Los Angeles Lakers owner Jeanie Buss made an extremely tough decision in the middle of last season when she decided to part ways with both her brother Jim, who was the executive vice president of basketball operations at the time, and long-time general manager Mitch Kupchak. The move came at an interesting time as it was just a week before the trade deadline and the front office duo was in the midst of discussing a possible DeMarcus Cousins trade with the Sacramento Kings. But Jeanie replaced them with former Laker great Magic Johnson to be the president of basketball operations and then hired Kobe Bryant’s agent Rob Pelinka as general manager a few weeks later. Kupchak recently appeared on the
While NFL players are taking a knee, Erich Nikischer is leaving the arena. Nikischer found himself so enraged by several Buffalo Bills kneeling during the national anthem on Sunday that he quit his job of almost 30 years at the team’s home stadium, New Era Field. Nikischer said he has no issue with players protesting prior to the playing of The Star-Spangled Banner, but could not handle the kneeling during the song.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — On a day when NFL teams grabbed the nation’s attention by coordinating demonstrations during the national anthem, a 97-year-old World War II veteran went viral with a solitary show of support for the protests. Brennan Gilmore posted a Twitter picture Sunday morning of his grandfather, John Middlemas, kneeling while wearing a veteran’s cap. Gilmore wrote: “My grandpa is a 97 year-old WWII vet & Missouri farmer who wanted to join w/ those who #TakeaKnee: ‘those kids have every right to protest.'” Middlemas is a farmer from Willard, Missouri. He tells the Springfield News-Leader he wanted to communicate “that you have to love everybody.” He adds: “We don’t kill people. We want