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Published: Wednesday, September 06, 2017 @ 6:15 PM
Updated: Wednesday, September 06, 2017 @ 7:12 PM
— UPDATE Sept. 6 7:12 PM: NFL commissioner Roger Goodell issued a statement on Michael Bennett’s letter about Las Vegas police.
According to the statement, the Las Vegas police will respond to the letter later Wednesday evening.
“Our foremost concern is the welfare of Michael and his family...,” the statement said. “We will support Micahel and all NFL players in promoting mutual respect between law enforcement and the communities they loyally serve and fair and equal treatment under the law.”
In an open letter posted on Twitter, Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett says Las Vegas police ordered him to the ground at gunpoint, put a gun near his head and threatened to shoot him after hearing gunshots were fired nearby.
Bennett detailed the incident that was captured in a brief video posted by TMZ Sports on Aug. 26 when he was in Las Vegas to watch the Mayweather-McGregor fight.
Bennett said after the match, while he was heading back to the hotel that night, people heard gunshots fired and he, like others, tried to flee.
According to Bennett's statement, police ordered him to the ground at gunpoint, jammed a knee into his back and handcuffed him so tightly that his fingers went numb.
The video, which is reportedly shot outside of Drai’s Nightclub on the Las Vegas Strip, shows Bennett asking why he was being detained.
“I wasn’t doing nothing, man,” Bennett is heard saying in the video. “They told us to get out and everybody ran.”
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, parts of Drai’s Nightclub were evacuated early Sunday for shooting reports that turned out to be false. The police department found that large statues were knocked down onto the tile floor during a fight, which caused panic and prompted reports of a shooting.
In his letter, Bennett called it an excessive use of force, simply because he was a “black man in the wrong place at the wrong time.” He said one officer placed a gun near his head and warned him if he moved he would “blow his (expletive) head off.”
Bennett said officers refused to answer him when he asked, “What did I do?” He said he feared for his life.
According to TMZ Sports, citing unnamed sources it says are connected to the investigation, police ordered everyone to get down and not move. When Bennett ran, an officer stopped him at gunpoint and ordered him to get on the ground.
Eventually, after sitting in the back of a police car “for what felt like an eternity,” he was released after they realized he “was not a thug, common criminal or ordinary black man, but Michael Bennett, a famous professional football player.”
Bennett, who has been sitting in protest during the national anthem in recent games, gave his reasoning for the protest in the letter.
“(E)quality doesn’t live in this country, and no matter how much money you make, what job title you have or have much you give, when you are seen as a ‘(racial slur)’ you will be treated that way.”
Bennett spoke more about the letter at a news conference Wednesday, calling the police confrontation a “traumatic experience.”
“Do I think every police officer is bad? No,” Bennett said. “Do I believe some people judge people on the color of their skin? I do believe that.”
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said at the same news conference he and the team “stand in support of him and anyone facing inequalities.”
“May this incident inspire all of us to respond with compassion when inequalities are brought to light. And allow us to stand up for change, because we can do better than this,” Carroll said.
ESPN reported that Bennett said he was considering filing a civil rights lawsuit. His letter said he has hired Oakland civil rights attorney John Burris.
Published: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 10:12 AM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady spoke out for the first time Friday in the wake of his team’s Super Bowl loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Eagles defeated the Patriots in Minneapolis on Sunday, 41-33.
"It has taken me a few days to reflect on our SB loss as well as the great season our team had,” he wrote in an Instagram post. "There are many emotions when you come up short on your goal. And they are all part of learning and growing in this journey of life."
He went on to express his gratitude to the organization, his teammates, the Eagles and the fans.
To read the whole post, click here.
It has taken me a few days to reflect on our SB loss as well as the great season our team had. There are many emotions when you come up short of your goal. And they are all part of learning and growing in this journey of life. Learning turns everything into a postitive. And the number one feeling I have had the past 4 days is gratitude. Gratitude to my teammates for the incredible effort given all season regardless of the challenges we faced. Gratitude toward my coaches for the effort and sacrifice they make to put us players in the best position to win. Gratitude to the NEP organization for supporting us on our very challenging and difficult journey. Gratitude to the Philadelphia Eagles team and organization for bringing out the best in us and being gracious winners (as well as congratulations on winning the championship) Gratitude toward our fans who showed up every week to cheer us on and commit their time and energy and love and support to what our goals are. And gratitude to my family and friends who continue to love and support my dreams. Thank you all. I love you all. Best, Tom
Published: Saturday, January 27, 2018 @ 2:01 PM
GASTONIA, N.C. — A North Carolina woman has won a prize that would be any football fan's dream.
As winner of Bud Light's Super Bowl Tickets for Life sweepstakes, Amy Stronger of Gastonia will receive four tickets to every Super Bowl game for the next 30 years, WSOC reported.
The benefits start next weekend with an all-expenses-paid, four-day trip to Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis.
Published: Saturday, January 27, 2018 @ 1:04 PM
BROCKTON, Mass. — A Massachusetts bakery is busy designing a sweet treat to share with fans Monday at the Patriots Super Bowl send-off.
Montilio's Baking Company is working on a 16-foot cake that will be delivered by truck to Gillette Stadium, Boston25News reported.
And the bakery has also found another way to show off its Pats pride before the big game.
"We've just banned all the Philadelphia cream cheese ... and any cream cheese products that come from there or have the name on it," bakery owner George Montilio said.
Montilio's isn't the only one banning certain products before next Sunday.
Dottie's Donuts in Philadelphia announced it won't sell any “New England themed” menu items until after the Super Bowl. A museum in Philadelphia has temporarily renamed its Patriots Gallery. And the Esplanade has banned all things Philly - including cream cheese, cheesesteaks, Sylvester Stallone and bald eagles.
The owner of Montilio's says he loves a friendly rivalry, and knows customers and fans feel the same way, Boston25News reported.
If you want to see what the bakers are working on - you'll have to head out to the Super Bowl send-off Monday morning.
Published: Thursday, January 25, 2018 @ 3:06 PM
— Vince McMahon is bringing back the XFL.
In a highly touted announcement made at 3 p.m., the WWE founder and chairman announced the new professional football league, the first incarnation of which was announced in 1999, is returning.
Coming in 2020, McMahon says the league will be “football reimagined” and have a championship game. McMahon said the game will be faster-paced than NFL football.
Teams will be in eight cities, which will be announced in the coming months, according to ESPN. Team names will follow the cities announcement.
Before the announcement, CBS Sports reported that McMahon would be announcing the 2020 return of the defunct league.
The original XFL, which McMahon co-owned with NBC, only lasted one season in 2001.
“I wanted to do this since the day we stopped the other one,” McMahon told ESPN. “A chance to do it with no partners, strictly funded by me, which would allow me to look in the mirror and say, ‘You were the one who screwed this up,’ or ‘You made this thing a success.’”
McMahon will be the only owner of all the league’s teams, and said players will not be able to make political statements while on the field.
“People don’t want social and political issues coming into play when they are trying to be entertained,” McMahon said. “We want someone who wants to take a knee to do their version of that on their personal time.
“I can say, ‘Here are the rules, and as long as you are playing football in the stadium for us, you follow these rules.’”
During the news conference Thursday, McMahon said “it would be appropriate” for players to stand during the national anthem. He also said players with criminal records would not be able to play in the league. Salaries have not been determined, but winning players will make more money. Rosters will have 40 players. The regular season will have 10 games and a postseason with to semifinals.
McMahon said the XFL will listen to sports experts and fans when it comes to nicknames on the back of jerseys and other gimmicks. The original league gained attention from nicknames like “He Hate Me” on Rod Smart’s Las Vegas Outlaws jersey.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told ESPN the league would not comment on the XFL.
“We aren’t going to have much of what the (original) XFL had, including the cheerleaders, who aren’t really part of the game anymore,” McMahon said. “The audience wants entertainment with football, and that’s what we are going to give them.”