NIKE RELEASES FIRST AD WITH COLIN KAEPERNICK
UNDATED (AP) – “Don’t ask if your dreams are crazy. Ask if your dreams are crazy enough.” Those are some of the words Colin Kaepernick speaks in a new Nike ad. It makes its official debut on tonight’s NFL season opener and other major sports events. The ad features LeBron James and Serena Williams – and mentions racial inequality, police brutality and other issues raised by players who have silently protested during the national anthem before NFL games. In another part of the ad, Kaepernick says: “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.” The free-agent quarterback hasn’t been signed to a team since his contract ended after the 2016-17 season.
LEBRON JAMES – NIKE
NEW YORK (AP) – LeBron James says he stands with Nike for doing an ad featuring Colin Kaepernick. James spoke in New York while receiving an award for fashion. His comments came a day after Nike released an ad with the former NFL quarterback. The endorsement deal has sparked debate. Some fans support it while others vow to boycott Nike for supporting Kaepernick, a player who knelt during the national anthem before NFL games.
PRESIDENT TRUMP – NEW YORK TIMES OP-ED
NEW YORK (AP) – It’s another “whodunit” related to the inner workings of the White House: who wrote the op-ed in The New York Times saying some in the Trump administration have taken it upon themselves to block the president’s moves for the good of the country. Since the piece ran, the internet’s been buzzing with speculation about who it is. Meanwhile, President Trump calls the author “gutless” – and demands that the Times turn over the writer’s identity “for national security purposes.” The writer’s words suggest he or she is in the White House – or has access to those who are regularly there.
PRESIDENT TRUMP – BOB WOODWARD
WASHINGTON (AP) – Even as he launches a tirade against the New York Times for an anonymous op-ed column by a writer who claims to be part of the “resistance,” President Trump continues taking shots aimed at resisting a new book by journalist Bob Woodward. Trump calls “Fear: Trump in the White House” a “work of fiction.” Speaking to reporters, Trump said the book’s release is timed to interfere with hearings to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The book quotes current and former aides calling the president an “idiot” and “liar” – and depicting him as prone to making rash decisions that aides tried to derail or stall. Woodward defends his reporting for the book.
KIM KARDASHIAN WEST VISITS WHITE HOUSE AGAIN
WASHINGTON (AP) – Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West has put in some more face time at the White House. She was back yesterday for another chat on criminal justice reform. Earlier this year, Kardashian urged President Trump to pardon a drug offender. Yesterday she attended a session on clemency and prison reform with administration staffers, including Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
BILL COSBY HOLLYWOOD STAR VANDALIZED
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Someone has gone after Bill Cosby’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame – again. Authorities in Los Angeles say someone scrawled the words “serial rapist” on the star with a marker. The graffiti has since been removed. It’s similar to vandalism that took place in 2014. Cosby was convicted in Philadelphia earlier this year of aggravated indecent assault on a former Temple University employee. The woman is among many who have accused the comedian of sexual misconduct. Cosby denies all that. He is to be sentenced later this month.
BILL COSBY – LAWSUIT
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A former member of Bill Cosby’s defense team claims the comedian stiffed him for legal fees. A law firm filed a lawsuit this week on behalf of Samuel Silver, seeking more than $50,000 in unpaid bills. One of Cosby’s current lawyers says the suit stems from a “disagreement” over the amount to be paid – and that Cosby has offered to put the matter before an arbitrator.
MISS AMERICA COMPETITION CONTINUES
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – No swimsuits – but there’s still plenty of competition among those vying to be Miss America. The event continues tonight in Atlantic City, New Jersey – with one more night of preliminary events set for tomorrow night. Signs around Atlantic City declare this year’s event as “Miss America 2.0” – as it’s the first year the competition doesn’t include a swimsuit competition. Some say the move is long overdue while others lament the end of a tradition that has lasted nearly a century.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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