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‘Woke’ NFL fans don’t expect Dez Bryant to support Colin Kaepernick

by Angela Davis|@ladyadavis |@jerseygirlsport When Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant made a statement on Instagram spewing the 'personal responsibly' argument against systemic racism, most 'woke' NFL fans knew he was in the 'sunken place'. So when he dismissed the protests by other NFL players, many fans weren't surprised.
Whatever they got going on with that, that's them," Bryant told The Dallas Morning News. "I don't really have nothing to say about that."
Of course, fans in support of Kaepernick weren't happy about what he said, and then he quickly explained his statement.

Listen my life is more than a (expletive) football get real...I'm disappointed in you.."

Don't quote me on nothing....y'all asked me about it..and I wasn't in a mood to talk about it...not saying I don't care about it https://twitter.com/slim_luvva/status/897637680091193344 …  31 Replies 788 likes

I got a family to feed https://twitter.com/slim_luvva/status/897637680091193344 … 722 Retweets

Bruh it's the wrong place and time to be talking about that....I care about my black people...at the same time I have a family https://twitter.com/1joshlaflare/status/897642474969104384 …  219 Replies  461 Retweets 

So when IS the right time and place to talk about racism that directly affects you? How in the world is there any 'BUT' involved where your integrity and humanity are involved?

Expecting most professional athletes to stand up for their own rights is a setup for failure. Most don't know their own history or the power they actually hold in the NFL.

Dez Bryant's position to feed his family as a reason to not publicly support Kaepernick is both sad and typical--especially since he is employed by a team whose owner financially supported Donald Trump.

I'll end this with a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

If NFL fans want players to stick to football, they should take their own advice and STHU on social issues too

by Angela Davis |@ladyadavis |@jerseygirlsport What's acceptable for athletes to discuss or speak on in the NFL? This is a valid question since fans who oppose Colin Kaepernick have the argument that NFL players should stick to the game. If that's the suggestion, then perhaps these same fans should STHU too! In fact, were it not for the 'faux-rage' of sports fans, many of the social issues would never have been brought to the gridiron. Before social media, sports fans were ignorant to the private lives of athletes. Of course, there were always reports of their bad behavior, but the larger part of their private lives were merely speculation unless they revealed or shared it. Now, with social media and the instal-fame-cameras-everywhere, society gets an instant connection to athletes and their private lives. Now fans know about their relationships, social lives and how they engage with others. Because of that, fans now have concerns about players' character. Fans started to become outraged by their criminal behavior and how they engage with others--especially women. Because of this 'faux-rage' the NFL started to crack down on behavior outside of the game. Contracts have morality clauses. The NFL started to punish players for criminal and personal behavior deemed to be 'unfit' and disrespectful to the shield. In addition, the NFL started to take a stance on issues like domestic violence and drug use. They partner with organizations like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.), the Boys and Girls Club and veterans organizations. These partnerships aren't bad, but they represent social issues. If NFL fans want players to stick to football, they should too. So, how'bout we take the national anthem OUT of games? How about we cancel the flag-waving and veteran honoring pre-game ceremonies? Let's not wear pink in October or have the NFL run ads talking about domestic violence. If NFL fans want to 'stick to football', then shut up about what players do off the field! Keep your mouths shut about who players engage with and stop the B.S. about your patriotism because that's not about football either. What we know about some NFL fans is that they seem to be selective about what social issues they care about. There's a problem with Kaepernick taking a knee during the national anthem, but they have no problem with players who have been accused of sexual assault, rape, domestic violence and drug use being in the NFL. At the end of the day, the fans who claim they want players to stick to football are wrapped in moral fabric that has huge holes in it. If they don't like what Kaepernick stands for, their patriotism should be questioned. A symbol can never be elevated higher than what it represents. If they want players to stick to football, they should take their own advice and stay out of players' personal lives and leave ALL social issues out of the game. What do you think?

LeBron James speaks on violence in Charlottesville

by Angela Davis |@ladyadavis |@jerseygirlsport JGS fam more and more athletes are coming forward to speak out against racism. LeBron James spoke at his annual foundation event and took time to speak to the events in Charlottesville, VA:
LeBron James speaks on Charlottesville violence
Of course, all the LeBron critics had plenty to say, and of course Trump supporters are always ready to chime in with their rhetoric. LeBron James has always spoke out about social issues, so this statement comes as no surprise. What we need is more athletes to step up.

Reports show Tiger Woods had six drugs in his system including Xanax, Dilaudid, and Vicodin

by Angela Davis|@ladyadavis |@jerseygirlsport Jersey Girl Sports fam it seems Tiger Woods had a six drug cocktail in his system that included Xanax, Dilauded, and Vicodin. The former golf sensation's toxicology report from his arrest in May shows he was pretty loaded on medication.
Tiger Woods' toxicology report
Woods was stopped in Jupiter, FL and arrested on suspicion of DUI. Woods initially said he had a reaction to a prescription.
At the time of the arrest on May 29, Woods said he had an "unexpected reaction" to prescription medicine. He checked into a clinic in June for help dealing with prescription drugs, and he announced last month that he had completed treatment. At the scene of the arrest, Woods took a breathalyzer test and twice blew a 0.000. A Jupiter Police officer observed Woods’ car stopped in the roadway in the right lane. He was asleep at the wheel and had to be woken up. The vehicle was running.
There is still no clarity on whether Woods had prescriptions for all those medication, and we're also not sure if he actually got the help he needed to 'manage' these prescriptions. I think Woods is spiraling out of control. His life since his personal scandal has gotten worse and worse. I actually do hope Tiger can turn it around. He would be the sports comeback story of the year. What do you thinK?

Under Armour CEO calls foul on Trump and quits President’s manufacturing council

by Angela Davis |@ladyadavis |@jerseygirlsport The days of silence and sitting in the grey area are OVER! When it comes to issues of race, rights and what's right the time to make your position known have never been more important. For Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, that position is on the side of inclusion, diversity and against the ideas of white supremacy. In a bold move, he quit Trump's manufacturing council amid Trump's response to the violence and march for white supremacy in Charlottesville, VA.
from cnn.com Under Armour engages in innovation and sports, not politics" Plank said in a statement. He said he would "continue to focus my efforts on inspiring every person that they can do anything through the power of sport which promotes unity, diversity and inclusion."
His decision came hours after Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier also left the council for similar reasons. Plank's initial  support for Trump caused a vitriol reaction, especially since many of Under Armor's clients are athletes of color. This move was a bold one. A good one, and one that has likely elevated the brand in the eyes of fans. What do you think?

Michael Bennett explains why he sat for the National Anthem

by Angela Davis |@ladyadavis |@jerseygirlsport When Marshawn Lynch and Michael Bennett sat during the National Anthem, their teams and fans were thrown back into the issue regarding protesting, racism and Colin Kaepernick. If you know anything about Bennett, you would know that he's an activist at heart and doesn't back down from what he believes in. Welp, there it is. Michael Bennett has spoken! What do you think?

Marshawn Lynch, Michael Bennett and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. reignite support for Colin Kaepernick

by Angela Davis |@jerseygirlsport Jersey Girl Sports fans, if you thought the protest against the NFL in support of Colin Kaepernick will be ending anytime soon, think again. In fact, support is growing and fans are getting more fired up and ready to take action. First was a letter from Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. addressed to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell advising them that they know Kaepernick is being black-balled and they fully support their frat brother.
K A Psi letter to Roger Goodell
K A Psi letter to Roger Goodell part 2
Next, we saw Marshawn Lynch and Michael Bennett sitting for the National Anthem during their pre-season games. Lynch doesn't talk to the media so he didn't explain himself, but he did speak about Kaepernick last year:
from SI.com in Sept. 2016, Lynch told Conan O'Brien, "With what's going on, I'd rather see him take a knee, than stand up, put his hands up and get murdered, so, my take on it is, shit's gotta start somewhere, and if that was the starting point, I just hope people open up their eyes and see there's really a problem going on and something needs to be done for it to stop and if you're really not racist, then you won't see what he's doing as a threat to America, but just addressing a problem we have."
Michael Bennett has never been shy about where he stands on social issues. He's been upfront about racism and in all its forms and where he stands against it. He's been a constant supporter of Kaepernick and there's no sign he will stop supporting him. These latest supporters have re-ignited the NFL fans to not only continue to support Colin Kaepernick, but to speak out and take a stance by boycotting the NFL. If people thought this Kaepernick issue was going to die down, they need to think again. It seems like it's just getting started.

Top 5 things you need to do to be ready for the NFL season

by Angela Davis |@ladyadavis |@jerseygirlsport It's about that time to get ready for the NFL season! Fans are already trash  talking, posting memes and talking about upcoming games for the season. If you feel you're lagging behind, don't worry! There's still time. Here are the top 5 things you need to do to get ready for the NFL season. 1. Get your gear. Yep, it's time to re-up on your sports apparel. Most teams have new t-shirts, jerseys and other items to help keep you in the latest and greatest as you rep your team. 2. Get your life. Yes, your life. Your relationship, especially, needs to be in order. Nothing ruins a Sunday and Monday night faster than relationship issues. So, have those 'talks' now. Set up realistic expectations and let your significant other know and help them understand what the upcoming 16 weeks will become. 3. Get your memes. It's the best part of social media during the season! Each week the memes are a huge source of laughter and fun. So, get your memes ready, especially for your divisional rival! 4. Get your talk. Trash-talking that is! Get ready! Atlanta Falcons fans have ALREADY been hit with the memes from the Super Bowl--mostly from their arch rival, Saints fans. So, get ready. Every team and every NFL fan has something to say about teams they don't like, so get ready. Trash talking is not for the faint of heart. 5. Get your stance. Many NFL fans have said they are going to protest the NFL and boycott watching games and supporting the local sponsors of teams if Colin Kaepernick is not signed. If that is the case for you, then you better get ready. Get your information, post on social media and prepare yourself for the onslaught of not only those who will be watching the games, but your own temptation to give in. Make a stand and be ready. No matter what your favorite team is or if you're a by-product of a sports fanatic in your home, it's time to get your house in order if football is going to be a part of it. These five bits of advice will help you be happy and prepared. Now, let's get ready for some football!

(VIDEO) LaDainian Tomlinson reflects on Hall of Fame induction, “Never thought about making HOF”

by Angela Davis| @ladyadavis|@jerseygirlsport LaDainian Tomlinson is now among the elite fraternity of former NFL players with the coveted gold jacket. His induction in the Pro Football Hall of Fame becomes another highlight of his stellar career. In an interview on the Dan Patrick Show, Tomlinson admits he never really thought about making it into the Hall of Fame. LaDainian Tomlinson had one of the most memorable speeches of the night. He paid tribute to his family, his mother and father in particular, and his legacy. He honored his great-great-great grandfather, a slave who was owned by a man with the last name Tomlinson. LaDainian told his story and how he went back to the plantation his great-great-great grandfather lived on an dhow he would ultimately purchase that same land. AMAZING! While Tomlinson may have never thought about making it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, it seems his ancestor paved the way and set into motion the course that would shape his defendant's destiny.