Boxers get laid out and NFL owners finally take a stand

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Boxing

Middleweight Jeison Rosario lost several of the early frames against Justin DeLoach, but in the final seconds of Round 6 he connected with a sweeping left hook to the chin. DeLoach went down like a sack of spuds and was never the same.

After all 10 rounds, Jeison Rosario (15-1-1, 11 KO’s) was awarded a unanimous decision.

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Tugstsogt Nyambayar (10-0, 9 KO’s) came off the canvas and sent Oscar Escandon (25-4-17 KO’s) south a total of five times before the referee called a halt to the Super featherweight contest.

Good call, ref.

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The Heavyweight bout between Efe Ajagba and Dell Long was…short.

Ajagba fired a straight right that found face; and Long was out.

Over in 35 seconds.

Efe Ajagba improves to five wins against no losses, with all five victories coming by way of knockout.

NFL

Last Wednesday NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stated that owners “unanimously” approved a new policy regarding the behavior (and physical position) expected of their players, during our national anthem.

“Unanimously” is in quotations, because it’s blatantly untrue.

CEO and minority owner the San Francisco 49ers, Jed York abstained, which is the antithesis of unanimous.

Two years ago former S.F. QB Colin Kaepernick protested police violence by sitting during our national anthem.

Many people felt that Kaepernick’s actions were an insult to our men and women in uniform. But instead of apologizing for that collateral damage, Kaepernick doubled-down and did more stupid stuff, childishly wearing socks emblazoned with cartoon pigs, wearing police uniforms.

Kaepernick ruined the foundation of his message with the hypocrisy of his own prejudices.

Subsequently (and sadly) the matter quickly became less of a social movement and more of a power-play hidden behind the banner of free speech.

The NFL never said that players couldn’t express their feelings or passions.

It was the flawed and offensive platform used to spread the message that was at issue.

The actions of some NFL players had offended a good portion of the public…and viewership took a noticeable dive.

Again: paid employees (players), who were on the clock at a business function (game) were making their franchise (employer) look bad by acting on their appalling sense of entitlement.

Something had to be done.

The new mandate requires all team personnel to stand while on the field during the anthem.

It also allows players and staff the option of remaining in the locker room until after the anthem has been performed.

The league will fine a franchise if team personnel are disrespectful during the anthem (including sitting or taking a knee) and those guilty of an infraction would also be subject to fines issued by their team.

Because the policy is an amendment of the current Game Operations Manual, it isn’t subject to the collective bargaining agreement. However, the NFL Players Association says they will review and challenge any aspect they believe is counter to the agreement.

DeMaurice Smith (Players Association executive director) tweeted this gem, “The sad irony of this rule is that anyone who wants to express their patriotism is subject to the whim of a person who calls himself an ‘Owner.’”

First, “sitting” during the anthem is not an expression of patriotism.

And being an “owner” is a fact not subject to interpretation or self-proclamation.

Smith had the impudence to continue with, “I know that true American patriots are not cheering today.”

Why Smith thought he could speak for all the people in any given group is beyond me.

And although he has received numerous work-related awards, I found no mention of Smith serving in any branch of our armed forces. So his attempt at speaking for all the actual patriots is beyond the pale…and contemptible.

My 93-year old father is a World War II veteran and a “patriot” in every sense of the word.

He applauds the new NFL mandate.

It is important to note that DeMaurice Smith is a “lawyer.”

Nothing else need be said.

God Bless and speak for yourself.

Mark Felicetti  wants to hear from you. Reach him at mark@tolucantimes.com.

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