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NFL calls hit by Bears' Jon Bostic 'spectacular'; fines him $21K anyway
2013-08-23

NFL.com confirmed Briggs' tweet saying that Bostic was specifically fined for lowering his head on a defenseless player's body.

Now here's the weird part of the story, the NFL has a clip of Bostic's hit on the league's official website and in the caption below the clip, the hit is referred to as a 'spectacular' one. The NFL also used the word spectacular in the headline.
Of course, as soon as the fine was announced, Twitter pointed out the hypocrisy of calling a hit spectacular, but then still fining the player for said hit. At that point the NFL changed the caption and the headline faster than the NCAA store scrubbed player names from its search engine.

You can't fool Google though. Proof that the NFL used the word 'spectacular' still exists if you search 'Jon Bostic spectacular hit.'
The fine may not seem like a big one, but it probably is to Bostic, who as a rookie, is only pulling in $405,000 in base salary this season. Bostic can appeal the fine and if he does, he'll probably ask the league why they fined him in the first place if they thought his hit was so 'spectacular.'




Brendon Ayanbadejo calls athletes to stand for marriage equality
2013-04-23

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Former Baltimore Ravens reserve linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo called on professional athletes Tuesday to stand up for marriage equality because he said it is "the right thing to do."

Ayanbadejo took his support for gay marriage to South Florida, where his career started with Miami in 2003 and where he has lived for the past decade.

"We are calling on everybody across all spectrums of sports," he told a news conference in Fort Lauderdale, where he was joined by the civil rights organization Equality Florida.

"I think the star power, especially with athletes, allows us to hit a demographic. ... I think this allows us to have our voice reach a little bit deeper to people who wouldn't normally hear our message."

The 36-year-old Ayanbadejo said he had a "bigger calling than football" and this was it.

"I have a chance now to help so many more people than I did while in football."

An open proponent of gay marriage, Ayanbadejo spoke in favor of it in November, before Maryland passed a law allowing it, and also prior to the Super Bowl. He also recently spoke at a rally on the steps of the Supreme Court.

He was cut from the Ravens earlier this month and initially suggested the roster move stemmed from his controversial stance. He has since backed off that position and said the team has supported him since he began talking about equality in 2009.

"They said go ahead and use your platform," he said. "And not only did that make the Ravens look good and also we won the Super Bowl, but also it's a good example for other teams in the NFL as well."

Earlier this month, he told The Baltimore Sun that up to four NFL players may soon come out as gay. He told The Associated Press on Tuesday that a group of athletes were in touch with equality organizations and "we are just trying to facilitate them so they can have a support group amongst each other."

Ayanbadejo, who said he is not gay, said he is a product of biracial parents who would not have been able to marry in the '60s in several states.

"It's personal, but I equate it to equal rights, and a lot of people can't see it that way," he said of gay marriage.

The National Football League has not aligned itself with any lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender organizations.

Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press
http://www.nfl.com


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