NBC's "Saturday Night Live" tackled the latest scandal to plague the National Football League.
The show featured a press conference with NFL Commissioner Roger Goddell, former Raiders coach Jon Gruden and a Washington team cheerleader among others.
'When you see me on TV, it's never good. This time, one of our coaches is accused of racism, misogyny, and homophobia, but hey, at least no one's talking about concussions," Goodell said.
"I think we can all agree the emails sent by raiders coach Jon Gruden were horrifying and deeply offensive, especially to me. I was referred to as the F-word, the P-word, the C-word, the R-word, the f'ing R-word, the f'ing F-word P-word," he explained. "But I assure you that all 32 teams understand that diversity is our strength. And I know our Black coaches would agree, both of them."
SNL then made a Colin Kaepernick joke.
"Now Coach Gruden has asked to say a few words. I said, bad idea, but he got on his knees and begged and you know how much I hate to see someone kneeling," Goodel said to groans from the in-studio audience.
"I'm sorry to all the Raiders fans out there, hope you won't judge me on one email I sent 10 years ago — or the 20 emails I sent last Tuesday," Gruden said.
The skit then featured the new head manager quitting over his offensive emails. The equipment manager was promoted to the role, but resigned over old tweets.
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President Joe Biden is facing an international crisis after a mass kidnapping of Americans in Haiti.
"As many as 17 Christian missionaries from the United States and their family members, including children, were kidnapped on Saturday by a gang in Port-au-Prince as they were leaving an orphanage, according to Haitian security officials. Details of the kidnapping remained unclear, but local officials said the missionaries were abducted from a bus headed to the airport to drop off some members of the group before continuing to another destination in Haiti," The New York Times reported Saturday.
Violence has been soaring in Haiti.
"Haiti has been in a state of political upheaval for years, and kidnappings of the rich and poor alike are alarmingly common. But even in a country accustomed to widespread lawlessness, the abduction of such a large group of Americans shocked officials for its brazenness," The Times reported.
QAnon conspiracy theorists are rallying behind an eccentric individual as school boards are bombarded by opponents of pandemic safety measures.
The Daily Beast on Saturday reported on the mask debate at one Iowa school board meeting where a parent threatened to "stalk" members.
"But the Ankeny school board has become a larger flashpoint in the fight over mask mandates in schools, thanks in large part to a leather-clad, tomahawk-toting QAnon personality named Scott McKay," The Beast reported. "McKay, a middle-aged former bodybuilder whose followers call him 'Patriot Streetfighter,' has used his sizable online platform and frequent use of violent rhetoric to turn the Ankeny mask debate into a national event among followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory, urging his followers to bombard specific school board members with complaints."
Although YouTube suspended his channel, McKay is successful at spreading his message.
"Despite his bizarre demeanor and online presence, McKay has marshaled his fan base to engage in sometimes hostile activism at school board meetings against mask mandates—despite his own recent experience with a COVID outbreak at one of his rallies," The Beast reported.
There is a tie-in with the QAnon conspiracy theory that the world is run by a cabal of Satan-worshiping cannibalistic pedophiles.
"McKay's ability to direct his audience to harass the school-board members demonstrates hyper-partisan anger now targeted at school board officials across the country. And it reveals how the right's focus on school boards this year has allowed fringe figures who openly advocate for violence to grab the spotlight," The Beast reported. "McKay styles himself as a sort of QAnon biker, frequently wearing leather chaps and a leather Harley-Davidson in his public appearances."
McKay frequently poses with his tomahawk.
"McKay poses for pictures with his fans with the tomahawk, uses it as a prop onstage, and incorporates it into the Patriot Streetfighter logo," The Beast reported. "At a rally in Nebraska, McKay explained the tomahawk's significance. If the Democratic officials McKay claims make up the 'cabal' will resign peacefully, he'll share the peace pipe with them. But if officials refuse his demands, they'll face the tomahawk.
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