NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Jets CEO and chairman Christopher Johnson endeared himself to his players when he said last week he would pay any fine incurred due to a national anthem protest. But as is the case with anything in today’s political climate, a declaration like that is bound to anger some. As it did in an even bigger way Monday, when the Jets’ Twitter account offered up a good-intentioned Memorial Day tweet. Today we remember all those that gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country. #MemorialDay pic.twitter.com/yYyFpWYpvY — New York Jets (@nyjets) May 28, 2018 The NFL’s official account retweeted the Jets’ tweet and the replies came fast and furious, with many accusing the team of hypocrisy, given Johnson’s comments last week . Though the tweet had far more likes (close to 900 by 11:30 a.m.) than negative comments, it’s clear the issue is something that continues to be at the forefront of the American psyche, considering how polarizing politics and sports are in this country. Then how bout having your players stand for the national anthem?? Today is one of the main reasons WHY we stand!!! — Michael Drennan (@Drennan_Mike) May 28, 2018 After what you did this week with your comments spitting on the flag you should not have posted this — Jetman01234 (@jetman01234) May 28, 2018 Ya'll honor nothing with a owner who supports kneeling during our national anthem. The jets organization is a disgrace to American values and we will not forget it. — Timothy Burns (@burns11160) May 28, 2018 Johnson told Newsday that his players will be able to continue to protest without any fear of repercussions from the team. “I do not like imposing any club-specific rules,” Johnson said. “If somebody [on the Jets] takes a knee, that fine will be borne by the organization, by me, not the players. I never want to put restrictions on the speech of our players. Do I prefer that they stand? Of course. But I understand if they felt the need to protest. There are some big, complicated issues that we’re all struggling with, and our players are on the front lines. I don’t want to come down on them like a ton of bricks, and I won’t. There will be no club fines or suspensions or any sort of repercussions. If the team gets fined, that’s just something I’ll have to bear.” New York Congressman Peter King blasted the Jets’ stance on Saturday , calling it, among other things, “disgraceful.” Disgraceful that @nyjets owner will pay fines for players who kneel for National Anthem. Encouraging a movement premised on lies vs. police. Would he support all player protests? Would he pay fines of players giving Nazi salutes or spew racism? It’s time to say goodbye to Jets! — Rep. Pete King (@RepPeteKing) May 26, 2018 King spoke to CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan on Monday and doubled down on his vitriol. “My message for Jets management is if thy don’t stop their policy of reimbursing those who violate our flag, who show disrespect for the American flag — from today — so many people told me they’re no longer Jets fans. They say, ‘So long Jets,’” King said. Under the NFL’s new policy , players are no longer required to be on the field during the anthem. However, if they do take the field they will be required to stand or their team will faces fines from the league . In that case, teams would have the right to implement any fines they see fit. Johnson, however, told the paper that he’s not going to be putting any team fines on the books and will handle any league fines that come the team’s way due to player protests.
FORT DODGE, Iowa (CBS Local/AP) — An Iowa man was roughhousing with his dog when playtime turned extremely painful for the 51-year-old. “My dog shot me,” Richard Remme, of Fort Dodge told The Messenger newspaper. Remme told police he was playing with his dog, Balew, on the couch and tossed the animal off his lap. “And I carry in a belly band, under my bib overalls. And apparently he bumped the safety one time, and when he bounded back over one of his toes went right down into the trigger guard,” Remme explained. “ It has a trigger safety as well as a thumb safety, and he managed to hit both of them, and it discharged and went into my leg, did no major damage to anything.” Remme didn’t even feel the shot in his leg at first — he only felt a painful burn on his belly initially. Then he saw his pantleg was turning purple, according to The Messenger. “I’m looking around to see where it went to, and I realized it went in my leg. That’s when I called 911,” Remme said. He was released from the hospital that afternoon, Remme said, and checked in with the VA. “They want me to follow up later with a surgeon, to see if later we need to possibly look at removing the bullet.” Fort Dodge Police Chief Roger Porter said investigating officers found Remme was home alone, with his dog, Balew, and were told about the accidental discharge. “He has a license to carry, and a license for the gun,” Porter told The Messenger, calling the incident a “freak thing”. “I’ve never heard of that,” Porter said. “I’ve heard of guns dropping and going off on the floor, and horsing around and guns going off. I can’t say I’ve heard a dog story before. Guns aren’t toys, and they can go off. All it takes is a little pressure on the hammer or the trigger to get it to go.” While Remme is recovering, his sweet pup is still upset about what happened. “The dog’s a big wuss. The poor dog laid down beside me and cried, because he thought he was in trouble for doing something wrong. He’s a pit lab mix. He’s afraid of the dark, he’s afraid of water,” Remme told The Messenger . (Photo Credit: Joe Sutter/The Messenger)
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The FDNY shared a photo on its social media pages Saturday afternoon, showing firefighter William Tolley on the day of the September 11th terror attacks . Tolley, a 14-year veteran and father who fell to his death Thursday while battling a blaze in Queens, was a volunteer firefighter in Hicksville at the time. When he and his crew saw the burning towers from their firehouse, they rushed to the scene to help, the Facebook post said. “There was no question as to whether we were going to go there or not. It was a no-brainer. All we wanted to do was help. We had two of our own guys in there and we wanted to do everything that we could. Billy and I, and about five other guys, we were there all night. We didn’t sleep. We just kept searching,” Hicksville Volunteer Fire Department Ex-Captain Jim Fogarty was quoted saying. “Billy taught me almost everything I know when it comes to firefighting. He loved to teach and he loved to learn. He was very generous on calls, he was always willing to let us try and learn. But more than his role as a Firefighter, I want people to know that he was a wonderful person. He was a hardcore rocker and a Firefighter, with a baby seat in the back of his minivan. Billy touched a lot of people. He was one of those guys who was never in a bad mood. He was always smiling, even if he had something going on, you would never know it. There aren’t too many people like that in the world,” the post continued. “I want people to know that he was a wonderful person.” Read more about FF William Tolley https://t.co/3NRFUEq6ZG pic.twitter.com/UywyRwbgGV — FDNY (@FDNY) April 22, 2017 Tolley’s funeral is scheduled for Thursday. The FDNY Foundation has set up a William N. Tolley’s Children’s Educational Fund. To donate, visit www. fdnyfoundation.org/donate and select the fund from the drop down menu.