NFL: Message being lost in political firestorm over anthem

first_imgVarios jugadores de los Browns de Cleveland se arrodillan al escuchar el himno nacional de Estados Unidos en un partido de la NFL ante los Colts de Indianápolis, el domngo 24 de septiembre de 2017 (AP Foto/Michael Conroy, archivo)NEW YORK — The NFL says the message players and teams are trying to express is being lost in a political firestorm.The issues have been “overtaken by political forces,” NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said Thursday, referring to President Trump’s criticism of the league, team owners and players for kneeling during the national anthem.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Silver expects NBA players to stand during national anthem Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene The players knelt last weekend in response to social injustice. Full teams, along with some team owners, linked arms either before or during the anthem. Three teams — Pittsburgh, Seattle and Tennessee — did not take the field until after the anthem.“They are under attack now and the (original) lesson has been forgotten,” Lockhart said. “It is important for everyone to understand what they are talking about, to not see everything in terms of who is up or down politically.“The NFL players are men of character, many of whom are leaders in their community. They are patriotic, support the military. … They understand their platform can be used to make the country a better place.”Lockhart insisted there will be no “leaguewide directive” for future demonstrations.“This is an issue that should involve the owners of the 32 clubs, the coaches and players to work out together,” he said. “There is very regular dialogue going on between the players, coaches and owners. This is an issue that has sort of gripped the headlines. We all care very deeply about this.“All of our owners don’t always agree with even each other, and the players often have a position at odds with the league, and we work hard to resolve those,” he added. “We have been united on this issue. They are all pulling in the same direction, but we understand each locker room is different.”ADVERTISEMENT In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide How to help the Taal evacuees On Thursday, Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker said 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 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.”Detroit Lions defensive tackle Akeem Spence said on Twitter earlier Thursday that his father, a contractor, was denied a job on a house because of his protest.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next More than 200 players either knelt or used other means as expressions of unity last weekend. Lockhart said such actions are not a protest against the anthem or the flag.“One of the impacts is to distort the views of the NFL and particularly our players,” Lockhart said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogTrump said NFL owners fear their players, and he renewed calls for action against those who kneel duringthe anthem.“I think they are afraid of their players, if you want to know the truth, and I think it’s disgraceful,” he said in an interview that aired Thursday on “Fox and Friends.” He says “most people agree” with him. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson DAY6 is for everybody OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

Gov’t to Set Up Corruption Court

first_imgIn an effort to curb fraud, graft and other forms of corruption, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf yesterday, disclosed that her administration has submitted a “bill” before the 53rd National Legislature for the establishment of an Economic Crime and Corruption Court in Liberia.The bill, which she said would establish “Criminal Court F,” if enacted by the Legislature, would help in the fight against corruption and provide a way for the prosecution of people accused of financial malpractices.Currently there are five Criminal Courts, A, B, C, D and E.She made the assertion when she delivered her 10th Annual Address before the 53rd National Legislature in fulfilment of Article 50 of the 1986 Constitution.The Article provides that, “the President shall, on the fourth working Monday in January of each year, present the administration’s legislative program for the ensuring session, and shall once a year report to the Legislature on the state of the Republic. In presenting the economic condition of the Republic, the report shall cover expenditure as well as, income.”’She emphasized that the court is critical to the social, political and economic development of the country, and that corruption, which she described as “a vampire” was impeding the image of her administration.She admitted that her administration lacks the system to fight against corruption and prosecute those accused.“I asked that you support us in fighting the devil and uphold the principles of transparency and integrity, we all being yielding off,” President Sirleaf pleaded.Transparency International, a global corruption watchdog that has been highlighting corruption over the years, ranked Liberia the 83rd most corrupt nation in the world in its 2013 corruption perception index.Reflecting on her government’s ratification of a protocol establishing the Economic Community of West African States’ (ECOWAS) Court of Justice, Madam Sirleaf said, “I want to appreciate all of you for the ratification of a protocol establishing the ECOWAS’ Court of Justice, which our country is serving as one of its seven judges.”Citizens of ECOWAS member states can file complaints against human rights violations of state-actors at the regional Court of Justice. ECOWAS member states have decided to give the court, which exists formally since 1991 and became functional in 2001, a specific mandate in that respect.The court, which is seated in Abuja, Nigeria, rules according to the provisions of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights.  The decisions are legally binding to the ECOWAS member states.The Court has competence to rule on human rights violations through an individual complaint procedure since 2005. Particularly noteworthy is that local remedies do not need to have been exhausted, before cases are brought to the ECOWAS Court of Justice. So every victim of a human rights violation can directly appeal to the court even while the case is subject to a national proceeding.  Cases may be brought before the Court by an application addressed to the Court Registry.Immediately after the President’s address, a judicial expert, told the Daily Observer that with the reported wave of corruption in the country, establishing the court should be recommended, but warned of the danger of such power being misused by corrupt characters to achieve political objectives and defeat the very purpose for which the court is established.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more