NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL sent a letter to all 32 teams, saying that he wants to find a way to “move on” from the National Anthem protests. He says the league respects its players and their opinions, but they’ll discuss an undisclosed “plan” at the owners meeting next week.
The NFL and Commissioner ROGER GOODELL are positioning themselves to find a way to “move on” from the National Anthem protests.
Goodell fired off a letter to all 32 teams yesterday, where he said, quote, “The current dispute . . . is threatening to erode the unifying power of our game, and is now dividing us, and our players, from many fans across the country.”
Goodell said they’ve been listening to their players, and the “critical social issues” that are so important to them. And they WANT to support their players . . . but they also believe that EVERYONE should stand for the National Anthem.
He said he’s found that the controversy is so divisive that it’s a, quote, “barrier to having honest conversations and making real progress on the underlying issues.”
The owners are having their annual fall meeting next week, and Goodell wants them to discuss an unknown “plan,” which involves giving players a “platform” to make their voices heard, while making the league appear more unified.
He doesn’t say it directly, but the implication is that a willing agreement would keep them from having to make an actual RULE requiring players to stand for the Anthem.
For now, the rules just say that players “SHOULD” stand . . . but there’s no hard-and-fast rule.
Obviously, this looks like an uphill battle. The heart of the protests isn’t about the anthem or the flag . . . it’s about speaking up for racial inequality, especially when it comes to violence from law enforcement.
That complicates things . . . because it’s hard to determine what the protesters would want in exchange for standing, since there’s no switch you can flip to stop racial prejudice on the streets.
For what it’s worth, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones thinks he can solve the problem by threatening to bench anyone who doesn’t stand for the Anthem. None of his players have tested him yet . . . but the NAACP is already calling that unconstitutional. And the players’ union would probably also fight it.
(One thing the league could do is just NOT broadcast the Anthem. It was rarely shown on TV before 2009 . . . and in a lot of cases the players weren’t even out of the locker room yet when it was performed. That won’t please everyone on either side, but it’s one possibility.)
Kelly Clarkson is Excited to be Away from that “Bully” Clive Davis
KELLY CLARKSON has a new album coming out at the end of this month, and she had a BLAST making it. Mainly because it’s on Atlantic . . . meaning she got away from RCA and CLIVE DAVIS.
She says, quote, “It’s just the first record I’ve made that I didn’t call my mother, wanting to quit. And I’m not a baby, y’all. I’m strong.
“I’m a very powerful, confident woman, but at the same time, you just feel beaten down.”
Kelly says the whole environment with Clive was pretty condescending . . . quote, “A group of men thought it was OK to sit around a young woman and bully her. I was told I should shut up and sing.”
She adds, quote, “The only victory I see from the last 15 years is honestly just the fact that, even in such an incredibly not-healthy environment, we were very successful
Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie Were Sexually Harassed by Harvey Weinstein . . . And Asia Argento Says He Raped Her
The allegations against Harvey Weinstein are piling on at a ridiculous rate . . . and the names are just getting bigger. GWYNETH PALTROW and ANGELINA JOLIE now say they had run-ins with him in the ’90s.
Gwyneth was 22 and had just been cast in the 1996 movie “Emma” when Harvey invited her to his hotel room. It started like a typical business meeting, until Harvey suggested massages.
She refused, and told her then-boyfriend BRAD PITT about it. Brad confronted Harvey at a movie premiere, and told him never to touch her again. But all that did was make Harvey go off on Gwyneth.
She says, quote, “He screamed at me for a long time. It was brutal . . . I thought he was going to fire me.” Of course he didn’t, and a few years later, she was an Oscar winner for “Shakespeare in Love”, which was made by Harvey’s company Miramax.
Gwyneth says Harvey was, quote, “alternately generous and supportive and championing, and punitive and bullying.”
Angelina’s story takes place around the time that her movie “Playing by Heart” came out in 1998. Once again, in a hotel room. She didn’t give any details, though.
She said, quote, “I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose never to work with him again and warn others when they did. This behavior towards women in any field, any country, is unacceptable.”
ROSANNA ARQUETTE has a similar story. She says Harvey grabbed her hand and pulled it toward his crotch. She didn’t go along, and the part she was supposed to be there to talk to him about went to somebody else.
And MIRA SORVINO says he chased her around a hotel room during the Toronto Film Festival 20 years ago.
(This is all from a “New York Times” piece where several other, less famous, women tell their Harvey horror stories.)
It gets worse, if you can believe it. Three women have told the “New Yorker“ that Harvey RAPED them. The most famous is Italian actress ASIA ARGENTO, who says Harvey forcibly performed oral sex on her.
But like a lot of women, she was afraid to come forward. Quote, “I know he has crushed a lot of people before. That’s why this story . . . in my case, it’s twenty years old; some of them are older . . . has never come out.”