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NFL Pledges More Than $80 Million For Social Justice Projects

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It looks like the NFL is ready to step to the table and do something right. The NFL is on the verge of signing an unprecedented deal to help with social injustice issues around America. Thanks to players taking a knee for social inequality and using their platform, some fundamental change can take players.

The NFL will contribute $89 million over seven years to projects dealing with criminal justice reform, law enforcement/community relations and education according to ESPN.

During a conference call Wednesday night, Malcolm Jenkins and Anquan Boldin, who lead roughly 40 players who have negotiated with the league office about demonstrations during the national anthem, guided the group through the highlights of the package, which represents the NFL’s largest contribution to a social issue, surpassing that of Salute to Service or Breast Cancer Awareness/Crucial Catch.

Under the league’s proposal, the $89 million has been earmarked over a seven-year period for both national and local projects. On the national level, owners this year will allocate $5 million, with their commitment growing annually and maxing out at $12 million per year from 2021 through 2023.

At the local level, owners would put up $250,000 annually and expect players to match that amount, totaling $500,000 for each team. Players and owners can exceed that amount if they choose, with no matching requirement. In addition, there would be other fundraising opportunities, including telethons and auctions of jerseys worn in games.

This doesn’t mean Colin Kaepernick will be back in the league or that players will stop protesting. The agreement does not include language calling for players to end protests during the national anthem in exchange for funds; there’s no implication.

But it what it does show, is the players taking a knee for social inequality and using their platform were able to create some much-needed change.

 

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Amy Schumer Refuses Superbowl Ad Spot To Support Colin Kaepernick

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Amy Schumer has decided to side with Colin Kaepernick.

Schumer joins the list of entertainers that have turned down the NFL. The actress/comedian announced she will not appear in Super Bowl ads this year as a sign of support for Colin Kaepernick.

“Once you witness the truly deep inequality and endless racism people of color face in our country, not to mention the police brutality and murders. Why not kneel next to your brothers? Otherwise, how are you not complicit?” she wrote in her Instagram post. “[…] I personally told my reps I wouldn’t do a Super Bowl commercial this year. I know it must sound like a privilege ass sacrifice but it’s all I got. Hitting the NFL with the advertisers is the only way to really hurt them.”

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Friday thought. I wonder why more white players aren’t kneeling. Once you witness the truly deep inequality and endless racism people of color face in our country, not to mention the police brutality and murders. Why not kneel next to your brothers? Otherwise how are you not complicit? I think it would be cool if @maroon5 backed out of super bowl like @badgalriri Did. I personally told my reps I wouldn’t do a Super Bowl commercial this year. I know it must sound like a privilege ass sacrifice but it’s all i got. Hitting the nfl with the advertisers is the only way to really hurt them. I know opposing the nfl is like opposing the nra. Very tough, but don’t you want to be proud of how you’re living? Stand up for your brothers and sisters of color. And the hottest thing a guy can do is get down on one knee. Not to propose but to reject the treatment of his teammates by this country. Anyone who says its disrespectful to our military please read up on the fact that a lot of veterans are proud of what @kaepernick7 is doing and fully support him. What are your thoughts?

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Rihanna also turned down the Half Time show in support of Kap.

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Kyle Kuzma Signs Deal With GOAT To Wear Rare Nikes

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Los Angeles’ Lakers’ second-year forward Kyle Kuzma has signed a deal with GOAT, the world’s largest marketplace for authentic sneakers, making him the first athlete to partner with a sneaker reselling platform.

“GOAT has inspired me to start collecting more seriously and build my style around sneakers,” said Kyle Kuzma. “People assume that, as an NBA athlete, you can get access to any kind of sneaker you want. When in reality, it’s hard to get the exclusive releases or shoes from the past, and feel confident they’re authentic. GOAT gives me a second chance at not only the limited releases I missed, but also the shoes I wasn’t able to afford growing up.”
“GOAT has always celebrated great athletes,” said Eddy Lu, co-founder and CEO of GOAT. “Kuzma is emblematic of the passion, focus, and determination that reflect what it means to be great. We couldn’t be more proud to have Kuzma represent the GOAT brand, and inspire others both on and off the court.”
Since the NBA removed its restrictions on what color sneakers players can wear on the court.  The deal will allow Kuzma to wear any color combinations of rare kicks.

 

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Adidas Releasing Limited Edition Waterboy Collection

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Adidas is officially releasing a Bobby Boucher jersey from 1998 classic Waterboy.

The jersey is apart of limited edition collection to celebrate Adam Sandler’s iconic character. The gear will feature the SCLSU (South Central Louisiana State University) Mud Dogs apparel from their Bourbon Bowl victory. Boucher was the linebacker that led the team to an epic comeback win 30-27.

The Adidas Bobby Boucher Mud Dogs’ replica jersey recreates the original Adidas Mud Dogs’ uniforms worn in the film. Centered around the classic orange home colorway, the jersey features Boucher’s name on the back, the #9 and the Bourbon Bowl Championship patch on the upper left chest. Additional design details include the royal blue and white striping across the sleeves and neckline.

The limited edition capsule collection will feature key pieces of apparel and accessories seen throughout the 1998 classic film have been recreated for fans of Bobby Boucher and the Mud Dogs, including the Bobby Boucher Mud Dogs’ replica jersey ($120), Coach Klein’s varsity jacket ($100), an SCLSU hat ($30) and SCLSU water bottles ($20).

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