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Is Colin Kaepernick being blackballed
by NFL teams? Prove he´s not

MSN Sports, by David Steele

Original Article

Posted By:NorthernDog, 3/19/2017 11:15:36 AM

It seemed a little early to condemn NFL teams for freezing out Colin Kaepernick. Barely a week had gone by in free agency. With one exception — albeit a grotesque, borderline-obscene one — not many quarterbacks had been coming off of the market. Bleacher Report’s Friday story on how front-office types still want nothing to do with him for his protests during the national anthem shined another light on it. (Snip) Come on. Stop it. Do not ever say Colin Kaepernick can´t get a job because he´s not good enough. Think of a better excuse. Think of a better lie.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: earlybird, 3/19/2017 11:19:19 AM     (No. 11194647)

Would you hire him? Not that talented and a troublemaker who drives away fans and probably disrupts the team (it is supposed to be a team).

This will probably turn into another racialist deal. His radical girlfriend won’t help (is she still in the picture?)…

Sometimes people set up the blackball on themselves. That’s Kaepernick, in my book. His game is now Social Justice. Their game is Football. For money. Shut up and perform or buh-bye.

He and Michael Sam could go somewhere and have a good cry.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Beatlejeff, 3/19/2017 11:21:33 AM     (No. 11194651)

His stats the last few years is all the proof you need: as a quarterback he stinks. The Anthem nonsense is just a distraction from that inconvenient fact.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: IowaDad, 3/19/2017 11:25:16 AM     (No. 11194656)

(A very unfortunate headline in our color blind society!)

Kaepernick tends to overlook open receivers down-field, upsetting the timing of lots of plays. His line cannot protect him efficiently unless they know what he is going to do, and the receivers down-field aren´t much use if the ball is not delivered to them on time.

And his political apeshit is a net debit.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Velox, 3/19/2017 11:25:22 AM     (No. 11194657)

Of course he is not being hired because he is a problem for any franchise that hires him.
Just like hiring the openly gay player or hiring Tebow.
They chose to have a profitable business, not a left wing propaganda tool.
I doubt that all of the owners contacted each other to conspire against Colin.
He has damaged his star by himself.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: EQKimball, 3/19/2017 11:33:05 AM     (No. 11194658)

There are unemployed geniuses out there because of an attitude problem. My cousin is one.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Highlander, 3/19/2017 11:44:19 AM     (No. 11194666)

#5´s got it. It´s the attitude. Employers do not need a ready-made headache when they can avoid it.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: zuker5, 3/19/2017 11:45:50 AM     (No. 11194667)

Prove I should care.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Safari Man, 3/19/2017 11:55:23 AM     (No. 11194673)

Fans hate him. Team owners are providing entertainment for the fans. Fans buy the tickets, ticket sales decide in the end.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Calvinesq, 3/19/2017 11:56:37 AM     (No. 11194676)

He made his own bed. He can sleep in it.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: edgar, 3/19/2017 12:01:54 PM     (No. 11194680)

Look at Mike Vick. This guy was toxic, but he admitted his mistakes and paid his dues. He made it back to the NFL. CK needs to decide how he wants to move forward.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: strike3, 3/19/2017 12:03:26 PM     (No. 11194681)

Colin´s fate was sealed when the ticket sales and NFL viewer ratings took a nosedive after his hate-America stunt. The left can´t stand it when their sick tricks backfire. I wish the worst for him and all others like him.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: daisey, 3/19/2017 12:08:42 PM     (No. 11194687)

Actions have consequences, and his actions affected the all important bottom line for the franchise. He did this to himself.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: lifelonghuman, 3/19/2017 12:09:23 PM     (No. 11194688)

I´m not sure I even understand this article. Does someone need to prove something? If I were an owner I wouldn´t hire him because I don´t like him. Do I need to state why I don´t like him? Okay! He´s icky.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: dwa, 3/19/2017 12:09:58 PM     (No. 11194690)

"Seems a little early to condemn NFL teams for freezing out Colin Kaepernick.."

The NFL was already condemned by real Americans for letting this POS diss the flag and the country. Kaepernick put himself in this position so there is no reason to condemn the NFL for not picking up a racist troublemaker.


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Reply 15 - Posted by: earlybird, 3/19/2017 12:10:51 PM     (No. 11194692)

That “prove it” headline is disgusting. Tends to tell us where Steele and MSN are, and I’m not interested in going there. As offputting as Kaepernick himself.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: chicodon, 3/19/2017 12:18:43 PM     (No. 11194699)

He is a distraction. It´s supposed to be about football and not Black Lives Matter.

PS: Has his girlfriend dumped him yet?

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Smart11344, 3/19/2017 12:19:19 PM     (No. 11194700)

He´s not welcome on my TV.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Persecutor2, 3/19/2017 12:19:29 PM     (No. 11194701)

Ditto #7. I´ve got news for Mr. Sportswriter-cum-social-justice warrior: nobody has to prove a darn thing to you; if you´re too stupid to see the picture for yourself, that´s your problem. The NFL´s problem is a decline in viewership, and they are doing a little something about it here.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: heartsurgeon, 3/19/2017 12:19:38 PM     (No. 11194702)

The author is an idiot.

Kaepernicks "performance" includes more than stats which the author faintly praises as "not terrible".

Professional sports are ENTERTAINMENT. The ultimate measure of performance therefore is box-office revenue, not "stats"

If Kaepernick could make a team a boatload of money, he would be sitting on a juicy contract already.

Instead, more than one news source attributes a declined in NFL TV viewership to the politicization of football.

If the NFL loses half of its viewers, how secure does David Steele think MSN Sports, his job, or his income are?

Get over yourself dude. Football is entertainment. You get negative reviews, it doesn;t matter if you believe your performance is politically relevant. That´s not what the customer wants.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: uno, 3/19/2017 12:19:50 PM     (No. 11194703)

Let´s say the guy had really good skills as a quarterback. I still wouldn´t consider him because it doesn´t matter how good you are at the game if you can´t be a leader. As a Quarterback it is just as critical to be be a team leader as it is to see the field and hit the target. As a self-absorbed, left-wing, radical "victim" Kaepernick is not a leader of men. He´s a problem child.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Udanja99, 3/19/2017 12:19:51 PM     (No. 11194704)

Agree with all of the above replies except for one thing - I will never forgive Vick.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: bighambone, 3/19/2017 12:20:14 PM     (No. 11194705)

It is to be expected that Kaepernick would have a hard time getting a new job in the NFL as his quarterbacking record has not been that good along, with the fact that NFL Head Coaches who are trying to win football games don´t need the off field distractions that Kaepernick has a history of initiating.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Cavallodifiero, 3/19/2017 12:23:06 PM     (No. 11194710)

They dig up the most obscure things about a Supreme Court Nominee and don´t believe he is qualified to serve, but a guy who uses his star power to disrespect the national anthem based on his socioplitics, is a hero. Let him go out for a draft pick on a middle east soccer team in Iran see how that works out.

We need to adopt a policy in this country of go into politics join an Anti American group or leave it. You have a right to say what you please and do whatever stupid thing you wish, but the public also has the right to not want you messing with their country or being part of the sports choices. It´s like free speech you can go up to anyone and tell them what you think of them, that´s your right, what you risk however is getting punched in the nose. Not being popular any longer is his punch in the nose, live with it!. Simple, anybody?

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Philipsonh, 3/19/2017 12:23:17 PM     (No. 11194711)

No team wants a troublemaker. It is not a conspiracy as each is acting independently.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Illinois Mom, 3/19/2017 12:25:10 PM     (No. 11194717)

Let´s see... The 49er´s won 2 of 14 in 2016.

He caused headaches and the fans to turn off football.

NOW...he says he´ll stand for the anthem. That alone proves it was a stunt to get attention.

Too late.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: stablemoney, 3/19/2017 12:30:16 PM     (No. 11194720)

The cook makes some awful, reprehensible food. You don´t go back to the restaurant. I am not having any of this blackball nonsense from MSN.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: FormerDem, 3/19/2017 12:32:37 PM     (No. 11194722)

tebow can be blackballed but kaepernick not? why is that?

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Reply 28 - Posted by: kate318, 3/19/2017 12:34:47 PM     (No. 11194723)

Uh, ok...here´s a better excuse. Perhaps the guy is just too much of a public relations liability? A liability entirely of his own making, I might add.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: msjena, 3/19/2017 12:35:31 PM     (No. 11194725)

Like Tebow?


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Reply 30 - Posted by: ida lou pino, 3/19/2017 12:40:41 PM     (No. 11194732)

Crazed, bubble-wrapped, puny, leftist sportswriter can´t accept the fact that actions have consequences.

Lefties never grow up. If they did - - they wouldn´t be lefties.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: RedWhiteBlue, 3/19/2017 12:43:26 PM     (No. 11194734)

#21 I agree .... and neither will I!

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Reply 32 - Posted by: blizzard, 3/19/2017 12:45:08 PM     (No. 11194735)

As #12 said, actions do have consequences. I hope he never plays in the NFL again.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: MainelySane, 3/19/2017 12:51:11 PM     (No. 11194740)

Here´s a reason: baggage.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Staunch Repub, 3/19/2017 12:55:14 PM     (No. 11194745)

Wait for it....... brain-dead leftist sjw commissioner will intervene and force a team to take him in..3...2...1

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Reply 35 - Posted by: JustCause, 3/19/2017 12:55:55 PM     (No. 11194747)

I sure hope so.

At least now the NFL is showing some smarts.

They blew it when they didn´t kick him off the field on his first kneel.

Everyone is talking about his STATS as if HE were the team. If the teammates missed the block, or missed the pass, because KC and his kneeling - KC would have bad stats and the team would not win.

It´ll be interesting to see the 2017 49ers. I hope they bounce back.

I refused to watch the NFL all of 2016 (didn´t really miss it) - 2017 has a chance to come back, if I don´t see news articles about, pig socks, BLM t-shirts, hands-up-don´t-shoot gestures and Kneeling.

These overpaid entertainers can bloviate off the field, like actors Ashley Judd or Robert De Niro (that I´ll never pay to see again).

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Reply 36 - Posted by: banal_resentive, 3/19/2017 1:00:53 PM     (No. 11194753)

Well, Mr. Steele, I´d say his odds of getting hired by someone in the NFL are better than the odds of an experienced, accomplished, known conservative journalist being hired by an MSM news organization.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: paral04, 3/19/2017 1:12:14 PM     (No. 11194763)

The NFL is in show business. If the fans are offended they won´t come.m Kaepernick turned off a lot of people with his anti-American displays. I want to watch the game not have some wild eyed radical make me so mad I don´t want to see it anymore.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: tearza, 3/19/2017 1:14:32 PM     (No. 11194767)

America does not want to see a privileged Millionaire football player who is to lame to stand for the American flag period...

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Reply 39 - Posted by: Persecutor2, 3/19/2017 1:19:12 PM     (No. 11194777)

Re #35: Actually, "first kneel" isn´t quite accurate. At first, Kaepernick just kept his seat on the bench while everyone else stood for the anthem. It was some more media-savvy companions who convinced him that taking a knee looked a bit more like a legitimate, "respectful" protest than just the flagrant disrespect that he obviously intended. It´s a pet peeve of mine because his cheerleaders in the lefty media quickly changed the narrative to indicate that he simply "took a knee" all along.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: smoolie, 3/19/2017 1:20:06 PM     (No. 11194779)

I was under the impression the 49ers were about to let him go until he started this, then they had to wait so as to not be accused of this very thing. That and the other quarterback was not very good and got hurt.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: zephyrgirl, 3/19/2017 1:22:29 PM     (No. 11194781)

Agree with #21 and #31 - I´d forgive Kaepernick before I´d forgive Vick.

Colin is stupid and gullible but only hurt himself. Michael Vick is a depraved psychopath who killed defenseless animals.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: lakerman1, 3/19/2017 1:29:45 PM     (No. 11194788)

The team managers and coaches will have the opportunity to draft young, healthy QBs, each with a world of potential. The QBs drafted will most likely used as be back ups, where they will have time to learn the team´s system and playbook, and make the adjustment to being instant millionaires.
Or they can draft Colin the Complainer. (He has been a whiner throughout his athletic career. UNLV was the only school to offer him a scholarship because of his size. SF got him relatively cheap, without having to use high draft picks to do it. (See Cleveland Browns, famous for drafting QBs badly.)
And finally, Colin can´t even operate on his principles. He says he will no longer do the protest stuff.
(Ironic that Colin, half black, was saved from the ghetto, or the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic, when his white teenaged mother, abandoned by her black sperm donor, entered into an open adoption with the Kaepernicks. Colin grew up in a loving white family who tried to help him maintain his black heritage. He had every advantage.
Yet he despises whites.)

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Reply 43 - Posted by: CaptainLibra, 3/19/2017 1:44:05 PM     (No. 11194800)

Given the author of this trash and his background, what can you expect. Black activist. Here´s his official site: http://www.sportingnews.com/author/27-david-steele

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Reply 44 - Posted by: greggojo, 3/19/2017 1:53:05 PM     (No. 11194804)

I don´t want to give a racist MSN writer the click.

I wonder if he acknowledged that the entire Kaepernick affair was responsible for at least a portion of the decline in NFL viewers. It sure was at my house.

Golly I´m sick of these snarky know it alls (who actually are so biased that they know just about nothing).

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Reply 45 - Posted by: franq, 3/19/2017 1:58:12 PM     (No. 11194809)

Monkey Shine News. Not a credible source. Don´t have to prove that.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: hurricanegirl, 3/19/2017 2:24:02 PM     (No. 11194826)

I think the much more pertinent question is: Are viewers blackballing NFL games because of Colin Kaepernick?

(Yes, they are, but the NFL is too STOOOOOPID to figure that out!)

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Reply 47 - Posted by: beancounter, 3/19/2017 2:27:20 PM     (No. 11194828)

We can blackball Christians (QB´s, bakers, florists...) but we can´t blackball Communists?

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Reply 48 - Posted by: darling, 3/19/2017 2:32:39 PM     (No. 11194832)

He won one game last year. There is your proof. He´s not good enough.

Tebow was unconventional but won games. Osweiler was in his first year as a starter and won more games than he lost. Both took their teams to the playoffs and each won a playoff game. Both are spoken of as worthless, no-talent scum by the sports writers.

I do not feel sorry for Kaepernick at all. I think he started his "protest" when he knew he was on his way out, so that he could blame any ouster on that, rather than on his performance on the field.



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Reply 49 - Posted by: AltaD, 3/19/2017 2:43:35 PM     (No. 11194842)

Jay Cutler didn´t take a knee during the anthem but no team wants him either. So just maybe the issue is owners don´t want second rate QBs who are an emotional drag on the team.

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Reply 50 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 3/19/2017 2:43:58 PM     (No. 11194843)

No NFL team is under any obligation to hire him.

Note to idiots: One is not a "protected class" when one does something stoopid in public, time and time again, to the detriment of one´s employer.

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Reply 51 - Posted by: sinic, 3/19/2017 3:35:08 PM     (No. 11194881)

It wouldn´t surprise me if that moron Goodell forced some team to take this loser.

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Reply 52 - Posted by: Mickturn, 3/19/2017 3:39:43 PM     (No. 11194889)

Given his pathetic record on the field and his more than pathetic antics I wouldn´t hire him to lick clean the real players shoes!

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Reply 53 - Posted by: Grant Hodges, 3/19/2017 4:01:54 PM     (No. 11194906)

Kapernick is just in the wrong sport. He needs to be the bad guy in the mask in . . .

. . . Big time wrestling.

Sure he will be a hit.

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Reply 54 - Posted by: mythman, 3/19/2017 4:30:39 PM     (No. 11194923)

Can´t prove a negative, Mr Steele. Stick to sports, not logic.

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Reply 55 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 3/19/2017 5:50:55 PM     (No. 11194975)

I know this for an absolute fact: If Kaepernick is picked up by any NFL team, I will not watch a single moment of any NFL game next year, too!

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Reply 56 - Posted by: SQUIGGLE, 3/19/2017 6:16:17 PM     (No. 11194992)

I´ve been on several magazines, columns, and comment sections regarding some news about Kappy. Never have I seen a greater number of people say they would not watch him or any other 49er´s games because of him. The coaches considering him as a free agent are only listening to them and deciding he´s just not worth the loss of viewership. The whole NFL suffered last year. I, myself, only watched Seattle... It´s called natural consequences. Maybe now that he´s gone the NFL will be more enjoyable.

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Reply 57 - Posted by: Heil Liberals, 3/19/2017 7:44:29 PM     (No. 11195037)

Damn straight. He earned it.

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Reply 58 - Posted by: GomerShabazz, 3/19/2017 8:15:30 PM     (No. 11195056)

hehehehe....he said blackballed....hehehehe

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Reply 59 - Posted by: OBX Pete, 3/19/2017 8:15:44 PM     (No. 11195058)

If Kaepernick wanted to express his dislike for America and our flag he should have done it on his own time and NOT on his team´s time.

Kaepernick is a superDICK!!!

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Reply 60 - Posted by: enemyofthestate, 3/19/2017 9:12:41 PM     (No. 11195086)

Personal responsibility for one´s actions, whether in the NFL or in ordinary lives any town USA: what a concept.

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Reply 61 - Posted by: GhostofChesterton, 3/19/2017 9:13:04 PM     (No. 11195087)

He´s a has been David. You, on the other hand, are a never was.

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Reply 62 - Posted by: Ronaldus Magnus, 3/19/2017 11:42:09 PM     (No. 11195172)

Crapernick just sold one of his mansions for many millions. His ´girlfriend´ will stick with him just as long as the money holds out. Then she´ll be on to the next useful (rich) idiot. It will not be a big surprise if Crapernick has not planned for the future and ends up broke.

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Reply 63 - Posted by: SALady, 3/20/2017 1:21:51 AM     (No. 11195224)

There are plenty of other mediocre quarterbacks out there that won´t cause massive PR headaches for your team.

So why would you waste time even talking to this idiot if you want your team to be popular (which equates to profitable)?!?!?

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Reply 64 - Posted by: JimBob, 3/20/2017 2:30:20 AM     (No. 11195250)

1) From the headline: Prove he IS!

2) As said by other posters.... The NFL is in the ENTERTAINMENT business. If someone causes the viewers to leave, is bad for business, he is GONE!

3)MSN Sports: Why haven´t YOU hired him?
I believe YOU are blackballing him!
Prove YOU´re NOT!

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Reply 65 - Posted by: mollyb0122, 3/21/2017 10:38:33 AM     (No. 11196661)

I am a Browns fan. I would not be surprised if they picked him up. He is no good and a trouble maker. Right up their alley, sadly.

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Is a new romance blooming in Newark, New Jersey? On a recent episode of her show, The Mindy Project, Mindy Kaling’s character Mindy Lahari made a dig at Newark — and it caught the attention of the city’s former mayor and current New Jersey Senator Cory Booker. And Booker, it seems, wasn’t about to take the insult lying down. He tweeted at Kaling, sending her the link of a recent Newark travel guide published by Vogue — and told her he still loved her. Kaling then responded, telling him that Lahari’s shade actually means that Newark is pretty cool — and that she loves him

Schumer says Democrats will
filibuster Gorsuch nomination
CBS News, by Emily Schultheis    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 3/23/2017 5:45:12     Post Reply
Democrats plan to filibuster Neil Gorsuch’s nomination for the Supreme Court, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) said Thursday. Speaking on the Senate floor Thursday morning, Schumer said Gorsuch -- who is three days into his confirmation hearings with the Senate Judiciary Committee -- will need 60 votes to be confirmed. Currently, the Senate has 52 Republicans and 48 Democrats. “After careful deliberation, I have concluded that I cannot support judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court,” he said. “His nomination will have a cloture vote. He will have to earn 60 votes for confirmation. My vote will

Germany´s Merkel expresses
shock at London attack
Reuters, by Michelle Martin and Andrea Shalal    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 3/22/2017 3:49:29     Post Reply
German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed shock at the attack in which four people were killed and at least 20 injured in London on Wednesday, and she said her thoughts were with the British people and everyone in the capital. In the attack close to the British parliament a car plowed into pedestrians and an attacker stabbed a policeman, in what police called a terrorist incident. (Snip) "Although the background to these incidents still needs to be exactly clarified, I confirm on behalf of Germany and its citizens that we stand firmly and resolutely by Britain´s side when it comes to

Terror Fears Parliament ‘terror attack’
comes on one-year anniversary of
deadly Brussels airport atrocity
SUN [UK], by Tom Michael    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 3/22/2017 2:50:57     Post Reply
Today´s incident in Parliament comes on the one-year anniversary of the deadly Brussels airport attack. Armed cops swarmed around the Palace of Westminster this afternoon amid reports of gunfire and several people lying wounded in the street. Up to a dozen innocent pedestrians were mowed down by a vehicle on Westminster Bridge which then crashed into the gates outside Parliament. The incident had chilling echoes of Lee Rigby’s killingand the Nice lorry attack. Shocking pictures showed people lying stricken on the floor while paramedics worked on them as cops confirmed they were treating the incident as a terror attack. The incident, which

Sears Warns There´s ´Substantial
Doubt´ About Company´s Future
Bloomberg News, by Nick Turner and Lauren Coleman-Lochn    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 3/21/2017 6:58:16     Post Reply
Sears Holdings Corp. acknowledged “substantial doubt” about its ability to keep operating, raising fresh concerns about a company that has lost more than $10 billion in recent years. The retailer added so-called going-concern language to its latest annual report filing, suggesting that weak earnings have cast a pall on its future as a business. “Our historical operating results indicate substantial doubt exists related to the company’s ability to continue as a going concern,” the Hoffman Estates, Illinois-based company said in the filing. But the company added that its comeback plan may help mitigate the concerns, “satisfying our estimated liquidity needs

World Exclusive: Almost half of Canadians want
illegal border crossers deported - Reuters poll
Reuters, by Rod Nickel and David Ljunggren    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 3/20/2017 1:48:56     Post Reply
WINNIPEG, Manitoba/OTTAWA - Nearly half of Canadians want to deport people who are illegally crossing into Canada from the United States, and a similar number disapprove of how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is handling the influx, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Monday. (Snip) There has been broad bipartisan support for high levels of legal immigration for decades in Canada. But Trudeau has come under pressure over the flow of the illegal migrants. He is questioned about it every time he appears in parliament, from opponents on the left, who want more asylum-seekers to be allowed in, and

Dems Beware: Sanders
´Movement´ Turns to Midterms
NBC News, by Alex Seitz-Wald    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 3/20/2017 8:25:49     Post Reply
With Democrats facing tough prospects in the midterm elections, will they also have to worry about primary challenges from their left flank? During his presidential campaign, Sen. Bernie Sanders never quite decided whether his "political revolution" could coexist with the Democratic Party or needed to overthrow it. Now, Sanders is one of the most popular political figures in the country and the activists he galvanized have gone on to start new groups, join old ones, or run electoral campaigns. The path of Sanders´ former staffers reflects the split in his movement, and the some are already galvanizing for the 2018

Gorsuch Confirmation Presents
Democrats With 2 Difficult Paths
New York Times, by Carl Hulse    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 3/19/2017 9:58:26     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — When it comes to the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, Senate Democrats appear to have two options: Get out of the way or get run over. Senate Republicans’ enthusiastic backing of President Trump’s nominee ensures majority support even before the confirmation hearing begins Monday. But the Republicans also hope that enough Democrats are won over by Judge Gorsuch — or recognize the inevitability of his confirmation — that they join in efforts to head off an explosive showdown over a filibuster. Should Democrats ultimately deny the judge the necessary backing to clear the way for

Chicago police warn CTA Red
Line riders of violent robbers
WGN-TV [Chicago], by Gaynor Hall and Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 3/19/2017 1:00:04     Post Reply
CHICAGO -- Police warn CTA commuters who take the Red Line to look out for thieves. There have been three robberies this week. During the robbery, three-to-four offenders approach the victims outside of a CTA Red Line Station or on the train. One asks a question to distract the rider -- then the others punch the victim in the face multiple times and goes through their pockets or purse. Two of the robberies happened just after 1 a.m. Friday; the first incident in the 100 block of West Adams -- then 20 minutes later again, in the 100 block of West Van Buren.



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GOP health-care bill: House
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health-care law

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Washington Post, by Mike DeBonis*    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 3/24/2017 3:35:33 PM     Post Reply
House Republican leaders abruptly pulled a Republican rewrite of the nation’s health-care system from consideration on Friday, a dramatic acknowledgment that they are so far unable to repeal the Affordable Care Act. “We just pulled it,” President Trump told The Washington Post in a telephone interview. The decision came a day after President Trump delivered an ultimatum to lawmakers — and represented multiple failures for the new president and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.). The decision means the Affordable Care Act remains in place, at least for now, and a major GOP campaign promise goes unfulfilled. It also casts

Exclusive — Discussion About GOP
Replacement to Paul Ryan as
Speaker of the House Intensifies
in White House, Congress

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Breitbart Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 3/24/2017 9:51:55 PM     Post Reply
Republican officials in Congress and the White House are now openly discussing finding a GOP replacement to Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as Speaker of the House, after Ryan failed to pass the American Health Care Act out of the House and misled the public and President Donald Trump when he promised repeatedly the bill would pass. Ryan was caught on an audio file from October—obtained by Breitbart News and published a couple weeks ago—saying he is “not going to defend Donald Trump—not now, not in the future.” While the audio file does not make the comments clear, Ryan’s staff later claimed

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Associated Press & Daily Mail (UK), by Staff & Karen Ruiz    Original Article
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McCain: I’ve Yet to Meet President
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Daily Beast, by Kimberly Dozier    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/24/2017 9:36:01 PM     Post Reply
BRUSSELS—Republican Senator John McCain revealed he hasn’t met the President Donald Trump in person since he took office, and he urged Trump to reach out to his opponents—Democratic and otherwise—ala Ronald Reagan if he wants to repeal Obamacare. “Do some outreach. Get to know some of these Democratic leaders,” he said. “You can find common ground.” McCain said he’d met Trump “some years ago” when he was a businessman, but had not met him since. McCain said he did speak “almost daily” to National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, however. “He doesn’t seem to

Inside the GOP’s Health Care Debacle
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Politico, by Tim Alberta    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 3/25/2017 6:52:07 AM     Post Reply
Donald Trump had heard enough about policy and process. It was Thursday afternoon and members of the House Freedom Caucus were peppering the president with wonkish concerns about the American Health Care Act—the language that would leave Obamacare’s “essential health benefits” in place, the community rating provision that limited what insurers could charge certain patients, and whether the next two steps of Speaker Paul Ryan’s master plan were even feasible—when Trump decided to cut them off."Forget about the little "stuff", Trump said, according to multiple sources in the room. "Let´s focus on the big picture here."The group of roughly 30

GOP cave on Obamacare
repeal is the biggest broken
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Washington Examiner, by Philip Klein    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 3/25/2017 5:09:20 AM     Post Reply
Broken promises are as old as politics itself, and there are many famous examples of them in modern history. President George H.W. Bush´s "read my lips, no new taxes" pledge comes immediately to mind, as does President Bill Clinton reneging on his middle-class tax cut, and President Barack Obama never closing Guantanamo Bay. But in each of those cases, those were promises that were made in a given campaign by a given politician. The promise of Obamacare repeal is much different. Republicans ran on repealing and replacing Obamacare for seven years, over the course of four election cycles. They won the

Maryland governor:
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Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 3/24/2017 11:56:45 AM     Post Reply
(Video)Maryland’s governor said Friday he cannot promise parents of children in Montgomery County schools, where a freshman high school student was allegedly raped by two older teenagers, that their children will be safe. Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s remarks came as the assault last Thursday by two immigrants, at least one of whom is in the U.S. illegally, has become a flashpoint for parents worried that the county’s “sanctuary” status for illegal immigrants exposes their school children to danger.“I’m not sure I can give assurances that their children will be safe,” he said. What he did give assurances about, however, was that he

Climate change helped
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Independent [UK], by Ian Johnston    Original Article
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Brexit was caused in part by climate change, former US Vice-President Al Gore has said, warning that extreme weather is creating political instability “the world will find extremely difficult to deal with”. Mr Gore, speaking at an event in which he previewed a sequel to his landmark 2006 documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, said the “principal” cause of the Syrian Civil War had been the worst drought in 900 years, which forced 1.5 million people to move from the countryside to the cities. There they met a similar number of Iraqis who had fled the conflict in their homeland, creating powder keg conditions

Paul Ryan Is Solely To Blame
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Investor´s Business Daily, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: RockyTCB- 3/24/2017 5:04:13 PM     Post Reply
Health Reform: Friday´s decision to pull the American Health Care Act from the House floor because it lacked enough votes to pass was a culmination of months of bad decisions, poor planning, and terrible messaging by the GOP leadership in the House. This failure undermines not only the party´s credibility, but President Trump´s purported ability to "make great deals." Worse, it emboldens the left-wing "resistance." Back in early December, we warned in this space that the Republican´s ObamaCare repeal effort was "off to a bad start." That was when House Speaker Paul Ryan was talking up a "repeal and delay" plan that

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Los Angeles Times, by David Lazarus    Original Article
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Republicans Admit Defeat On
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Is The Law Of The Land´

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National Public Radio, by Jessica Taylor    Original Article
Posted By: RockyTCB- 3/24/2017 5:13:40 PM     Post Reply
House Republicans scrapped a vote on their health care replacement plan on Friday after defections from both the right and center that made it clear the bill would not pass. President Trump tried to spin the setback as a defeat for Democrats who wouldn´t cross the aisle to support the bill — despite not making any entreaties to the minority party. Trump — who is the first president to enter office without any political or legislative experience — did seem to admit there was a bit of a learning curve when it came to such a complex issue. "This was an interesting

´A victory for all Americans´: A very happy
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Daily Mail [UK], by Ariel Zilber    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 3/25/2017 12:30:49 AM     Post Reply
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday that the defeat of the Republican plan to repeal Obamacare was ´a victory for all Americans.´ The Democrat, who lost to President Donald Trump in the November 8 election, tweeted: ´Today was a victory for the 24,000,000 people at risk of losing their health insurance, for seniors, for families battling the quiet epidemic of addiction, for new moms and women everywhere.´ ´Most of all, it´s a victory for anyone who believes affordable health care is a human right.´ ´We cannot forget: This victory happened because people in every corner of our country committed their


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