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Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 3:44 PM
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland — Alpine skier Lindsey Vonn, who is set to compete in her first Olympic Games since 2010, says she wants to represent Americans, but not President Donald Trump.
“I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president,” she told CNN Thursday.
“I take the Olympics very seriously and what they mean and what they represent -- what walking under our flag means in the opening ceremony,” she said. “I want to represent our country well and I don't think that there are a lot of people currently in our government that do that.”
Vonn said, “Absolutely not,” when asked if she would accept an invitation to the White House should she win gold.
“No. But I have to win to be invited,” she said. “No, actually, I think every US team member is invited so no, I won’t go.”
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 12:06 PM
In an open letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Marion Polk, national commander of the American Veterans , aired his frustrations.
He thanked Goodell before ripping him with “deep disappointment” for his staff’s reported refusal to publish the ad due to its #PleaseStand message.
Polk noted the message is neither a demand nor judgement for kneeling, but a polite request not to. He laid out that “veterans are good for more than just military aircraft flyovers,” photo ops and camouflage NFL apparel. He then acknowledged that the NFL isn’t following suit with the NBA and NHL, which apparently allowed #PleaseStand to run in programs.
The latest controversy comes on the heels of President Donald Trump slamming athletes for protesting the national anthem. Vice President Mike Pence left an NFL game after players knelt in what became quite clearly a planned demonstration in October.
Many athletes struck back across the NFL, with demonstrations across the board.
The Super Bowl will be held Feb. 4 in Minneapolis between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles.
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 1:50 PM
— The NFL doesn’t want any thievery going on after the Super Bowl like last year’s theft. The jersey of New England quarterback Tom Brady was stolen after the Patriots’ comeback victory. When it was eventually found, it was discovered that the thief had stolen from the Denver Broncos when they won Super Bowl 50. Now, the NFL reportedly has a plan in place to protect all game-worn memorabilia.
There will be “federal agencies, multiple state agencies and private security plus surveillance everywhere,” according to TMZ Sports.
They’re making Brady’s jersey sound like the Holy Grail of sports memorabilia and it could very well become that should the Patriots win yet another Super Bowl, giving Bill Belichick and Brady their sixth ring together.
When Brady’s jersey was stolen last year it was reportedly tracked down by a fan and not the FBI. It was tracked down to Mexico and was stolen by a man named Martin Mauricio Ortega, who has now been banned from all NFL games, according to TMZ Sports. When the FBI did catch up with Ortega, they also found a Brady-worn jersey from Super Bowl XLIX, when the Patriots beat the Seahawks.
A sixth Super Bowl win for the Patriots would tie them with the Pittsburgh Steelers for most all-time by a team, and it would give Brady the record for most Super Bowl victories. He is tied with former Cowboys and 49ers linebacker Charles Haley.
Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 2:17 PM
— Three members of the board of directors for USA Gymnastics resigned Monday as criticism increased over the organization’s handling of a sex-abuse scandal that involved former team doctor Larry Nassar, NBC News reported.
Board Chairman Paul Parilla, Vice Chairman Jay Binder and Treasurer Bitsy Kelley announced they were resigning, a move that was supported by Kerry Perry, the organization’s president and CEO.
"We support their decisions to resign at this time," Perry said. “We believe this step will allow us to more effectively move forward in implementing change within our organization.
"As the board identifies its next chair and fills the vacant board positions, we remain focused on working every day to ensure that our culture, policies and actions reflect our commitment to those we serve.”
USA Gymnastics, based in Indianapolis, trains Olympians, including nearly 100 competitors who said that Nassar sexually assaulted them, NBC News reported. Monday was the fifth day in which victim impact statements were given in Nassar’s sentencing, the New York Post reported.
Nassar, who spent more than 20 years working at Michigan State University and as a physician for USA Gymnastics, has admitted to sexually assaulting gymnasts, ESPN reported. In December, Nassar was sentenced to 60 years in prison on charges of child pornography.
Monday was the fifth day of victim impact statements in Nassar’s sentencing.
USA Gymnastics has been criticized by Olympic gold medalists Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney, Simone Biles and Jordyn Weiber -- all of whom allege Nassar molested them.
Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 3:04 PM
— Jimmy Garoppolo did not take a snap during this year’s NFL playoffs -- in fact, his San Francisco 49ers squad didn’t come close to reaching the postseason -- but he got richer after the New England Patriots earned a berth in Super Bowl LII.
Garoppolo, who opened the season with New England before he was traded to San Francisco, earned a $79,000 bonus thanks to the Patriots’ two playoff victories, which included a win against Jacksonville in the AFC Championship game, according to Bleacher Report.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Garoppolo could make even more money thanks to the contract he signed with the Patriots before he was traded. Schefter tweeted that Garoppolo is guaranteed an additional $56,000 since the Patriots reached the Super Bowl and stands to make $112,000 if the Patriots win their second straight NFL title and sixth overall under coach Bill Belichick and starting quarterback Tom Brady.
For New England’s playoff wins and trip to Super Bowl LII, $79,000 in bonuses will be paid to 49ers’ QB Jimmy Garoppolo.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 22, 2018
Patriots’ Super Bowl win: another $112,000
Patriots’ Super Bowl loss: another $56,000
Minimum takeaway: $135,000.