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August 13, 2017

Can your political opinions get in the way of doing your job

rs-colin-kaepernick-cba1b94e-a689-4bf4-9ac7-6e4117275e09Black Lives Matter is a movement/organization that started in 2012, spreading awareness in the U.S about the ways in which Black lives are deprived of their basic human rights and dignity. There is also an opposing movement that claim All Lives Matter. A true statement, but one that takes away from the real issue of racism. When celebrities in the black community want to speak out in support of the movement, they always choose a careful time to do it. Jesse Williams, actor on the ABC drama Greys Anatomy gave an eloquent acceptance speech at the BET awards about his support and need for awareness to the movement. Singer The Weekend shows his stance through donations, a silent but obvious sign of support. NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick showed his fight by kneeling during the National Anthem at a football game, a stunt that many believe cost him his job. The argument is, was it his political stance, or his field performance that lead him to be jobless today; I say it’s both.

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August 12, 2015

Challenging the Rules

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It’s 2015, and the phrase “girls can do anything boys can,” has never been truer. With a female presidential candidate, women behind negation with Iran, and the unprecedented attention on the USA Women’s team winning the world cup, 2015 seems like the year where girls can do anything boys can—except, of course, play in an under 11 basketball tournament. In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the Charlottesville Cavaliers were disqualified from the National Travel Basketball Association’s National Championship Tournament. The reason for the disqualification is that one of the members of the team, Kymora Johnson, is female. Head coach Joe Mallory was informed of this on Saturday August 1st, just moments after a win that would advance the team to semifinals. The Cavaliers’ disqualification is the result of poorly communicated rules that were enforced inadequately. Not only is it unjust to disqualify the team through arbitrarily enforced rules, disqualification on the basis of gender is a step back in progress for women’s rights and equality.

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August 11, 2015

Cheating to Win is Never Okay

footballO.J. Simpson. Ray Rice. Aaron Hernandez. All of these individuals were highly popular and notable football players. Children across America had posters of them taped on their bedroom walls. All hoping that someday, they too could become as great as these football stars. These athletes were idolized by many and inspired awe in children. For people who take pride in their sports teams, minor transgressions were given the blind-eye. After all, football players are human and make mistakes too.

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August 14, 2014

The Necessity for NBA Players Involvement in International Competition

P2221838Growing up, I’ve always enjoyed playing the game of basketball. As a kid, I looked up to NBA greats like Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Reggie Miller, Shawn Kemp, Charles Barkley, Chris Mullens, John Stockton, Karl Malone, Hakeem Olajuwon, Kobe Bryant, and Shaquille O’Neal (yes I was a 90s kid). Basketball was already known throughout the world but ever since the “Dream Team” took the Barcelona Olympics by storm in 1992, the world fell in love with basketball. This was an impressive feat especially in a world where the sport of football (soccer) reigns supreme. Basketball, a sport once revered only here in the U.S, now became a global phenomenon. And this was all because of the U.S.A basketball team’s decision to include NBA players in international competition.

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April 26, 2014

Gay Athletes Deserve Equal Treatment

nba-player-jason-collins-becomes-first-openly-gay-athlete-in-a-major-american-team-sport  What started as just a game has now transformed into an important aspect of life for most Americans. Sport has evolved from something casual into an obsession with most of the attention falling on professional athletes. Within every team sport lie players whom are deemed “superstars”. These are the players who grab most of the attention from the media due to their consistent high level of play. Whether they know it or not, star athletes not only have a huge impact on the game that they play, but also on the fans who watch them.

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November 13, 2013

NFL linked to Deaths

footballBy Rachel Jones

A player gets injured during a practice or a game, not unheard of right? What if that concussion s/he sustained led to a life time medical disease that could possibly take your life? That is the lawsuit the National Football League (NFL) is currently facing, along with the repercussions. It may be common knowledge that injuries can happen at any time in your life but shouldn’t the organization that employs you, be upfront about the possible life injuries a player could receive during their employment?

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August 13, 2013

MLB Too Soft on Cheaters

IM000248.JPGBy Matthew Moses

We have all heard the saying cheaters never win and I believe that to be true, but in Major League Baseball it seems that for the most part cheaters do not lose. Performance Enhancing Drug (PED) users get suspended without pay for positive drug tests but that still does not seem like enough to deter players from cheating. With the recent news of Major League Baseball seeking to suspend players who have been linked to Tony Bosch and the Biogenesis ‘anti-aging’ clinic in Miami, it makes me question if MLB is doing enough to maintain the game’s integrity.

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