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.
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Celebrities and Athletes Support ‘Football for Good’
Football season is here and with it comes a great ménage a trios: Adrian Peterson, Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher.
The triage of do-gooders have partnered up via their foundations to raise awareness and bring an end to child sex trafficking.
NFL stud Adrian Peterson and his ‘All Day Foundation’ along with Demi and Ashton’s DNA Foundation, have officially kicked off their ‘Football for Give’ initiative on Crowdrise, with a ‘goal to make each touchdown count for more than just points.’
- Through Football for Good, players and fans are coming together to raise funds and awareness to bring an end to child sex trafficking and support programs that enrich the lives of children around the country. It is estimated that more than 2 million children are victims of sex trafficking around the world. What many people don’t know is that this doesn’t just happen overseas, it happens here at home as well. More than 200,000 American children are at risk of being trafficked. Football for Good works to raise awareness about this issue and gather support for programs that address the needs of some of our country’s most vulnerable youth.
Football for Good: Adrian Peterson (Minnesota Vikings) will donate $5,000 per touchdown, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore will match his contribution…Victor Ortiz will donate $2500 per Peterson touchdown…other NFL athletes involved with Football for Good include Michael Huff (Oakland Raiders); Roy Williams (Chicago Bears); Jermaine Gresham (Cincinnati Bengals); Dallas Clark (Indianapolis Colts); DeSean Jackson (Philadelphia Eagles)
Join the cause and donate to make a difference in the lives of children…and win great prizes along the way including a trip to a Vikings game, and a meet & greet with Adrian…join the team and raise more than $1000 before Nov. 1 and you’ll be entered to win a three-night stay at W residences in Miami. And, everyone on your team who contributes $20 or more will have a chance to win the trip to a Vikings game, VIP tickets and a meet & greet with Adrian.
Video below: Actors Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher participate in the launch the UN Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons at UN Headquarters in New York November 2010.
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Inaugural Veterans Day Carrier Classic
It’s official, on 11/11/11 our troops will be honored in a unique way… in a re-match of their epic 2009 NCAA Championship contest, the Tar Heels of North Carolina will take-on the Spartans of Michigan State in a Division I Men’s Basketball game before 7,000 spectators on the massive flight deck of the United States Navy Aircraft Carrier USS Carl Vinson. The vessel-which earlier this year buried Osama Bin Laden at sea- will be docked at the Naval Base Coronado in beautiful San Diego.
Produced by the Morale Entertainment Foundation, Inc. in conjunction with ESPN, the Inaugural Veterans Day Carrier Classic will be broadcast live (ESPN) while VIP guests, dignitaries and A-list celebrities enjoy the event as part of ESPN Veterans Week programming. *Rumors put Magic Johnson on deck as well as a plethora of other Athlebrity favorites.
The game is the highlight of ESPN’s Veterans Week programming leading up to Veterans Day that will include coverage of related features including a National Coaches Clinic with an expected 2000 participants and appearances and informative talks with dignitaries from the military and government as well as media figures and celebrities.
Morale Entertainment was established as a labor of love and respect to our fighting men and women by a small group of patriots from the entertainment, broadcasting, government and business fields. They perceived a need to increase entertainment opportunities for our war-fighters deployed abroad. To address this important need, Morale Entertainment was founded on a vision to bring to our war-fighters the “Best of America.” Additionally, by videotaping each event, producing broadcast–quality programming, Morale Entertainment envisions bringing families closer to their warriors, and raising awareness of ordinary citizens as to the extraordinary sacrifices of those who wear the uniform. Morale Entertainment provides talent interested in participating and performing in events at Military bases downrange.
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