Malcolm Jenkins Supports Meek Mill; Shaq Solves School Shootings; Tourney Picks! | Out of Bounds

For gambling man Adam Caparell, the start of #MarchMadness is like Christmas — or whatever other day makes you so excited you can’t sleep at night. As the NCAA tourney kicks off, Gilbert Arenas and the #OutofBounds crew react to the brackets that former president Barack Obama tweeted out yesterday and compare them to their own. Plus, for all you degenerate gamblers, OOB makes picks for some choice prop bets you can get rich with. Next, Gil and the gang discuss Eagles safety and Super Bowl champion Malcolm Jenkins speaking out on behalf of incarcerated Philly rapper Meek Mill at a panel on criminal justice reform. While the consensus is that athletes using their voices is a good thing, Agent Zero has some thoughts on probation violations and shares his own experience stemming from his gun charge. Speaking of guns, the solution Shaq gave to school shootings on a radio show is not a ban on assault rifles but more cops in schools. The guys have some strong feelings about the Diesel’s idea and break it down like prime Shaq used to body other big men in the paint. Finally, with Julius Peppers signing a deal that makes him the highest-paid non-quarterback in NFL history in his 17th season, the team debates the risk vs. reward of such a long football career. Gil takes us inside the mind of athletes when weighing riches, fame, glory, and passion for the game against potential serious health consequences, plus makes an argument that Peppers won’t be the only non-QB to stack so much in the changing NFL. 

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Even before Nick Foles and the Eagles upset Tom Brady and the Patriots, several Philadelphia players said they would decline an invite to President Donald Trump’s White House if they won. Outspoken safety Malcolm Jenkins has now joined teammates Chris Long and Torrey Smith in saying he would not attend. The #OutofBounds crew weighs in on champions refusing to visit Trump’s White House, and Gilbert Arenas has an unexpected and thought-provoking take on the highly politicized issue. Next, the guys discuss the Super Bowl’s relatively low ratings, and what they indicate about interest in the NFL, before tackling Vegas odds that make the Patriots — with 40-plus-year-old QB Brady — favorites to win next year’s Super Bowl. Finally, with LeBron’s Cavs struggling mightily and appearing to unravel, Gil gives advice on how to fix things in OOB’s newest segment, “The Pull-Up.” Gil being Gil, his assessment of Cleveland is far from your standard sports talk show take.

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How Meek Mill’s “Dreams and Nightmares” Turned Into the Eagles’ Unofficial Anthem

Back in the summer of 2015, at the height of the Drake and Meek Mill beef, the Philadelphia Eagles surprised some people when they collectively suggested they weren’t necessarily siding with their hometown rapper in the squabble. While it’s impossible to say how many Eagles players were #TeamDrake back then versus how many were #TeamMeek, the team as a whole seemed to be bigger fans of Drake’s “Charged Up” and “Back to Back” disses than Meek’s “Wanna Know” response. At least, that’s what most people thought after hearing what the Eagles were listening to at the start of training camp that season.

Meek didn’t let that apparent lack of support stop him from showing love to his beloved Eagles, though. While we doubt he was thrilled to hear about his favorite football team bumping the diss track his rap rival put together to try and discredit him, Meek was spotted at an Eagles game that same season.

 

Philly…… Eagles game!!

A post shared by Meek Mill (@meekmill) on Dec 26, 2015 at 8:18pm PST

Meek also continued to show his love for the team from a distance. Even though the Eagles ended up going 7-9 during the 2016 season and finishing in last place in the NFC East, Meek stuck with them and often took to social media to provide his support.

 

LETS GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO BIRDS!!!!

A post shared by Meek Mill (@meekmill) on Sep 25, 2016 at 3:34pm PDT

That support has come back around. While there’s no denying that plenty of Eagles players have been riding with Meek despite what the Drake shenanigans back in 2015 may have suggested, several of them took their Meek support to a whole other level in 2017.

In November, Meek was sentenced to two to four years behind bars on account of a probation violation. Many both inside and outside of Philly thought the prison sentence was completely bogus and protested against it, and several Eagles players were among the crowd that showed up to a Meek rally in Philly in late November. Malcolm Jenkins, Torrey Smith, Jalen Mills, Wendell Smallwood, and Vinny Curry were all in attendance.

And now, it appears as though the Eagles are prepared to take Meek with them all the way to the Super Bowl.

Over the weekend, as the Eagles prepared to play the Vikings in the NFC Championship Game, several players posted videos of a team meeting. In that meeting, “Dreams and Nightmares”—one of the best intro tracks in rap history and one of Meek’s most memorable hip-hop contributions—played in the background and kept what could have been a tension-filled situation light. It almost looked like the players were at a party as opposed to a practice.

“Dreams and Nightmares” also served as the pregame warmup music of choice for the Eagles as they took the field at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday afternoon. At one point during warmups, Meek’s classic track blared over the stadium’s speakers as both those on the field and those in the stands lost their minds. Several Eagles players later said it was one of the loudest moments they can remember inside of “The Linc.”

The Eagles didn’t stop there. They also turned to “Dreams and Nightmares” one more time in the team's locker room after stomping all over the Vikings and earning a berth to Super Bowl LII. The Eagles also played some Lil Yachty, seemingly in an effort to troll the Vikings, but they saved their real celebration for once “Dreams and Nightmares” came on. Smallwood documented Eagles players rapping along to every word of the song with Meek.

So how did “Dreams and Nightmares” become the unofficial anthem of the Eagles? According to Jenkins, it wasn’t just the players who were on board with spending most of the weekend listening to the song. On Monday morning, Jenkins revealed it was actually the Eagles’ special teams coach of all people who first put the track on during the meeting on Saturday. Dave Fipp played “Dreams and Nightmares,” and from there, it served as the perfect soundtrack for the Eagles’ championship weekend.

Meek—or at least, Meek’s team—appreciated the love. While Meek hasn’t been able to put out any kind of official statement regarding the Eagles advancing to the Super Bowl, the videos of the Eagles playing “Dreams and Nightmares” this weekend surfaced on his Instagram page on Monday morning.

And since the clips of the Eagles listening to the song started making the rounds on social media, the calls for #FreeMeek have intensified greatly. Many Eagles fans have called for Meek to be released so that he can perform “Dreams and Nightmares” either at the Super Bowl or after the Super Bowl, if the Eagles win.

One fan even went as far as to suggest Meek should replace Justin Timberlake as this year’s Super Bowl halftime performer.

The chances of that happening are obviously slim to none (OK, maybe just “none”). But even if Meek doesn't get to celebrate with the Eagles, it’s been cool to see the Eagles take Meek along with them on their journey, and if they are ultimately able to knock off the Patriots in the Super Bowl, there’s no doubt they’re going to continue to keep Meek with them every step of the way.

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Colin Kaepernick Reportedly Excluded From Meetings Between Players and NFL Owners

On October 25, ESPN reported Colin Kaepernick was expected to be invited to a forthcoming meeting between NFL owners and players scheduled for November 3. The meeting was spearheaded by Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins as part of the NFL Players Coalition’s ongoing dialogue with league owners centered on players protesting racial inequalities during the singing of the national anthem. A Slate report filed Sunday cites league emails as well as emails from Kaepernick’s attorney denying any invitation has been extended to Kaerpernick.

The chances of a potential meeting between Kaepernick and a group of NFL owners seemed slim, given that Kaep filed a collusion grievance against NFL owners for reportedly blackballing him for his political beliefs and forms of protests.

It's unclear if this is merely a matter of semantics, as Jenkins previously told TMZ that Kaepernick was invited, while Kaepernick's attorneys are maintaining that no formal invite was ever sent. You can see Jenkins remarks about Kaep being invited in the video above at the 1:46 mark.

As Kaepernick remains unsigned in favor of less accomplished quarterbacks, the perception that owners conspired to keep him out of the league has only grown in some circles. Meanwhile, an email obtained by Slate states Kaepernick’s attorney group has confirmed he “is open to participating in, and discussing the ideas he has led, at the next meeting in a meaningful way.”

The proposed meeting comes as players and ownership remain divided on the protests initiated by Kaepernick last season in response to multiple incidents of unarmed black citizens being killed by police during routine stops. The situation has been further inflamed as several NFL owners co-opted Kaepernick’s kneeling protest to use as a response to President Donald Trump saying owners should fire players engaging in such protests. 

With Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones threatening to bench any player he felt disrespected the flag, things intensified. A subsequent revelation that Houston Texans owner Bob McNair referred to players as “inmates” further angered other players.

Whether or not Kaepernick attends Tuesday’s meeting, there appears to be a clear rift between owners unhappy with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s handling of the protests. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter report Jones is spearheading a group of 17 owners intent on halting Goodell’s contract extension. Given how Goodell has botched the Ray Rice domestic violence incident, brokering peace between players and ownership over peaceful protests and “Deflategate,” Jones' actions aren’t particularly surprising.

Depending on how the next round of meetings plays out, there is a potential scenario where both Goodell and Kaepernick would both be out of the league within two years of the protests Kaep initiated last season.
You can read Stahl’s full report via Slate.

 

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