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The 17 Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars players who took a knee during the presentation of the national anthem in London on Sunday have combined total contracts of nearly $450 million.

Combing the total value of each players contracts adds up to a whopping $448,373,425, a figure greater than the gross domestic product of over a handful of the world’s nations.

ESPN reported that 10 Ravens players and roughly the same number of Jaguars players took a knee during the national anthem Sunday at Wembley Stadium in London.

The Ravens players include: Terrell Suggs, C.J. Mosley, Za’Darius Smith, Tim Williams, Tyus Bowser, Mike Wallace, Carl Davis, Tony Jefferson, Anthony Levine, and Lardarius Webb.

On the Jaguars sideline, Jalen Ramsey, A.J. Bouye, Calais Campbell, Yannick Ngakoue, Malik Jackson, Tashaun Gipson, and Leonard Fournette.

The players were likely kneeling in response to recent comments from President Donald Trump regarding the ongoing protests of the national anthem at NFL games across the country.

Trump said Sunday morning that NFL owners should either fire or suspend players who kneel during the national anthem, and fans should not keep watching games if players continue to protest.

“If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!,” the president tweeted Sunday morning.

The president’s comments come on the heels of an impassioned speech he gave in Huntsville, Ala., Friday evening. He came out swinging in his comments against NFL players who choose to kneel during the national anthem.

“The only thing you could do better is if you see it, even if it’s one player, leave the stadium. I guarantee things will stop. Things will stop. Just pick up and leave. Pick up and leave. Not the same game anymore, anyway,” Trump told a group gathered in Huntsville Friday.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He’s fired. He’s fired!”

Former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem during the 2016 NFL season and sparked a mass wave of protests that have trickled down to Pop Warner football teams across the nation.

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  • Sal belardo says:

    Keep boycotting the NFL and any other sport where the players disrespect our National Anthem!
    When the NFL loses enough money only then will they do something!

  • The NFL Players are not protesting our flag they are protesting Trump and his ramblings.

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    Biological Male Allegedly Assaulted Girl in FL School Bathroom, Florida Education Department Takes Action

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    The Florida Department of Education is ordering schools to alert parents if their children are forced to use bathrooms with students of the opposite sex following allegations that a biologically male transgender student sexually assaulted a girl in a Florida public school bathroom.

    “We find this allegation deeply disturbing and troubling. Clearly, if Brevard Public Schools had commonsense policies that separate bathrooms and locker rooms by biological sex at birth, this incident would not have been possible,” Alex Lanfranconi, Director Of Communications at the Florida Department of Education, told The Daily Wire on Thursday afternoon.

    “Unfortunately, some districts choose wokeness over the safety of their students,” Lanfranconi said. “The Florida Department of Education will continue to take all steps within its power to protect parental rights and student safety by developing rules that will notify parents if their children are at risk of exposure to these types of situations.”

    The statement comes after Republican Florida State Rep. Randy Fine publicized reports of an alleged transgender sexual assault incident at Brevard Public Schools.

    “We should be able to trust Brevard Government Schools to put our children first,” Fine said in a Facebook post. “To not hide criminal activity that hurts our children. Brevard Government Schools should have openly and transparently addressed the concerns of these parents. But they refused, and even worse, gaslighted the public when I brought the issue to light.”

    “We should not be surprised,” he continued, “they believe boys should use the girls’ bathroom.”

    Parents who reported the incident to Fine initially said that the incident occurred at Johnson Middle School, the state lawmaker said, sparking strong denials from school officials. But Fine told The Daily Wire in a phone interview on Thursday that in actuality, the alleged incident took place at Space Coast Jr./Sr. High School.

    Brevard Public Schools spokesperson Russell Bruhn initially denied Fine’s reports, saying, “There was no attack. No victim, no witness, no parents coming forward, nothing. Rep. Fine owes our staff at Johnson Middle School an apology for making this baseless allegation.”

    But on Thursday, Fine obtained and publicized redacted police case reports indicating that a girl had told someone with an office at the school that she was sexually assaulted by a transgender student on June 20.

    The biologically male student denied touching the girl’s breasts, according to the case report, but admitted to being in the bathroom with her.

    That unnamed person named in the police report then reported the incident to police on June 21, according to the documents, which made clear that officials at the school (specifically Vice Principal Peter Andy Papczynski) were aware of the alleged incident as early as June.

    Bruhn told The Daily Wire on Thursday afternoon that “the incident at Space Coast Jr./Sr. High School was reported by the school to the Sheriff’s Office, Florida DCF and our Title IX partner.”

    “All three investigated the claims and all three closed their cases with no action,” he said. “What was described in the Sheriff’s Office report is an incident that lead to no charges being filed. My quotes were in reference to a false allegation that a student had been raped at a different school.”

    Bruhn also said that the district was aware of the incident at the time he made the remarks denying an incident at Johnson Middle School, but said they could not discuss the case without “violating FERPA, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.”

    “And again, the actual case and the fabricated cases are different,” he added.

    According to the partially redacted Brevard County Sheriff’s office case report, on June 20, 2022 around noon, the biologically male transgender student allegedly went into the women’s restroom at Space Coast Jr./Sr. High school and “fondled” the female student’s breasts “against her will and without her permission.”

    Fine said in a letter to the Florida Department of Education that the biological male was taking advantage of “the open bathrooms policy championed by School Board Chairwoman Misty Belford and fellow School Board Member Jennifer Jenkins.”

    “She has told him previously to stop touching her and she wanted to press charges because she felt violated,” the case report said, noting that the female student “advised she does not feel comfortable using the same bathroom with the transgender male.”

    Brevard County Sheriff’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Daily Wire.

    According to Fine, the parents who have inquired into the matter have been “stonewalled at every turn.”

    Fine insisted in his Facebook post that “this isn’t someone else’s problem.”

    “It is our own,” he said. “It is why I personally feel each parent’s fear and anger when they come to me. I am a politician last. I am a parent first. They can attack me all they want, but I will never stop fighting for my children – and yours. Never.”

    Florida’s new rule, which will be announced Thursday evening, places new policies for parental notification regarding the designation of bathrooms and locker rooms. Under that rule, any policies adopted by a school district for bathrooms and locker rooms must firstly ensure the health, safety, and welfare of Florida’s students, be consistent with the state’s Parental Bill of Rights, and protect the privacy of education records and the privacy of students and parents.

    The state’s Board of Education rules supersede any district policies, a spokesman said.

    “If a school district has a policy that allows for separation of bathrooms or locker rooms according to some criteria other than biological sex at birth, the policy must be posted on the district’s website to fully inform parents,” the rule states.

    It also requires that the policy must include a “method of student supervision provided for locker rooms, for example a coach or aide,” such as “which locker rooms are not separated by biological sex at birth,” and “which bathrooms are not separated by biological sex at birth.”

    “District policies must include accommodations or modifications in order to ensure that all students have a comparable opportunity to use a bathroom or locker room separated by biological sex at birth,” the rule adds.

    “For me, education policy is not political,” Fine said in a Facebook post that included screenshots of the case report. “It is personal. I live it every day with two boys who live inside that education system. I am a government school graduate; both my parents taught at government schools. The arc of my life could never have happened without the education I received from extraordinary teachers.”

    “But I stay up at night worried that our children today aren’t getting the education I did,” he continued. “My family was forced to engage in mandatory mask COVID theater by school board members who refused to wear them at the grocery store, the gym, and at their private parties. My family has to worry about critical race theory, transgender ideology, and pronoun idiocy working its way into education.”

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    McConnell Makes Grim Prediction About Republicans in Senate Races

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    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is not optimistic about the Republican Party’s chances of retaking control of the Senate in November.

    McConnell suggested Thursday he believes the GOP will have a difficult time flipping the Senate, citing “candidate quality.”

    “I think there’s probably a greater likelihood the House flips than the Senate. Senate races are just different, they’re statewide, candidate quality has a lot to do with the outcome,” McConnell said.

    While it is not exactly clear what McConnell’s “candidate quality” remark means, it most likely refers to various Republican nominees who may have a difficult time winning their elections.

    For example, many Republicans whom former President Donald Trump endorsed — J.D. Vance in Ohio, Blake Masters in Arizona, Herschel Walker in Georgia, Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania — are struggling in the polls. If they lose their races, it will be difficult for Republicans to flip enough Senate seats to retake control of the Senate.

    In light of their struggling campaigns, McConnell predicted earlier this month the race for control of the Senate will be “very tight.”

    “I think it’s going to be very tight. We have a 50-50 nation. And I think when this Senate race smoke clears, we’re likely to have a very, very close Senate still, with us up slightly or the Democrats up slightly,” McConnell said.

    In fact, the Republican leader has been warning for months that the quality of candidates will be important for the GOP to retake control of the Senate.

    And unfortunately for Republicans, the Democratic Party plans to exploit the candidate quality.

    “We are just beginning to communicate about the deep flaws that their roster of candidates brings to these races,” David Bergstein, the spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, told the Washington Examiner. “Their personal and political vulnerabilities are going to continue to be a centerpiece of these Senate campaigns in the months ahead.”

    While McConnell may not be enthusiastic about GOP prospects, his counterpart in the House, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), is hopeful.

    “We’ll win the majority and I’ll be speaker,” McCarthy told Fox News of the 2022 election outcome this week.

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    Old Case Over Audio Tapes in Bill Clinton’s Sock Drawer Could Unravel FBI’s Mar-a-Lago Raid

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    A new report connects a case involving tapes made by former President Bill Clinton with the FBI’s raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.

    “Judge’s ruling over audio tapes hidden in Bill Clinton’s sock drawer could significantly impact Donald Trump’s effort to contest FBI raid of Mar-a-Lago,” journalist John Solomon tweeted Thursday.

    The ruling involved audio tapes Clinton stashed in a sock drawer that he used for his autobiography and that were also mined by writer Taylor Branch in Branch’s book, “Wrestling History: The Bill Clinton Tapes,” about Clinton, according to CBS.

    The tapes became controversial when the watchdog group Judicial Watch went to court to demand the tapes be given to the National Archives and Records Administration, so the American people could hear them.

    U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson rejected the suit in March 2012.

    In a report for Just the News, Solomon pointed to a few paragraphs of the 27-page ruling as significant because they indicated a president had wide latitude concerning documents under the Presidential Records Act.

    “Under the statutory scheme established by the PRA, the decision to segregate personal materials from Presidential records is made by the President, during the President’s term and in his sole discretion,” Jackson wrote.

    “Since the President is completely entrusted with the management and even the disposal of Presidential records during his time in office, it would be difficult for this Court to conclude that Congress intended that he would have less authority to do what he pleases with what he considers to be his personal records,” the judge wrote.

    The ruling also indicated seizing such records was not appropriate.

    “Because the audiotapes are not physically in the government’s possession, defendant submits that it would be required to seize them directly from President Clinton in order to assume custody and control over them,” Jackson noted. “Defendant considers this to be an ‘extraordinary request’ that is ‘unfounded, contrary to the PRA’s express terms, and contrary to traditional principles of administrative law.’ The Court agrees.”

    So how does that connect to Trump? As Solomon noted, the former president has said records that were seized were both declassified and personal.

    Tom Fitton, the president of Judicial Watch, said the connection between the cases is profound.

    “The government, the lawyer for the Archives, said, ‘You know what? If documents are in the former President’s hands, where they’re presumptively personal, we just, you know, we presume they’re personal,’” Fitton said, Just the News reported.

    “The Justice Department previously had told us in response to a question about Bill Clinton: ‘Tough luck, it’s his.’ But they changed their mind for Donald Trump?” he said. “The law and court decision suggests that Trump is right. And frankly, based on this analysis, Trump should get every single document they took from him back. It’s all personal records.”

    As noted by Politico, Fitton felt differently at the time.

    “We respectfully disagree with the Court,” he said then. “The idea that a president could spirit official recordings and documents out of the White House and that there is nothing that can be legally done about it is a misreading of the Presidential Records Act. It is ironic that a law passed in response to the Nixon tapes controversy would allow Bill Clinton to keep tapes of his official actions secret and unavailable to the American people.”

    Kevin Brock, former assistant FBI director for intelligence, said the search warrant used by the FBI was faulty and over broad, according to Just the News.

    “Specificity is important in order to protect Fourth Amendment rights from exuberant government overreach designed to find whatever they can,” he said.

    The warrant “apparently makes a novel legal assertion that any presidential record kept by a former president is against the law,” Brock said.

    “You have to wonder what the other living former presidents think about that. They have the right and, apparently, clear desire to remain silent.”

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    Biden Is Building $500K Wall Around His Delaware Beach House — and Taxpayers Are Funding It

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    After spending much of his summer vacation on Kiawah Island, South Carolina, President Biden is heading back to his multimillion-dollar beach house in his home state of Delaware, where he’s building a taxpayer-funded security fence at a cost that’s ballooned to nearly $500,000.

    Biden is expected to arrive at his $2.7 million summer house in the North Shores community of Rehoboth Beach on Saturday after spending the last couple nights in Wilmington, Delaware, according to data released by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). On Wednesday, Biden was briefly at the White House signing of the $739 billion Inflation Reduction Act into law.

    In September 2021, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) awarded $456,548 to a Sussex County company to construct a security fence around the home.

    The DHS contract with Turnstone Holdings LLC for the “purchase and installation of security fencing” at the residence has since increased to $490,324 this summer, according to the website USAspending.gov, an online database of federal government spending.

    The DHS is listed as the main awarding and funding office of the contract while the U.S. Secret Service is listed as the subagency.

    Construction of the fence began on Sept. 21 of last year and is expected to be completed by June 6, 2023.

    The Secret Service declined to comment when reached by Fox News Digital, saying, “Due to the need to maintain operational security, the U.S. Secret Service does not comment on the means, methods or resources used to conduct our protective operations.”

    The DHS did not respond to Fox News Digital’s inquiry as to why the contract was increased by $6,844 due to a “supplemental agreement” on Nov. 30, 2021 and again by $26,933 for “additional work” on June 8, 2022, according to USAspending.gov.

    This will be Biden’s fifth visit to the Long Shores home this summer, the Gazette reported. After his COVID-19 isolation, he visited the home on Aug. 7 before he briefly returned to Washington to sign the CHIPS and Science Act and then headed to South Carolina, where he spent six days with his family, including his son, Hunter.

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    ‘We Clearly Struck a Nerve’: Arizona Border Barrier Found Damaged, Knocked Over; Foul Play Suspected

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    Arizona officials are crying foul play after part of the state’s temporary border barrier mysteriously fell over.

    Part of the barrier, which is made of shipping containers stacked on top of each other and welded together, was shown lying on its side away from the rest of the barrier, according to photos taken by Univision Noticias Arizona correspondent Claudia Ramos.

    Construction crews onsite initially said the containers were knocked over by the wind, but a spokesperson for Governor Doug Ducey (R) said Wednesday that while southern Arizona frequently sees high winds, it is unlikely that they were strong enough to knock over the barrier.

    “The idea that it was a weather-related event seems unlikely,” Ducey’s communications director, C.J. Karamargin, told the Washington Examiner Wednesday. “These things weigh 8,800 pounds. There were two of them together — 8,800 pounds is basically the weight of a Ford F-450. We have a lot of strong winds in Arizona. You don’t see a lot of Ford F-450s flying around when we have strong winds.”

    Border Patrol agents found the barrier toppled over around midnight on Monday, the Washington Examiner reported. The barriers on one end of the wall had not yet been bolted down and welded to support structures when work crews left the site Sunday evening. Construction crews told Ramos that the containers had been knocked over by severe weather on Sunday. But photos from the damaged barrier, shared with the Examiner, showed that the container had been severely scratched and dented, and there was at least one large puncture at the bottom of the container. The damage “shows some sort of equipment was used to move them because it dented and put a hole in one of the sides of the container,” Karamargin told the New York Post. “That doesn’t happen with wind.”

    Construction crews were initially barred from responding to the site and securing the barrier by Border Patrol agents, who cited “heavy activity” in the area. But crews were allowed to return at around 6 a.m. local time, reinstalling the barrier by 7 a.m., the Examiner reported.

    Karamargin told the Examiner that the effort to knock over the barrier was proof that it was necessary and worthwhile. “Some people attempted to dismiss this as a pointless effort because this is not the main route through which people enter the United States,” he said. “If this didn’t matter, if this barrier that we are erecting was irrelevant, or somehow misplaced, then why would someone make the effort to topple over nearly 18,000 pounds of shipping container? It just doesn’t make sense on its face. It doesn’t make sense. Our goal, of course, is to make Arizona communities safer. We clearly struck a nerve.”

    The shipping containers were one piece of an improvised border barrier constructed by the state of Arizona while it waits for the Biden administration to install a permanent wall, after the administration reversed course and announced it would fill several border wall gaps in Arizona.

    The structure, which stands about 22 feet high and fills a 1,000-foot gap in the border wall, is comprised of about 60 9×40 foot shipping containers, double-stacked and welded together, and topped with razor wire. Ducey announced the construction last Friday, and it was completed over the weekend.

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    3rd Suspect Arrested for Hate Crime, Grandmother Says She Was Attacked for Being a White Trump Supporter

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    A New York City teenager accused of attacking a 57-year-old grandmother on a bus was arrested on Tuesday. The suspect allegedly committed a hate crime and threatened to murder the victim.

    Jahnaiya Williams, 19, was arrested in Coney Island and charged with assault in the second and third degree as a hate crime, assault in the second and third degree, menacing in the third degree as a hate crime, aggravated harassment in the second degree, and menacing, Fox News reported.

    Williams was one of three suspects who allegedly ganged up on the victim on July 9. The other two suspects, ages 15 and 16, were both arrested on July 26, but were not named because they are minors. The underage suspects also face assault and aggravated harassment charges classified as hate crimes.

    The alleged hate crime attack took place on an MTA bus driving in the Woodhaven neighborhood of the borough of Queens.

    Citing surveillance camera footage, Queens district attorney Melinda Katz said the three suspects sat near the rear of the bus and approached the victim.

    “The defendant allegedly looked directly at victim saying, ‘I hate white people.’ She also stated that she hates white people’s skin,” the press release from the district attorney read.

    Williams allegedly threatened the victim, “I am going to kill you.”

    As the bus drove past the St. John’s Cemetery, Williams purportedly told the victim, “This is where I’m going to bury you.”

    The victim – identified as Jill LeCroix – told the New York Post that one of her attackers “had a bag from Bath and Body Works.” The LeCroix added, “She took out a scrub and said she was going to beat me with it.”

    LeCroix said one of the females threatened her, “You’re going to get what you deserve! All white people are going to get what they deserve.”

    The victim claimed, “Before they hit me, the girl with the green hair said, ‘You probably like Trump! Don’t you?'”

    LeCroix replied, “I love him.”

    Williams and one of the minors spit on the woman.

    Williams then repeatedly smashed LeCroix in the head with a shopping bag that contained a jar, according to the district attorney. At least one of the minors allegedly punched LeCroix in the head several times.

    The trio then fled the bus.

    The victim was taken to a local hospital for a deep gash on the right side of her head.

    LeCroix told the Post that she has three biracial children and is a grandmother of five.

    District attorney Katz said, “As alleged, the defendant, as well as two other apprehended individuals, carried out an unprovoked assault on a public transit rider simply because of the victim’s race. I am committed to holding accountable those who perpetuate bias-motivated attacks on the residents of the most diverse county in the world. The defendant is now charged with assault as a hate crime and will be held to account for her alleged actions.”

    As of July 28, there have been 338 hate crime incidents this year that resulted in 360 arrests, according to the NYPD. There were a total of 528 hate crime incidents in 2021 and 266 incidents in 2020.

    This year, the most targeted victims of hate crimes in New York City are Jewish people, Asians, and homosexual males, according to the NYPD Hate Crime Dashboard.

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    Florida International University Linebacker Dies Suddenly at 22

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    Florida International University (FIU) linebacker Luke Knox has died at the age of 22, the college announced Thursday.

    Knox’s cause of death was not revealed. He is also the younger brother of Buffalo Bills tight end Dawson Knox.

    “We are saddened by the sudden passing of Luke Knox, a member of the FIU Football program,” the FIU Athletics Twitter account shared. “We send our thoughts and prayers to Luke’s family, friends and teammates during this difficult time.”

    Knox transferred to FIU from Ole Miss after last season.

    “Words cannot express the heartfelt sorrow we feel because of the passing of our teammate and friend, Luke Knox,” FIU coach Mike MacIntyre wrote on social media. “I had the honor of coaching Luke at Ole Miss and at FIU. While I admired his passion for football, his genuine love for his family and teammates is what I will always remember.”

    Knox’s former head coach Lane Kiffin also shared a statement honoring his former player after discovering the news of his passing.

    “There are heavy hearts throughout our football team after the passing of Luke Knox. I am very grateful for my personal relationship and time spent with Luke. He was a tremendous teammate and an even better person who lifted up everyone around him,” Kiffin wrote.

    “The Knox family means so much to the Ole Miss family, and our players, staff and the rest of the university extend our deepest sympathies to all those that were touched by Luke’s spirit. I know he is with God now,” he added.

    His high school alma mater Brentwood Academy in Brentwood, Tennessee, also shared the news of their former star’s tragic passing.

    “We are incredibly saddened to hear of the passing of Luke Knox ’18. Luke was a faithful friend, a diligent student, and an ideal teammate,” Brentwood Academy shared in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Knox family and his many loved ones who mean so much to our BA community.”

    Knox was at Ole Miss before transferring to FIU. He also appeared as a tight end during the 2021 season.

    His brother Dawson’s team also expressed their support after the announcement of Knox’s death.

    “We’re heartbroken to hear of the sudden passing of Luke Knox,” the Buffalo Bills shared. “Sending all of our thoughts, prayers and support to @Dawson_Knox and the Knox family during this difficult time.”

    FIU players were informed of Knox’s death late Wednesday, with team practices canceled for Thursday.

    USA Today reported that no foul play was suspected in Knox’s death. He was reportedly taken to a Miami hospital on Wednesday. An autopsy is expected.

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