Before the stories we reference within the podcast please see two young high school athletes chose to do in response to the Steubenville Case

courtesy of the cleveland.com (plain dealer)

Benedictine’s Jerome Baker and St. Edward’s Alex Stump invite area football players to take pledge against sexual assault, violence on women

Benedictine’s Jerome Baker and St. Edward’s Alex Stump invite area football players to take pledge against sexual assault, violence on women
Benedictine’s Jerome Baker, left, and St. Edward’s Alex Stump want football players across Northeast Ohio to join them Aug. 23 in taking a pledge against sexual and physical violence against women. (John Kuntz and Chuck Crow, The Plain Dealer)
By Jerome Baker and Alex Stump, Special to the Northeast Ohio Media Group
on August 15, 2014 6:15 p.m.
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Two area high school football players, Benedictine’s Jerome Baker and St. Edward’s Alex Stump, contacted the Northeast Ohio Media Group last month about an Aug. 23 event they are planning for fellow players featured in July during a 31-day cleveland.com series.

Baker and Stump are inviting those players – as well as all local varsity football players — to take a pledge with them against sexual assault and violence against women and girls.

They have contacted the other players featured in the cleveland.com series of 31 athlete profiles entering the fall season and have written a letter of invitation to all varsity players in Northeast Ohio. Here is their letter. Please note the RSVP request below.

Hello fellow varsity football players:

We are inviting you to join us in speaking out on a very important subject: Prevention of sexual assault and acts of violence against women and girls.

We are requesting your participation in an event at Cleveland’s Juvenile Justice Center on Aug. 23 from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Other players featured in the 31 in 31 series who want to represent their schools will join us. Local court judges will also join us. We’re reaching out to the Cleveland Browns (see brief video of Brian Hoyer speaking on the topic). Don’t let an empty chair exist where you should be as a representative in the community for your school, yourself and your family.

We will sign a pledge administered by Cuyahoga County Common Pleas judge Dick Ambrose, a former Browns player, and Juvenile Court administrative judge Kristin W. Sweeney, and encourage an online petition.

In the pledge we will promise to treat women and girls with respect and speak up if we witness or hear of assaults – to stand as a protector and speak out against perpetrators.

All of this will be recorded and included in a feature film.

Please confirm that you are going to attend by contacting Tyrone White atwhoaman.movement@yahoo.com or 216-650-6594. The deadline to RSVP is Wednesday at 5 p.m. The Juvenile Justice Center is located in Cleveland at 9300 Quincy Ave.

Let’s be the voice that prevents assaults like what happened two years ago involving members of Steubenville’s football team. Let’s use our status as athletes to encourage change and promote behavior that respects women and girls and does not bring harm to them.

Here is the reality in this country according to a 2014 report released by the White House Council on Women and Girls:

  • Girls are especially at risk. Nearly half of female survivors were raped before age 18.
  • College students are particularly vulnerable. One in 5 women has been sexually assaulted while in college.

Let’s be difference makers.

Sincerely,

Jerome Baker and Alex Stump

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Steubenville rape case: Ma’Lik Richmond returns to football field and hears cheers

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — For two years, Ma’Lik Richmond’s name has been been discussed and debated in association with a rape that drew worldwide attention to this blue collar, Ohio River town. Thursday evening in front of about 4,000 football fans, Richmond heard his name announced over a loud speaker, and then something he had not heard in a long time: cheers.

Those waiting to see what kind of impact Richmond might have on the Steubenville High School football team — and what the reaction might be — didn’t have long to wait in Harding Stadium. Richmond caught a 44-yard pass on the game’s first play from scrimmage, out-leaping two defenders and making a fine reception in front of the home stands, which approved with a loud roar.

As if to drive home the point that Richmond is a valued member of the Big Red, his named was called again on the next play. He took a short pass from quarterback Mandela Lawrence-Burke and the 6-4, 235-pound Richmond bulled his way 18 yards to the 13, setting up the game’s first touchdown.

Richmond, a senior who started at linebacker and wide receiver, had a significant impact in the season opener against Cleveland John F. Kennedy. Richmond caught a 35-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter that gave the Big Red a 37-12 lead. Steubenville won, 49-12.

His return to the team he played for until being arrested for rape before the 2012 season was widely debated in Steubenville and on the Internet. Fans inside the stadium Thursday appeared in a forgiving mode in interviews before and during the game. Outside the stadium before kickoff, there were no protests or signs of dissatisfaction with coach Reno Saccoccia’s decision to bring Richmond back to the team.

Read the rest here at Ohianews.com

Texas Longhorns Sexual Assault Case

MAYA SRIKRISHNAN

Two University of Texas Longhorn football players have been arrested and charged with sexual assault after a female student reported that she had been raped in a campus dorm in June.

Wide receivers Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander — who were indefinitely suspended from the team — were released on personal recognizance bonds Thursday afternoon following their arrest earlier in the day.

Related story: U.S. colleges fall short in handling sexual assault cases, report says
Related story: U.S. colleges fall short in handling sexual assault cases, report says
Teresa Watanabe
William C. Powers, the president of the University of Texas at Austin, said in a statement that the “campus must be an environment free from all sexual assault and violence…. We educate all of our students about preventing sexual assault and vigorously investigate all allegations so we can take the appropriate action.”

The University of Texas Longhorns football team is a member of the Big 12 Conference and has the second-most wins all-time in NCAA Division I football standings, behind the University of Michigan.

Read The Rest Here At The LATimes.com

War Machine Arrested for Assault of Kristy Mack

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Updated War Machine News courtesy of Channel 4 WNRV

Warning Here’s Graphic Photos at MMAJunkie.com 

Greg Oden charged with battery

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Updated: August 11, 2014, 4:25 PM ET

Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — Prosecutors in Indiana have formally charged former No. 1 NBA draft pickGreg Oden with battery for allegedly punching his ex-girlfriend in the face during a fight.
Oden

Oden

The free-agent center was charged Monday with felony battery resulting in serious bodily injury, misdemeanor domestic battery, and misdemeanor battery resulting in serious bodily injury.

The 26-year-old was arrested at his mother’s suburban home in Lawrence, Indiana, on Thursday and released later that day from jail. An affidavit says a witness told police Oden punched the woman in the face, drawing blood.

The Associated Press left a phone message seeking comment with Oden’s attorney.

The Portland Trail Blazers made Oden the top pick in the 2007 draft. He played for the Miami Heat last season.
Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press

Max Kellerman suspended admits Domestic Violence

Max Kellerman Suspended By ESPN After Comments On Ray Rice, Domestic Violence

Posted: 08/09/2014 
MAX KELLERMAN

ESPN has suspended Max Kellerman, an ESPN TV and radio host, following comments he made about his experience with domestic violence during a discussion involving the suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray, the New York Daily News Reports.

In a discussion around Rice’s arrest for domestic violence and his subsequent suspension, Kellerman admitted to hitting his then-girlfriend 20 years ago. Speaking on the ESPN program “Mason And Ireland”, Kellerman said that in college, he and his girlfriend — who is now his wife — had both been drunk when she slapped him and he slapped her back. Kellerman added that he despite the abuse, he has been happily married for 20 years, the Daily News reports. The conversation was reportedly posted online as an ESPN podcast, but was taken down.

ESPN has not confirmed or denied the suspension, but Deadspin reports that a spokesman said, “Max Kellerman will return to ESPNLA Radio and SportsNation on Thursday.”

Read The Rest At TheHuffingtonPost.com

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