A few days after Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend before turning the gun on himself, NFL player Roy Williams sent out a tweet while hunting.
The tweet sent on December 9 reads “Great day to be Hunting” and is embellished with several tiny guns and the words “bang-bang”. A short time later he sends another tweet that reads “Great Way to Start your morning” with the same gun graphics.
After the horrific events in Connecticut yesterday, I did a double take on Williams’ ‘bang-bang’ tweets. The thread was disturbing and peaked with one fan asking Williams’ if he was going to “especially” shoot the “Oregon Ducks”, his response, “yes, the Ducks, lol”. Shortly thereafter he tweets, “I hunt everything.”
With renewed talks about gun control, we felt it important to ask and plead with our professional athletes and celebrities to stop glorifying guns, especially on the heels of an NFL murder/suicide and especially after yesterday’s events.
There is nothing funny about it. Nothing. Zero. Sorry Roy Williams, as a public figure you have a social responsibility. Enjoy your duck hunting but leave the bang-bang gun graphics out…it only takes one unbalanced fan to misinterpret and take action.
Thanks for reading,
NFL Sack Leader Aldon Smith To Donate $5,099 For Each Sack During His Attempt To Break The All-Time NFL Single-Season Sack Record
As he works his way toward breaking the NFL single-season sack record, San Francisco linebacker Aldon Smith has announced that he will donate $5,099.00 for each of his sacks during the regular season. Smith is currently credited with 19.5 sacks on the season and he is looking to beat the all-time single-season record of 22.5 sacks set by Michael Strahan in 2001. The total monies raised will be split between Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco (Willy Mays Clubhouse at Hunters Point) and Boys & Girls Clubs of The Peninsula (East Palo Alto Clubhouse).
Aldon Smith stated, “I am excited to be able to give back to my community. Now, in addition to playing to win games, I am playing to raise much needed money for a great organization that makes a huge difference in the lives of millions of young people.” Continue reading
As a former New Orleans Saint and member of the Super Bowl XLI Champions Indianapolis Colts, Jason David is using his career and talent as an effective tool to reach out to the community, particularly youth.
On June 28-30, 2012, Jason David will host his fourth annual Celebrity Golf Classic to benefit his Jason David’s Corner Foundation.
The cause dearest to David’s heart is kidney disease. Inspired by the death of his cousin Segun “Shay” Ukome Moruka, who passed away from kidney disease in 2007, all proceeds from the Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament will go toward increasing the awareness and research of kidney disease in order to promote prevention and ultimately find a cure.
Athlebrities was honored to speak with David about his unwavering commitment to give back to his community as well as his efforts to prevent kidney disease. Continue reading
Former NFLer Darnell Bing (currently a free agent) has played with the Oakland Raiders, as well as the San Francisco 49ers, New York Jets and Detroit Lions, but our interest is in his non-gridiron related work in the community.
His 3rd Annual Bowling with the Stars event is happening on Saturday June 30th in efforts to raise money for youth with Down Syndrome.
It’s not often we come across a 6’2”, 232 pound NFL babe excited about bowling in efforts to raise awareness about how awesome kids with Down Syndrome are.
We were lucky to land an interview with Bing, who told us about his Foundation and why he wants to speak with Jamie Foxx. Continue reading
Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers is working hard to help foster kids find forever homes.
The NFL player has adopted a collection of images known as the ‘Heart Gallery’-it’s a collection of portraits taken of local foster children who are waiting to find a forever family…and last week, the Heart Gallery found a new home via a partnership with Rivers. Continue reading
NFL Stars to “Salute with Hoops’
On Friday, May 25, 2012, in appreciation of our troops, Duchess Entertainment presents one of the most highly anticipated events of the Memorial Day Weekend, the 2nd Annual NFL Military Appreciation “Salute with Hoops” Celebrity Basketball Game.
The fundraiser event will be hosted by famed UFL Star and Philanthropist Samie Parker, NFL Stars Josh Morgan (Washington Redskins), DeSean Jackson (Philadelphia Eagles), Kirk Morrison (Buffalo Bills), Marcedes Lewis (Jacksonville Jaguars) and other popular sports icons, on-air personalities and celebrities. Continue reading
New York Giants Defensive Tackle Chris Canty and Second Chance Toys teamed up this week to deliver recycled toys to kids in Harlem. The NFL player delivered over 700 toys and spoke to Harlem school children as part of the ‘Second Chance Toys’ Earth Week Event.
Well known for his commitment to providing educational resources to underserved children through his own foundation’s efforts, Canty was thrilled to join forces with Second Chance Toys.
“Toys provide important learning experiences for kids – and they make them happy,” said Canty. “No child should be deprived of that. I applaud Second Chance Toys for giving these kids their own second chance with these toys – and for caring about the environment they will grow up in.” Continue reading
At the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School in New Orleans, volunteers and sports athletes, including
LL Cool J Steve Smith from the Carolina Panthers, gathered to wash the feet of needy children and provide them with a new pair of shoes during the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.
This was one of four events where Buick has teamed up with former University of North Dakota basketball player Emmanuel “Manny” Ohonme and Samaritan’s Feet to donate 2,012 pairs of shoes and socks to impoverished children in the New Orleans region. Continue reading
NFLer’s Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin tour with OXFAM and inspire Kurt Warner to get involved.
There’s one athlete we’re having trouble keeping up with, Larry Fitzgerald. Perhaps the biggest ‘giver’ in the NFL, Fitzgerald does so much charity work, we could dedicate our entire blog to him and never run out of fodder.
The might-mighty-fine man has been documenting his various ‘charitable’ journeys via Facebook and Twitter, most recently, he checked in from Ethiopia. Continue reading
If you haven’t figured it out yet, Athlebrities has a minor obsession with singer/songwriter/activist/lover Jason Mraz…and today, Mraz is asking us to check out his PSA is support of Marriage Equality:
In addition to Mraz, Superbowl Champion and Cleveland Browns’ Linebacker Scott Fujita is also an ‘American for Marriage Equality’.
Americans for Marriage Equality is a public engagement campaign featuring prominent Americans who support committed gay and lesbian couples getting married. The campaign draws from a cadre of supportive professional athletes, film and music celebrities, political and civil rights leaders and business leaders…A hallmark of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights movement is the fight to have our relationships recognized as equal under the law. Full marriage equality is the true measure of our success in this area.
Find out MORE HERE.
As always, thanks for reading~
*Note: Athlebrities™ is NOT associated with E! Entertainment Television’s on-line sports section.
The NFL’s Tim Tebow spoke to a sold out crowd about everything except the Denver Broncos on March 16, in Montgomery, Alabama, while raising money for a great cause.
“An Evening with Tim Tebow” was sponsored by Baptist Health and benefited the Cancer Wellness Foundation of Central Alabama. Continue reading
The USO and NFL commemorated their 46 year partnership with a seven-day, two-country USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour to Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan March 2-9, 2012.
“I’m thankful for the opportunity to visit our service men and women overseas,” said Takeo Spikes, “They take an extraordinary amount of pride in protecting our country and I’m very grateful for their commitment. This experience has been amazing.”
Making the trek were Carolina Panthers punter Jason Baker, 11-year NFL veteran/Travel Channel host Dhani Jones, Cleveland Browns center Alex Mack, San Diego Chargers linebacker/two-time Pro Bowl selection Takeo Spikes and Houston Texans offensive tackle Eric Winston. Continue reading
Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk has chopped off his long, blond golden locks and donated his hair to a child with cancer.
Hawk and his wife have partnered with Wigs for Kids a charity that makes wigs for children who have lost their hair to chemotherapy…his own hair is the first to be donated to his initiative “Hawk’s Locks for Kids.”
Via Twitter, Hawk said: “Thanks to wigs for kids for partnering with us. My wife and I are proud to start ‘Hawk’s locks for Kids’ which will be helping kids with cancer. We are hoping to raise enough money and hair donations to change many lives!” Continue reading
NFL Viking Adrian Peterson has been pouring his heart out to fans on Twitter about why he can’t- excuse me, why he WON’T change his current jersey number from 28.
According to Peterson “#1 I’m in the top jersey sales! # 2 I see maybe 10,000 from those sales, #3 I get paid under 1million a year, #4 but I oder (in order) to change MY number…I have to pay a Million Bucks! Somebody’s winning in that situation & ITs not me! So clearly with that said I won’t be changing my number.” Continue reading
David Beckham…underwear…I mean Bodywear…available at H&M…commercial to air during the 2nd quarter of the Super Bowl.
As always, thanks for reading~
*Note: Athlebrities™ is NOT associated with E! Entertainment Television’s on-line ‘Athlebrity Zone’ or ‘Athlebrity Madness’. Their use of my legally protected company name is without my consent and constitutes a direct, well-documented theft of my intellectual property.
The NFL’s Larry Fitzgerald Lives Strong
This morning, Arizona Cardinal Larry Fitzgerald was up to Good again, this time tweeting from the offices of Nike for a ‘Live-strong’ event.
Today marks the 15th anniversary of Lance Armstrong’s foundation, aka Livestrong.org. Since its creation as the Lance Armstrong Foundation in 1997, the non-profit has invested $157 million in programs that serve survivors, $85 million in grants and awards and $33 million to advocate for policies and funding that advance the fight against the world’s leading cause of death.
And today also marks a mighty-mighty-fine athlete shout-out to Fitzgerald for being one of the most cause orientated, sincere and socially-engaging athletes alive. Continue reading
Top 30 Celebrity Donors for 2011
The Giving Back Fund (GBF), a nonprofit organization that provides philanthropic management and consulting to the sports and entertainment industries, released its fifth annual Giving Back 30, a list of the 30 celebrities who made the largest donations to charity in 2011 according to public records.
“Encouragement by example is the main reason we compile the Giving Back 30,” said Marc Pollick, President and Founder of The Giving Back Fund. “One cannot help but be influenced by the generosity of his or her peers.” Pollick continued, “We are also often asked by the media and the public about which celebrities actually give the largest donations to charitable causes so we decided it made sense to publish the research for all to see.” Continue reading
Andre Johnson Getting Houston in the Holiday Mood
Houston Texans, wide receiver Andre Johnson, has been working long and hard on his road to recovery after suffering multiple hamstring injuries this season. Even though this year hasn’t exactly been in Johnson’s favor he has still made it a priority to give back to the Houston community this holiday season. Continue reading
Keenen Ivory Wayans to Lead Players at NFL Pro Hollywood Boot Camp?
Could an NFL athlete be the next great filmmaker? The NFL thinks so and is giving players interested in the movie business a little pre-retirement prep for careers in the ‘real world.’
The NFL confirmed that 20 current and former NFL players will take part in the first ever NFL Pro Hollywood Boot Camp for players interested in the movie industry.Continue reading
Drew Brees: Sesame Street
The NFL’s New Orleans Saint saint, Drew Brees, has joined forces with Elmo to teach our nation’s youth how to measure distance.
Brees, who currently leads the NFL this season with 4,366 yards through the air, is Elmo’s special guest in an episode of Sesame Street set to air Thursday on PBS.
Watch as “Mr. Drew” measures Elmo out at 24 inches…before measuring Elmo with a potato, a tube of toothpaste and of course, a football.
As always, thanks for reading~