Barstool Sports is a news site known for its unabashed everyman coverage of everything from sports to politics to memes, and though it continues to grow in popularity, its hijinks have earned it a big enemy: the National Football League.
The league recently revoked Super Bowl week credentials from all Barstool Sports employees.
The reason, NBC reported, is that four Barstool Sports employees once organized a sit-in at the league offices to protest commissioner Roger Goodell’s handling of the infamous “deflategate incident” involving clearly innocent New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, causing him to be suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season (seriously guys, he didn’t deflate the balls).
When the Barstool staff refused to leave, they were arrested.
The league reportedly took their credentials because people who behave like that don’t deserve press passes, and they don’t think Barstool Sports is funny.
Barstool Sports simply responded, “Fuck Goodell.” And one of its reporters still managed to sneak into the NFL’s media day on Jan. 30. So maybe there is hope they’ll find their way to the Super Bowl to cover Brady’s glorious revenge win after all.
With the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group and a gaggle of B-52 Stratofortress bombers flexing their muscles in the Middle East, lawmakers are mounting yet another effort to repeal the post-9/11 legislation that could be used as a potential legal justification for a military conflict with Iran.
The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday voted along party lines to add an amendment to the annual defense budget that would roll back the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force that, passed just days after the September 11th attacks, provided a legislative blank check for the U.S. military to pursue terror groups around the world.
In what appear to be his first public remarks on U.S. national security since his resignation as Secretary of Defense, retired Marine Gen. James Mattis offered a word of caution to President Donald Trump amid escalating tensions with Iran on Tuesday.
"The United States should buy time to keep peace and stability and allow diplomats to work diplomacy on how to keep peace for one more hour, one more day, one more week, a month or a year," Mattis said during remarks in the United Arab Emirates.
"Iran's behavior must change," Mattis added, "[but] the military must work to buy time for diplomats to work their magic."
To many, he was the homegrown face of terrorist treachery who left a comfortable Marin County life to train for jihad with Osama bin Laden and fight for America's foes in Afghanistan. To others, he was a wayward teenage spiritual seeker swept up in the Global War on Terror.
This week, a generation after 9/11, the "American Taliban" will be a free man.