NFL 2017-2018 Preseason Schedule

 

By: Will Stevenson

Can you feel it? Just imagine the droughts and sounds of the NFL season. Two-a-days, minicamps, veteran camps, seven on seven drills, torn acl’s, Non-contact injuries, position battles, and most importantly: Expert analysis of guys in shorts.

There are countless things that could irritate a football fan, but actual football isn’t one of them. So between now and the first preseason game, we have months to comb through every team, transaction and predict who will do what when the season rolls around. It will be exciting to see how the top drafted rookie quarterbacks find their footing on teams that made the playoffs last season: Chiefs and Texans. We all know how the preseason goes: Stars play in one or two games for a few series, then the backups. I also have an interest in fringe plays attempting to made rosters within the new safety guidelines for special teams.

So let us take a look at the preseason schedule. The competition will be early as starters make their way off the field after a few possessions, but don’t let that deter you from consuming the whole game. Position battles, overall team health, sheer talent, and a basic understanding of the team’s philosophy will be on display. So it’s not the Pro Bowl, but it’s damn near close for those first few series.

Not need to worry. Football is own it’s way, and it starts with the Hall of Fame Game on August 3rd with the Cowboys and the Cardinals.

 

 

NFL/Hall of Fame Game – AUGUST 3
DAY DATE VISITOR HOME LOCAL ET NAT. TV
Thurs Aug. 3 Dallas Cowboys vs Arizona Cardinals 8:00 PM (ET) 8:00 PM NBC
WEEK 1 – AUGUST 9-13
DAY DATE VISITOR HOME LOCAL ET
Wed Aug. 9 Houston Texans at Carolina Panthers 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Thurs Aug. 10 Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 10 Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 10 Washington Redskins at Baltimore Ravens 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Thurs Aug. 10 Jacksonville Jaguars at New England Patriots 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Thurs Aug. 10 Denver Broncos at Chicago Bears 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 10 New Orleans Saints at Cleveland Browns 8:00 PM (ET) 8:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 10 Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Friday Aug. 11 Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Giants 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Friday Aug. 11 Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cincinnati Bengals 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Friday Aug. 11 San Francisco 49ers at Kansas City Chiefs 8:00 PM (CT) 9:00 PM
Sat Aug. 12 Tennessee Titans at New York Jets 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Sat Aug. 12 Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Rams 6:00 PM (PT) 9:00 PM
Sat Aug. 12 Oakland Raiders at Arizona Cardinals 7:00 PM (MST) 10:00 PM
Sunday Aug. 13 Detroit Lions at Indianapolis Colts 1:30 PM (ET) 1:30 PM
Sunday Aug. 13 Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Chargers 5:00 PM (PT) 8:00 PM
WEEK 2 – AUGUST 17-21
DAY DATE VISITOR HOME LOCAL ET NAT. TV
Thurs Aug. 17 Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 17 Buffalo Bills at Philadelphia Eagles 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 17 Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Jacksonville Jaguars 8:00 PM (ET) 8:00 PM ESPN
Friday Aug. 18 Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks 7:00 PM (PT) 10:00 PM
Sat Aug. 19 Carolina Panthers at Tennessee Titans 2:00 PM (CT) 3:00 PM
Sat Aug. 19 Kansas City Chiefs at Cincinnati Bengals 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Sat Aug. 19 Indianapolis Colts at Dallas Cowboys 6:00 PM (CT) 7:00 PM
Sat Aug. 19 New York Jets at Detroit Lions 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Sat Aug. 19 Green Bay Packers at Washington Redskins 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Sat Aug. 19 New England Patriots at Houston Texans 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Sat Aug. 19 Los Angeles Rams at Oakland Raiders 7:00 PM (PT) 10:00 PM
Sat Aug. 19 Denver Broncos at San Francisco 49ers 7:00 PM (PT) 10:00 PM
Sat Aug. 19 Chicago Bears at Arizona Cardinals 7:00 PM (MST) 10:00 PM
Sunday Aug. 20 Atlanta Falcons at Pittsburgh Steelers 4:00 PM (ET) 4:00 PM
Sunday Aug. 20 New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Chargers 5:00 PM (PT) 8:00 PM
Monday Aug. 21 New York Giants at Cleveland Browns 8:00 PM (ET) 8:00 PM ESPN
WEEK 3 – AUGUST 24-27
DAY DATE VISITOR HOME LOCAL ET NAT. TV
Thurs Aug. 24 Miami Dolphins at Philadelphia Eagles 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 24 Carolina Panthers at Jacksonville Jaguars 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Friday Aug. 25 New England Patriots at Detroit Lions 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Friday Aug. 25 Kansas City Chiefs at Seattle Seahawks 5:00 PM (PT) 8:00 PM CBS
Sat Aug. 26 Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Sat Aug. 26 Buffalo Bills at Baltimore Ravens 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Sat Aug. 26 New York Jets at New York Giants 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Sat Aug. 26 Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Sat Aug. 26 Cleveland Browns at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Sat Aug. 26 Oakland Raiders at Dallas Cowboys 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Sat Aug. 26 Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Rams 5:00 PM (PT) 8:00 PM CBS
Sat Aug. 26 Houston Texans at New Orleans Saints 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Sat Aug. 26 Green Bay Packers at Denver Broncos 7:00 PM (MT) 9:00 PM
Sunday Aug. 27 Chicago Bears at Tennessee Titans 12:00 PM (CT) 1:00 PM FOX
Sunday Aug. 27 Cincinnati Bengals at Washington Redskins 4:30 PM (ET) 4:30 PM FOX
Sunday Aug. 27 San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM NBC
WEEK 4 – AUGUST 31
DAY DATE VISITOR HOME LOCAL ET
Thurs Aug. 31 Jacksonville Jaguars at Atlanta Falcons 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Detroit Lions at Buffalo Bills 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Los Angeles Rams at Green Bay Packers 6:00 PM (CT) 7:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Philadelphia Eagles at New York Jets 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Pittsburgh Steelers at Carolina Panthers 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 New York Giants at New England Patriots 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Washington Redskins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Cleveland Browns at Chicago Bears 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Dallas Cowboys at Houston Texans 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Miami Dolphins at Minnesota Vikings 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Baltimore Ravens at New Orleans Saints 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs 7:30 PM (CT) 8:30 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Arizona Cardinals at Denver Broncos 7:00 PM (MT) 9:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Seattle Seahawks at Oakland Raiders 7:00 PM (PT) 10:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Los Angeles Chargers at San Francisco 49ers 7:00 PM (PT) 10:00 PM

Welcome to the Mecca

By: Will Stevenson

Sports. It’s a trying time in the sports arena these days as the NFL season has ended, the NBA hasn’t reached the all-star break, and… That’s about it. It’s not as if there aren’t interesting sports stories out there to generate decent conversation, it’s the sports athlete that has been watered down. We as a sports society have become bored with the talk of the Warriors on-court play, the passing of LeBron James or even… well that’s about it.

The NBA has had quite the year so far as the New York Knicks have basically dominated the tabloids with their Knick behavior. Draymond Green called Dolan’s behavior as, “slave mentality”. I love Draymond Green; he’s never afraid to drop a bomb in the middle of the pool and watch others squirm to swim around it. The word “slave” sends chills down the backs of most of this country, mainly because of untapped guilty and a total lack of understanding of what slavery was. When others compare slavery to modern-day basketball, everyone usually shuts it down. We as a nation learned slavery from Roots, which was in fact a fabricated story with an insufficient storyline. Many schools have stricken the word from the curriculum, replacing it with other words that aren’t so toxic to our youth.

Holy Bleep I thought this was about sports.

While listening to the Dan Lebatard Show with Stugotz last week, Dan repeatedly spoke about his surprise that Oakley was being defended everywhere, while Dolan was being crushed in the media, and with the fans. I thought about that concept: A large black man gets into it with security, gets removed from a game, and is still innocent on the majority. I’m sure Dolan thought as many in his position did, thinking he could say whatever he wanted about Oakley, and the public would have to side with Dolan, because he is rich and has the power. Dolan forgot one thing: The Black Code.

The Black Code is real. You may hear about it with “street cred” or “keeping it real” and think of “Chappelle’s Show” back in the day, but where I’m from, your name and deeds carry weight. The way you are is respected by others, even if you are a person that may slap a few people here and there. Oakley is a respected man in his community, and in the basketball community. Oakley is similar to the assassin in a movie that garners respect from his adversaries and community, even though he’s an assassin. Once your stature as a man or woman is notarized by the black community, there usually isn’t anything to take that luster off. I said usually.

None of the claims from Dolan made sense when applied to Oakley: From the drinking, the whispering, to the antagonizing. As soon as the press release came, literally while Oakley was still in the building, the world of Oakley descended upon Dolan. Dolan looked to point out the, “Angry Black Man”, “Out of Control Black Man”, and the “Alcoholic Black Man” all in one press release. To make matters worse, Sunday’s game against the Spurs was, “Look at the former Negros by my side” for Dolan. It was a complete bleep show as former Knicks were brought in for a dog and pony show as if to say, “Look at these Knicks, they like me, they’re not like Oakley”. It was an utter embarrassment as former Knicks were used for Dolan’s PR show that fell flat on its face.

Welcome to the Mecca.

Finding a 3rd team

The New York Knicks have been in search of a 3rd team to facilitate a trade that would send Carmelo Anthony to the Clippers. With the help of ESPN trade machine I found three teams that would help us complete this trade. *ESPN TRADE MACHINE DOES NOT INCLUDE DRAFT PICKS*

 

1.   76ers

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The Knicks would now own the second and fourth pick in the 2015 draft class, which should help them with their rebuild. Rivers and Stauskas would add some much-needed youth to the club as well.

Okafor- 11.2 PPG 4.8 TRB 1.0 AST

Rivers- 11.9 PPG 2.0 TRB 2.6 AST

Stauskas- 8.5 PPG 2.5 TRB 2.0 AST

2. Kings

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Adding Cauley-Stein would give the Knicks two players from the very deep draft of 2015. Rivers and Johnson would just be thrown in to match salaries, however they should add a punch to the Knicks bench.

Cauley-Stein- 4.5 PPG 2.3 TRB 0.3 AST

Rivers- 11.9 PPG 2.0 TRB 2.6 AST

Johnson- 3.2 PPG 3.5 TRB 0.5 AST

3.  Bucks

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The Bucks may be giving up a lot in this trade but they have been looking for guard improvement for the past two years. The Knicks add a low post threat in Monroe as well as Brogdon who has looked like a steal for the Bucks. Snell and Rivers add youth and defense to the club.

Monroe- 11.0 PPG 6.8 TRB 2.2 AST

Rivers- 11.9 PPG 2.0 TRB 2.6 AST

Snell- 8.1 PPG 3.4 TRB 1.3 AST

Brogdon- 9.1 PPG 2.7 TRB 4.1 AST

The divorce the Knicks need!!

The New York Knicks have the second worst record since Christmas Day at 3-13. Only the Brooklyn Nets have a worse record during that span. Keep in mind the Knicks employ a former MVP (who in all fairness has had his share of injury issues, but is having a bounce back season) and a 3 time Olympic gold medalist, 12 time all star in Carmelo Anthony. I haven’t mentioned “The Unicorn” who may be the best young talent in the league… So how did the Knicks crumble so quickly?

Look no further than Carmelo Anthony and Phil Jackson. Both Star player and team president are headed for a nasty divorce. The divorce isn’t hurting the Knicks as much as the custody battle (power struggle) both parties are involved in. Even Phil has given hints by sending coded messages through his long-time friend Charley Rosen. Now Melo has finally admitted that he may be open to the idea of a trade. So all the signs are there and the Knicks need a fresh start as badly as Melo needs one.

Which brings me to my next point, Jackson had the Knicks on the rebuilding path. Until he sold the farm for Derrick Rose. While Rose has had his moments, he is no more then an average point guard. Trading away a young talented PG in Grant and a defensive presence in Lopez (who’s contract is very team friendly compared to Noah’s) is not how you build a team. The Knicks can no longer subscribe to the idea of a quick rebuild.

In order for the Knicks to truly contend they must build around the promising future of their 7’3 unicorn. That mean Rose and Melo should be dealt for draft picks and young talent. The Knicks shouldn’t stop there, any player not named Porzings, Hernangomez  or Kuzminskas should be up for grabs.

Teams like Boston and the Bucks should be targeted since both teams have draft picks and young talent. Think something along the lines of Kris Middleton or Marcus Smart packaged with draft picks.

Last but not least Phil Jackson should also be shown the door. While he should be credited with acquiring Porzings and Hernangomez, he has also made some very bad moves. Giving Carmelo Anthony a no trade clause while he is exiting his prime was a huge mistake. Then signing Joakim Noah to a 74 million dollar deal when no other team was committing anything near that dollar amount can also be filed under “the Isaiah Thomas school of thought”.

As I have said previously the Knicks need a systemic upgrade. Until they make those changes they will forever be untangled in a cycle of perpetual mediocrity.

Rose and Rape

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The former NBA MVP is in some hot water currently because a female has accused him and some friends of a gang rape. Anytime the word rape is involved, any sane person would cringe. I guess that will tell you rape is not OK, so when it’s a professional athlete who is in the spotlight its gets blown to be a even bigger thing then the regular Joe blow on the couch.

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The woman, who does not want to be identified, states that her and Rose had a consensual sexual relationship but one day it went wrong when he invited her over back in 2013 in California when he was healing from yet another knee injury. Rose, over some time, had asked the accuser for group sex and she denied his request. She was at his home with him and her friend and they were drinking, but she claims Rose spiked her drink with some type of drug that knocked her out on purpose.

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The accuser said she doesn’t remember much of what happened but what she does remember is three men raping her without consent, one of the men was Rose and she woke up the next morning with her dress up, lubricant  all over her, used condoms in the room and internal pain in her vagina. Rose states that the sex between her, him and his two friends was consensual and he does not believe that he did anything wrong.

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I must point out that this is not a criminal case against Rose rather just a civil suit against him and his two friends. There is a settlement offer on the table and if the case is not settled then Rose is in danger of missing some preseason games. This guy is with his new team and he will need to work with them instead of being caught up in court on a sexual case. This does not look good and it seems like Rose might get the attention of the NBA if he is found liable for the rape of this woman.

 

I seriously think you should jump on this wave!

By Lawrence Edwards

OK, before I get started let me tell you that this isn’t a fad that will quickly fade out, nor is it a get rich quick scheme. It’s simple, I am not forcing you or trying to persuade you to do anything. I just want to share with you something that I know sports enthusiasts every where will enjoy and offer you the opportunity to be apart of something or get ahead of everyone else on a trend that is about to take the world by storm. From Football to Cricket we have something every sports will fall in love with. You have two options: Affiliate or Player. I will go in to great detail about both and most importantly the coming of a game changing sports app by United Games that is going to absolutely blow your mind!

Now what we are talking about here is an app that will let you enjoy your favorite sport interactively while watching the game. This app is going to bring a new dynamic way of playing of enjoying sports. It’s not just going to focus on the major sports but every sport.  The point is to get everyone to enjoy sports better, not just the people who have time for drafts and 4 different fantasy leagues or the ones who are good at selecting the right combination of players in order to enjoy the experience.

Now, as I previously mentioned you have two options to join this wave, either as a player or an affiliate. If you want to just be one of the first to enjoy the experience of this game changing app then sign up as a player for free. You will be a pre-registered player and once the app launches within the next 5 weeks you can begin enjoying your interactive sports experience and start earning some rewards and points. I don’t know about you but once I started playing fantasy football and basketball, the game became THAT much more interesting to me. I began to pay attention to things that I didn’t before. This interactive app will award every real sports fan the same experience but much better – did I mention that some of EA Sports former developers are building this thing? – Get ahead of the trend, this app is coming and it’s going to change the way we enjoy sports forever and it will be the first of it’s kind, share it with your neighbors, share it with your family, if they love sports, chances are they will love this!

Now if you are interested in becoming an affiliate of United Games and getting the opportunity to not only get ahead of the trend but earn some money while doing it, then this the route you want to go. Now let me tell you this isn’t a pyramid scheme or something wild like that, if you don’t want to be an affiliate then you don’t have to. We aren’t trying to recruit people for money, we are just offering an opportunity to earn some income based off of people just playing the game. Now when this was brought to me a few weeks ago I had my initial negative thoughts. I was told that I can become an affiliate for free, feel it out see if I like it and if I do I would have to pay a one time fee of $30 to stay an affiliate and $9.99 a month to maintain my affiliate site and if I don’t just simply cancel no harm done. Now I’m no easy person to convince to join things, so I did my own research before I agreed to sign up for anything. Now I hate selling things, I’m terrible at it, so the fact I didn’t have to sell a product and it was an app – I’m a huge tech junkie – helped me decide to really read up on it. So I did my research and found that this app could really be something special and I don’t have to pay my fee until the app launches in 4-5 weeks at the time of this writing. I figured, what can I lose? I can jump on board playing a new fantasy app and maybe earn some money while doing it. Every time you share the app and someone signs up, whether as an affiliate or a player, and starts buying or earning tokens, you get a piece of the pie, NICE! Another selling point for me was the fact that in order for you to earn income you have to fill out tax form 1099. That right there let me know it was legit. Now United Games is offering this opportunity only up until the app launches in 5 weeks. Once it goes live, the affiliate opportunity will be no longer offered. You will only be able to download and use the app.

Whether you sign up to be a player or an affiliate I can assure you that this app is going to change your sporta experience. The point of this blog is to get the word out that a Giant is coming and to offer, what I believe to be a grand opportunity to be apart of the next big thing. If you like what you heard here today feel free to drop a comment, email me (lawrence.edwards115@gmail.com) or if you got here through my Facebook link, just shoot me a DM and I will happily send you a link to be an affiliate or a free player so you will be all set to go when the app launches. Once you click the link there will be more information for you to read through to get an even better understanding. You’re going to love this!

Here is a one page info sheet you can look at to get more information. Feel free to contact me with questions.

 

Carmelo, Curt, and Isaiah: Three Wise Men?

By Will Stevenson

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What a summer we’ve had in sports right? LeBron leads the Cavs back to beat the Warriors, Free Agency starts off with Timofey Mozgov and then…. Durant joins the Warriors and Dwayne Wade leaves South Beach to join his hometown Chicago Bulls. Ben Simmons is showing off his passing vision in Summer League, along with Buddy Hield putting on great shooting performances. Tim Duncan retired. Portugal won the Euro Cup. NFL training camps are gearing up for the upcoming season. Giancarlo Stanton put on a show at the Home Run Derby last night. And Lance Stephenson is still a free agent. I’ve been scouring the internet for the past few weeks, looking at social media websites, posts, comments, shares, videos and interviews; but nothing have taken my interest in the sports world like Carmelo Anthony.

 

Now the way our minds work, words and phrases have certain attachments to them: Head Coach, Black Coach, Domestic Violence, Franchise Quarterback, Dan Snyder, America’s Team, Defense Wins Championships, Playoffs!!, NFL Substance Abuse Policy, The Baseball Steroid Era, etc. If your mind works the way most do, an image/feeling/thought/reservation came to your mind for each word or phrase. It is necessary to address our schemas we have for athletes, because it directly affects how we interface with them and/or about them. When I say “Carmelo Anthony”, what are the things that would come to mind? When we think of NBA Stars, many things come to the forefront; Overpaid, lack of community, greedy, hardworking, winner, selfish, spotlight, privileged, famous, red carpet, rich. It’s ok, for now. It’s alright if these emotions arise in you when you speak of an athlete, but also remember they are human as we are. When Carmelo Anthony made his post on Instagram in solidarity of the citizens murdered by police and police murdered by citizens, this wasn’t his first time standing for the cause against police shootings.

 

Before we dive into his post, why don’t we discuss the athlete’s role in speaking out on police shootings. Notice there wasn’t a mention of speaking against the act or defending the police, the only thing needed to do is converse. Do we want our athletes involved in such matters? We seem to be reluctant at the notion a multi-millionaire basketball player would speak of injustice, because, well, they are rich, and we are not. We are reluctant to care whether they have an opinion on the matter because we just want to know if they are winners enough on the court as if that would validate their personal life and beliefs. You may think that is not accurate, but we are funny that way. For reasons that are plentiful, we hold their million-dollar contracts against them as if somehow having money disqualifies an individual from speaking out about injustices in our communities. That would be as absurd as the unemployed and homeless condemning us fans for the money we make.

 

The most disconnect can be traced to the simple fact that athletes have coined a skill and have profited from that skill. Athletes are just as we are, the difference is their market is paying them much more, and that is exclusive to professional sports. There may be some who read this that make more money than a practice squad player, or Russell Wilson before his contract, and I would assume that your income does not disqualify you from being involved in your community as well as speaking out on issues in this world.

 

In a world of internet activists and cyber-bullies, it’s fairly easy to tell when people are real with what they post versus trolling. Social Media has become the gathering waterhole for keyboard gangsters worldwide. With that being said, it has created an avenue for athletes to reach fans with a click of a button. I did the pleasure of reading some of the responses to Carmelo Anthony’s post and as you would imagine, the hate vs the truth was out in full force. When it comes to athletes speaking on such issues as these, we bring our own thoughts and emotions to the table. We also have our own thoughts about who they are or who we think they are, so it skews our ability to look at them as human, and objectively. We can literally go through our timelines right now and come to an agreement that we do not agree on police brutality and their treatment of humans. It’s a subject in which people choose sides, draw lines, and defend their point until death. Carmelo’s post was targeting players like himself to use their platform to evoke change in this broken system. From my end, Carmelo sounds like many of us in this world; We know the system is broken, we know they didn’t change its own their own, but just because that is so we should not sit on our hands and continue the same process we’ve been doing since the 60s. There are things that are not working for us so we have to go back to the drawing board to see what will. Remember when the police were outraged at the former St. Louis Rams for their protest? Well, the Minnesota Lynx wore shirts as well. Some police, as well as fans were outraged at the team for wearing them and left the game. More and more athletes are posting solidarity posts like Melo’s post.

 

So what do we want? Do we want our athletes to just entertain us? Do we not want them to speak? Do we want them to be reprimanded for their “free speech”? If that was the case, we would be up for review from our own personal posts on Sports Elite, Facebook, Instagram and so on. We want our athletes to speak, but only if it is in alignment with what we believe is truth. Carmelo never said he had an answer, but just because you don’t have an answer does not mean collaboration with others can’t develop a few ideas. He wants to do something, and he wants his other comrades to join in to do the same. It sounds like a positive thing to do…

 

The one consequence of outspoken athletes is Curt Schilling, Isaiah Crowell, or any other athlete that will say or post something that we may not agree with. Every free speech has a consequence and for our athletes, that can come at a steep price. Carmelo’s post was praised, but Isaiah Crowell’s was not. Even with Crowell’s post of an officer being killed by a civilian, the responses to that post were… Usual. Nothing more usual than the Police Dept. threatening him to donate to the Dallas PD or they would pull their security from the stadium. Police are humans too, they have feelings, but we didn’t see them lament after the Tamir Rice shooting. This is what happens when our athletes give their opinions, although rash at times with the instant access of social media, we respond with praise, doubt and hatred. It will always be complicated to speak out on such issues, because they never know how it will be taken. With every glaring issue, each issue has a group that has taken a stand, and it leaves little wiggle room. There’s no way to be praised by all when taking a stand for a political issue, for you are bound to upset someone, but in the case of Carmelo Anthony, he decided once again to put himself out there for us all to see.

 

Unless you only associate Carmelo Anthony with losing and being selfish.

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