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Steph Curry takes shot at Under Armour CEO calling President Trump an 'asset.' 'Remove the et'
jake becker Feb-08-2017 93 0


After Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank endorsed Donald Trump on Tuesday as an “asset” to the country, the Warriors star responded to his sponsor’s comment with a shorter, sharper label for the president.

“I agree with the description, if you remove the 'et' from asset,” Curry told The Mercury News.
Curry, who is one of Under Armour’s top endorsers, has mostly avoided using his status as the NBA’s two-time reigning MVP as a platform for political commentary. He said he was surprised to see Plank praising Trump in an interview with CNBC and felt compelled to have a chat with his sponsor.

“I spent all day yesterday on the phone with countless people at Under Armour, countless people in Kevin Plank’s camp, my team, trying to understand what was going on and where everybody stood on the issue,” Curry said.

Plank has reportedly reassured the Golden State guard that his Trump compliment was meant in the business sense and not in regards to the president’s controversial statements that have angered minorities and policies that have affected immigrants. Under Armour also released a statement clarifying Plank's position on Wednesday.

Curry has largely kept mum on politics compared to his coach, Steve Kerr, who hasn't minced words about his dislike of the new commander-in-chief. Curry said he preferred Hillary Clinton to Trump in September but chose not to elaborate on his political preferences.

In July, Curry said "it's disappointing" that the NBA chose to move this year's All-Star Game from his native North Carolina because of the state's controversial bathroom bill, but added that he understood the league's decision. 

Curry indicated Wednesday that he is more concerned about Under Armour adopting Trump's values than any business deals.

"There is no amount of money, there is no platform I wouldn’t jump off if it wasn’t in line with who I am,” Curry said. “... It’s a fine line but it’s about how we’re operating: how inclusive we are, what we stand for. He’s the President. There are going to be people that are tied to them. But are we promoting change? Are we doing things that are going to look out for everybody? And not being so self-serving that it’s only about making money, selling shoes, doing this and that. That’s not the priority. It's about changing lives. I think we can continue to do that.”

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Colin Kaepernick has filed a grievance against NFL owners for collusion. His attorney confirmed the report on Sunday.

According to Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman, Kaepernick is filing the grievance under the players' collective bargaining agreement, and has hired attorney Mark Geragos for the case, who has represented numerous high-profile clients.

Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers at the end of last season and planned to find a role with another NFL team. But through six weeks of the regular season, he has still yet to receive an offer, despite a proven history of winning caliber play and a fairly solid statistical season last year, when he threw for 16 touchdowns and just four interceptions.

A recent report said Kaepernick has been working out daily in hopes of getting another shot in the NFL.

The lack of offers looks even more egregious because numerous teams have been in desperate need of a functioning quarterback. E.J. Manuel, Scott Tolzien, and Matt Cassel have all started games this season, and Brandon Weeden just signed a deal with the Tennessee Titans.

Kaepernick made headlines last season when he became the first player in the NFL to begin kneeling during the national anthem to protest systemic racism and police brutality. Since then, more players have participated in protests of a similar nature that have become the focus of national attention after the president suggested that players that kneel during the anthem be fired.
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The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has vacated a Texas judge’s injunction in the Ezekiel Elliott case, meaning the Cowboys running back’s suspension is set to take effect immediately.

Elliott’s camp, however, is likely to file another temporary restraining order in a New York court to once again fight the six-game span that stems from domestic violence allegations made against him in Ohio last year.

Thursday's ruling came down ahead of the Cowboys' bye week, giving him ample time to restart the legal fight. Dallas next plays Oct. 22 in San Francisco.

An NFL spokesperson, however, told WFAA that Elliott's suspension begins immediately and that the second-year running back isn't allowed at the Cowboys' facility.

If Elliott isn't granted another injunction that keeps him on the field, he won't be eligible to play until the Cowboys' Nov. 30 game against Washington.

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The NFL Management Council on Thursday sent a letter to the New York district court, stating its intent to file a motion to confirm the six-game suspension.

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A three-judge panel heard arguments on the case on Oct. 2. No decision was made, but both sides had agreed to an expedited decision.

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One NBA MVP candidate will be playing with a heavy heart this season.

Two days before the Bucks preseason opener, the team announced superstar forward Giannis Antetokounmpo's father Charles died Friday at the age of 54.

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Police acted appropriately and professionally detaining Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett when he ran from a casino as officers searched for an active shooter following a report of gunfire at an after-hours club on the Las Vegas Strip, the head of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said Friday.

A review of hundreds of videos, including police body-worn cameras, found no evidence that the three officers who had direct contact with the NFL star early Aug. 27 profiled Bennett by race or used excessive force, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said.

"Mr. Bennett has a valid perspective as a person who experienced a reasonable-suspicion stop for a felony crime," Lombardo told reporters. "Those who experience such a stop, especially when they have not committed a crime, are not likely to feel good about it."

Bennett committed no crime, the sheriff said. But he was detained at gunpoint, handcuffed and seated for about 10 minutes in the back of a patrol car until police searching the crowded casino just hours after an Aug. 26 boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor concluded that what people thought was gunfire was actually the sharp sound of velvet rope stands knocked to a tile floor during a scuffle.

But Lombardo said there was nothing to support Bennett's allegation, made in a Twitter post more than a week later, that an officer put a gun to Bennett's head and threatened to blow his head off.

"From the evidence we have at this point, we don't know (the officer) said that," the sheriff said.

Bennett's post, titled "Dear World," said, "Las Vegas police officers singled me out and pointed their guns at me for doing nothing more than simply being a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time."

Bennett announced in early August that he would sit during the national anthem this season to protest social injustice and was one the first NFL players to protest this year. He made the decision before protests by white supremacists at the University of Virginia. But Bennett said his decision was solidified by what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia, including the death of a young woman who was struck by a car deliberately driven into a group of counter-protesters.

Bennett has remained one of the most outspoken pro athletes on numerous social issues. Last month, he held a benefit for the family of a pregnant black woman who was fatally shot by two white Seattle police officers in June. Police said the woman threatened the officers with at least one knife after calling 911 to report that someone had broken into her apartment and stolen video-game consoles

Bennett's attorney, John Burris in Oakland, California, said he wants to review videos more closely. But he said he believed the clips shown verified Bennett's accounts.

"He was not acting improperly," Burris told The Associated Press. "He was not acting suspicious. He was not involved in any criminal activity."

"There's nothing to go on, no description, other than you see this big black man running," the attorney added. "He was running like everyone else, trying to get away."

Burris said the officer's gun was near Bennett's while he was being handcuffed, and he said he heard profanity in audio recordings captured on body-camera video. Burris said he heard no reference to race.

"There's a dispute over whether he threatened to blow his head off," the attorney said. "But there's no question that the officer said, 'Keep your hands up and keep them where I can see them.' "

Lombardo used a stop-motion narrative of casino surveillance video showing Bennett appear to dart behind a row of slot machines, and then body camera video from a sergeant joining the chase when officers noticed him running.

Neither Lombardo nor the executive of the 3,000-member Las Vegas police officers' union, who attended the media briefing, identified the officers involved in the incident.

Union official Steve Grammas said he believed Bennett owes them an apology.

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Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker says he and his family have received death threats since he told fans not to come to games if they felt disrespected by NFL players' protests.

The Pro Bowl tight end shared the "heartbreaking" threats Thursday night in a social media post.

"The racist and violent words directed at me and my son only serve as another reminder that our country remains divided and full of hateful rhetoric," Walker wrote. "These words of hate will only fuel me in my efforts to continue my work reaching out to different community groups, listening to opposing voices, and honoring the men and women in the Armed Forces who risk their lives every day so that we may have this dialogue."

Walker and the Tennessee Titans joined the Seattle Seahawks in staying inside their locker rooms during the national anthem last weekend, and Walker walked out arm in arm with quarterback Marcus Mariota. On Monday, Walker tried to make clear he supports the military in a protest that is seeking equal rights.

"And the fans that don't want to come to the games, OK, bye," Walker said Monday. "I mean if you feel that's something where we're disrespecting you, don't come to the games. You don't have to. No one is telling you to come to the game. It's your freedom and your choice to do that."

The Titans had no comment Thursday night.

Walker took part this spring in the NFL's USO Tour of the Middle East. He said in his statement he gained an even greater appreciation for the men and women who defend American values. He said he used strong words in defending the Titans' right to make their own choices.

He wrote that it's his choice to try to spark conversation for positive change and fans' choice to attend Titans' games, a U.S. freedom so envied around the world.

"I am proud to represent the many faces of Titans fans and believe that only through a more respectful discourse can we achieves the goals of unity, peace and racial equality that I know we all strive for," Walker said.

Walker isn't the only NFL player dealing with a backlash from protesting.

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Akeem Spence shared on Twitter earlier Thursday that his father, a contractor, was denied a job on a house due to his protest. He was among the Lions who took a knee before their game against Atlanta.

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Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall says he appreciates NFL teams supporting the rights of their players to protest during the national anthem. He also suggests they show it by giving Colin Kaepernick a job.

"The dude, he's in shape, he's yoked, actually," said Marshall, who saw his ex-college teammate on a TMZ video recently. "He's so strong. He's ready to go. He told me he's been working out when I last talked to him. He said he's just waiting for a call. That's the next step."

Marshall is among many players who believe Kaepernick is being blackballed by NFL teams over the movement he started last year when he declined to stand for "The Star-Spangled Banner" during the 2016 preseason to bring attention to racial inequality in America.

Kaepernick remains unsigned six months after opting out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers and becoming a free agent.

"There's a lot of (poor) quarterback play around the league," Marshall said. "I'm not saying the Bears should sign him, but you know the player Mike Glennon is. You can't tell me he's better than Colin Kaepernick, and he's a starter right now."

Marshall, who attended the University of Nevada with Kaepernick, was one of the first NFL players to join Kaepernick in the national anthem protests last season. At times, Marshall was joined by a teammate or two, but for the most part he spent half the season as the sole protester on the Denver sideline.

He lost endorsements and fans over the protests. but also received kudos from general manager John Elway — who's no fan of the kneel-downs — for backing up his actions with charity and community work.

Marshall ended his protests last year after Denver police agreed to change their use-of-force policy.

Marshall didn't plan on kneeling this season, but he began reconsidering following the president's response to the racially charged conflicts in Charlottesville, Virginia.

He stood apart from his teammates during the first two weeks of the season but didn't take a knee until Sunday.

Marshall was among 200-plus players across the league who knelt, sat, stretched or prayer during the "Star Spangled Banner" in response to the president's call for team owners to fire players who disrespect flag and country by refusing to stand for the anthem.

He was one of 32 Broncos who took a knee in Buffalo.

"Last year I did it all by myself for eight games, but it's a lot different to have your brothers backing you," Marshall said. "I think whenever we decide to come together and do something, there's strength in numbers, they say, right? So, I definitely think that makes us stronger."

Yet, coach Vance Joseph is concerned this divisive issue in society could also bisect his locker room. So he's planning to address the issue with his players this week as they prepare for a game against the Oakland Raiders to "figure out what's best for our football team to keep us together."

The Dallas Cowboys took a knee together before the national anthem Monday night in Arizona and then stood arm-in-arm during "The Star-Spangled Banner." But Marshall said that's no blueprint for the Broncos.

"Everybody's not going to kneel," Marshall said, noting Derek Wolfe's comments about always standing for the flag.

Not everyone will stand, either, Marshall suggested.

"In my opinion, that means nothing if we all stand and lock arms," Marshall said. "I mean, I understand that's showing unity. But I just don't see the point in it."
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After warning Colin Kaepernick to keep quiet about social activism earlier this year, ?former Ravens great Ray Lewis knelt during the playing of the national anthem Sunday with current members of the team.

Lewis said Tuesday his decision to kneel on both knees was to "simply honor God in the midst of chaos." He was criticized for the anthem demonstration by both Kaepernick supporters and those who believe Lewis and the Ravens were disrespecting the flag.

The latter launched a petition Sunday to remove Lewis' statue from M&T Bank Stadium, saying on Change.org that kneeling during the anthem is "disrespectful, regardless of what you are protesting."

The petition addressed to Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti has received more than 25,000 signatures as of Tuesday night.

“I took two knees because I have a first amendment right just like everybody else. And when I came out of that locker room, I had choice to make,” Lewis told 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore.

“And look at my fellow players and I looked at these young guys. I’m not in the protesting business, I’m not into this, whatever (Donald) Trump wanna say. I’m not into that mess, but if these young boys doing what they doing, then I got to meet them where they are.”

President Trump created quite a stir in the NFL by calling any player who kneels during the national anthem a "son of a b----" and calling for owners to "fire" those players.

NFL teams responded with a massive display of solidarity Sunday and Monday as players, coaches and owners all locked arms during the anthem to relay a message to Trump that they will not be divided.

“I’m not in the league anymore, so the Trump comments don’t bother me, but they’re so out of order,” said Lewis, a 13-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl MVP who played his entire career with the Ravens.

“You’re just talking about kids, you’re talking about the kids who got mothers, mothers who sacrificed everything and families who sacrificed everything, and now you don’t give us no platform to say nothing on — it just baffles me that he would come out and say something like that.”
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Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Ethan Westbrooks was arrested after an officer saw a stolen gun in his car when he was pulled over for speeding, the California Highway Patrol said Tuesday.

Westbrooks was arrested Friday on suspicion of possessing a loaded firearm, possessing a stolen firearm and possessing a high-capacity magazine, said Sgt. Chris Carr.

Westbrooks was stopped for speeding along Interstate 5 near Bakersfield on Friday and an officer spotted a gun in the glove box as Westbrooks was looking for his car's registration document, Carr said.

The gun, which had been reported stolen in Sacramento in 2009, was loaded with a high-capacity clip that held 13 rounds, Carr said.

It wasn't immediately clear if Westbrooks had an attorney who could comment on the allegations and the team declined to comment Tuesday.

Westbrooks is a starting defensive end who received a one-year extension through 2018 earlier this month, as he had been valuable during the prolonged holdout of All-Pro lineman Aaron Donald.

He has one sack and five tackles in three games. He's in his fourth season.
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