Posts Tagged ‘Donald Trump’

The worlds of professional wrestling and politics don’t often intersect, unless Linda McMahon’s name is brought up. She is, of course, the wife of Vince McMahon and is one of the co-founders of WWE. Today she is an official in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet and serves as the Head of the Small Business Administration.

Earlier this week the New York Times published an article written by a member of Trump’s administration in which an anonymous author criticized the President. Many have speculated as to who wrote the piece, and Linda McMahon was quick to distance herself from it by denying being the author.

I am not author of the anonymous @nytimes op-ed. @realDonaldTrump has a clear governing vision for the country and his record of results is remarkable. I am proud to serve as a member of President Trump’s @Cabinet to advocate on behalf of America’s 30 million small businesses.

— Linda McMahon (@SBALinda) September 6, 2018

The op-ed piece claimed that many in Trump’s staff are trying to thwart some of his controversial policies and that there have even been whispers to invoke the 25th Amendment, which relates to removing the President.

Trump, the WWE and the McMahons have always had a good relationship which dates back decades. Trump Plaza in New Jersey hosted both WrestleMania IVand WrestleMania V in the late 1980s with Trump in attendance.

Trump also appeared at Mr. McMahon’s “Fan Appreciation Night” on Raw in 2007 which then led to a “Battle of the Billionaires” match at WrestleMania 23.

The Donald J. Trump Foundation reports that Vince and Linda McMahon were the top donors to the foundation from 2004 to 2014. The donations were reported as coming from WWE, but the Foundation clarified that and said the money came from Vince and Linda personally.

In 2013 Trump was the celebrity inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame and Vince McMahon was who presented him.

Source: Linda McMahon’s Twitter

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President Donald Trump bashed Nike for its endorsement of Colin Kaepernick, who was crowned the face of the company’s 30th anniversary campaign.

“I think it’s a terrible message,” Trump told Vince Coglianese and Saagar Enjeti of The Daily Caller. “Nike is a tenant of mine. They pay a lot of rent.”

Kaepernick was the first NFL player to kneel for the national anthem in a protest against social injustice throughout the United States. He’s been unemployed since March 2017 and is attempting to sue the NFL for collusion.

Trump has repeatedly attacked Kaepernick and other NFL players who have demonstrated during the national anthem before games. He once went as far as to call Kaepernick a “son of a b—-” for refusing to stand.

“But I think it’s a terrible message that they’re sending and the purpose of them doing it, maybe there’s a reason for them doing it, but I think as far as sending a message, I think it’s a terrible message and a message that shouldn’t be sent,” Trump said. “There’s no reason for it.”

Trump added that he respects Nike’s right to support Kaepernick, even if he doesn’t.

“As much as I disagree with the Colin Kaepernick endorsement, in another way – I mean, I wouldn’t have done it,” he said. “In another way, it is what this country is all about, that you have certain freedoms to do things that other people think you shouldn’t do, but I personally am on a different side of it.”

Devante Smith-Pelly hasn’t struggled with his decision to not go to the White House should his Washington Capitals be invited by U.S. President Donald Trump.

The winger shed more light on his stance Tuesday after first making his feelings known back in early June.

“It was an easy decision,” he told TSN’s Mark Masters at BioSteel camp Tuesday. “I said it at the time and the decision was made a long time ago.”

The Stanley Cup champion Capitals haven’t been officially invited by the president yet, but he said in June that they’d likely be welcome.

Two days before that, Smith-Pelly told Postmedia’s Michael Traikos that “the things that (Trump) spews are straight-up racist and sexist,” adding that “some of the things he’s said are pretty gross,” and that he “definitely” doesn’t agree with Trump’s rhetoric.

About a week later, Smith-Pelly told reporters he’d “still love” Alex Ovechkin and any other teammates who decide to go. He shared a similar sentiment Tuesday while adding that he hasn’t changed his mind about passing on a potential visit.

“I made my decision when the question was asked, so that hasn’t changed,” Smith Pelly told Masters. “(My teammates) don’t care. The thing about that team is everyone is an individual and they let you be yourself, so I’m not going to hold it against anyone if they want to go. That’s fine, they can go ahead, and no one’s going to hold it against me or any other player who says, ‘Hey, we don’t want to go,’ so they’re all supportive. They don’t care what I do.”

Serena Williams said every athlete ”should be completely grateful and honored” for the protests started by former NFL players Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid.

Kaepernick and Reid, two former San Francisco 49ers now out of the league, were each given huge ovations when they were introduced and shown on the big screen during the match between Serena and Venus Williams at the U.S. Open on Friday night. Serena Williams said she was focused on the match and did not notice the pair in the stands. Reid raised his fist and Kaepernick smiled for the fans.

Kaepernick tweeted a photo of his young niece with Serena and wrote, ”Lani lost it when Serena surprised her after the match!!! Thank you so much Serena !!!”

Serena said she was grateful for the stand they took that has seen both players take on the NFL. An arbitrator is sending Kaepernick’s grievance with the NFL to trial, denying the league’s request to throw out the quarterback’s claims that owners conspired to keep him out of the league because of his protests of social injustice. A similar grievance is still pending by unsigned safety Eric Reid, who played with Kaepernick in San Francisco and joined in the protests.

Kaepernick began a wave of protests by NFL players two seasons ago, kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality. The protests have grown into one of the most polarizing issues in sports, with President Donald Trump loudly urging the league to suspend or fire players who demonstrate during the anthem.

”I think every athlete, every human, and definitely every African-American should be completely grateful and honored how Colin and Eric are doing so much more for the greater good, so to say,” Serena said. ”They really use their platform in ways that is really unfathomable. I feel like they obviously have great respect from a lot of their peers, especially other athletes, people that really are looking for social change.”

Serena Williams equaled her most-lopsided victory ever in 30 professional meetings with sister Venus, beating her 6-1, 6-2 in the third round.

Besides making recent headlines for having his Twitter account hacked and threaten American President Donald Trump, newly crowned WWE Hall of Famer Bill Goldberg has made another stir with strong remarks to Inside The Ropesregarding his induction ceremony in April.

There was excitement in the air leading up to Goldberg’s appearance with the 2018 WWE Hall of Fame class, but the exhausting four-hour ceremony sucked the life out of the room before the legend even took to the stage. Goldberg said that the 2018 ceremony in New Orleans wasn’t a “justice to the people being inducted”, and the sluggish format of the evening wasn’t “a justice to the fans that sit there for four hours”.

“I don’t care about what other people say or how they did it,” Goldberg explained. “I’m telling you in my experience as a headliner in 2018 in the Hall Of Fame — it needs to be changed.”

Goldberg claimed he aired his thoughts and grievances to Vince McMahon himself on how he felt the Hall of Fame event should unfold.

“I think it needs to be changed completely right up on its head,” Goldberg explained. “It needs to be changed because it sucks.”

Sitting out the rest of WrestleMania weekend was also bittersweet for Goldberg, as he compared it to “being on the sidelines when you can play”, and making him feel like a “caged animal.”

“I couldn’t stand it just because I’m a competitive dude, and I don’t sit backstage and watch people do their thing when I’m still capable of doing it.”

Goldberg was blunt and upfront with his thoughts surrounding the events of the WWE Hall of Fame, but he was a bit more cautious when speaking about his possible in-ring future. While he stopped short to affirm he wasn’t “asking for the match”, Goldberg does admit if “the cards fell right” he wouldn’t say no to a match with The Undertaker.

LeBron James‘ new HBO show, “The Shop,” premiered Tuesday, and it delivered some frank conversations on social and racial issues. In the opening episode, James said he feels obligated to speak up on those topics.

“I want the satisfaction. Not for myself, but for everybody else,” James said on the show, as transcribed by ESPN. “I was raised off of (rappers) Snoop (Dogg) and (Tupac) and (Jay-Z) and Biggie, and now I get an opportunity to be the inspiration around what all of these kids are looking up to? And for me to just sit back and not say s— when a lot of my peers didn’t say s—? It didn’t feel right.”

James has been a frequent critic of President Donald Trump and has often shared his opinion on race relations in the United States despite criticism from some corners.

“At the end of the day, when I decided I was going to start speaking up and not giving a f— about the backlash or if it affects me, my whole mindset was it’s not about me … my popularity went down,” he said. “But at the end of the day, my truth to so many different kids and so many different people was broader than me personally.”

The first episode of “The Shop” featured James, Draymond GreenOdell Beckham Jr., Snoop Dogg, Candace Parker, and Jon Stewart, among others.

The “Lob City” era of the L.A. Clippers was always a threat to contend in the stacked Western Conference, but could never get over the hump.

Chris PaulDeAndre Jordan, and Blake Griffin were All-NBA talents that could never figure out how to play together. JJ Redick, the team’s resident sharpshooter, played his role to the best of his ability, but believes pettiness stood in the way of a potential title.

“I don’t think there was one moment,” Redick said on the “Pardon My Take” podcast last Tuesday. “Doc (Rivers) used to always talk about how when one group was together for a long period of time, instead of getting closer together, you end up pointing fingers at each other.

“It was weird because separately, everybody was really cool with each other. Off the court, everybody sort of got along. And then, there was just so much pettiness. It was just pettiness. It’s weird to think what we had the potential to accomplish, and what ultimately derailed that was pettiness. Like, Donald Trump-level pettiness.”

They were on the brink of facing the Golden State Warriors in the conference finals in 2015 before blowing a 3-1 series lead against the James Harden-led Houston Rockets.

The Clippers’ four-player core stuck together from 2013-17 before reaching their boiling point after a first-round loss to the Utah Jazz.