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I pulled this from Texas Monthly today:

“I wish the NCAA was this concerned about the women who were raped at Baylor.”

—North Carolina Republican Party spokesperson Kami Mueller in a statement on Monday, according to the Washington Post. Mueller’s strongly-worded attack on the NCAA and blindside-punch at Baylor came in response to the college sports organization’s decision to pull several championship events scheduled for 2016 and 2017 out of North Carolina due to the state’s anti-LGBT “bathroom bill.”   

OK.  I wonder if Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is paying attention.

I got news for folks. Colin Kaepernick is winning. I think I said last week that I don’t agree with him but I have no problem with him protesting. And I would leave it at that.

Now Kaepernick got Sen. Ted Cruz to protest him. And he got a supermodel to also protest him. Here is more from Texas Monthly:

Ted Talks

Senator Ted Cruz took to Twitter to speak out against football players protesting police brutality. Cruz called for a boycott, suggesting people refrain from buying jerseys of athletes who exercise their First Amendment right to protest. “To all the athletes who have made millions in America’s freedom: stop insulting our flag, our nation, our heroes,” Cruz wrote on Twitter on Monday, according to the Washington Post. “Here’s a peaceful protest: never buy another shoe, shirt, or jersey of rich spoiled athletes who dishonor our flag.” Cruz seems to be pretty upset at the NFL players who are protesting, at least according to his Twitter timeline. On Sunday, Cruz retweeted supermodel Kate Upton, who shared similar outrage over the sideline protests during the national anthem started by San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, tweeting: “This is unacceptable. You should be proud to be an American. Especially on 9/11 when we should support each other.” Cruz/Upton 2020?

Like I said. Kaepernick is leading the discussion and winning.

What is the percentage of African Americans in MLB these days?

And Kaepernick keeps winning. See this from the Washington Post yesterday:

Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand during the national anthem has sparked far more discussion than imitation, but, certainly, other athletes have begun engaging in like-minded acts. Members of the Broncos, Dolphins, Chiefs and Patriots have staged protests during pre-game renditions of the anthem, and outside the NFL, kneeling during the anthem has occurred at a high school football game and a women’s professional soccer match.

However, while the NFL season is just getting going, another major professional sport has been in full swing, with multiple games occurring daily but no apparent emulations of Kaepernick. So why aren’t any baseball players, black ones in particular, following suit?

Orioles star Adam Jones offered an answer Monday to USA Today. “Baseball is a white man’s sport,” he said.

“We already have two strikes against us already,’’ said Jones (not to be confused with the Bengals’ Adam Jones, who also recently spoke out on the topic), “so you might as well not kick yourself out of the game. In football, you can’t kick them out. You need those players. In baseball, they don’t need us.”

I wasn’t aware of Jones’ remarks until last night while at The Yard. A Yard employee asked for my thoughts after he told me about the Jones remarks.

I kind of sarcastically responded that baseball was actually a white man and Latino sport. I went on to tell him how over the past couple of decades, the percentage of African American players has dropped in MLB. I tried to give him a history as to why. I also told him that MLB was well aware of this and had programs in place to address this issue.

Commentary didn’t get to watch Rick Perry dance last night. I heard I didn’t miss much.

With eight weeks left until Election Day, I still don’t know if Team Clinton gets it.

8.3% of MLB players are African American of course and 58.8% are Anglo.

We lost in extra innings last night and our playoff hopes are fading, fading, fading.

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