Starkville, Mississippi. Few teams across the country – if any – are more connected with adidas than Mississippi State baseball, states the Clarion-Ledger newspaper.
The team uses adidas not just for apparel, but for gloves and bats too.
However, no one was more surprised by the warmup shirts that featured the phrase “F–K The School Up North” than Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen.
“Somebody ran up and told me,” Cohen said. “It’s unfortunate, but I really don’t have anything (to say) in that area.”
Mississippi State will not wear the shirts again, the Clarion-Ledger reports.
NBC News reported that a student at upstate New York’s Pine Bush High School read the Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic on March 18th in celebration of National Foreign Language Week, sparking controversy and prompting the school to apologize.
Andrew Zink, Pine Bush’s senior class president, normally reads the morning announcements, and told NBC News that he consented when a teacher asked another student to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic. There were talks about having the pledge read in Japanese, French and Spanish this week as well. [NBC News, 3/19/15]
Media Matters reported on the reactions in the Conservative Media:
Radio Host Laura Ingraham Compares Saying Pledge In Arabic To “Skinheads” Saying Pledge. [Courtside Entertainment Group, The Laura Ingraham Show, 3/20/15]
Fox’s Alex Ferrer: Pledge Should Not Be Read In Language “Tied To … Terrorist Attacks.” [Fox News, Outnumbered, 3/20/15]
Fox Guest: Reciting Pledge In Arabic Inappropriate Because “We Are At War” With Many Who Speak Arabic. [Fox News, Fox & Friends,3/20/15]
Daily Caller: The School “Screw[ed] Up The Pledge Of Allegiance,” called it a “gimmick.” [Daily Caller, 3/20/15]
Fox’s Todd Starnes: Saying Pledge In Arabic Means “our schoolhouses have become places where Christianity is marginalized and Islam is given accommodation.” [FoxNews.com, 3/20/15]
There have been a number of high-profile sexism cases in British football (soccer) in recent years, according to the BBC.
The Football Association is calling on fans to report sexist abuse at games after being shown disturbing scenes of women officials and staff being subjected to obscene chants, according to BBC Sport.
Footage obtained by the BBC shows Chelsea’s female medic Dr Eva Carneiro and a female assistant referee Helen Byrne suffering taunts during recent matches.
FA board member Heather Rabbatts described the abuse as “horrible”. She said it should not be tolerated, adding: “We are absolutely encouraging people to report incidents like this.”
The footage was taken at Chelsea matches against Manchester City and Manchester United, as well as a game in the Football League.
Update: two videos of this incident have been removed from the internet.
The original video below has been removed.