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Thursday’s Mashup: Donald Trump says Colin Kaepernick should have been suspended for kneeling

Lucy Burdge
October 12, 2017 - 7:43 am

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THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Chicago Cubs at Washington, 8:08 p.m. (TBS)
MLB: Arizona at LA Dodgers, 9:08 p.m. (TBS)
NFL: Philadelphia at Carolina, 8:25 p.m. (Amazon, CBS, NFL Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

-- In a sit-down interview with Sean Hannity on Wednesday, Donald Trump said Colin Kaepernick should have been suspended after kneeling to protest the national anthem.

"I watched Colin Kaepernick and I thought it was terrible. And then it got bigger and bigger and started mushrooming," Trump said.

Trump believes suspending the former 49ers quarterback would have deterred Kaepernick and others from also protesting during the anthem.

"And frankly, the NFL should have suspended him for one game and he would have never done it again," Trump continued. "They could have then suspended him for two games and they could have suspended him if he did it a third time, for the season, and you would never have had a problem. But I will tell you — you cannot disrespect our country, our flag, our anthem, you cannot do that.”

Kaepernick expressed his feelings for the president when he tweeted a response to Eminem’s anti-Trump freestyle on Tuesday:

-- Barstool Sports responded on Wednesday to allegations the company asked a potential employee to sign a contract agreeing to work in an environment where she might be exposed to “nudity, sexual scenarios, racial epithets, suggestive gestures, profanity and references to stereotypes.”

Former Fox Sports college football host Elika Sadeghi tweeted a story of accepting a job with Barstool before she saw the contract and changed her mind about working for the company.

“I wasn't going to share this, but recent events have made me realize how important it can be. Sorry, but I'm about to clog your timeline…,” the first tweet reads.

“I was offered a full time, 2 year deal over the summer. It would've been fun and it would've paid well. No brainer, right?,” she went on.

She continued on with a series of tweets saying this contract is “not ok.”

“I decided to walk, even if they removed it. How could I work for them, knowing it exists? But would I have walked, if I needed the money?,” she wrote.

While she redacted the name of the company from the tweets, it was confirmed the company is Barstool.

David Portnoy and Barstool CEO Erika Nardini both responded to Sadeghi on Wednesday.

Portnoy tweeted a video in which he explains the contract language and defends Barstool.

“She redacted our name, but everyone knows, because she kind of has a big mouth, that we offered her the contract. And she wanted everybody to know that, like, she turned us down. Thank friggin’ God, because it would have been a nightmare working with this girl,” he said. “ … This girl’s the biggest fraud. She’s trying to make herself part of this story. She said to us that she never had the feeling that we treated anyone with disrespect.”

Nardini responded with a series of tweets addressing the company’s policies.

“Today's leaked section of our contract is signed by every single employee at Barstool Sports to ensure they are comfortable,” she wrote.

“We have a zero tolerance harassment policy,” her next tweets reads.

Julie Stewart-Binks, who recently joined Barstool, quoted Nardini’s tweet and expressed her support for the company: “This is the biggest takeaway. Zero. Tolerance. Harassment. Policy. Erika and Dave run an incredible operation, which is why I'm here.”

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’ll be there Sunday. Don’t worry about that. I’ll be there.” -- Tom Brady, stating he will be on the field when the Patriots take on the Jets on Sunday despite suffering a sprained AC joint in his non-throwing shoulder

 

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