NFL Commissioner Goodell must punish the cheating Patriots harshly for #Deflategate

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots will have their fate determined by commissioner Goodell after the findings of the Wells report.

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots will have their fate determined by commissioner Goodell after the findings of the Wells report.

By Charles Glover, Jr.

Since the NFL’s AFC title game that occurred at the end of January, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao agreed on terms and fought their match, five different people have announced they are running for president, and Tiger Woods got injured then returned to action on the PGA Tour.

These major sporting events things occurred before the conclusion of the Deflategate investigation that began well before Super Bowl 48. Attorney Ted Wells announced his findings of the NFL investigation into whether the New England Patriots cheated during the season by using improperly deflated footballs to give them an edge over the opponents during games. In the report, Wells said:

On Wednesday, May 6, NFL investigator Ted Wells released his report on the Patriots' cheating that was labeled #Deflategate.

On Wednesday, May 6, NFL investigator Ted Wells released his report on the Patriots’ cheating that was labeled #Deflategate.

“For the reasons described in this Report, and after a comprehensive investigation, we have concluded that, in connection with the AFC Championship Game, it is more probable than not that New England Patriots personnel participated in violations of the Playing Rules and were involved in a deliberate effort to circumvent the rules.

“In particular, we have concluded that it is more probable than not that Jim McNally [the Officials Locker Room attendant for the Patriots] and John Jastremski [an equipment assistant for the Patriots] participated in a deliberate effort to release air from Patriots game balls after the balls were examined by the referee. Based on the evidence, it also is our view that it is more probable than not that Tom Brady [the quarterback for the Patriots] was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities of McNally and Jastremski involving the release of air from Patriots game balls.”

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should come down with a multiple game suspension for Tom Brady.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should come down with a multiple game suspension for Tom Brady.

Commissioner Roger Goodell has gone on the record in recent months about his determination to ensure the integrity of the NFL.

“Whether a competitive advantage is gained or not is secondary in my mind to whether a rule is violated,” he said about the #Deflategate controversy.

With that in mind, Goodell should suspend Brady multiple games and take away multiple draft picks from the Patriots. As Goodell said, it doesn’t matter if the Patriots felt it was necessary to cheat to win. The NFL’s investigation clearly shows that the Patriots cheated so Goodell needs to make an example out of the New England team and punish them harshly.–OnPointPress.net

Charles Glover, Jr. is a sports aficionado and a training/benefits consultant. Follow me @GloverIsGood on Twitter.com.

President Obama launches My Brother’s Keeper Alliance at Lehman College

 

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) participates in a roundtable discussion with young people including Malachi Hernandez (L) and Scott Davis (C), at Lehman College in New York May 4, 2015. While in New York, Obama will also announce the creation of the new nonprofit organization My Brother's Keeper Alliance to help minority youth. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) participates in a roundtable discussion with young people including Malachi Hernandez (L) and Scott Davis (C), at Lehman College in New York May 4, 2015. While in New York, Obama will also announce the creation of the new nonprofit organization My Brother’s Keeper Alliance to help minority youth. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

By Carmen Glover

President Barack Obama took his signature quest of creating opportunities for minority males to Lehman College in the Bronx, on Monday, May 4 where he launched the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBKA) at the City University of New York’s (CUNY) most beautiful campus

The President hosted a roundtable with young minority males to explore the path to success and to extol the over-arching agenda of the MBKA, which is focused on closing achievement gaps that restrict educational and career opportunities for African-American and Latino males.

Students listen to remarks by U.S. President Barack Obama at Lehman College in New York May 4, 2015. During his remarks Monday Obama announced the creation of the new nonprofit organization My Brother's Keeper Alliance to help minority youth. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Students listen to remarks by U.S. President Barack Obama at Lehman College in New York May 4, 2015. During his remarks Monday Obama announced the creation of the new nonprofit organization My Brother’s Keeper Alliance to help minority youth. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

My Brother’s Keeper Alliance is a non-profit that is geared towards providing African-American and Latino males with greater options designed to pull them out of poverty while steering them towards practical career and educational alternatives.

“Don’t let anyone tell you that you don’t matter because you all matter,” President Obama said as he addressed the excited crowd. “You matter to use, to each other and there’s nothing more important to the future of America than whether you, and young people across America, achieve their dreams.”

African-American and Latino males pose for pictures with President Obama at the conclusion of the event at Lehman College.

African-American and Latino males pose for pictures with President Obama at the conclusion of the event at Lehman College.

Among the sponsors and board members for My Brother’s Keeper Alliance are American Express, Pepsi and various professional athletes, active and retired, including former NBA star O’Neal, former NFL star Jerome Bettis and entertainer John Legend, who has been vocal about ending excessive incarceration of African-American males.–OnPointPress.net.

OnPointPress.net’s Editorial Director Carmen Glover earned an undergraduate degree in journalism and a master’s degree in counselor education from Lehman College of the City University of New York.

 

Why Marilyn Mosby’s decision to charge Baltimore police officers resonates

Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore State's Attorney.

Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore State’s Attorney reiterated her vow to “uphold justice and treat every individual equally and fairly under the law.”

Police brutality against the Black and Latino community has been a scourge across this great nation for decades. In every major city there is the perception that Black and Latino males, especially, are under siege as unlawful police officers unleash their weapons, fists, feet and other objects on the bodies of defenseless citizens.

Pleas for justice have fallen on deaf ears as state prosecutors appear to collude with their local police departments to avoid bringing charges directly but instead present slanted evidence at grand juries who fail to indict. In the rare instances where charges are brought against the criminal officers, judges and juries have refused to find them guilty and when they do, the sentence is tantamount to a slap on the wrist.

six Baltimore officers charged

The six Baltimore officers charged (clockwise from left) William G. Porter, Garrett E. Miller, Caesar R. Goodson Jr., Edward M. Nero, Alicia D. White and Brian W. Rice-Courtesy of the Baltimore Police Department.

By conducting a thorough, timely and parallel investigation alongside the police department, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby, 35, the youngest prosecutor of a major city in the United States, shows that she is a tough, strong, courageous woman on a mission to seek justice for Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African -American Baltimore resident who suffered spinal injuries and later died after being improperly arrested and transported by Baltimore police officers.

On Friday, May 1, International Workers’ Day, Mosby stepped confidently to the podium and delivered a riveting 21-minute press conference where she methodically laid out the case against the six officers who caused Gray’s death. She revealed that they would be charged with homicide, manslaughter, false imprisonment, among other offences. Mosby took the unprecedented step of bypassing the grand jury, which unwilling prosecutors typically use for cover, and instead is charging the officers based on the strength of the available evidence. The officers were subsequently arrested and posted bond. Overwhelmingly, in minority communities across the nation, there were jubilant celebrations  about the latest development. And Mosby’s tough- as- nails demeanor pushed her to the forefront of the public consciousness.

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 02:  Protesters march from the Gilmor Homes, where Freddie Gray was arrested, to City Hall on May 2, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Gray, 25, was arrested for possessing a switch blade knife April 12 outside the Gilmor Houses housing project on Baltimore's west side. According to Gray's attorney, Gray died a week later in the hospital from a severe spinal cord injury he received while in police custody.  State attorney Marilyn Mosby of Maryland announced that charges would be brought against the six police officers who arrested Gray.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

BALTIMORE, MD – MAY 02: Protesters march from the Gilmor Homes, where Freddie Gray was arrested, to City Hall on May 2, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Gray, 25, was arrested for possessing a switch blade knife April 12 outside the Gilmor Houses housing project on Baltimore’s west side. According to Gray’s attorney, Gray died a week later in the hospital from a severe spinal cord injury he received while in police custody. State attorney Marilyn Mosby of Maryland announced that charges would be brought against the six police officers who arrested Gray. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

“No one is above the law,” Mosby said, reiterating her “vow to uphold justice and to treat every individual equally and fairly under the law.” Addressing the protestors she said: “To the youth of this city, I will seek justice on your behalf. This is your moment. Let’s ensure we have peaceful protests and rallies that will develop structural and systemic changes for generations to come.’ Far from being anti-police, Mosby proudly disclosed that her father, mother, grandfather and aunts were police officers and that she suffered loss when a cousin was gunned down by police in front of her when she was a teenager so she is intimately aware of law-enforcement and policy brutality from both sides of the isle.

When members of the African-American and Latino communities tally the long list of men and women who were brutalized and murdered at the hands of the very police who are paid to protect and serve them, Mosby’s bold actions give pause and inspire hope for full justice for Gray.

Baltimore's Freddie Gray

Baltimore police brutality victim  Freddie Gray, who died one week after he was improperly arrested and transported by police officers. Gray suffered spinal injuries and never recovered.

When members of those communities think of Eric Garner, Sean Bell, Amadou Diallo, Patrick Dorismond, Anthony Baez in New York; Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri; Oscar Grant in Oakland, California, John Crawford in Ohio and the many others who were murdered by police officers but escaped punishment, the strong, unequivocal actions taken by Mosby supports the idea that justice just might happen for Freddie Gray.

And if that happens, then it might be the start of a new era of accountability in Baltimore which could spark a wildfire of accountability across the nation, which will be long overdue but welcomed by the very segment of the populace that feels like hunted prey.–OnPointPress.net.