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None of the 17,000 spectators present at Bayonne’s Stade Jean-Dauger will forget in a hurry the events of Saturday 23 May. The Basque club’s fate was out of their hands on the final day of the regular Top 14 season; all they could do was win with an offensive bonus point, which they did by hammering La Rochelle 45-12, and pray that either Brive or Grenoble slipped up.Brive didn’t. By early in the second half of their clash with Stade Francais it was clear to the Bayonne fans, following events from Brive on their smartphones, that the Parisians were not going to do them a favour. So attention turned to Lyon, who were hosting Grenoble.The visitors required just a point to avoid the drop but they leaked two early tries. Grenoble then fought back to take an 18-17 lead at half-time, but in an excruciatingly tense second half the lead changed hand four times before a penalty and drop-goal from Lachie Munro took Lyon 29-24 clear with six minutes remaining. Another score from Lyon and Grenoble would lose their defensive bonus point but the visitors clung on and so Bayonne’s 11-year stay in the Top 14 came to an end.Sad day: Bayonne prop Lucas Pointud is consoled by Mark Chisholm after the club’s relegation. Photo: Getty ImagesComing 12 months after Biarritz were relegated to ProD2, these are dark days for Basque rugby. Since rugby went professional 20 years ago there has always been at least one club from the region in France’s top flight; to have none is a huge shock to the Basque people, so proud of their traditions and culture.It’s this pride that has prevented in recent years any plans for a merger between Bayonne and Biarritz. The idea of a fusion was first mooted seriously in 2011, but came to nothing despite the warnings of Claude Charbonnier, the former president of the Basque Academy of Sport. In an interview with a local newspaper in November 2011, he supported the idea for financial reasons, saying prophetically: “There is no guarantee of the perennial support of (Alain) Afflelou and (Serge) Kampf”.Afflelou, the millionaire eyewear manufacturer, was Bayonne’s major financier from 2007 until 2014 when he stepped down as president, at the same time reducing his financial commitment to the club from €4m to €1m. Manu Mérin, the man who succeeded Afflelou as president (and who is a firm believer in the need for the creation of a Basque ‘super club’) admitted earlier in the month that Bayonne are “penniless”, and that they required a letter of guarantee from Afflelou recently to placate DNACG, the authority that polices the finances of France’s professional clubs. Following Bayonne’s relegation from the Top 14, talk of a merger with local rivals Biarritz to create a Basque ‘super club’ is hotting up Biarritz are in an even worse economic plight. Midi Olympique reported a fortnight ago that the club has a financial hole of €2.5m, which their chief financial backer, Kampf, was allegedly willing to pay off “only in the event of a rapprochement between the two clubs”.Rise again? Biarritz win a lineout during a local derby against Bayonne last season. Photo: Getty ImagesThe head then, as well as the wallet, suggests that creating a super club between the two Basque sides is the only way to resuscitate rugby in the region even if it means sacrificing more than a century of tradition. In this day and age, it’s just not feasible for two towns a stone’s throw apart to sustain two professional rugby clubs, particularly when Pau and Agen have been promoted to the Top 14 this season. Pau is just 70 miles east of Bayonne, Agen 140 miles north-east, so businesses in the region looking to invest in a rugby club are likely to choose them over a couple of struggling ProD2 clubs.Unfortunately the heart often doesn’t follow the head when it comes to sport, and when plans to fuse the two Basque clubs into one super club were resurrected at the start of this month there was vociferous opposition from some supporters. Strong views: Bayonne fans protest against a possible merger with Biarritz earlier this month. Photo: Getty Images LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Several hundred Bayonne fans gathered to demonstrate outside the club and Merin, confronted with threats against him and his family, announced the abandonment of the plans in an emotional press conference last week.But the reality of relegation to ProD2 seems to be concentrating minds in Basque country. A Facebook page has been created in support of a merger and comments left by supporters from both clubs indicate that pragmatism may yet triumph over parochialism. After all, as Charbonnier put it this week: “We must choose: either we want to play in the European Cup or we finish by playing in the Basque provincial cup.”
England increasing tally of injuries shouldn’t be feared but seen as an opportunity to increase squad depth towards the 2019 World Cup Treatment bench: Manu Tuilagi has had wretched luck with injuries By Alex ShawThere are two words rugby fans and coaches the world over fear to hear – injury crisis.It can loom like an ominous, dark cloud over any international teams’ preparations for a Test window.If there is a year to suffer through one, though, there aren’t many better than 2016. The new cycle is still young and coaches are given longer leashes to experiment with and develop their squads.Winning is still, as ever, paramount, but losses can be mitigated by encouraging performances and adaptations to a new style.Injuries offer opportunities to other players to put forward their cases for selection and can create a larger pool of proven Test players two or three years down the road. With all due respect to the Six Nations and The Rugby Championship, both live in the shadow of the Rugby World Cup and that’s what all teams are building towards.Coming through: Josh Van der Flier was been a breakout star from last yearAn example of this would be Ireland earlier this year.Injuries to key players such as Rob Kearney, Iain Henderson and Sean O’Brien opened the door for Tiernan O’Halloran, Ultan Dillane and Josh van der Flier. The first three were known quantities but now the latter three are also players with whom Ireland can build heading towards the 2019 RWC.Similarly, Ireland’s opponents this summer, South Africa, have also made the most of injuries to key players and should reap the rewards in the near future.With Handré Pollard missing the whole of this southern hemisphere season, Elton Jantjies was thrust into the spotlight. There have been growing pains and mistakes by Jantjies but he will be a better player for his experiences and gives the Springboks the options they need moving forward.In from the shadows: No 8 Warren Whiteley has replaced Duane Vermeulen for the BoksLikewise, Duane Vermeulen’s injury has fast-tracked Warren Whiteley’s development at Test level and the No 8 has taken that extra responsibility and pressure in his sizeable stride.The perfect case study for this, however, may be the current England side.After coasting through the 2015-16 season with barely a scratch, the injury bug has finally come to bite Eddie Jones’ men.Back rowers James Haskell and Jack Clifford have been ruled out of the upcoming Test window, wing Jonny May is yet to play after suffering a knee injury last season and Manu Tuilagi has been felled by his troublesome groin.There are also question marks over whether or not Dylan Hartley, Owen Farrell and Joe Marler will be in fighting shape by the time South Africa arrive in London next month.With England playing so well last season and staying relatively healthy, opportunities were limited for players outside of Jones’ favoured group of 27 or 28.England regular: Jonathan Joseph has been a regular fixture under Eddie JonesFarrell, Mike Brown, Anthony Watson and Jonathan Joseph started all eight of England’s games under Jones – excluding the match against Wales which was held on the same weekend as the Premiership final – whilst Jack Nowell and George Ford both started seven and Ben Youngs started six. There was a similar story in the pack as Hartley, Chris Robshaw, Billy Vunipola, George Kruis and Dan Cole started all eight games, Haskell started seven and Maro Itoje started six.Trusted performers such as Clifford, Danny Care and Mako Vunipola featured in all eight games, whilst Paul Hill and Jamie George featured in seven.With consistency being prized highly by Jones and the Australian eager to develop players as starters, he was reluctant to chop and change over the course of the season. In fact, the only positions where Jones looked to actively rotate his personnel or try new players as starters were loosehead prop, scrum-half and, briefly, inside-centre.In form: Tommy Taylor has impressed at Wasps early in the seasonThese injuries now offer Jones the opportunity to be a bit more experimental with his squad and not only improve the depth of player available to England, but also identify players with the potential to prove long-term challengers to those currently possessing starters’ jerseys.If Hartley does not recover from his head knock in time to take on the Springboks, George has been chomping at the bit to start, whilst Tommy Taylor has impressed enough following his arrival at Wasps to nudge ahead of Luke Cowan-Dickie in the pecking order.The double blow of losing Haskell and Clifford opens up opportunities for the uncapped duo of Mike Williams and Sam Jones, who was himself injured earlier today. The England seven jersey will always be up for debate until fans are placated by a genuine fetcher and though neither player offers that specifically, they are versatile and physical contributors who can play key roles for England moving forward.Perhaps the most interesting opportunity would be the one afforded if Farrell cannot regain fitness by the end of the month.Jones’ experiment with Luther Burrell did not last long in the first test against Australia and Tuilagi is sidelined for the foreseeable future but both Ben Te’o and Henry Slade are candidates to fill the void. If one of them can nail down and impress in the 12 jersey this autumn, it will free Jones up to try moving Farrell back to fly-half, something he was keen to do Down Under.Pole position: Leicester’s Mike Williams has a shot at getting the No 7 shirtStuart Lancaster was lauded for his adventurous selections in the early days of his tenure as England coach but arguably fell foul of settling for the good team he had built and not searching for players capable of making it a great team.Admittedly, Lancaster had the pressure of trying to ensure England were competitive in a tough pool at a home Rugby World Cup and that may have stayed his bolder instincts but Jones – or any other international coach – needs to be careful they don’t fall into the same trap.The point is, having injuries and squad disruption in 2016 is no bad thing.Yes, you want consistent selections with players being able to develop chemistry together but it is far better for a Test side that the injury big strikes now and they are able to ascertain where they have strength in depth and where they need to improve. If it strikes in a RWC year and a coach has had the luxury of a largely full-strength team for the previous three years, it can set alarm bells ringing.Whether a coach looks to find like-for-like replacements who can step in and replicate what a current starter provides or they opt to utilise a player who brings a different set of skills to the position, is the type of decision that can be the difference between a coach being seen as a success or a failure.Pause for thought: Eddie Jones will be plotting the downfall of Autumn opponentsBoth Joe Schmidt and Allister Coetzee have experimented with players of different styles where injury has allowed for them this year, whilst Jones’ new blood for the upcoming Test window seems to be very much in the like-for-like mould. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The success of the two approaches is not necessarily mutually exclusive and there is no right or wrong way of doing things. England are developing two or three players at every position who can play the way Jones wants England to, whilst Ireland and South Africa have improved their ability to turn their hand to different tactical approaches.Regardless of which approach you favour, these short-term pains shouldn’t just be stomached, they should be embraced, as they can reap long-term gains.
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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Epilepsy charity launches with new £200,000 award Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy Howard Lake | 30 November 2007 | News Epilepsy Research UK, formed by the merger of Epilepsy Research Foundation and the Fund for Epilepsy, has been launched at a star-spangled event.Guests included Tory leader David Cameron whose son has epilepsy and who is a trustee of the charity.A new £200,000 fellowship award has also been created to bring new researchers into the field of epilepsy research. Advertisement Epilepsy Research UK’s aim is to substantially increase the funding available for research into the treatment and prevention of the condition. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. 21 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 10 January 2011 | News 26 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Thorntons’ chocolate bar to raise funds for SCF in Haiti Sales of a new chocolate bar from Thorntons are to raise funds for Save the Children’s educational programmes in Haiti. The new Limited Edition Chocolate Block made from Haiti cocoa beans has been launched a year after the devastating earthquake which hit the country. Thorntons will donate 91p from every bar sold to Save the Children.Thorntons’ milk chocolate with mango Chocolate Block went on sale in all Thorntons stores and online from 7 January, costing £1.79. This is the first time Thorntons has used Haitian cocoa beans.Peter Wright, Thorntons’ Marketing Director said: “After sourcing the cocoa beans from Haiti we wanted to ensure that as much money as possible from sales of the bar also went back into the country and its communities. We were really impressed with all the work Save the Children does for children in Haiti, so 91p from every bar will go to supporting Save the Children’s education programmes there, which are absolutely essential in ensuring children get the resources they need to live and learn”.www.thorntons.co.uk Tagged with: corporate Trading AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1
GivingTuesday UK to stream event on successful social giving campaigns Tagged with: Digital Giving Tuesday Twitter About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Each panel member will discuss successful social initiatives they have led and how other organisations can leverage the power of social media to build awareness and income for their mission. The two-hour event on 17 June runs from 2pm-4pm and will be chaired by UK Fundraising’s Howard Lake. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis GivingTuesday UK, the new campaign to promote charitable giving, will next week host a panel discussion and Q&A on what makes some social giving campaigns so successful. The afternoon event, hosted at Blackbaud Europe in London, will also be streamed live to enable more people to join in. The event venue is already fully booked.Panel membersThe panel consists of: [list type=”check”]Henry Timms: Founder of #GivingTuesday and Director of 92YAaron Eccles: Senior Social Media Manager, Cancer Research UKGareth Ellis-Thomas: Head of Digital, Prostate Cancer UKDominic Vallely: CEO, Giving Lab[/list] 33 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis How to watch onlineYou can watch the broadcast live via Blackbaud Europe’s YouTube Channel, and join in the Q&A if you want. Just visit the YouTube channel before the event is about to start, and click on the Making Giving Social live stream.[button color=”#0000″ COLOR_CODE” background=”#8c8c8c” size=”small” src=”https://www.youtube.com/user/BlackbaudEurope” target=”_blank” ]Watch livestream[/button] Howard Lake | 10 June 2014 | News
Los Angeles: KFC worker chants ‘$15 yeah!’WW photo: Scott SchefferThe following press statement was issued May 31 by the Los Angeles Workers Assembly in response to Rusty Hicks, head of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, who argued for ‘union exemptions’ for the newly passed $15-an-hour-minimum-wage increase in Los Angeles. The statement was written by John Parker, coordinator of the Los Angeles Workers Assembly and the main proponent and author of the $15 Minimum Wage Initiative.Hick’s “union exemptions” from the minimum wage are anti-union, detrimental to working people and undermine the fight for $15 and a union.Statement highlights urgency of getting the Assembly’s ballot initiative for a $15 minimum wage on the ballot!An announcement reported in the Los Angeles Times by Rusty Hicks of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, which leads the Raise the Wage Campaign, is very disturbing. Mr. Hicks was reported saying that companies with workers represented by unions should have leeway to negotiate a wage below that mandated by the law. This statement, frankly, is shocking and a betrayal of the labor movement. It is the result of a strategy that puts negotiations behind closed doors with politicians above organizing the power of the people to win $15 now.The Times reported that on May 28, Hicks said that the County Federation of Labor and Raise the Wage Campaign would support tabling the proposed exemption for unionized workers for further study while the rest of the minimum wage ordinance advances. Hicks said there are “a number of outstanding issues that are in need of further review” once the wage increase is approved, including the carve-out for unionized businesses, which he defended. This really means that the federation and campaign still intend to pursue this exemption.This is unfortunate, because labor unions have a history of being the backbone of social and economic justice in this country and around the world, and need to be strengthened, not weakened as Hicks’ proposed amendment does. Not only does it discourage workers from wanting to join unions, since, if Mr. Hicks’ plan succeeds, they would no longer have the right to the city’s minimum wage law, but it also encourages businesses to create company unions for the purpose of paying their workers lower than the minimum wage.Does the federation believe that union members would be making too much with a livable wage and are therefore scaring companies away that would have negotiated better health care and benefits in exchange for lower wages, and that those companies would accept genuine and not company unions more readily? If so, then it is exposing an infantile naivete that throws solidarity out the window, especially with those courageous low-wage workers fighting nationwide for $15 and a union. It also assumes that $15 is more of a “cushion” that can be negotiated down, rather than a basic amount for survival, with or without benefits.Union membership has not declined because union members make too much. It’s declined because of collaboration between big business and a union leadership too weak to put up a real fight against the offshoring of jobs, cutbacks in wages and pensions, and right-to-work initiatives designed to bust the unions, all with the help of both the Democratic and Republican parties.All of this has occurred in an atmosphere that has witnessed technological advances in production that raised unemployment and produced the global capitalist crisis of overproduction we are in today. This crisis is accompanied by the demands for austerity from Greece to Detroit, with finance capital — the banks — insisting that state and local debts to the banks be paid by city and state budgets with money that should be used for social services.The banks also demand severe wage cuts that reverberate from city and state workers to private sector workers. Beside workers’ pensions, guess what is always on the chopping block in finance capital’s austerity demands? Minimum wage standards. This policy by the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and the Raise the Wage Campaign facilitates the demands of monopoly finance capital groupings very nicely, and will strengthen austerity demands from our cities and towns nationwide. Unions aren’t failing because they’ve been too strong; it’s because they’re too weak in their present state to fight the forces of capital. So why weaken them further?The Ballot Initiative for a $15 Minimum Wage, which began in August by the Los Angeles Workers Assembly and would take effect immediately upon voter approval, now becomes even more urgent to get on the ballot to ensure that every worker in the city of Los Angeles, union and non-union, is entitled to the $15 minimum wage. The people need to make that decision, not the politicians and those willing to compromise basic union principles — principles that reflect knowledge gained from historic struggles.The Los Angeles Workers Assembly is glad to see that all the pressure created by organizations and individual activists fighting for a $15 minimum wage forced the City Council of Los Angeles into action. However, the City Council’s proposal falls far short of the immediate need to end the era of poverty wages. It consists of an increase to $15 per hour stretched out into segments of about $1 per year, starting with an increase to $10 in 2016 and ending in 2020 at $15. Then, the wage level will remain stagnant for another two years, until cost-of-living increases begin in 2022.According to a 2013 study sponsored by the AFL-CIO, $15 per hour that year would have only provided a minimum amount for survival in Los Angeles. At the current inflation rate, $15 in 2020 will amount to less than $14 per hour.The County Federation of Labor and the Raise the Wage Campaign stated that their goal was for a $15 minimum wage for all workers. If Hicks’ proposal were to be implemented, it would mean their entire campaign was misleading.The campaign collected 100,000 signatures on petitions that were nonbinding suggestions for the City Council, allowing the Council any timeline they pleased. However, imagine if the same money and resources used to get the 100,000 “suggestions” were instead used to get the 62,000 signatures necessary for the official and binding Ballot Initiative initiated by the L.A. Workers Assembly. If that had happened, every worker in Los Angeles could have been receiving the $15 minimum wage by now. Instead we are left debating the efficacy of a sub-minimum wage.For 35 years wages have gone down and profits have soared, leaving the greatest gap in history between rich and poor. But the wage gap also weighs disproportionately on communities of color and women. According to a study commissioned by the city of Los Angeles last year, 83 percent of workers making less than $13.25 an hour in Los Angeles are people of color, and the majority are women.The Black Lives Matter movement has highlighted the unequal treatment of people of color by law enforcement, and furor over police abuse has at the same time aimed a spotlight on the fact that people of color have suffered most from the growing gap between rich and poor. Workers of color — and women, too — need the benefits that come from being in a union: job security, health care, retirement benefits and the right to a living wage.The desire to stop inequality in general and along racial and gender lines has given much of the momentum to the low-wage workers’ movement, which has unionization as one of its principal demands. Hicks’ proposal assures that one of its principal demands would be rendered meaningless. If it were to come to fruition, workers of color and women could end up in unions without the basic right to at least the minimum wage afforded to non-union workers. Being the most vulnerable union workers, they would be disproportionately more likely to be forced into sub-minimum-wage jobs. The fight for a living wage is linked to the fight for social equality in a real way, and a successful strategy cannot reinforce inequality. #15Matters.Some quotes from our friends supporting this statement:Ricardo Rodriguez, president of United Electrical Workers Local 1077, representing low-wage rail crew transport van drivers:“The City Council resolution speaks for itself. All workers should benefit from the wage increase, whether they are union or not. Our local that just started would benefit greatly from this wage increase, and our members and all workers deserve at least $15 per hour now.”A Walmart worker’s reaction, which best represents the many Walmart workers we spoke with:“What? Walmart workers are fighting for $15 an hour and decent benefits, and union workers are supposed to work for less than minimum wage? This is union busting by union leadership!”Ron Gochez, Union del Barrio:“All the studies show that even $15 an hour (in today’s money) is still not enough to be a living wage in L.A. Now imagine what $15 will be in 2020! Someone needs to call out the County Federation of Labor/Democratic Party for hijacking a movement for the $15 minimum wage in L.A. started by the Los Angeles Workers Assembly, peoples-led process, and then falling far short of what workers really need. Luckily for some of us, we do our political work out of conviction and not for pay, so we have the freedom to speak the truth. We aren’t going to be fooled by the Federation/Democrats when they tell us that we should celebrate this ‘victory.’ If they would have supported our community when we pushed for $15 NOW, maybe our brothers and sisters wouldn’t have to wait five years to get paid $15.”For More Information about the Ballot Campaign:Our Website: 15LA.ORGFrom ballotopedia: ballotpedia.org/City_of_Los_Angeles_$15_per_Hour_Minimum_Wage_Initiative_%282015%29Donate at www.gofundme.com/ag5nkgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Malcolm Jenkins holds a silent “you are not listening” press conference June 6 in response to Trump’s disinviting Eagles to White House.July 30 — The struggle between National Football League players and billionaire owners continues to dominate sports and political headlines on social issues. The NFL Players Association, the union representing the players in a league that is at least 70 percent Black, filed a grievance on July 10 in response to a policy passed on May 23 by 31 of 32 owners.The owners’ policy stated that players could be fined for kneeling during the playing of the national anthem during the 2018-19 season. Only Jed York, owner of the San Francisco 49ers, abstained from voting.The bosses’ action is not an unprecedented one. In January 1934, the fascist Nazi government banned its football club from playing against a French team when the club refused to give the Nazi salute before a game.A July 10 press release from the NFLPA stated: “Our union filed its non-injury grievance today on behalf of all players challenging the NFL’s recently imposed anthem policy. The union’s claim is that this new policy, imposed by the NFL’s governing body without consultation with the NFLPA, is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement and infringes on player rights.” (www.nflpa.com)Since the grievance was filed, both sides in the dispute, the Players Association and the owners, agreed to put the policy on hold until further negotiations take place. A July 19 public joint statement read: “No new rules relating to the anthem will be issued or enforced for the next several weeks while these confidential discussions are ongoing.” (CNN.com)If the bosses’ decision eventually gets enforced, it would give the NFL hierarchy the right to fine any player for taking a knee or expressing any kind of protest during the anthem. It would also give individual owners the option to impose an additional fine on a protesting player. Players’ sole option would be to stay in the locker room until the anthem is finished.When players were informed of the new policy by owners, many were angered and frustrated by having their freedom of expression stolen from them.Justin Casey, a three-time Pro-Bowl defensive end for the Tennessee Titans, stated that he will continue to protest during the anthem, policy or no policy.Casey told CNN: “I’m going to take a fine this year. Why not? I’m going to protest during the flag.” (July 18)Where pro football is concerned, standing for the U.S. national anthem first began in 2009. Before that time, players stayed in the locker room during the anthem.Then, between 2011 and 2014, the Department of Defense gave the National Football League $6 million for “paid patriotism” during the playing of the anthem — a policy that also extended to baseball, basketball, hockey and soccer games.U.S. Senators Jeff Flake and John McCain issued a report in 2015 on the militarization of sports: “These paid tributes included on-field color guard, enlistment and reenlistment ceremonies, performances of the national anthem, full-field flag details, ceremonial first pitches͕ and puck drops. The National Guard paid teams for the ‘opportunity’ to sponsor military appreciation nights and to recognize its birthday.” (thedailyhaze.com, Sept. 25, 2017)The ongoing impact of Colin KaepernickThe new NFL policy stems from the heroic protest begun by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who took a knee during the anthem throughout the 2016-17 season to protest racist police brutality and social injustice in general. He began his protest in August 2016 during preseason, a few weeks after the fatal shooting of two Black men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, by white police officers.When protests spread to other teams, bigot in chief Donald Trump publicly attacked the players. In September 2017, during a Republican rally in Huntsville, Ala., he called the players “SOBs” and demanded owners fire them for “disrespecting the flag.”Kaepernick made it clear that his protest was not against the flag or the military, but to help raise awareness of white supremacy that the flag represents, past and present, in the U.S.While many Black players have faced a barrage of racist epithets and even physical assaults from white fans for taking a knee or simply for playing while Black, the opposite behavior has been displayed toward white racist players. A white Milwaukee Brewers baseball player, Josh Haden, recently admitted he tweeted racist and homophobic messages as a teenager. Yet he was given a standing ovation before a majority-white home crowd in Milwaukee — a thoroughly segregated city where Black youth, including Milwaukee Bucks basketball player Sterling Brown, have been brutalized by the police.Kaepernick was released from the 49ers at the end of the 2017 season and has not played since, even though he led the 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2013. Many socially conscious players like Michael Bennett and Malcolm Jenkins have voiced the opinion that Kaepernick has been “blackballed” by the majority-white owners for taking a public stand against racism. Kaepernick has filed a grievance lawsuit of his own against the owners, charging them with collusion for refusing to allow him to play.Bullying ownersThe Miami Dolphins issued a July 26 memo stating that any player protest would be grounds for suspension, not just fines.After the new owners’ policy was passed in May, Jerry Jones, the billionaire owner of the Dallas Cowboys, the richest NFL team, said that he would not allow anyone on his team to even stay in the locker room during the anthem. Jones, who has had multiple sexual misconduct lawsuits filed against him, stated at a press conference: “Our policy is you stand during the anthem, toe on the line.” (USA Today, July 25) It comes as no surprise that Trump praised Jones’s stance on Twitter.The irony of Jones’s statement is that, except on the Sunday after Trump’s “SOB” rant, not a single player from the Cowboys protested last season. Only time will tell if some of these players decide to rebel against Jones’s scare tactic by taking a knee to wield their power.Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins called Jones a “bully,” while expressing solidarity with any Cowboys player who wants to protest.The Eagles, currently Super Bowl champions, were disinvited by Trump to a White House visit when many of them stated they didn’t want to go there in the first place.Bosses fear a players’ rebellion Many sports analysts claim that Trump has instilled fear in the NFL owners and that he is seeking revenge after some owners denied his bid to buy the Buffalo Bills decades ago.But as sports writer Dave Zirin stated in a recent column: “NFL owners don’t fear Trump. They fear their own players.” (The Nation, June 13)The bosses live in constant fear of their workers going out on strike or on a work stoppage for higher wages and better working conditions. The NFL owners are bosses who understand that players, as workers, can be a threat, costing them billions of dollars in profits if they withhold their labor power.What distinguishes these players from the millions of other workers is that they can be seen on TV or live stream, on the sidelines and on the field on a Monday, Thursday, Saturday or Sunday, whenever games are played. Some may make huge salaries, but their work-life is very short, and they are in constant danger of work-related injuries.The owners already lose sleep about the threat to their profits from increased player injuries, especially head trauma that ends playing years and lives. This and other factors, including Kaepernick being denied the right to play, also threaten a loss in fan base, which in turn affects the bosses’ profits.But undoubtedly the bosses’ biggest worry is players rebelling for the right to express their political views, especially if those views reflect the communities where Black and Brown youth face police terror and mass incarceration.Many of the players were lucky enough to escape these intolerable conditions due to their extraordinary talents and skills — and now they are ready to protest.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this