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DeSean Jackson Educating Himself After Anti-Semitic Posts – NBC10 Philadelphia

Thursday, September 10th, 2020

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson says he’s been educating himself after facing backlash for sharing anti-Semitic posts on social media in July. The aftermath of everything has been a long process,” Jackson said Wednesday, speaking to reporters for the first time since the incident. I’ve been just using the time to educate myself and really just man up to the actions I took and just educate and learn from it.

NFL, Saints each commit $250,000 to hurricane relief efforts

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020

Washington receiver Trey Quinn is trying to raise $100,000 for Hurricane Laura disaster relief efforts in his hometown of Lake Charles, Louisiana. The NFL and the Saints are helping, too. The NFL Foundation announced Wednesday it will match the Saints' $250,000 contribution to the American Red Cross. The funds will support three different nonprofits – [more]

Browns “committed to action to Be The Solution”

Sunday, August 30th, 2020

The Ravens were roundly lauded for their thoughtful statement with a list of action items. It was more than words. The Browns followed today with their own list of action items. The team released a statement "from players on behalf of the Cleveland Browns." “We stand in solidarity with all the people within our country [more]

Hurricane Laura 2020: Houston Texans donate $25K to United Way of Orange County

Friday, August 28th, 2020

The Houston Texans are donating $25,000 to the United Way of Orange County to assist the community in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura.

What We Know about the Jacob Blake Shooting

Thursday, August 27th, 2020

Rioters didn’t wait to hear the full story of the Jacob Blake shooting before torching businesses in Kenosha, Wis. A gun-wielding, 17-year-old, pro-police counterprotester from Illinois has been arrested on suspicion of killing two in the city on Tuesday night. And half a week after the incident, officials still have not released key details about what happened to start it all.But a fuller picture is slowly emerging. Here’s a brief look at what we know.It began, as officer-involved shootings often do, with a call to the police. The dispatcher told the cops that a woman had called, and that Blake “isn’t supposed to be there and he took the complainant’s keys and is refusing to give them back.” (An attorney for Blake's family has said Blake was trying to break up a fight between two women.) The dispatcher also told officers that there was a “wanted” alert for someone at the address; indeed, Blake had a warrant for his arrest based on charges of third-degree sexual assault, trespassing, and disorderly conduct in connection with domestic abuse.Exactly how the incident escalated isn’t known, but Blake quickly ended up physically scuffling with the officers, who unsuccessfully tried to tase him. Within a few minutes of the cops’ arrival on the scene, the fateful seconds captured in two viral videos unfolded: Blake walked away from the three officers, two of whom followed him with guns drawn. Blake was reportedly told to “drop the knife.” He walked around his SUV — holding something in his hand, though it’s not clear what — opened the door, and bent over. An officer grabbed Blake’s shirt to try to stop him, but soon fired seven times into Blake’s back, paralyzing him in the presence of his three kids.Here’s a graphic video of the shooting: Yesterday, Wisconsin’s Department of Justice identified the officer who fired his weapon as Rusten Sheskey and reported that “during the investigation following the initial incident, Mr. Blake admitted that he had a knife in his possession. [Division of Criminal Investigation] agents recovered a knife from the driver’s side floorboard of Mr. Blake’s vehicle. A search of the vehicle located no additional weapons.” It remains unclear whether Blake was carrying the knife during the altercation, or if he went to the vehicle to get it, or what.These details leave a lot we don’t know — frankly, too much. In a case as fraught as this one, officials have a duty to be transparent about what happened as quickly as possible. At minimum, it would be good to hear the officers’ side of the story. Ideally we’d also have body-camera footage, but we never will, because Kenosha doesn’t plan to buy body cameras until 2022. (The BBC reports that they “do have microphones.”)Nonetheless, there are some important things to keep in mind as the rest of the information comes out.One is that when someone deliberately disobeys the instructions of a police officer with his gun drawn, and instead reaches into a vehicle or toward his waistband, the officer usually can’t wait to find out what the suspect is pulling. By that time, it’s too late.This case somewhat resembles that of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Okla., who similarly defied commands and reached into a vehicle. The cop who shot him was acquitted. As my former colleague David French put it a few years ago, “Crutcher didn’t have a gun, but the law does not require cops to be omniscient. It requires that they be reasonable. It is reasonable to believe that a person who won’t obey commands, won’t get on the ground, and is walking back toward (and ultimately reaching in) his car is a threat.”In this case, of course, the details are a bit different. The full analysis will involve ascertaining where the knife was and when, what the cops knew about it and when, whether they thought Blake was getting a different weapon from the SUV, and — most important — whether Officer Sheskey reasonably feared that Blake posed an imminent threat when he opened fire.Going by what is currently known, however, I’m doubtful that Sheskey will be successfully prosecuted. Blake went into the SUV in open defiance of the officers, and a lethal weapon was found in that part of the vehicle. At the key moment, a noncompliant suspect was in close proximity to both a knife and the cops he was fighting with. A knife can kill someone quickly up close. Few juries would think it unreasonable for an officer to fear for his life in that situation.Another thing to bear in mind these coming weeks is that even when a final decision to shoot is justified under the law, officers sometimes could have avoided the situation by making different tactical decisions earlier in the confrontation. Regardless of what happens in court, anytime someone is shot by the police it’s worth thinking about whether the incident should have been handled differently. Could the cops have gotten Blake under control earlier? Are there lessons here for future confrontations? This too will hinge on lots of information we don’t have yet.I would say we should keep our heads cool until all the important details are known, but alas, it is too late for that.

Post: Snyder involved in harassment, Washington owner denies

Wednesday, August 26th, 2020

The Washington Post on Wednesday reported additional examples of workplace sexual harassment inside the Washington Football Team organization, along with allegations that owner Dan Snyder was personally involved. The Post reported a former cheerleader saying Snyder invited her to a hotel room with one of his friends, and that longtime team executive Larry Michael made extra cheerleading videos for the owner showing sensitive material that wasn't made public. Snyder released a statement denying those specific allegations and saying he was unaware of the incidents until now.

Trump suggests deploying the National Guard in Wisconsin, seemingly unaware that it’s already been done

Tuesday, August 25th, 2020

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers activated the state's National Guard to support local law enforcement on Monday.

‘This is sickening’: Cardi B, Aisha Tyler, Common decry Jacob Blake shooting

Tuesday, August 25th, 2020

Cardi B, Aisha Tyler, LeBron James and Detroit Lions players are among the celebrities and sports figures protesting the police shooting of Jacob Blake.

Officials declare Allegiant Stadium in Vegas almost complete

Friday, July 31st, 2020

Officials declared ''substantial completion'' of Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas after nearly 1,000 days were spent building the $2 billion home for the NFL's relocated Raiders. Friday has been the target date for completion since ground was broken in November 2017 for the 65,000-seat domed stadium just off the Las Vegas Strip. ''We still have to finish the job,'' Raiders team owner Mark Davis told the Las Vegas Review-Journal .

Ex-49er Dana Stubblefield convicted of raping disabled woman

Monday, July 27th, 2020

Former San Francisco 49er Dana Stubblefield was convicted Monday of the rape of a developmentally disabled woman, after prosecutors said he lured the victim to his home with the promise of a babysitting job. A jury found Stubblefield, 49, guilty of rape by force, oral copulation by force and false imprisonment, and acquitted him of raping a person incapable of giving consent, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Jurors also found that Stubblefield used a gun during the assault, prosecutors said.