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Comment 31 May 2020

I'm glad there is almost universal disdain for the LEO who has been arrested.    I wonder if everyone would still feel that way if there wasn't videos showing what happened.   The police report from the LEOs has, imo, some falsehoods in it.    Does anyone think these LEOs are so unlucky that the one time they went over the line in detaining someone it was caught on video and the one they submitted a false report, it was caught?    Perhaps those are some of the reasons Towns is speaking out now.   

Comment 30 May 2020

Maybe I can help explain why there are a lot of people in anger across the country.   First, why did it take so long for Chaunvin to get arrested?   Why haven't the other 3 LEOs been arrested?    How likely would it be that Cauvin would have been arrested without a video?    Racial minorities - particularly black Americans - have been targeted by law enforcement in the entire history of this country, and similar things have happened that never got punished as there was no video.   A lot of Americans pretend that there is no racial bias in the criminal justice system, or just a few bad apples.    I don't think most people believe rioting, looting, stealing and burning stuff is justifiable at all - but think of the pain and anger, and how it got there, that motivates a small group of people to do that.    Hope that helps.  

Comment 30 May 2020

After reading some posts, its clear that there are still many who don't understand the issue of racial bias in the criminal justice system - which is why someone can post made up statistics like 99.9999999999% or something like that of LEOs aren't racist (when the better term is acting in a racially biased manner).    Being a LEO is one of the most difficult jobs in society, but there are many bad apples - and the standards for a LEO should be higher, rather than lower the rest of society.   If anyone doubts the racial bias in the criminal justice system, take a look at the racial breakdowns of people in prison and jails for drug related offenses.   

Towns is obviously an intelligent person - and has a perspective that a lot of other people don't.  I think he knows what he was doing at that protest, and why he was there.    

Comment 30 May 2020

I disagree with your view on Avery's comments.   Scrolling up from your post, you'll see a few people saying they don't see race when rooting for the Buckeyes.   Avery's point is that beyond athletics, imo, there are people who root and support black athletes when they are playing, but beyond that, really don't care to know the extra challenges these athletes see in life.   Countless studies, and common sense shows how the criminal justice system takes race as a factor and treats people different - rooting for those athletes, and yet willfully ignoring the issues from the communities many of these athletes come from is where Avery - and I would bet a whole lot of athletes - perspectives come from.  

Comment 30 May 2020

You might want to google the name "Philando Castile" which also takes place in Minnesota.   There are a great number of people who are afraid of law enforcement, and with good reason.  Also, I'd like to add, it is difficult to comply to law enforcement with a weight of a person being pressed down on your neck.  

Comment 30 May 2020

It's possible that there is going to be more to the rioting and looting stories than what most are thinking - like, what if groups not from Minneapolis/Minnesota decided to be the ones to escalate the situation by starting these riots for purposes that have little to do with George Floyd.   Let's wait until all of the information is known.  

Comment 30 May 2020

There are three other officers that have not been arrested.    The only reason this specific death has become as well known as it has been is because of the video - how many times has this happened that no one has ever known about.   The criminal justice system in our country has shown that their is a racial bias, and even more so - a corrupt law enforcement bias.    Parents of black children have to teach their kids certain things so law enforcement doesn't have an excuse to injure or kill them - many people are afraid of law enforcement, and an even greater number do not respect law enforcement.   

Comment 30 May 2020

I suspect a lot of Buckeye fans and reads of this blog might have the mentality of "Shut Up & Dribble" - that athletes should be grateful for the opportunities they have, and they shouldn't complain - but I am proud of athletes and coaches for standing up for their beliefs, knowing they'll be criticized by the "Shut Up & Dribble" chorus.    The riots are heartbreaking, and I don't think anyone - including athletes - should participate in them - but without addressing where the pain comes from that motivates people to riot, the problem will be continued.  

Comment 10 Sep 2019

The 2014 team is vastly underrated.    One of the best 1 loss teams in terms of pure talent.     If the 2015 team took care of business, that's a top 10 team of all time easy.   

Comment 21 Feb 2019

Michigan's culture and values are so different when hiring coaches, do you think they would ever hire a coach with a DUI?

This of course is just what Michigan fans say to themselves to stroke their egos, especially with an under performing team for the last 20 years.   I think Michigan at one time was the most penalized team in NCAA violations.   

Comment 15 Jun 2016

The Cavs aren't trading for rookies, even though Held or Murray could develop into good fits.   I'd try to trade for Butler or Boogie.    The Cavs also need to get rid of these old guys who can't play defense and are of little help against a team like Golden State. 

Comment 10 Jun 2016

One of the best things about Harbaugh being the coach is the hypocritical nature of the Wolverine fan base being so transparent.  One example:

Nick Saban using some questionable methods to trim the roster - the SEC is so corrupt, and it's unfair. / Harbaugh using questionable methods to trim the roster - TRUST IN HARBAUGH