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NFL’s Baltimore Ravens call for arrest of police officers in Blake, Taylor shootings – CNN International

(CNN)While several sporting events were scrapped in the US this week in the aftermath of the shooting of Jacob Blake, the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens have gone a step further by demanding that the officers who shot the 29-year-old and Breonna Taylor be brought to justice.

Blake is likely be left paralyzed, according to his family, after being struck seven times in the back by police at his vehicle last Sunday in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
His three children were in the car at the time, said his attorney Ben Crump.
Blake’s uncle told CNN on Thursday that he was handcuffed to his hospital bed after undergoing surgery.
An unarmed Taylor, 26, was shot and killed by plainclothes officers in her home in Louisville in March following a no-knock warrant. None of the officers involved in her case have been charged.
The Ravens issued a statement Thursday and began by seeking unity but also said it was time to “accept accountability and acknowledge the ramifications of slavery and racial injustice.”
“With yet another example of racial discrimination with the shooting of Jacob Blake, and the unlawful abuse of peaceful protesters, we MUST unify as a society,” the team said on its website. “It is imperative that all people — regardless of race, religion, creed or belief — come together to say, ‘Enough is enough!’
“This is bigger than sports. Racism is embedded in the fabric of our nation’s foundation and is a blemish on our country’s history.
“If we are to change course and make our world a better place, we must face this problem head-on and act now to enact positive change.
“It is time to accept accountability and acknowledge the ramifications of slavery and racial injustice.
“Though we cannot right all the wrongs of our country’s history, we can …” the statement continued, subsequently calling for seven points of action.

Seven action points

The first sought the arrest and charge of the officers responsible for Taylor’s death and the shooting of Blake.
It also demands that US Senator Mitch McConnell bring the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020 to the Senate floor for vote.
Floyd died aged 46 when he was pinned down by police in Minneapolis in May. One officer kept his knee on Floyd’s neck for several minutes.
The Ravens additionally want the end of qualified immunity, the use of body cameras and the banning of chokeholds and no-knock warrants, plus are demanding “prison sentencing reform that is fair and equitable.”
The NFL announced that multiple teams canceled practice Thursday in response to Blake’s shooting, with the Ravens canceling practice Friday to “perform a team unifying session surrounding social justice reform.”
In a joint statement issued on Twitter accompanied by a hashtag of Black Lives Matter, the NFL and NFL players association said Thursday it shared in “the anger and frustration” of what happened.
“The NFL community is united more than ever to support one another in these challenging times,” the bodies said. “We share anger and frustration, most recently as a result of the shooting of Jacob Blake.
“While our passions continue to run high, we are proud that our players and clubs, League and Union, are taking time to have the difficult conversations about these issues that affect the Black community and other communities of color in America.
“We are especially encouraged that these conversations are about how we can come together to make the necessary and long overdue changes in our country.
“We will continue to not only use our collective platform to call out racism and injustice whenever and wherever it occurs in our country, but also fight together to eradicate it.”

Baseball moment of silence

In Major League Baseball, the New York Mets’ home game against the Miami Marlins was one of those not played but not before both teams took to the field for 42 seconds of silence.
Friday marks the league’s Jackie Robinson Day. Robinson, the first Black major leaguer in 1947, wore the number 42. His number was retired by MLB 50 years later, in 1997.

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John Harbaugh: NFL’s Reopening Protocols Are ‘Humanly Impossible’ –

The NFL released a detailed memo to all teams on Sunday outlining the procedures for the eventual return of employees, including players, to team facilities, and specifically how training camp will need to be conducted.

While Head Coach John Harbaugh said the Ravens will abide by whatever rules are put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Harbaugh believes the guidelines – which call for social distancing pretty much everywhere in the building – need to be tweaked before doors officially open.

In an interview Thursday with 105.7 The Fan’s “Inside Access with Jason La Canfora & Ken Weinman“, Harbaugh said the new protocols are “humanly impossible” to follow.

“I’ve seen all the memos on that, and to be quite honest with you, it’s impossible what they’re asking us to do. Humanly impossible,” Harbaugh said. “We’re going to do everything we can do. We’re going to space, we’re going to have masks. But, you know, this is a communication sport. So if we want to get out there and have any idea about what we’re doing on the field, we have to communicate with each other in person. We have to practice and I’m pretty sure the huddle’s not going to be six-feet spaced.

“Are guys going to shower one at a time all day? Are guys going to lift weights one at a time all day? These are things the league and the [NFLPA] needs to get a handle on and needs to get agreed with some common sense so we can operate in the 13-hour day in training camp that they’re giving us and get our work done. That’s the one thing, you can tell by my voice, I’m a little frustrated with what I’m hearing there. And I think they need to get that pinned down a little better.”

Training camps aren’t scheduled to start until late July, as they typically do. Thus, much can change between now and then when it comes to COVID-19 and how best to handle it.

“Now maybe we’ll know more in two months and they’ll be able to be a little more realistic and practical in what they’re asking,” Harbaugh said. “I expect that to be the case. I think good people, smart people, are involved in this. But the way I’m reading these memos right now, you throw your hands up and you go, ‘Well, what the heck? There’s no way we can be right.'”

Harbaugh guaranteed the Ravens will do “as good a job or better” than other teams around the NFL in following the guidelines, but wants to ensure the NFL is making sure other teams are preparing under the unique rules accordingly as well.

“As a coach, you don’t want to hear that you’re limiting your operations as far as preparing your team and then you hear that 10 other teams aren’t paying attention to the rules and then there’s no consequence for that,” Harbaugh said. “And then they have an advantage on you. That’s what I don’t want to see. So I just think it needs to be fair and it needs to be reasonable. And I do believe that they’ll find a way to do that.”

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NFL’s Deandre Baker & Quinton Dunbar Accused Of Armed Robbery, Warrants Issued – TMZ

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4:27 PM PT — The Giants have issued a statement regarding Baker’s alleged role in the robbery … saying, “We are aware of the situation. We have been in contact with Deandre. We have no further comment at this time.”

Two NFL players — including a 2019 1st round draft pick — have been accused of armed robbery and arrest warrants have been issued, TMZ Sports has learned.

Law enforcement confirms NY Giants cornerback Deandre Baker (the 30th overall pick in 2019) is facing 4 charges of armed robbery and 4 charges of aggravated assault with a firearm.

Seattle Seahawks corner Quinton Dunbar is facing 4 counts of armed robbery.

According to police, the two men were partying in Miramar, FL on May 13 … when things took a disturbing turn.

Cops say Baker and Dunbar were allegedly hanging at a cookout — playing cards and video games — when an argument broke out and Baker whipped out a semi-automatic firearm.

Cops say the men began to rob party guests … with Dunbar assisting in taking watches and other valuables at the direction of Baker.

At one point, cops say Baker directed a 3rd man — who was wearing a red mask — to shoot someone who had just walked into the party … but fortunately, no one was actually shot.

Law enforcement says the men made out with more than $7,000 in cash — along with several valuable watches including an $18,000 Rolex watch, a $25,000 Hublot and a pricey Audemars Piguet timepiece.

There are conflicting reports from witnesses about whether Dunbar was armed with a gun — some say he was, others say he was not.

One witness told cops they had met Baker and Dunbar at a party a few days earlier in Miami — at which the NFL players had “lost” around $70,000.

Our sources tell us the men had “lost” the money in high-stakes card games and other forms of gambling.

One witness told cops the men were gambling again at the May 13 event … when an argument broke out and Baker allegedly flipped a table and busted out his piece.

According to cops, some people at the party believe it was a planned robbery because when the 3 men were done taking valuables, there were 3 getaway cars strategically positioned to “expedite an immediate departure.”

FYI, the alleged getaway cars were SICK — a Lamborghini, a Mercedes-Benz and a BMW.

The Miramar Police Dept. says warrants for the two NFL players’ arrests have been issued … though neither player is currently in custody.

Cops tell us they have been in contact with reps for the suspects and they’re currently working on a planned surrender.

22-year-old Baker — a former Georgia Bulldog superstar — was picked with the 30th overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft and is expected to compete for a starting job on the Giants this season.

27-year-old Dunbar, meanwhile, was just traded from Washington to the Seahawks in March after starting 25 games for the Redskins from 2015-2019. He’s also expected to compete for starter’s minutes in Seattle.

Originally Published — 4:05 PM PT

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