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Of course, on the NBA side, there's LeBron James and Luke Walton calling him a close in saying, that's the main this Kevin Durant saying he's under appreciated in an estimated as a defensive player. This kyri Irvine talking about the Celtics and what he expects from them this year. And one of those things include winning the championship because they're more than capable of beating the Golden State Warriors. But the first order business, the first order of business, of course, I got Tedy Bruschi coming on our number two as well. The first order of business ladies and gentlemen, breaking news over the last hour and a half or so ago, the Carolina. Panthers have thought, four, nine, a safety, former Ford honor of safety, Eric retail, one year deal. If you recall, Eric ry was without a job, couldn't find a home despite being a quality safety in the National Football League. Now, there will be people that will point to what he was it some mistakes that he made on the football field, etc. Etc. And lament the fact that everybody was going off about him, not having a job, but the fact is those people would be informed because while you look at him and see a perennial all pro or anything like that, the brother can play. He could play better than a lot of people that were in the National Football League that are in a National Football League. And the reality is, is that he shouldn't have been without a job buddy was, and we all knew why. Because every greed was one of the more prominent players who joined Colin capper Nick in kneeling during the national anthem in two thousand sixteen to protest social injustice and racial inequality. He had gone side throughout the off season and into the start at a regular season despite up Follett season playing multiple roles in San Francisco last year, reading from NFL dot com. But we also know that the Carolina Panthers needed help that to save these because the research thirty one on injured reserve before week three with looking cushion. Carolina safety struggled last week against the Cincinnati Biggles backup. Colin Jones. Got the start. The team turned a rookie Shawn golden during a win, but they're not ever agree. And if you the Carolina Panthers. When you consider the kind of trouble that former owner, Jerry Richardson got into because for some reason over the past decade. He was, let's say, acting inappropriately toward women and ultimately was forced to sell a team. As I wanted to under new ownership here come the Carolina Panthers and overall story. All of this transcends particular market. It ain't about Carolina is about the National Football League, and it's not just about the National Football League this about the public launch. As we sit here today. And if you turn CNN Fox News MSNBC or anybody else, you know what's going on supreme court justices and testimony being given. We don't need to get into that. But the fact of the matter is with all of that stuff going on for some reason, millions upon millions of people were preoccupied with supporting Colin Kaepernick and anybody who supported him being without a job. Because they had the merit, the unmitigated, gall exercise their right as American citizens and take a knee during the national anthem. Now on the record saying it's not something I would have done. I understood how it would be interpreted. I would have deemed it not worth it, and it's not something that I would have done not to mention. I wouldn't wanna be a distraction to the national football because my protests would not have been against the National Football League protecting. Social Justice issues in racial inequality issues against the National Football League. Then I might have used the National Football League Sunday afternoon sidelines as a platform, but because my argument was never against the National Football League, if I'm playing for the National Football League, I would not have chosen that venue to make that point out of respect and support of the league upon which is a neighboring meet and make millions upon millions of dollars. That would have been my position. But that doesn't mean that I'm devoid of recognizing the fact that it was perfectly within his collar happenings, right to feel otherwise and to exercise, right, not just as an American citizen, but as a National Football League player because there was no rule in place prohibiting him from taking a knee. If he worked for the national for the National Basketball Association, he would have been in violation of their rules. Because it's in their contracts to stand for the national anthem, the same as applicable to the major league baseball. The same is applicable to the National Hockey League. So had he done it in one of those things he would have been in violation of it, but the same National Football League who Senator John McCain, former Senator, John McCain, God rest his soul who just passed away recently want purported the National Football League, like other leagues heading gauged paid, patriotism, courtesy of the defense department who was given the league's millions of dollars to do that to promote the military to promote patriotism. And since they was doing. So to me, it was incumbent upon the National Football League to make sure it was inserted. In the player contracts that to had to stand for the national anthem dammit. They've been getting money from the defense department since two thousand seven or two thousand eight and never found it within themselves to compel a player to stand for the national anthem. It was never in their contract. It was never in their contract. What the NFL said is we strongly encourage, they never mandated. And if you never mandated, then that very player that you chose to ostracize, you chose to ostracize him instead of pointing to your negligence and deficiencies in not making sure that that mandatory clean was put into these contracts. So why should you be allowed to hold it against college? Captaining. Or anybody like Eric Reed and others who are willing to support him. Now the owners Iden turn around and say this business, and they have a good point ladies and gentlemen, it is about business. It is about their bottom line. They didn't give a damn there. Colin Kaepernick was kneeling. What they care about is once it came to the attention that it may have been affecting their bottom line. And as a result, the Bob McNair is in Jerry Jones, and others were saying though you will not do that. Jerry Jones don't give a damn about patriotism. Jerry Jones gives a damn about green. Jerry Jones is in the business of making money. You just saw everybody bloviating about the fact that the Dallas Cowboys are worth five billion dollars right? That's what Jerry Jones cares about. And if his bottom line is going to be compromised, as I was told, he told to the Dallas cowboy players in a meeting last season. This is not a football meeting. This is a business meeting, and if you take that position your bottom line, and if you affect my bottom line, gonna fix yours, that's business. You may not like it, but you gotta respect it. But here's where the times have gotten tricky for the national football. Member, how we all made the noise about Colin cabinet being the face of Nikes thirtieth year. Commemoration of the just do it campaign. And we lamented how Nike was going to lose money. Well, lo and behold is the other sneak accompanies. There's been losing. Nikes made billions. Since having that commercial at commemorating Colin cabinet would it's just do a campaign. They've made billions. Nike's chilling. So if you are the National Football League in your Jerry Jones, if you want to National Football League and you Mr. Bob McNair owner that Houston, Texas, who can't seem to win a damn game these days who sitting there talking about how we can't let the inmates run the prisons. If you're that guy. Oh, anybody that feels like him in Jerry Jones purportedly feel. What do you have to say today that Nike's making money because of Nikes making money, that means they have support and if Nike is making money and has the support who's to say that you would not have if you're Jerry Jones or your Bob McNair. But why Latino and beyond in the state of Texas stand up. In a state of Texas stand up because you've got to owners in your state who was swearing up and down. That's supporting color. Cabinet was bad for business. And if it was bad for business, how come Nikes not being affected. And if Nike has proven is good for business, maybe as good for your business, maybe Jerry Jones. You might make more money supporting collar cabinet. Maybe Bob McNair, you might actually be relevant. You'll team. I actually be relevant if you supported Colin cabinet ever thought of that. See, we thought that it was bad for business and then NFL owners revenue went up four point, nine percent last season and each owner cash. The check for two hundred and fifty five million dollars a piece. And now Nike is made billions off a Colin cabinet commemorating. Thirtieth anniversary of the just do it campaign. So guess what? It ain't bad for business. Now, what's your excuse. Now, what's your students. He the evergreen signing transcends him being employed by the NFL. You don't want it also does. It also shows everybody in the NFL in on the same page when it comes to college cabinet. It also buffers, Colin cabinets case because of air agree can find a job particularly considering the plethora of safeties that actually exist in the NFL. And I'm not saying that they aren't some scrubs up in there. But the bottom line is there's more scrubs at the quarterback position than they are safety positions. So why would it Colin cabinet Cava job which buffers his argument about collusion being exercised against them and remember what collusion is all about. Ladies and gentlemen, it's very, very important. It doesn't have to be a Qadri of owners communicating with one another throughout the league. All it takes a couple of people. If colleague, cabinet, compute improve via emails, text messages, or whatever the case may be that there was actual communication about him amongst a couple of owners. That's all he needs to prove collusion. This is a big day. This is a huge day because the National Football League is in a world of trouble. Now, this is a step in the right direction, make no mistake about it, and I'm not talking about the league office when I'm talking about the National Football League. I'm talking about some owners getting exposed and not just because of their business acumen or lack thereof, or commitment to the bottom line and nothing else, which means they're probably a moral as opposed to moral or immoral. It might be flat out prejudice. And it might Trent and it might. Be transitioning along state lines. It's not an accident to me. That the two most outspoken owners against Colin capital happened to both becoming from the state of Texas. That's why I'm challenging the state of Texas stand up and make sure your voice is heard. And make sure that it's not Jerry Jones. Mr. McNair speaking for you and I'm not accusing anybody of being prejudiced. I'm talking optics. I'm talking about how something looks. We get to pay attention to that, particularly in this day and age. The particularly with the metoo movement, which has nothing to do with Colin cabinet by the way and beyond. How things look evidently matters. It of how things look, evidently matter then how does all of this look right now? Colin capital is making money for Nike hockey can't make money for the national football. The who the hell said endorsing Colin cabinet supporting Colin Kaepernick is going to be bad for business. Where's the proof? Where's the proof? And if you don't have that proof and it's just an assumption, why would you make that assumption. These are questions that are legitimate. These are questions that can't be esteemed. I know we've got Mr. Morrow with the New York Giants who was on the record in the immediate aftermath of Colin cabinets. Initial protests saying that he received an abundance of emails. Unlike he's ever seen before where people were swearing not to support the New York Giants. If they were to bring him on board, how they feel now and where these people when it comes to Nike where these people when it comes to the National Football League. Are you sure it's collar cabinet? Was it the rule changes that have softened the sleep like the swearing the DJ swear inches of the world and the Josh Norman's of the world. And clay Matthews of the world have been complaining about who to say, it's not they could Cussing issues an effect that people aren't comfortable with these guys heads collide with turf and being woozy and discombobulated in disoriented and not knowing where they're coming going, who's to say, it's not that. We got a lot of stuff to get into today. We really, really do. This is what this is. What talk radio is made for right here. What is the real reasons for the struggles of the National Football League? Cicada cabinet is their protest or has he been used as cover to gloss over and disguise? The real issues contaminating the National Football League as we speak? Is it about Colin cabinet? Whatever about Colin Kaepernick. It about concussions. Rules changes. And the NFL's apparent insatiable appetite. To protect themselves from lawsuits and beyond by softening the game to such a degree that you'd literally have defensive players past and present speaking about the NFL, comparing it to the potential of becoming flag football and talking about how the game is disrespectful to the players. That are promoting it and uplifting it by their mere presence in the National Football League in this day and age. Edit eight, say ESPN that is the number to call this editing seven to nine three, seven, seven, six subjects, not going anywhere. We're going to entertain the subject throughout this show today because we don't run of stuff on the Stephen Smith show. Let me be very, very clear. I'm a proud employees of the Walt Disney network ESPN, but ain't nobody ever accused me of being Mickey Mouse, and we ain't about star today. Once again, another call eight say ESPN. It's edited seven to nine, three, seven, seven, six. That's one of the things that we'll get into. Another thing we don't get into as Kevin Durant. Kevin Durant spoke to media the other day, and I'm not sure we have that sound, but he spoke to the media yesterday. About, you know, essentially being disrespected. He was asked about being a defensive player of the year being recognized for being an elite defensive player in the league. Listen to what Kevin Durant had to say in response to all of that. Do we have that sound new? No. Go ahead and play that sound for me, please. Right now they're not going to give me anything. Even if is on a fence. I have to be clear cut better than everybody from medium and get a look. So that is, I mean, it's just pure hate for me obviously in no not appreciation, no appreciation for my real skill for the game, but I get it understand where we're coming from, understand what we have here in this building that scares everybody, you know, regular season awards. I mean, I'm never gonna look when it comes to especially plan here for the words. That was Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors. First of all, Kevin Durant, stop lying. Everybody's not against you. Some people are though. People have. You know, come to the conclusion, you know folks, hey, let me be very, very clear. I've said it before, and I say, again, out of respect to the wonderful in the lovely magnificent MRs mama Durant door this woman. I'm not going to be disrespectful. That's one reason. The other reasons I happen to love Kevin Durant contrary to what y'all wanna think I happen to love LeBron James. I happen to think that he's addicted to controlling narratives. And he's a bit too damn sensitive. But what he has met to the African American community, what he has meant to the sports community in the sports world. The role model that he is how he represents himself as family as loved ones. It's friends, etc. It's to be nothing, but admired I'm just talking basketball. When you consider the expectations that were placed on the showed us when you consider the expectations that will placed on Kevin Durant shoulders, I can't say enough about who they are. And how phenomenal they have been. To the NBA to the basketball world. To to America as sports figures and specifically to the African American community remind in the world out there that for the most part, damn it. We know how to act. In a stigma that has been put out there by so many people, angry black folks don't know how to act and all of this other stuff kick rocks. Damn it. Most black folks do know how to act and we act ourselves according to quarterly and we conduct ourselves like law-abiding, God, fearing lawful citizens. And role models like Kevin Durant and LeBron James remind the world that we do just that. I love them, brothers. I'll give a damn how they feel about me, don't know, don't care. I know how I feel about them, but we're just talking basketball and I have always lamented the fact that I thought it was the weakest move that I've ever seen by superstar. Kevin Durant leave Oklahoma City and go to a team that just lost to engage seven of the Western Conference finals. Three weeks later at a problem with that is the only problem I've ever had with Kevin Durant. Of the day when he accused me a line, of course. Kevin Durant is a phenomenal player second best in the world as far as I'm concerned, arguably number one. I think you'll go down as the greatest score arguably in the history of the game. And Kevin Durant has elevated his level of defensive play to the point where he warrants consideration for defensive player of the year. He's a rim protector. He blocked shots. He takes on tough defensive assignments. He runs from no one, and he's willing to defend against anybody. Kevin Durant, this phenomenal. He ain't average, ain't good. He's not great. He's phenomenal. He's great at it. All of that. He's on that level. And that makes him absolutely right about what he's saying. Not about everybody because some of us like myself give him the credit are willing to give him the credit. He so richly deserves Kevin Durant is special and he's not just a special special athlete and basketball player. He's a special person and a special role model. The reason why I say he might be lying is to say that nobody says that about him. That's a damn lie. I reach millions every day and I'm saying Kevin Durant, something special, and it's an honor to cover him and I will miss him when he is gone. 'cause he's that damn gray that was straight talk wireless nationwide coverage on America's largest most dependable for LT networks. Do you ever even heartburn? Like the con- we have an acid stashed everywhere in case it pops up. You know what I mean? You keep something your bag or your desk, or your car or your nightstand. 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