their layoffs based purely on the fact that their actions have consequences and nobody wants to watch them anymore.
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