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NFL 2020 news: Patrick Chung slams Tom Brady conspiracy theory, why so many Patriots players are opting out

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Patrick Chung is fed up with the latest Patriots opt-out conspiracy theory.

The star safety ripped NBC Sports beat writer Tom E. Curran after the reporter shared his theory that the disproportionate number of Patriots players opting out of the 2020 NFL season is linked to Tom Bradys absence.

I think that a lot of those players are like, Do I want to do that to go in there and go 7-9 with Jarrett Stidham or Cam Newton or whatever were trying to do? Curran said from his home on The Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday.

If Brady was there though, I dont think 7-9 would be in the conversation, so no, I dont think there would be this many players opting out because they would be championship calibre.

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Chung clearly offended by the implication that players (including himself) are opting out solely because they might not contend for a Super Bowl championship this season fired back on Twitter on Thursday to correct the insiders misguided theory.

Damn Mr. Curran. I say this with love. you sound like a idiot, he wrote. Doesnt hurt the friendship, youre not in the dog house. But dont let your job corrupt your brain man. You know better than that.

Chung, 32, has been a member of the Patriots for all but one season since entering the league as a second-round draft pick in 2009. The Oregon product has won three Super Bowl championships under head coach Bill Belichick, whom Chung said in spite of a surly public demeanor, is quite caring and understanding of the gravity of the situation.

Patrick Chung #23 of the New England Patriots.
Patrick Chung #23 of the New England Patriots.Source: Getty Images

Thats private, but he understood, he said in speaking to CBS This Morning on Wednesday. He understands its a serious pandemic going on. He totally got it. You guys think Bill is this drill sergeant, but hes actually a very caring person. So he totally understood, and that was it. It was a short phone call.

Chungs reasons for opting out are tied to the health of his family, whom he ultimately felt would be put at too much risk in spite of his desire to play.

Im in the latter end of my career, so I wanted to play football, he said. But when it comes down to it, I feel that money is not that important. I have a girlfriend thats pregnant, a baby girl coming soon, my son has a little asthma, my dad is 75 years old. I just felt like this was the best decision for my family to keep everyone safe. I dont think its fair to them.

To Currans credit, he did seem at least somewhat empathetic to the personal decisions made by Chung and some others and acknowledged the health risks at stake.

I dont think [all the opt-outs] would happen [if Brady were there], he said. I think that they would have a much harder time explaining look, Marcus Cannon is a cancer survivor. I think that that is on its own planet, and [Donta] Hightower and Chung both have newborns, or soon to have newborns, and Brandon Bolden had a health situation too if Im not mistaken. But, I think when these players look at it, Ive made over $30 million dollars, I have three rings, Im over 30 years old. This seems like its going to be a bit of a cluster.

In response to backlash, Curran apologized to Chung on Thursday morning.

Im sorry, Patrick. Offense was not intended, the conciliatory reporter replied in a tweet. Reflecting more, I see why it is offensive to you. Spitballing theories about a persons personal and private decision and why it MAY have been different is insensitive to the situation. I apologize.

Players have until Aug. 3 to opt-out of the 2020 NFL season.

This story originally appeared on New York Post.

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Sanders and Schumer call on McConnell to hold hearings to fight election conspiracy theories – KTVZ

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Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York are calling on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to create a new bipartisan committee focused on election integrity and schedule hearings to reassure Americans over a process President Donald Trump has repeatedly sought to undermine.

There is growing anxiety among Democrats, and some Republicans, that Trump will not only continue to sow doubt over the legitimacy of the coming election but throw the subsequent count into chaos by declaring victory before all the votes can be tallied, including the millions that will arrive by mail.

In a letter to McConnell, Sanders and Schumer quote back the Kentucky senator’s own words, in which he attested to the reliability of mail-in voting by citing its successes in Oregon, Washington and Colorado, which have been using the system for years.

Trump has repeatedly questioned the validity of mail-in voting, promoted conspiracy theories questioning election security, called on supporters to act as unsanctioned “poll watchers,” and suggested that the absence of a clear result by the evening of November 3 would in some way cast doubt on the eventual outcome. Key allies in powerful positions, like Attorney General Bill Barr, have followed suit. Barr has persisted in puffing up a debunked claim that ballots received by mail would somehow strip the sender of their privacy — ignoring well-established safeguards.

By escalating the matter now, Sanders and Schumer are responding to growing concern, in partisan and nonpartisan spaces, that Americans are not adequately prepared for the potential of a longer-than-usual wait for results or Trump’s willingness to short-circuit the democratic process if he smells defeat.

“Democrats and Republicans in Congress must come together to ensure that we have a free and fair election where every vote is cast and counted without intimidation,” Sanders told CNN, “where no one has to put his or her health in danger to cast a ballot, and where we have full confidence in the results.”

The proposed hearings would invite a cross-section of election officials from across the country to testify to the security and reliability of mail-in, early- and in-person voting — subjects on which Sanders and Schumer, again, referenced McConnell’s own words.

“Despite the clear security of our vote-by-mail system, some have continued to undermine it with unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud,” they wrote. “As you have correctly said, people ‘can vote early, you can vote on Election Day, or you can drop it in the mail,’ and that voters should ‘not worry about your vote not counting.’”

The minority leader and Sanders, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, also want more detailed discussion about the fraught hours, or days, after the polls close and a real-time watch of the election horse race potentially swings from one candidate to another.

“We know a number of states may well be counting ballots for a period of time after Election Day, and that those votes may be determinative in this election,” the senators wrote to McConnell. “To avoid disinformation, conspiracy theories, and suspicion about results, we must understand the likely timeline for this process.”

The letter goes on to reference the recent war games-style preparations conducted by a group called the Transition Integrity Project, a bipartisan gathering of operatives and academics that made headlines when some of the outcomes of their exercises — including “both street-level violence and political impasse” — were reported on in late July.

“A bipartisan group of experts and officials have studied multiple scenarios where the outcome of the election was not immediately known. Some of these scenarios resulted in unrest and even violence,” Sanders and Schumer wrote, suggesting the Senate should elevate similar discussions and familiarize the public with the uncertainties ahead. “We would like to hear from the most knowledgeable people in the country as to how we can do everything possible to make sure that the election and the period afterward is secure and peaceful.”

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HHS supported Caputo, with a statement that called him a critical, integral part of the presidents coronavirus response, leading on public messaging as Americans need public health information to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic.

There was no immediate statement from the White House.

Attempts to reach Caputo were unsuccessful.

On Capitol Hill, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., called on Azar to fire Caputo, accusing the spokesman of trying to interfere with CDC reports to the medical and scientific community, as well as the public at large. And Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called on Azar himself to resign, citing interference with the CDC as one example of what he termed the administration’s failures.

Officials at CDC have privately complained of recent efforts by political appointees at main HHS to try to edit or press for changes in the agency’s weekly MMWR publications, a go-to resource for public health professionals.

MMWR articles are technical, but they reveal telling details. One published earlier this year noted that while Trump’s travel restrictions dramatically reduced travel from China in February, nothing was being done at that time to restrict travel from Italy and Europe, where the coronavirus was spreading widely and rapidly. Analysis of virus samples from hard-hit New York in March suggested it was introduced there from Europe and other parts of the U.S., the CDC article reported.

Caputo is an unswerving Trump loyalist. His recent book, The Ukraine Hoax, claims the presidents phony impeachment was rooted in a vast conspiracy.

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unwinona:This is exactly what conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers have done with their HIV/AIDS…

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This is exactly what conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers have done with their HIV/AIDS and Polio narrative (among others), only we’re seeing it escalated to weeks and months instead of years or decades.

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