Robert Kraft, Patriots owner
“We’re about winning,” Kraft told the Boston Herald. “And anyone who can come in here and help us win, I personally don’t care what their ethnic background is, their racial background, the gender preference. If they can help us win, and they’re about team first, then I’m happy to have him here… I think it’s good for America.“
Bill Belichick, Patriots coach
“We evaluate all the players, including Michael Sam, based on the totality of who they are and who can best contribute to our team and organization, regardless of the matters being discussed today. They all have strengths, they all have weaknesses and no two human beings are identical,” he said in a statement given to the Boston Globe.“Our scouting staff has performed extensive work on Michael, both this season and going back throughout his career. That work will continue through the draft process this spring.”
Mike McCarthy, Green Bay Packers coach
“I think you definitely have to feel he’s a courageous young man but my understanding is he’s a talented young player,” McCarthy said. “Any player who can come here and be a good teammate and follow the rules of our program, which is one be respectful and produce on the football field, we have room for that guy.”
When it comes to Africa, the perception of the continent doesn’t quite match up with reality. While many of us know the Motherland boasts a wealth of history, a diverse collection of countries, a beautiful cross-section people, and some of the world’s most valuable resources, the mainstream media rarely shows Africa in a positive light. The result? Stereotypes, misconceptions, and horror stories abound. Many Africans both here in the U.S. and abroad have rebuked the negative portrayals of the continent, and the African Student Association (ASA)group at Ithaca College is lending their voice to the chorus.
It’s a holiday defined by romance, and also by approximately $17.3 billion in spending, according to the National Retail Federation. There are a lot of ways that kind of spending can go wrong.
Aside from the obvious waste issues (think of all the trees cut down to send your valentines!), a number of Feb. 14 traditions are linked to environmentally destructive, unhealthy and unethical practices, often on a global scale. Here’s how to get through the day with your ethics intact, while helping to ensure a better future for the approximately 11,000 children who will be conceived before it’s over…