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Three England Soccer Players Face Racist Abuse Online Following European Championship Loss

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Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka faced racist comments on their social media posts following England’s loss to Italy in the European Championship Final. The three players missed penalties in the overtime shootout that determined the winner of the match.

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  • The Metropolitan Police Force condemned the abuse of the trio and will be investigating the posts. A mural of Rashford was defaced in South Manchester with graffiti. Many have called on Facebook and Twitter to help hunt down the perpetrators. On Monday, Facebook said it tries to remove offensive and harmful content as soon as possible. “We quickly removed comments and accounts directing abuse at England’s footballers last night and we’ll continue to take action against those that break our rules.” Twitter reported removing more than 1,000 tweets and suspended many accounts in response.

  • England’s current national team has been praised for its diversity and dedication to social issues. Rashford, for example, is a vocal advocate for child poverty. His activism led the government to reinstate free lunches for children during the pandemic. In matches leading up to the final, players had been taking a knee to protest racial injustice, which had already prompted racially insensitive comments and booing from audience members.
  • Coach Gareth Southgate stated in a virtual press conference, “We have been a beacon of light in bringing people together, in people being able to relate to the national team, and the national team stands for everybody and so that togetherness has to continue.”

  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson also made a statement against the abuse. Still, he has faced criticism for emboldening audience members to boo the team when they have taken a knee before games. Last month his spokesman said he was “more focused on action rather than gestures,” which many felt was an insufficient response. Three days later, the spokesman switched gears and said Johnson “respects the right of all people to peacefully protest and make their feelings known about injustices.”
  • Gary Neville, a TV news personality who was formerly a member of Manchester United, said on air in reaction to the players’ backlash, “The prime minister said it was ok for the population of this country to boo those players who are trying to promote equality and defend against racism. It starts at the very top, and so for me I wasn’t surprised in the slightest that I woke up this morning to those headlines.” Prince William, President of the English Football Association, was sickened. He tweeted, “It is totally unacceptable that players have to endure this abhorrent behavior. It must stop now and all those involved should be held accountable.”

Soccer authorities in England have joined forces with players to tackle racism both on the pitch and in society as a whole. The English National Team’s Twitter stated on Sunday, “We’re disgusted that some of our squad — who have given everything for the shirt this summer — have been subjected to discriminating abuse online after tonight’s game. We stand with our players.”

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Former NFL Champ Nate Burleson joins CBS Mornings

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Former NFL player Nate Burleson has officially made his hosting debut on the newly branded morning talk show, CBS Mornings.

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  • It was announced earlier this month that Burleson would replace Anthony Mason. Previously Mason joined Gayle King and Tony Doukoupil as host of the former CBS This Morning.  The show was rebranded in tandem to the relocation of their set to Times Square and Burleson joining the cast.
  • Since 2017, former NFL player Burleson has been the host of Good Morning Football on the NFL Network and has served as an analyst on The NFL Today on CBS. Burleson will continue his role on The NFL Today.

  • Burleson is the second former NFL player to join a network morning TV show, with Michael Strahan playing a major role as a co-host on ABC‘s Good Morning America.

Burleson credits Michael Strahan as the ‘blueprint’ for his career path, explaining, “He’s one of those individuals that I took a liking to once I retired because he rewrote the blueprint. I don’t want to say that he is the blueprint, because there has been plenty of players that have transitioned out of the game into TV. There have been African American men and women before him that have done the same thing, but he is a guy that has shown me the lay of the land, especially being a transplant from the West Coast to now New York.”

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Polo G Reportedly Arrested in Los Angeles on Concealed Weapon Charge

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Polo G was arrested on in Los Angeles on Monday, TMZ reports.

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According to the outlet, Polo G was arrested after police allegedly found a concealed firearm on the Hall of Fame rapper, which TMZ points out is a felony. The supposed discovery of the firearm occurred when a vehicle Polo G was a passenger in was stopped.

It’s currently unclear why the vehicle was pulled over in the first place but it was reported that a male juvenile was also detained during the stop.

Polo was similarly arrested while he was in Miami for his Hall of Fame album release party. The arrest, which took place back in June, resulted in the rapper getting hit with charges of of battery on a police officer, resisting arrest with violence, and criminal mischief. The rapper was also a passenger in a vehicle at the time of that arrest.

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Cardi B and Offset Welcome Their 2nd Child Together, His 5th

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Cardi B welcomed her and Offset’s second child together on Saturday, September 4.

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“9/4/21,” Cardi, 28, captioned a Monday, September 5, Instagram upload, alongside a blue heart emoji.

 

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The couple announced the Grammy winner’s pregnancy in June at the BET Awards. The “WAP” rapper showed her baby bump in a sheer jumpsuit during a joint performance.

The couple welcome Kulture, 3, July 2018. Offset, 29, previously welcomed Jordan, 11, Kody, 6, and Kalea, 6, in previous relationships.

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