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Nebraska Football Player: Racists Threaten To 'Lynch' Me For Kneeling During The Anthem
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In an emotional speech on Monday, African-American football player Michael Rose-Ivey revealed that fans had threatened to lynch him because he declined to participate in the national anthem.

At Sunday’s game, the Nebraska linebacker followed the lead of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and kneeled to protest police violence during the national anthem.

Rose-Ivey explained during a press conference on Monday that he had received “way more positive” responses from fans, but he found the tone of the negative feedback to be disturbing.

“While the anthem played, I prayed along with DaiShon and Mohamed, and we asked God to watch over us and protect us, to look down on this country with grace and mercy and to look down on all of us with grace and mercy,” he told reporters. “As we looked at what’s been going on in this country, the injustices that have been taking place primarily against people of color, we all realized that there is a systemic problem in America that needs to be addressed.”

Rose-Ivey said that he did not expect “the enormous amount of hateful, racially-motivated comments we received from friends, peers, fans, members of the media and others about the method of protest.”

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Testosterone Thursday!

Even If He Is Now A Dirty Bird, Connor Barwin Still Gets My Testosterone Pumping!

Connor Is A Great Athlete Ally, Who Is Very Supportive Of LGBT Causes!

A True Sports Stud…

Now If He Can Only Get Away From Those Dirty Birds!!!

This black athlete who was wrongfully imprisoned for rape is livid over Stanford rapist’s light sentence

In 2002, Brian Banks, a 16-year-old high school football linebacker with no criminal record was accused of a rape he didn’t commit.

The contrast between the six years the innocent Banks received and the six months the guilty Turner received is glaring, and Banks has not been quiet about it.

“It seems like the judge based his decision on lifestyle,” he told the paper. “He’s lived such a good life and has never experienced anything serious in his life that would prepare him for prison.”

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This is wrong af! Brian Banks was not even guilty! And the real rapist gets only six months! Is this the real justice system? I can’t believe, this is some kind of madness! I have never heard about such unfairness!

I don’t know is it about Turner’s skin color or his welfare, but our justice system is both racist and corrupt anyway!

#StanfordRapist
#WhitePrivilege

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Boeing B-52D “Big Belly” Stratofortress Tail Gunner Station

Credited with two confirmed air-to-air kills against North Vietnamese and one additional unconfirmed kill) MiG-21 Fishbeds during Operation Linebacker II, these quad .50 Caliber machine gun stations were remotely operated by an airman in the tail of the B-52. The kills during the Vietnam War were the last air-to-air kills made by a defensive machine gun in a bomber.

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more than any position in sport, the…quarterback was…tied to the vilest presumptions of…racism. There are reasons why James Harris didn’t break pro football’s barrier until twenty-two years after Jackie Robinson broke pro baseball’s. There are reasons why the last four positions to be desegregated in pro football were the four with the most decision-making responsibility: free safety, middle linebacker, center, and quarterback.

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Manly Monday

Luke Kuechly…One Of The Most Beautiful Men In The NFL.

Sexy As Hell, Baby!

Still Worried About Those Linebackers

Over at Bleeding Green Nation, Route36 had a nice video rewind, looking just at the Eagles run defense. He comes out of that exercise much more optimistic about the linebackers than when they went in, mostly based on their improvement over the course of the game.

It’s an interesting study, but I’m not convinced yet.

First of all, assigning positive and negative grades to plays based on outcome seems quite arbitrary. There aren’t many I disagree with, but it’s odd when plays marked as “Chaney misses the tackle which would have allowed only 4 yards” is listed as a positive play for the defense. If you mark a few of those negative, then you’re very quickly at the point where the Eagles are at equal good and bad plays. That doesn’t seem like the makings of a good run defense to me.

Furthermore, saying that all runs 5 yards or more are “negative” doesn’t quite cut it. For example, 7 of the 10 plays marked negative actually allowed 10 yards or more. If we classify those as “super negative” plays for the defense, things don’t look quite as rosy.

Second, I don’t really see the case for discounting the first quarter performance. A defense that has many poor plays is likely to give up some big runs, like the one they allowed to Steven Jackson. And as I intimated earlier in the week, it might be more appropriate to only look at the first half, since the second half quickly got away from the Rams. When the game was close, they were shredding the run defense. I’m sure a better team like the Falcons hopes to keep the game competitive and pound away.

Third, we do all remember that Jackson got hurt early in the game, right? I’m not encouraged by the defense allowing worse than the league average on running plays to castoff backs like Cadillac Williams and Jerious Norwood.

Finally, there’s the matter of attributing credit and blame. Rewatching these plays only reinforces the notion in my mind that if the defensive line doesn’t do something to stop the run, it’s going to be a bad play. The vast majority of “positive” examples of run defense involve one or more defensive linemen making the stop or otherwise causing it. When the Rams got past the first line, the linebackers rarely did anything to stop the bleeding. In other words, the Rams “second level” rushing yards were still very high - a bad sign for the linebackers.

Overall I’m still hopeful that the run defense and specifically the linebackers can improve, but I just don’t think we saw enough last Sunday to tell us that process is already underway. If the Eagles can limit Michael Turner this week, then we’ll talk.

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5 Ways Men Can Call Out Rape Culture, According To NFL Linebacker DeAndre Levy
The Detroit Lyons player urged men to speak out against abuse, in an essay published for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
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If it’s just dawned on you that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month in the U.S., thencount Detroit Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy among the more passionately informed. In an essay The Player’s Tribune published Wednesday, Levy chastised men who fear calling out their buddies when they brag about scoring with a co-ed too incoherent to give consent.

“It’s truly astounding how many awful things that occur in this world because men are afraid of appearing weak,” Levy wrote.

Levy goes on to describe an incident in which he was one of those people who failed to speak up. He was just 18 when he heard about the “wild nights” among players and other college students in the dormitory, he said.

“A decade later, I carry guilt for not acting after hearing a story (and many others) that painted a picture of what I would now identify as rape,” Levy wrote in the essay. “This speaks to just how toxic and backward the culture around sexual assault still is,”

The essay comes after years of debate in the NFL about the rate of violence among the league’s athletes. The topic has forced the league to develop public awareness campaignsabout domestic violence and abuse.

Levy, a 29-year-old NFL player for five seasons, said rape culture seemed so prevalent among his cohort that it warped his view of sexual abuse.

“I was pretty ignorant on this topic for a long time,” he wrote. “I think a lot of men are, because it’s often talked about as a women’s issue. The focus always seems to be on teaching young women how not to get raped and on what steps they can take to ‘stay safe.’”

It’s “bulls**t,” Levy continued. The first step to changing that rape culture, particularly among male athletes who are encouraged to not show weakness, is to teach them that it’s a sign of weakness that they don’t speak up, Levy said.

He offers five points for men struggling with definitions of consent and rape:

1) Intoxication isn’t a sign that a woman is inviting sexual advances.
2) A woman’s choice of clothing is also not an invitation for sexual advances.
3) Taking turns on a woman who is drunk is rape.
4) If everyone else is drunk and the woman is also intoxicated, it’s still rape.
5) If everyone is sober and the woman consents – “a response likely prompted by her fear of the many men in the room” – it’s still rape.

“As professional athletes, we have the prominence in our communities to effect real change,” Levy wrote. “When we talk, people listen. So in a sense, our general silence on this issue is condoning it.”

“So let’s change that,” he concluded. “Speak out with me. Man up.”

Read the original essay at The Player’s Tribune.

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REDSKINS PLAYER HIGHLIGHT - LINEBACKER RYAN KERRIGAN

In his rookie season last year, Ryan Kerrigan posted 63 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles and 1 interception. The outside linebacker was drafted 16th overall from Purdue and started in all 16 games last year. He is 6'4"/255 and has impressed as a relentless pass rusher and tenacious hustler on every play.

A Reason for Optimism on the Young Linebackers

Since the Football Outsiders Almanac was released, I haven’t had a chance to really delve into some of its more interesting conclusions.  The first of these gives me, the down-on-our-linebackers poster boy, a reason for optimism.

That reason: the Eagles linebackers were much worse in 2010 than I realized. 

First of all, the linebackers took a huge step back in coverage. In 2009, when stalwarts Chris Gocong, Akeem Jordan, and a resurrected Jeremiah Trotter all received extensive playing time, the Eagles were ninth in the league covering tight ends and a middling 16th covering running backs out of the backfield. Last year, those dropped to 19th and 31st, respectively. 

If you remember, coverage was supposed to be a strength of the 2010 group. Stewart Bradley and Ernie Sims were expected to be every down backers. Yet Bradley was still a step slow from injury and Sims from general bone-headedness.

Their run-stuffing skills also suffered. In 2009, the Eagles ranked sixth in the NFL in defensive second level rushing yards, those five to ten yards after the line of scrimmage that the linebackers should generally be responsible for. Last season, that rank dropped to 23rd.

So the linebackers were bad. Why does this give me hope? Because I went into this offseason thinking that the linebackers weren’t a big problem. The Eagles coaches, supported by Football Outsiders, realized that wasn’t true. The linebackers were bad and needed to be majorly shaken up. While I wanted the team to bring back Bradley, it seems clear now that he probably wasn’t worth the money. And, obviously, good riddance to Sims.

Maybe optimism is the wrong word. We still don’t know if this group of youngsters will be any better than last year’s stiffs. But at least now I at least understand and support the Eagles rationale for making a change.

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