Former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is still a rather polarizing figure and anytime his name appears in the news there are going to be those who believe he deserves zero chances to be an upstanding member of society ever again.
After Vick signed with the New York Jets last week, many of those people came out of the woodwork. Some were happy that Vick was no longer on their team, the Eagles, while others were outraged that the Jets would welcome a former criminal.
Thelma is one of the outraged and posted this rather humorous message on the Jets page on Facebook:
As you can read in the note above, it was the wrong Jets. Wrong league, wrong sport, wrong country, wrong Jets.
The screen cap comes from a site called BackPageFootball and as Bleacher Report points out, while the Newcastle Jets could have simply let the comment go, they offered a reasoned response. And they're probably right, Vick developed a reputation in Philly as a great guy to have around the locker room and on the practice field. Even when they were battling it out for the starting position, Nick Foles and Vick appeared to be best buds. Once he returned to the NFL following his stint away from the game, he had a much more dedicated work ethic. Those are all the kinds of things you want in a mentor on the football field.
Not really sure how good he'd be at soccer though.
Performing artist Sevyn Streeter was scheduled to sing the national anthem Wednesday night before the Sixers' season opener but says she was replaced because of the jersey she was wearing.
Jemila Worthy, a member of the Sixers' dance team, sang the anthem instead.
Streeter says change was made because she was wearing a jersey with the words "We Matter" displayed on the front.
"I'm at the 76ers game to sing the national anthem," she said in a video on Twitter, "and the organization is telling me that I can't because I'm wearing a 'We Matter' jersey."
The Sixers responded with the following statement:
"The Philadelphia 76ers organization encourages meaningful actions to drive social change. We use our games to bring people together, to build trust and to strengthen our communities. As we move from symbolic gestures to action, we will continue to leverage our platform to positively impact our community."
In the Sixers' preseason finale against the Heat in Miami, Denasia Lawrence performed the anthem while wearing a "Black Lives Matter" shirt and kneeling on one knee (see story). She said she did it to protest racial oppression.
Streeter is the latest to use the national anthem as a stage to protest racism and social injustice. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began the well-documented movement by refusing to stand during the anthem, and various other professional athletes have made their own statements.
In a protest planned by safety Malcolm Jenkins, a handful of Eagles raised their fists during the anthem before the team's Week 2 game against the Bears on Monday Night Football.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.