Props! Colin Kaepernick’s (@Kaepernick7) Uniform to Be Placed in Smithsonian Museum of African-American History & Culture!

Charlotte, NC - September 18, 2016: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) walks off the field at Bank of America Stadium with his fist up in the air after their game against the Panthers.(Gerry Melendez for ESPN)

2017 has definitely been a hard year for Colin Kaepernick as he currently has not been signed to any NFL team.

Most of this is due to the controversy surrounding his stance against police brutality and other crimes committed against American-Americans;  when he protested by refusing to stand during the National Anthem at games. Since then, the quarterback has seemingly been blackballed from professional football. However, that will not stop him from being recognized by the Smithsonian Museum of African-American History and Culture (SMOAAHC)!

via Baller Alert

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The Smithsonian, which opened the National Museum of African American History and Culture in September 2016, will be adding some vital pieces of sports history. According to Dr. Harry Edwards, 49ers psychologist, several pieces of memorabilia from Kaep have been sent off to the museum.

“I said, ‘Don’t wait 50 years to try to get some memorabilia and so forth on Kaepernick,’ ” Edwards told USA TODAY Sports. “ ‘Let me give you a game jersey, some shoes, a picture … And it should be put right there alongside Muhammad Ali. He’s this generation’s Ali.’ ”

The items were sent off immediately but are not yet on display. Expect them to be included in the museum within the next year or two, according to the Smithsonian’s curator of sports, Damion Thomas.

Colin’s protest will definitely go down as a part of Black History. His blackballing from the NFL still has not stopped him from fighting the good fight and donating his time, money, and energy to charitable causes and movements. We personally feel as though there should be a protest of the NFL. This organization is mostly African-American, and yet they have an issue when one of their Black players protests the murder of his people. Yeah it is says a lot. Chin up though Colin, we are with you all the way!

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

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New England Patriots (@Patriots) Win Superbowl LI; Beat Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) 34-28 in Overtime!

In what has to be one of the closest games, let alone Superbowl games in recent history, the Atlanta Falcons were defeated by the New England Patriots, 34 to 28. The final touchdown came after an intense game where the Falcons initially dominated the first three quarters of the game. Surprisingly, the Patriots managed to come back in the final moments of the fourth quarter thanks to some strategic passes from Tom Brady and surprising catches from the team. This led to the first overtime in Superbowl history where the Patriots secured victory.

Based on national polls,  Atlanta was favored (and hoped) by millions to win the Superbowl, this being only the second time the team has been to a Superbowl. Led by Matt Ryan,  Falcons’ players Julio Jones, Devonta Freeman, Grady Jarrett, and Vic Beasley, Jr. were key to the team’s stronghold for most of the game. The Falcons had a record of 11-5, marking a stellar season and the hopes of building a stronger franchise in the Southern States for the NFL.

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[VIDEO] Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) Uses Malcolm X Interview to Explain Why He Didn’t Vote

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The country is in state of disarray and depression following the election of Donald Trump on Tuesday. This is easily the biggest political upset in American History. Everyone is looking for someone to blame for this debacle, but for many it boils down to ignorance and non-voters.

Surprisingly, one of the latter was Colin Kaepernick, someone who has become a symbol of justice and civil disobedience, in recent months.

Naturally, the NFL player has faced a lot of backlash for his decision not to vote in a presidential race that Trump won by a very narrow margin and/or the electoral college (different sources cite one or both).

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New Orleans Saints (@Saints) Linebacker Stephone Anthony (@stephoneanthony) Partners w/ Hammond’s Transportation for National School Bus Safety Week’

Stories like this one literally warms one’s heart.

This past Tuesday, New Orleans Saints Linebacker and 2015 first round draft pick Stephone Anthony teamed up with local School Bus and Transportation Company, Hammond’s Transportation to kick off its School Bus Safety Tour. From October 17th through October 21st it is recognized across the country as “National School Bus Safety Week”, and Hammond’s is pulling out the stops to create as much awareness to decrease accidents that affect children catching the school bus each day.

This Tuesday, Stephone stopped by Kipp Central City Primary located at 2625 Thalia St. for a surprise appearance to get the kids excited about safety. The tour touches on very important topics such as, “The Danger Zone”, school bus etiquette, and how to cross the street. The topics addressed during the tour are often overlooked, but are extremely important to ensure the safety of children riding the school bus.

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“It is imperative that we equip our kids with the tool necessary to keep them safe on the way to and from school. We are excited about partnering with Stephone to be the face of defending our children as we kick off this new program”, says Mark Hammond, CEO of Hammond’s Transportation.

The tour is one of many community outreach initiatives the company will continue to implement each year.

The number of school related bus accidents has risen over the last three years so it is both imperative and great that programs such as this exist to help kids know what to do in the event of one. I applaud Stephone Anthony for his effort. Partnering up with Hammond Transportation is definitely a good look!

Written By: Monique C. Tillman

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Congrats! Derrick Rose (@drose) Is Cleared Of All Sexual Assault Charges By Jury!

On Wednesday a jury found that NBA star Derrick Rose and his two friends did not sexually assault the woman who accused them of doing so.

The Los Angeles federal court jury deliberated for just under four hours before finding the accuser hadn’t proven her claim that Rose, 28, and two friends gang raped her while she was drunk or drugged in her central California apartment in 2013.
Rose showed no emotion as the verdict was read, and just shook his lawyer’s hand.
Judge Michael Fitzgerald wished the accuser well, and then turned to the hoops star. “Mr. Rose, my best wishes to you and your career — except when the Knicks play the Lakers,” he quipped.

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Rose waited for the jurors by a courthouse elevator afterwards, and thanked them each individually later even posing for pictures with some.
One of the jurors, who only gave her name as Jennifer, insisted there was nothing nefarious about the selfie — she just wanted a memento from what was “a fascinating experience.”

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Here It Goes…Derrick Rose (@drose) Wants His Rape Accuser’s Identity Revealed, He Asks Judge To Reveal Her Identity!

Derrick Rose’s rape case was already sketchy, tragic, and damaging, but now it is becoming a full on circus! Earlier today, Derrick asked the judge presiding over the case to reveal his accuser’s identity. As you know this can sort of be a shot in the dark, as courts usually prefer to keep the identity of rape accusers and victims confidential for more reasons than we care to list.

Derrick feels she does not deserve anonymity. We just wonder if the judge will grant his wish.

via TMZ:

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We broke the story, the NBA superstar is being sued by a woman using the pseudonym “Jane Doe” — who claims Rose and his friends gang raped her back in 2013. 

Typically, the law allows someone who claims to be the victim of a sex crime to file a lawsuit under a pseudonym to protect their privacy rights. 

But Rose has just filed new legal docs saying Jane Doe has abused the privilege by going on a “nationwide pretrial media blitz” over the past week … which included phone interviews and a news conference. 

“Because Jane Doe and her lawyers are openly pandering to the media on a nationwide blitz tour, Ms. Doe should be precluded from using a pseudonym for any purpose, including media coverage.”

In the docs, Rose accuses the woman of trying to get the case to play out in the court of public opinion so she can get a “large and extortionate settlement payment.” 

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Personally we do not think the woman should have to reveal her identity. This is a high profile case and she could become a target. There are a number of players involved in this case and they all make millions. It is not unheard of for accusers to be silenced. Derrick is not the victim here, she is. Let’s let him prove his innocence in court. After all her identity will not have a bearing on the verdict!

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

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Brandon Marshall (@BMarshall) Gains An Endorsement Deal from Russell Simmons in the Midst of Losing Two

While the Colin Kaepernick decision of not to stand during the National Anthem seems to be rattling some, others have banded together to show their love and support.

On Thursday night, Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall also decided not to stand for the National Anthem and instead opted to get down on bended knee which surely sent folks into an uproar. As a result of his decision, Brandon lost two endorsement deals – Air Academy Federal Credit Union and Century Link.

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“We completely respect Brandon Marshall’s personal decision and right to take an action to support something in which he strongly believes. America is anchored in the right of individuals to express their beliefs,” CenturyLink said in a public statement. “While we acknowledge Brandon’s right, we also believe that whatever issues we face, we also occasionally must stand together to show our allegiance to our common bond as a nation. In our view, the national anthem is one of those moments. For this reason, while we wish Brandon the best this season, we are politely terminating our agreement with him.”

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Hip Hop legend and Co-founder of Def Jam Recordings Russell Simmons, stepped up to the plate and offered Brandon Marshall an endorsement deal yesterday. Simmons took to Instagram to announce that Marshall’s message was heard, and that his Rushcard company would be making Marshall an offer. Yes Russell! When one door closes, another one will definitely be opened!

According to ESPN, Brandon Marshall says he will continue to kneel and ‘do what I think is right.’

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Connecticut apparel company PG Sports sent out a tweet late Tuesday saying that it, too, would make Marshall an offer:

We are officially offering @BMarshh54 an endorsement deal! We’d love to have him on the

I am super excited that Brandon Marshall’s opportunities are not fading away. Our first amendment right is freedom of speech and this is Brandons way of voicing how he feels! Kudos Brandon and let the endorsement deals continue rolling in!

By Monique C. Tillman