Rapper Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Arrested after Assaulting UCLA Strength & Conditioning Football Coach Sal Alosi
HIP-HOP HELICOPTER DAD ARRESTED …
42 year old rapper, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, was arrested Monday on the campus of UCLA and charged with assault with a deadly weapon after an altercation with a UCLA assistant football coach. Diddy’s son, Justin, is a football player with the UCLA Bruins. As reported at TMZ Sports, Diddy allegedly attacked UCLA strength and conditioning coach coach with a kettlebell weight. Diddy was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, which is a felony. Diddy was supposedly confronting the assistant coach because coach Sal Alosi was “riding Justin badly” and told him not to come back until the end of the summer. Can you say “Helicopter” dad?
According to accounts, the incident was captured on video.
P. Diddy has been arrested for allegedly getting into a fight with a football coach at UCLA … where his son is on the team, TMZ Sports has learned.
We’re told Campus Police took the music mogul into custody early Monday afternoon. Diddy’s son, Justin Combs, is a defensive back on the team. We’re told the fight went down at the UCLA athletic facility.
One source says a strength and conditioning coach was screaming at Justin on the field during a strength and conditioning session. We’re told the coach “was riding Justin, screaming intensely at him.” Diddy watched the whole thing from the sideline.
At some point later, we’re told Diddy confronted the coach in his office and grabbed him. Diddy was arrested for assault.
“I’m thankful that our staff showed the level of professionalism that they did in handling this situation. This is an unfortunate incident for all parties involved. While UCPD continues to review this matter, we will let the legal process run its course and refrain from further comment at this time.”
Forget Deflate-gate, what about HACK-GATE …
Forget about “Deflate-gate” or “Moneyball” welcome to HACK-BALL. The St. Louis cardinals find themselves in the cross-hairs of an FBI and Justice Department investigation into the allegations that they hacked into the databases of MLB’s Houston Astros. This makes Deflategate, Spygate, etc pale in comparison. Why? Because the Feds are involved. This is going to be very interesting as to where this leads. So far no one in the Cardinal organization has been suspended or fired.
MLB needed a new scandal to deal with other than PED.
Front-office personnel for the St. Louis Cardinals, one of the most successful teams in baseball over the past two decades, are under investigation by the F.B.I. and Justice Department prosecutors, accused of hacking into an internal network of the Houston Astros to steal closely guarded information about players.
Investigators have uncovered evidence that Cardinals employees broke into a network of the Astros that housed special databases the team had built, law enforcement officials said. Internal discussions about trades, proprietary statistics and scouting reports were compromised, said the officials, who were not authorized to discuss a continuing investigation.
The officials did not say which employees were the focus of the investigation or whether the team’s highest-ranking officials were aware of the hacking or authorized it. The investigation is being led by the F.B.I.’s Houston field office and has progressed to the point that subpoenas have been served on the Cardinals and Major League Baseball for electronic correspondence.
Law enforcement officials believe the hacking was executed by vengeful front-office employees for the Cardinals hoping to wreak havoc on the work of Jeff Luhnow, the Astros’ general manager, who had been a successful and polarizing executive with the Cardinals until 2011.
WOW, HE MIGHT BE THE BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD, BUT HUMBLE HE AIN’T …
Last night following Game 5 of the NBA Finals that saw the Golden State Warriors defeat the Cleveland Cavs 104-91, LeBron James was asked in the post game presser, whether James was feeling more free because there’s less pressure due to the team being undermanned? His response was, “I feel confident because I’m the best player in the world. It’s simple.” Seriously, that may be true, and may be not … but I am not sure if you say it. Being stated that you are the best player in the world should probably be left for others to say. It comes off as a bit arrogant and self-centered to say when you are losing the series.
It is obvious that LeBron James feels he has to do everything because on injuries he has nothing around him. The reason why he has a stat line with 40 points and a triple double is because there is no one else on the team. But dude stay classy, learn to be a bit humble. Just a reminder to LeBron when he starts putting out there “best player in the world,” two words … Michael Jordan. Two more words for LeBron … 6 NBA Championships.
LeBron: ‘I feel confident because I’m the best player in the world’
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James was asked about his confidence and comfort level in the NBA Finals after Sunday’s Game 5, a 104-91 Golden State Warriors victory. A reporter suggested that perhaps James was feeling more free because there’s less pressure due to the team being undermanned, referencing the deep 3s he made in the fourth quarter.
“Nah,” James responded. “I feel confident because I’m the best player in the world. It’s simple.”
The reporter pressed on, asking if there’s less pressure with this particular Finals team.
“Nah,” James said again. “It’s the Finals. It’s something you dream of when you’re a kid. And for me, I put the work in. I put the work in every single day, either when you guys are there, when you guys are not there. Some of our beat writers see me, they know how much work I put into it. And I give everything to my teammates. And when you’re true to the game, it doesn’t matter if it’s a regular-season game or a Finals game, you just go out and trust what you put into the game and you live with the results.
Response from the sports world regarding LeBron’s comments … If this team was constructed without Irving or Love, they wouldn’t win 20 games let alone make the Finals. On a side note, the Golden State Warriors should not be all that ecstatic either. They are being forced to the limit by one player. What would Golden State look like if all they had was Stephen Curry and no Klay Thompson or Andre Iguodala? The minute Kyrie Irving went down with the injury in game 1, the Warriors should have swept this series.
After 37 Years Horse Racing Finally Has a Triple Crown Winner … American Pharoah Wins Belmont and a Place in History (VIDEO)
American Pharoah wins Triple Crown to become only the 12th horse in history to do so …
The wait is finally over, after 37 years horse racing finally has a Triple Crown winner. Yesterday, at the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes in Elmont, NY, American Pharoah won wire to wire, as he did in the slop at the Preakness. American Pharoah’s winning time of 2:26.6 was the second-fastest for a Triple Crown winner at the Belmont, behind only Secretariat’s 2:24 in 1973.
Jockey Victor Espinoza put American Pharoah on the lead before the horses hit the first turn, and he stayed in front the rest of the way. When the horses turned for home, instead of tiring in his third race in five weeks, American Pharoah pulled away to become thoroughbred racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner.
American Pharoah became the first horse since 1978 to win the Triple Crown when he won the 147th Belmont Stakes on Saturday.
Jockey Victor Espinoza pushed Pharoah to the front soon after the race started, and Pharoah outclassed the field, pulling away down the stretch to make history. Frosted finished second, and Keen Ice rounded out the top three.
The Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes champion, American Pharoah began Saturday as a 3-to-5 favorite in the morning betting line, and those were the odds when the race began. He started from the fifth position in a field of eight.
American Pharoah becomes the 12th horse to win the Triple Crown, beginning with Sir Barton in 1919 and most recently Affirmed in 1978. After Affirmed’s Triple Crown win, 12 horses won the first two legs of the Triple, only to lose the bid at the Belmont, either because of an upset or because they did not start or complete the race.
Some of the following opinion is based on fact, but part is also based on the fact that it is tough to following horse racing after the death of Barbaro in 2007. Heck, I wasn’t sure if I would ever watch another race after Ruffian had to be put down in 1975 after the Match Race with Foolish Pleasure.
On a personal note, KUDOS to American Pharoah as winning the Kentucky Derby, The Preakness and the Belmont Stakes is a great accomplishment; however, those who are making any kind of comparisons of American Pharoah to Secretariat either haven’t a clue to horse racing, the mood and culture of the times or are just trying to artificially pump up horse racing. In the 1970′s horse racing was king. And when it came to “Big Red,” the chestnut Thoroughbred was more than just a horse, he was named the #35 greatest athlete of all time. Secretariat was a celebrity who was followed and cheered for by all walks of life across society, which was remarkable seeing the the early 1970′s were so divisive.
Also, because horses today do not even come close to participating in the number of races of those horses from back in the day, American Pharoah is no Seattle Slew or Affirmed. Can one really compare times when a horse of today runs in the single digits of races while horses like War Admiral, Secretariat and Affirmed ran in the 20′s and Citation ran 45? One of the issues I had with this years Triple Crown is it seemed as if there was a lack of talent in the field. American Pharoah seemed to have little to no competition and by the time they ran the Belmont, there was no horses there to challenge. Secretariat had Sham and My Gallant as his main competition. Seattle Slew had Run Dusty Run and Sanhedrin. Affirmed and Alydar’s races were epic, actually beyond epic. In my opinion, American Pharoah is also no Citation or War Admiral.
Female Fan (Tonya Carpenter) in Serious Condition After Hit By Broken Bat at Fenway Park During Boston Red Sox Game (VIDEO) (Update: Hospital Says. “It’s still life-threatening, However, she is expected to survive.)
SCARY MOMENT AT LAST NIGHT’S RED SOX GAME …
According to The Boston Herald, a woman who was hit by a broken bat during yesterday’s Boston Red Sox -Oakland A’s game is in serious condition with life-threatening injuries. The game was halted in the middle of the second inning following the incident. The woman, Tonya Carpenter, was rushed from Fenway Park is in serious condition to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Tonya Carpenter was sitting behind the visitors’ on-deck circle at Fenway Park Friday night watching the Red Sox take on the Oakland Athletics with a man and her son.
Then, A’s third baseman Brett Lawrie shattered his bat on a groundout in the second inning, and the park went silent.
The broken barrel of Lawrie’s maple bat had flown into the third-baseline stands and struck Carpenter in the head. Carpenter immediately began to bleed profusely, as medical personnel rushed to her aid.
Carpenter was carted out of the park, her screams audible to fans, and transported to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center with what appeared to be “life-threatening” injuries, Boston police spokeswoman Rachel McGuire told Boston.com.
Boston Globe: After injury, woman was wheeled away.
At 7:45 a.m. Saturday, Beth Israel spokeswoman Jennifer Kritz said the hospital is not providing any information regarding the condition of the woman at this time.
The team’s principal owner, John Henry, also owns the Globe.
Red Sox manager John Farrell said after the game that the incident was “a scary moment.”
“Our thoughts and concern and certainly our prayers go out to the woman who was struck with the bat, her, and her family,” Farrell said. “All you can think about is a family coming to a ballgame to hopefully get three hours of enjoyment and unfortunately with how close our stands are to the field of action . . . an accident like this tonight, it’s certainly disturbing.”
A woman struck by a piece of a baseball bat at Boston’s Fenway Park suffered “life-threatening” injuries but is expected to survive, Boston police spokesperson Rachel McGuire said Saturday.
The incident occurred during the second inning of Friday night’s Red Sox game against the Oakland Athletics when Athletics’ third baseman Brett Lawrie was at bat.
The hospital identified the woman as Tonya Carpenter. She was in serious condition Saturday, according to hospital spokeswoman Kelly Lawman. The family was grateful for thoughts and prayers, the hospital said.
“It’s still life-threatening,” McGuire said of Carpenter’s injuries. “However, she is expected to survive.”
Former New Orleans Saints Player Darren Sharper Pleaded Guilty to Drugging & Raping 3 Women in New Orleans
FORMER SAINTS PLAYER DARREN SHARPER PLEADS GUILTY …
Former NFL player Darren Sharper plead guilty to federal charges to drugging and raping three women in New Orleans, Louisiana. In doing so, Sharper entered a plea deal. The U.S. Attorney’s Office on Friday released a document called a “factual basis” which spells out what the government would have proved at trial, had Sharper not opted for his guilty plea. Read the “Factual Basis” HERE. Darren Sharper was wearing an orange jumpsuit with his hands and feet shackled together when he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute drugs to commit rape and two counts of distributing drugs to commit rape. However, sadly with this plea deal Sharper will only be doing a fraction of the time that he should be. The charges against Sharper carry a maximum 20-year sentence per count, but as part of his plea deal, Sharper’s sentence would be capped to nine years in prison. U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo scheduled Sharper’s sentencing for August 20, 2015.
Former Saints player Darren Sharper pleaded guilty to federal charges Friday (May 29) to drugging and raping three women in New Orleans, the latest in a series of plea deals in four states where he has been accused of assaulting a total of nine victims.
The charges carry a maximum 20-year sentence per count. But as part of his plea deal, Sharper’s sentence would be capped to nine years in prison– a term Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark A. Miller told the judge was longer than what would be called for by federal sentencing guidelines. The federal sentence would run concurrently with a similar sentence in Arizona, the only state where Sharper has been sentenced to date.
U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo scheduled Sharper’s sentencing for August 20. She told Sharper if she doesn’t agree with the plea deal’s suggested sentence, he would have a chance to withdraw his guilty plea.
Darren Sharper has also been suspected of other rapes and druggings in Las Vegas, Arizona and Los Angeles. A plea deal was announced in March to resolve the charges in all jurisdictions.
On March 23, Sharper pleaded guilty to sexual assault in Arizona and no contest in California. On March 24, Sharper pleaded guilty in Las Vegas to a reduced felony: attempted sex assault. He still faces state charges in Louisiana. Sharper is expected to serve a total of nine years in all the cases he faces.
During the federal hearing Friday, Judge Jane Triche Milazzo listed the counts against Sharper and outlined the plea deal that calls for Sharper to be imprisoned for nine years.
WHAT A SHOCK, FIFA IS CORRUPT …
Seven top FIFA officials were arrested overnight in a posh Zurich hotel. The raid was conducted as a part of a corruption probe allegations of bribery totaling more than £100m over past 25 years.
The most significant arrest was that of Jeffrey Webb, the vice president of the executive committee, who has previously been hailed by Blatter as a potential successor.
Other officials held by Swiss police include Eduardio Li, President of the Costa Rica Football Association, and Rafael Esquivel, President of the Venezuelan Football Federation, Jose Maria Marin, vice-president of the Brazil Football Federation, Costas Takkas, a former general secretary of the Cayman Islands Football Association, and Jose Maria Marin, vice-president of the Brazil Football Federation.
Swiss authorities conducted an extraordinary early-morning operation here Wednesday to arrest several top soccer officials and extradite them to the United States on federal corruption charges.
As leaders of FIFA, soccer’s global governing body, gathered for their annual meeting, more than a dozen plain-clothed Swiss law enforcement officials arrived unannounced at the Baur au Lac hotel, an elegant five-star property with views of the Alps and Lake Zurich. They went to the front desk to get room numbers and then proceeded upstairs.
The arrests were carried out peacefully. One FIFA official, Eduardo Li of Costa Rica, was led by the authorities from his room to a side-door exit of the hotel. He was allowed to bring his luggage, which was adorned with FIFA logos.
The arrests were carried out peacefully. One FIFA official, Eduardo Li of Costa Rica, was led by the authorities from his room to a side-door exit of the hotel. He was allowed to bring his luggage, which was adorned with FIFA logos.
The charges, backed by an F.B.I. investigation, allege widespread corruption in FIFA over the past two decades, involving bids for World Cups as well as marketing and broadcast deals.
Department of Justice announced the unsealing of a 47-count indictment in a federal court in Brooklyn, New York, that detailed charges against 14 people of racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracy. They include FIFA officials accused of taking bribes totaling more than $150 million and in return provided “lucrative media and marketing rights” to soccer tournaments as kickbacks over the past 24 years.
“The defendants fostered a culture of corruption and greed that created an uneven playing field for the biggest sport in the world,” FBI Director James Comey said in a news release. “Undisclosed and illegal payments, kickbacks and bribes became a way of doing business at FIFA.”
UPDATE II: Sepp Blatter’s FIFA Reign of Shame.
It is not true that everything has gotten worse in global soccer under Blatter. Safety has improved and, yes, the World Cup has been held in Africa. But just about everything has. To conclude that Blatter should quit rather than embark on a fifth term as FIFA president (assuming his seemingly inevitable election to a fifth term on Friday) feels so blindingly obvious that it’s not worth saying. But then the FIFA president is so thick-skinned it’s actually worth saying twice: Mr. Blatter, your time is up.
Why? Because the corruption charges against current and former FIFA vice presidents and others reflect an organization rotten to its core, operating in the absence of any meaningful oversight, without term limits for a president whose salary is of course unknown (but estimated by Bloomberg to be “in the low double-digit” millions), overseeing $5.72 billion in partially unaccounted revenue for the four years to December 2014, governing a sport in which matches and World Cup venues and in fact just about everything appears to have been up for sale, burying a report it commissioned by a former United States attorney into the bidding process for the next two World Cups, and generally operating in a culture of cavalier disdain personified by Blatter, whose big cash awards to soccer federations in poorer countries have turned the delegates from many of FIFA’s 209 member associations into his fawning acolytes.
The 14 people indicted in the global crackdown of FIFA corruption covers a dozen nationalities, although authorities allege the crimes and payments were carried out in the U.S. via American banks.
Seven were arrested in Zurich by Swiss authorities at the request of the U.S. Four other individuals and corporate defendants Traffic Sports USA Inc., Traffic Sports International Inc. and Brazilian sports marketing conglomerate the Traffic Group have already pleaded guilty, according to an indictment unsealed today.
1. Jeffrey Webb, 50, Cayman Islands:
2. Jack Warner, 72, Trinidad and Tobago:
3. Aaron Davidson, 44, USA:
4. Nicholas Leoz, 86, Paraguay:
5. Eduardo Li, 56, Costa Rica:
6. Alejandro Burzaco, 50, Argentina:
7. Eugenio Figueredo, 83, USA and Uruguay:
8. Jose Maria Marin, 83, Brazil:
9. Julio Rocha, 64, Nicaragua:
10. Rafael Esquivel, 68, Venezuela:
11. Costas Takkas, 58, United Kingdom:
12. Hugo Jinkis, 70, Argentina:
13. Mariano Jinkis, 40, Argentina:
14. José Margulies, 75, Brazil:
Chicago Bears DE Ray McDonald Arrested & Charged with Domestic Violence and Child Endangerment in California … AGAIN!!! (Update: Bears Release McDonald)
HEY NFL COMMISSIONER ROGER GOODELL, I KNOW ITS NOT SOMETHING AS SERIOUS, TERRIBLE AND VIOLENT AS DEFLATING A FOOTBALL, BUT MAYBE THIS ARREST OF RAY MCDONALD FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE WILL BE ENOUGH FOR YOU TO SAY THAT HE BROKE NFL RULES AND PUNISH HIM, HMM?
As Yogi Berra would say, it’s like deja vu all over again … Ray McDonald, the defensive end for the Chicago Bears was arrested Monday morning in San Jose, California for domestic violence. According to The Santa Clara Police Department, McDonald was arrested at 7 a.m. local time Monday in San Jose and charged with misdemeanor domestic violence and child endangerment.
Mug Shot photo of Ray McDonald released by the Santa Clara Police Department,
Monday, May 25, 2015.
Police say Chicago Bears defensive end Ray McDonald has been accused of domestic violence in California, the latest arrest for the former San Francisco 49er.
The Santa Clara Police Department confirmed that McDonald was arrested at 7 a.m. local time Monday in San Jose and charged with misdemeanor domestic violence and child endangerment. He will be booked at the Santa Clara County Jail.
According to Santa Clara police, McDonald was arrested after officers said he “physically assaulted the victim while she was holding a baby.” Police were called to an apartment in Santa Clara, California, but found that McDonald had left and was later found at a home in San Jose.
The San Jose address at which McDonald was arrested is that of a house that belongs to ex-49ers teammate Justin Smith, according to property records. Smith has not been implicated in the incident in any way.
This was not the first time that Ray McDonald finds himself in trouble with the law. The San Fransisco 49ers cut McDonald following his previous arrest for domestic violence.
The Chicago Bears rolled the dice on signing defensive end Ray McDonald after a history of domestic abuse accusations and arrests, and on Monday their gamble didn’t pay off as the team released McDonald following a domestic violence arrest.
“We believe in second chances, but when we signed Ray we were very clear what our expectations were if he was to remain a Bear,” Bears G.M. Ryan Pace said in a statement. “He was not able to meet the standard and the decision was made to release him.”
Well isn’t that something and a change of heart from the fickle Chicago Bears. Wasn’t it just back in March that Chicago Bears team chairman George McCaskey was singing the praises of Ray McDonald and that he said he was “impressed” at “how sincere he was and how motivated he is”. Remember that Mr. McCaskey? Guess what, YOU WERE WRONG!!!
McCaskey acknowledged in March that he changed his mind about McDonald after their face-to-face meeting and a phone call to McDonald’s parents.
“We have a 96-year tradition of doing things a certain way, of bringing a certain type of player into our team,” McCaskey said at the time. “And those were my concerns going into the conversation with Ray. But I think you look at every situation individually. You try to find out as much information as you can that’s reliable to make the best decision you can about whether to offer a player the privilege of becoming a Chicago Bear.
“I was impressed with how sincere he was and how motivated he is. He understands, I think, that he could have well been facing the end of his football career. And he loves football, and he wants that career to continue. So I was impressed with his motivation.”
CNN’s Rachel Nichols, ESPN’s Michelle Beadle & USA Today writer Martin Rogers Media Credentials Denied by Mayweather’s Promotion Company … All 3 Have Been at the Forefront of Reporting in Mayweather’s History of Domestic Violence
YET ANOTHER REASON WHY I WOULD NEVER PAY FOR THIS FIGHT OE GIVE FLOYD MAYWEATHER A DIME OF MY MONEY …
Imagine that, boxing gets another black eye. Prior to the Mayeather-Pacquiao, three journalists, CNN’s Rachel Nichols, ESPN/HBO’s Michelle Beadle and USA Today writer Martin Rogers have all had their media credentials revoked from tonight’s fight by the Mayweather promotion team. What do all three have in common? They have all been critical and at the forefront of reporting on the domestic violence past of Floyd Mayweather. What class. Mayweather has been convicted 5 times for domestic violence.
What is truly sad, is that Mayweather’s history of abusing woman and history of domestic violence has not hurt the hype of this fight.
I so hope that Manny Pacquiao knocks Mayweather’s block off.
Whether Floyd Mayweather or his promotion company is/was/isn’t/wasn’t banning journalists from covering Saturday’s fight against Manny Pacquiao remains to be sorted out.
CNN’s Rachel Nichols and ESPN’s Michelle Beadle both said as much on Twitter on Saturday morning, only to have a Mayweather spokesperson dispute that and say both are credentialed and blaming the issue mostly to confusion. Beadle, for instance, never applied under ESPN and was part of a block from HBO, which is a business partner of Pacquiao’s.
As with everything in boxing, things are tribal and confusing. We’ll see what’s the truth eventually. Personally, I’m taking whatever Rachel Nichols, in particular, says to the bank.
Also uncertain is the fate of USA Today writer Martin Rogers, whose credential situation has likewise been up in the air this week, although there were procedural and deadline issues with his request.
All three have covered or commented on Mayweather’s lengthy history of domestic abuse allegations, including his two-month stint in the Clark County Detention Center in 2012. Rogers previously wrote for Yahoo Sports, where he, and the rest of the staff, wrote extensively about the issue.
Below is the Rachel Nichols interview with Floyd Mayweather on Domestic Violence
UPDATE I: Last minute back tracking by Mayweather promotions Team after negative press on media credentials being pulled.
Mayweather’s people say it was a misunderstand. BS!
Kelly Swanson, a media relations spokesperson for the Mayweather camp, denied that Nichols and Beadle has lost their credentials.
Later Saturday, Beadle said via Twitter that she was told Friday she was not credentialed and left Las Vegas. She said HBO was able to get her credential approved late Friday night.
Swanson told USA Today: “I’ll take it as a misunderstanding. But Rachel Nichols was never banned from the event. She’s been credentialed the whole time.”
She added: “We didn’t even know until late afternoon who was going to be in the arena. CNN received one seat in the arena, and it was up to them to pick who could go in the arena. We could not make that selection. We let those producers decide who they wanted in that seat. She’s always had a credential.”
OTL Discussion: Floyd Mayweather’s History of Domestic Violence
NFL’s Benjamin Watson Facebook Post on Baltimore Riots: ‘I See a Brokenness That Only Christ Can Give Us Wisdom and Power to Mend’
Some amazing and reflective words from the NFL’s New Orleans Saints Tight End Benjamin Watson …
On reflecting on the riots in Baltimore, Christian professional football player Benjamin Watson wrote, “I see a brokenness that only Christ can give us the wisdom and power to mend.”
Commenting on the devastating violence that took place on Monday in Baltimore, outspoken Christian professional football player Benjamin Watson explained that the pain, anger and tension that the city and its residents are experiencing can only be healed through the power of Christ.
Watson noted that Baltimore is not the first city to go through a violent uprising over police negligence, and likely won’t be the last. He further asserted that the problems Baltimore faces right now are shared by the nation as a whole.
NFL’s Benjamin Watson Talks About Baltimore Riots On Greta Van Sustern
We have major problems as a nation. Yesterday Ferguson burned. Tonight ?#?Baltimore? burns. Tomorrow it will be another city in our homeland. Watching the coverage I’m hearing yet another version of a nauseatingly familiar narrative. Violence by police reciprocated by violence by the community, reciprocated by violence by police reciprocated by…. It seems fruitless to continue to analyze, condemn, and respond to these dreadful episodes. “Frustration, anger, tension boiling over, upset and unfortunate” are words we hear from Baltimore residents. When it comes to law enforcement, race, poverty, education, immigration we always talk about fixing “broken” systems. We resolve to legislate for education, job creation, and systemic overhaul. These are helpful and definitely needed BUT we have done all of these things ad nauseum and look at us!! Without a change of heart these attempts fail us. So what can we say? What can we do? Systems are broken because people are broken and if systems are fixed without hearts being changed the result will be a legalistic attempt that will lack long term results. Our problems are wholistic and common to the human heart. Hatred, prejudice, exploitation, pride, self righteousness, secrecy, and rebellion, manifest itself in the explosions we’ve seen over the last year, the last century, and the last millennia.
Tonight I see so much entrenched pain without remedy. Most are handling it without violence while a few are committing the unacceptable.
Tonight I see young children, asking like my daughter did earlier, “What’s happening daddy”, in desperate need of parents to walk them through these disturbing scenes.
Tonight I see “smoke,” but we must address the fire. The response that we are watching is just “smoke” from years of hopelessness. After each situation the more I am convinced that the love of God for our fellow brothers and sisters who were created in His image, is our only hope for reconciliation. But the only way we can even see him that way is if God illuminates our view and changes our thought process. I’m not talking about holding hands and singing. Love is an action that compels one to treat another with dignity and respect even if they don’t deserve it. It pushes for education and opportunities for those in poverty. It gives identity and self worth. It administers justice without abuse. It honors authority and promotes peace. It is not weak, but strong for what is right!
Tonight I see a brokenness that only Christ can give us the wisdom and power to mend.
We pray for every disaster that happens to us. Bombings, natural disasters, cancer and outbreaks. What we’ve seen in our country lately deserves that same attention. Our attempts to fix this have fallen short.
We, and most importantly, the body of Christ, must stand for justice in all areas, for all people. We must set the standard for the correct way to treat people.
Tonight I pray for the pastors, leaders, police and community of Baltimore.
Tonight I ?#?PrayForAmerica?.