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thepoliticalfreakshow:

While the NFL was getting reamed for the weak punishment it handed down to Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for allegedly beating his then-fiancée unconscious — a two-game suspension, really? — baseball’s Minnesota Twins dealt with a similar issue in a way that should make its fans proud.

In a month’s time, four-time All-Star and Twins legend Chuck Knoblauch was scheduled to be inducted in the club’s Hall of Fame prior to a game at Target Field. But on Thursday, the organization announced it was canceling the event.

That’s because the previous night Knoblauch had been arrested for allegedly attacking his ex-wife by throwing her head into the wall and hitting her in the arm and chest.

The reason for the former athlete’s anger? His ex-wife told police that he was upset that she had not been sleeping in the same bedroom as their child.

This isn’t the first accusation of domestic abuse levied against Knoblauch. He had previously been sentenced to a year of probation for abusing his previous wife in 2010.

At first glance, one might think that by canceling the Hall of Fame ceremony the Twins were just recognizing the poor timing of the event and would instead wait to induct Knoblauch once the uproar had died down.

That doesn’t appear to be the case.

"There are no plans to reschedule," Twins President Dave St. Peter said on Thursday.

St. Peter wouldn’t rule out Knoblauch ever being inducted: “Never is a strong word,” he allowed. Still, he explained that the club has no intention of honoring the former second baseman.

The prior generation of baseball stars (including longtime Knoblauch teammate Kirby Puckett) may have been able to largely get away with domestic abuse allegations, just like Rice escaped with a slap on the wrist this week.

Yet that’s not the case for Knoblauch. And rightly so.

Source: R.J. Rico for Mic

thepoliticalfreakshow:

ESPN2 host Keith Olbermann ripped former NFL coach and current NBC sports commentator Tony Dungy for anti-gay comments Dungy made about football player Michael Sam.

Dungy, an avowed evangelical Christian, recently told the Tampa Tribune that he would not have drafted Sam, the first openly gay football player in NFL history, because he “wouldn’t want to deal with” the media attention that surrounds trailblazing, barrier-breaking athletes like him.

The Washington Post's Cindy Boren rightly points out the stunning hypocrisy in Dungy’s sudden concern about “distractions,” since Dungy was the man who helped dog-fighting barbarian Michael Vick rebuild his career and rehabilitate his image.

In a segment on his show yesterday, Olbermann called Dungy out for his hypocritical and homophobic double standards, and named Dungy the “Worst Person in the Sports World.”

From the 07.21.2014 edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show

STFU, Tony Dungy! 

h/t: Michael David Smith at ProFootballTalk.NBCSports.com

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Michael Sam, the first out gay NFL player, received the Arthur Ashe Award for courage at the ESPY Awards on Wednesday night. He received a standing ovation as he took the stage and delivered this powerful acceptance speech while fighting back tears:

“To anyone out there, especially young people feeling like they don’t fit in, and would never be accepted, please know this, great things can happen when you have the courage to be yourself,” he said.

Source: Michael Rusch for Buzzfeed

NOTE: On the term “Profiles in Cowardice” in the headline, it refers to the Vikings’ actions related to the independent review on Chris Kluwe. 

h/t: Travis Waldron at Think Progress Sports

The offending 1992 ad in question:

h/t: Isaac Saul at HuffPost Women

Porno Pete, I hope someone puts a fucking ballgag over your mouth! 

H/T: Brian Tashman at RWW

H/T: Brian Tashman at RWW

See Also: Dana Busted: Dana Loesch defends Washington NFL Team’s racist name, slams USPTO for denying “Redskins” trademark

H/T: Gary Legum at Wonkette

h/t: Dave Rappoccio at The Guardian

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Every FCC Viewer Complaint About Michael Sam Kissing His Boyfriend

In May, Michael Sam became the first openly gay man to be drafted into the NFL. Seconds later, he became the first openly gay man to kiss his boyfriend after being drafted into the NFL. A handful of Americans complained about the latter; you get the sense they were just as upset about the former.

Through a FOIA request, we’ve received the indecency complaints received by the FCC regarding Sam’s kiss (which also included some cake-smushing). There were 20 legitimate ones, a decent haul considering it was a Saturday-afternoon cable broadcast over which the FCC doesn’t even have jurisdiction. (Also among the messages were a bit of satire from PFT Commenter and a message for Deadspin.)

First, some of our favorite, apparently genuine complaints:

Every FCC Viewer Complaint About Michael Sam Kissing His Boyfriend

Every FCC Viewer Complaint About Michael Sam Kissing His Boyfriend

Every FCC Viewer Complaint About Michael Sam Kissing His Boyfriend

Every FCC Viewer Complaint About Michael Sam Kissing His Boyfriend

Every FCC Viewer Complaint About Michael Sam Kissing His Boyfriend

Every FCC Viewer Complaint About Michael Sam Kissing His Boyfriend

Every FCC Viewer Complaint About Michael Sam Kissing His Boyfriend

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Every FCC Viewer Complaint About Michael Sam Kissing His Boyfriend

Every FCC Viewer Complaint About Michael Sam Kissing His Boyfriend

And then there’s this. We’ll take it under consideration.

Every FCC Viewer Complaint About Michael Sam Kissing His Boyfriend

Below are all the complaints. Dive in.

Previously in FCC complaints: Beyoncé | M.I.A.’s middle finger | Miley Cyrus |Shirtless RHCP | David Ortiz’s f-bomb | Richard Sherman | Kevin Ware’s injury

Source: Barry Petchesky for Deadspin



Tea Party moron Dana Loesch is 
defending the awful racist slur of Washington NFL Team’s nickname, the “Redskins” by falsely claiming that the term honors Native Americans.


She even got cheapshots in at Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). She slammed the United States Patent and Trademark Office for correctly denying the name.


Here are Loesch’s tweets slamming the USPTO’s decision:

 


More false logic from Loesch. The Blackhawks, Braves, Cleveland Indians team name, and Oklahoma’s names honor Native American heritage respectfully, whereas the Washington NFL Team name and Cleveland Indians mascot Chief Wahoo do not.


TOTAL LIE. Sen. Warren did NOT exploit her Native American ancestry.


Sorry, Dana, but the $20 will NOT be taken out of circulation; however, Andrew Jackson can be replaced with someone else more deserving.



The name “Redskins” does NOT honor Native American heritage (considering then-owner George P. Marshall was a vicious racist), you doofus!


Gary Legum hits back at Loesch’s falsehood-ridden statement that “Dems are the ones who hate Native Americans.”

Lindsey Adler at BuzzFeed:

recent study by the California State University, San Bernadino reports 67% of Native Americans find the Washington Redskins name and imagery racist.
12 percent of Native respondents were neutral and 20 percent disagreed. In contrast, 60 percent of white respondents do not find the name racist. When asked if they found the term “disrespectful,” the number of positive respondents rose to 68%.

This debunks the "90% of Native Americans support keeping the ‘Redskins’" canard in the infamous 2004 Annenberg poll espoused by anti-DC NFL Team name change folks like Loesch.




Travis Waldron at Think Progress Sports:

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled six federal trademark registrations for the name of the Washington “Redskins”, ruling that the name is “disparaging to Native Americans” and thus cannot be trademarked under federal law that prohibits the protection of offensive or disparaging language. 
The U.S. PTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board issued a ruling in the case, brought against the team by plaintiff Amanda Blackhorse, Wednesday morning.
“We decide, based on the evidence properly before us, that these registrations must be cancelled because they were disparaging to Native Americans at the respective times they were registered,” the board wrote in its opinion, which is here. A brief explanation of how the Board reached its decision is here. 
“The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board agreed with our clients that the team’s name and trademarks disparage Native Americans. The Board ruled that the Trademark Office should never have registered these trademarks in the first place,” Jesse Witten, the plaintiffs’ lead attorney, said in a press release. “We presented a wide variety of evidence – including dictionary definitions and other reference works, newspaper clippings, movie clips, scholarly articles, expert linguist testimony, and evidence of the historic opposition by Native American groups – to demonstrate that the word ‘redskin’ is an ethnic slur.”

Kudos to the USPTO, even it pisses off the pro-keep the “Redskins” name crowd.

Neil Irwin at The New York Times on the future of the DC NFL Team’s name: 

We can only guess the exact volume and color of the steam coming out of Daniel Snyder’s ears right about now. Wednesday morning, the United States Patent and Trademark Office canceled the trademark for the Washington Redskins, the pro football team that Mr. Snyder owns — and that he has steadfastly refused to rename, amid accusations that its mascot is racist.
It’s important to be clear on what the ruling from the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ruling means and doesn’t mean. It does not prohibit Mr. Snyder from using “Redskins” as the team’s name. It merely prevents him from using the court system to prevent others from using the term.
One could now imagine someone opening the “Redskins Bar & Grill” without paying a royalty to Mr. Snyder, though that opens up an awkward Catch-22: It’s legal to use the name because a government commission found it disparages Native Americans, but you would then own a restaurant whose name disparages a minority group.





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And Mr. Snyder and the team will assuredly challenge the ruling in federal court. Native American groups won their case before the trademark appeal board once before, in 1999, only to have it overturned by a United States District Court. And there was a dissent in the ruling by the trademark review board this time around. (Amusingly, even the dissenter, Marc Bergsman, seemed to distance himself from the name, writing, “I am not suggesting that the term “redskins” was not disparaging in 1967, 1974, 1978, and 1990 … Rather, my conclusion is that the evidence petitioners put forth fails to show that it was.”)
But it’s hard to view the new ruling as anything other than the beginning of the end of the name. It has now been assailed not just by Native American groups but by the president of the United States and half the Senate, which ultimately controls the various tax and legal advantages the N.F.L. enjoys. Players in football and many other sports are now routinely asked their view of the name, and their evident discomfort with it is rising.

Yep. Time to change the name of Washington’s godawful team name.

(cross-posted from DanaBusted.blogspot.com)

thepoliticalfreakshow:

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled six federal trademark registrations for the name of the Washington NFL team, ruling that the name is “disparaging to Native Americans” and thus cannot be trademarked under federal law that prohibits the protection of offensive or disparaging language.

The U.S. PTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board issued a ruling in the case, brought against the team by plaintiff Amanda Blackhorse, Wednesday morning.

“We decide, based on the evidence properly before us, that these registrations must be cancelled because they were disparaging to Native Americans at the respective times they were registered,” the board wrote in its opinion.

“The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board agreed with our clients that the team’s name and trademarks disparage Native Americans. The Board ruled that the Trademark Office should never have registered these trademarks in the first place,” Jesse Witten, the plaintiffs’ lead attorney, said in a press release. “We presented a wide variety of evidence – including dictionary definitions and other reference works, newspaper clippings, movie clips, scholarly articles, expert linguist testimony, and evidence of the historic opposition by Native American groups – to demonstrate that the word ‘redskin’ is an ethnic slur.”

“I am extremely happy that the [Board] ruled in our favor,” Blackhorse said in a statement. “It is a great victory for Native Americans and for all Americans. We filed our petition eight years ago and it has been a tough battle ever since. I hope this ruling brings us a step closer to that inevitable day when the name of the Washington football team will be changed. The team’s name is racist and derogatory. I’ve said it before and I will say it again – if people wouldn’t dare call a Native American a ‘redskin’ because they know it is offensive, how can an NFL football team have this name?”

The Trial and Appeals Board previously rescinded the team’s trademark protections as part of a case filed in 1992. A federal court later overturned the ruling on appeal due to a technicality that the plaintiffs say has been fixed in this most recent case.

We will update this post with more information.

Source: Travis Waldron for ThinkProgress

h/t: Jack Jenkins at Think Progress Sports