Sean Payton speaks out after Las Vegas shooting

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton spoke out strongly against the “madness” of gun violence in America for the second time in two years Tuesday in the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, saying that he believes the “current policies and thoughts are flawed.”

“It’s very clear. And, look, if that pisses people off, it’s tough,” said Payton, who also passionately spoke out about the need for stronger gun control last year following former Saints player Will Smith’s shooting death.

“In being asked about our team’s decision on Sunday to stay in the locker room for the National Anthem, I used strong words to defend our right to make our own choices,” the statement reads. “Both my choice to spark dialogue for positive change and the fans’ choice to attend our games. It’s that freedom of choice that makes our democracy the envy of many around the world. The death threats that my family and I have received since my comments are heartbreaking. The racist and violent words directed at me and my son only serve as another reminder that our country remains divided and full of hateful rhetoric.

“These words of hate will only fuel me in my efforts to continue my work reaching out to different community groups, listening to opposing voices, and honoring the men and women in the Armed Forces who risk their lives every day so that we may have this dialogue.”
On Wednesday, Walker had strong words for fans planning to skip games because of protests.

“And the fans that don’t want to come to the game? I mean, OK. Bye,” Walker Cheap Jerseys Soccer said (via the Tennessean). “I mean, if you feel that’s something, we’re disrespecting Cheap Jerseys US you, don’t come to the game. You don’t have to. No one’s telling you to come to the game. It’s your freedom of choice to do that.”

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Pittsburgh Steelers rookie linebacker and first-round pick Jarvis Jones is inactive for Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens after suffering a concussion in Week 6.

With Jones out, the Ravens will be able to focus most of their attention on shutting down pass rusher LaMarr Woodley. The Steelers will also be missing rookie wide receiver Markus Wheaton in Sunday’s game. Wheaton has struggled to get on the field this season and the injury doesn’t seem to help matters.

The Ravens didn’t have any surprises among their Cheap Jerseys Soccer inactive players. Brandon Stokley missed practice all week and won’t play, and the same is the case for linebacker Josh Bynes. Bryant McKinnie and Terrence Cody are also notable inactives.

Bill Sheridan, the Bucs defensive coordinator, put out the call for help this week in response to criticism about the team insisting on using Revis in zone coverage, despite the well-established fact that he built Revis Island out of man coverage … and lava, obviously.

Apparently the lure of free Cokes wasn’t enough to get Sheridan some help. He obviously didn’t learn from past mistakes. And that nicely sums up how the Buccaneers got to this point, winless and hopeless. Being disciplined is important. Being inflexible just means more futility.

Maybe Dexter Jackson could have helped, if only Schiano hadn’t had him and a group of school children tossed out of practice.

Schiano’s going to get fired, at some point, barring a turnaround of biblical proportions. During the season or after, it doesn’t really matter.

Nine teams are likely to have backup quarterbacks under center next week. That’s more than a quarter of the league forced to use a different signal caller than Cheap Jerseys Paypal Free Shipping the one on top of the depth chart.