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Injured Teen Football Player Stands for National Anthem
By Todd Starnes
One of my readers alerted me to a heartwarming story of patriotism from Hurst, Texas.
It’s the story of Vita Tonga, a member of the Blue Raiders football team from L.D. Bell High School.
A few weeks ago, Vita went down during a game. He tore the ACL on his right knee. Doctors were able to repair the damage last Friday.
But instead of resting at home, Vita was determined to be at last Saturday’s game.
Sure enough, the North Texas teenager rolled out to the sidelines in a wheelchair to cheer on his teammates.
When it came time for the National Anthem, the Blue Raiders stood at attention – with their hands over their hearts.
They insisted that Vita be at the front of the line – in his wheelchair. But the young teenager refused to stay seated.
With his leg heavily bandaged and braced, he lifted himself out of the wheelchair and joined his teammates in honoring our great nation.
Vita’s dad told Fox 4 in Dallas that he got a bit emotional watching his son’s patriotic gesture.
“My father is from Tonga,” Charlie Tonga told the television station. “America means something to our family. It’s huge to always stand when the national anthem is played. It’s important to us.”
Mr. Tonga took a photograph of his son and as they say – it’s gone viral. But Vita simply shrugs off his newfound celebrity.
“I didn’t really think about it,” Vita told Sports Day. “People give their lives just so I can stand up over here in the United States. So therefore I feel as an American citizen I should stand.”
Isn’t it refreshing and reassuring to know there are still some football players left in this nation who are still proud to be American?
How ’bout that copperdick!
Shaquille O’Neal surprises Florida teens, officer with game of basketball
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A former NBA superstar surprised a Florida police officer and a group of teenagers days after the officer was captured on video responding to a call of children playing basketball too loudly in the street and instead of breaking up the game, the officer joined them.
NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal, touched by Gainesville Police Department Officer Bobby White’s gesture, showed up to the neighborhood where White was called to and played a game of basketball with the children and the officer.
According to Action News 30, O’Neal wanted to keep the event as low-key as possible. He called the Gainesville public information officer Ben Tobias requesting the event to be kept under wraps for the sake of the children.
“I became a cop to help people, and these kids will never forget the day Shaq rolled up to their neighborhood and played basketball with them,” Tobias said.
“Without my choice to keep it a secret, I’m not sure this day would have transpired like it did,” he added.
White had been dispatched to deal with a complaint about the teens playing too loudly at about 5 p.m. on Jan. 15, police said. The officer is seen on dashboard video playing with the teens and even throwing down a slam dunk.
Viral photo of 2 police officers message in response to ‘Black Lives Matter.’ What are your thoughts?
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Romney accepts MSNBC apology..
1/5/14 9:21 AM EST
Mitt Romney said Sunday that he’s forgiven MSNBC after a host and other panelists on the network made comments about his adopted black grandchild.
Speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” the former Republican presidential candidate said he accepted the apology of MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, who a day earlier offered an emotional on-air walk-back.
“I think people recognize, and the folks at MSNBC who have apologized recognize, people like me are fair targets: If you get in the political game, you can expect incoming,” he said. “For children, that’s beyond the line. I think they understand that and feel that as well. I think it’s a heartfelt apology, and I think for that reason we hold no ill will whatsoever.”
Last week, Harris-Perry and several panelists poked fun at the grandson, with one, actress Pia Glenn, singing, “one of these things is not like the other.” The incident sparked outrage online, and Harris-Perryapologized both on Twitter and in a Saturday segment.
“We love this little guy a great deal. He was an answer to prayers. We love that he’s part of our family,” Romney said Sunday. “I recognize people make mistakes. The folks at MSNBC made a big mistake. They apologized for it. That’s all we can ask for. I’m going to move on from that. I’m sure they want to move on from that.”