LOS ANGELES, CA – UFC fighter Tito Ortiz has announced that he plans on joining the law enforcement community.
EssentiallySports.com reported that one of Ortiz’s fans on Instagram left a comment on one of his posts expressing how disheartened he was at the current state of our nation.
The user said:
“Keep doing what you’re doing sir…I’m losing hope in humans and I look to your feed more and more for inspiration.”
Ortiz commented back:
“Don’t you dare give up. We need you I need you. You can do it. I’m going to be a police officer. I can help bring respect back to officers. We should treat each other how we want to be treated.”
Tito Ortiz is planning on becoming a police officer. pic.twitter.com/y94z3PuWsl
— Borrachinha Depot (@FullContactMTWF) June 10, 2020
The former light heavyweight champion, who plans on fighting at least one more time this year, said that after that, he plans on becoming a police officer.
“It just depends on what ranking I want to do. Do I want to be a sheriff, or do I want to be a police officer? I haven’t really made my decision yet. I’m actually going to go to L.A. in the next few days and go do a ride-along with one of my friends.
“I’ll be fighting one more time this year. I want to hang ’em up, but I want to do something else that will not just keep that excitement going but just do what’s right for the country. Do what’s right for the city — for my city.”
Ortiz, known as “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy,” has consistently felt that law enforcement is cast in a negative light and is a supporter of the people behind the badge.
“Growing up as a kid, I was always told the cops are the bad guys, cops are the bad guys, cops are the bad guys.
But as I grew up, I became a citizen who gave back to my community; I realized cops are the good guys. The cops are the ones protecting us, and they’re there to help, without a doubt.”
The 45-year-old fighter who became popular in the late 1990’s has also shown himself to be a follower of Q Anon, which is a group bringing light to conspiracy theories that often appear to have truth to them.
Tito Ortiz plans to retire from MMA, become a police officer — ‘I realized cops are the good guys’ https://t.co/1K58y1GDuB
— MMA mania (@mmamania) June 11, 2020
On social media, Ortiz said:
“All of the sudden when Biden said ‘If you ain’t vote for me you ain’t black. What’s the best way to do it? Oh let’s go ahead and let a officer supposedly kill a black guy.
You know he died from a heart condition right? It wasn’t suffocation. Crazy. It’s not right. I’m not saying it’s right. It’s completely wrong.
The cop should have never did that. But the cop that got arrested looks nothing like the cop that did it. Crazy. The only reason I say this shit is because I speak the truth.”
Tito Ortiz has a George Floyd conspiracy theory pic.twitter.com/PcIIbB6oEu
— Borrachinha Depot (@FullContactMTWF) May 31, 2020
Ortiz has also been a proud Trump supporter. He also has won poker championships.
In a time where over paid celebrities can’t bear the thought of going against the status quo or hurting someone’s feelings, it’s nice to see some of them still know how to think for themselves.
Unfortunately, a large group of football players are the complete opposite of that. While people like Tito Ortiz are trying to bring positivity and respect back to the profession, some whiny football players are trying to strip them of qualified immunity.
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BOSTON, MA – When you are among the spoiled, overpaid “beautiful people,” it’s easy to preach from on high and tell everyone else what they should do, who they should like, what positions they need to take, and what cause of the week they should support.
What these people forget is that the reason they are able to make millions of dollars a year is due to the support of so-called “Joe six packs,” who pay exorbitant ticket prices, pay $10 for 12 ounces of watered-down beer, and $6 for rubber hot dogs, all for the “honor” of listening to them pontificate.
Now we have a so-called “Players’ Coalition” telling Congress to pass the “Ending Qualified Immunity Act,” which would open police officers across the country to frivolous lawsuits.
CBSN Boston is reporting that more than 1,400 spoiled, overpaid athletes, coaches and executives signed a letter to pass the bill, which was introduced by far-left nut job Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and former Republican Justin Amash (L-MI) last week. They claim that qualified immunity allows police officers to “escape accountability when they break the law.”
Today, on behalf of 1100+ athletes & coaches and 300+ front office personnel across the @NFL @NBA & @MLB, we urge Congress to pass the Ending Qualified Immunity Act, introduced by @justinamash & @AyannaPressley
We demand accountability for police brutality. It's time for change. pic.twitter.com/ro7eRmvSK6
— PlayersCoalition (@playercoalition) June 10, 2020
The letter said:
“We are tired of conversations around police accountability that go nowhere, and we have engaged in too many ‘listening sessions’ where we discuss whether there is a problem of police violence in this country. There is a problem.
“The world witnessed it when Officer Chauvin murdered George Floyd, and the world is watching it now, as officers deploy enormous force on peaceful protesters like those who were standing outside of the White House last week. The time for debate about the unchecked authority of the police is over; it is now time for change.”
Okay, so these individuals lost the argument right there when they spoke of “peaceful protests” outside the White House. According to CNN, over 60 Secret Service officers and agents were injured near the White House during riots that broke out two weeks ago. These are “peaceful” protests?
Perhaps they were speaking about when the perimeter around the White House was moved back a block in all directions, when “peaceful” protesters refused orders to move back?
According to Politico, that decision was made by Attorney General William Barr after the violent protests caused the Secret Service to move President Trump to the secured bunker in the basement of the White House.
Barr said a total of 100 security officials including the Secret Service agents mentioned above were injured, some suffering serious head injuries when they were struck by bricks and pavers.
“We decided that we needed more of a buffer to protect the White House and to protect our agents and Secret Service personnel who could be reached by projectiles from H Street.
I made the decision that we would try to move our perimeter northward by one block to provide this additional protection.”
Of course, when you’re a highly paid athlete or Hollywood elite, who can afford their own security and who live in gated communities, who cares about a few hundred thugs throwing stuff at you?
Among those signing the letter were NFL players such as former Patriot and current traitor Tom Brady, the suddenly woke Drew Brees, Baker Mayfield and others.
The Players Coalition gathered signatures of more than 1,400 sports figures in support of a bill to end qualified immunity for police, which makes it difficult to sue police officers for brutality.
The list includes Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and Steve Kerr. https://t.co/jId8dcGjc5
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 10, 2020
The Players Coalition was founded in 2017 by former Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin and current New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins.
Among the goals of the organization is “making an impact on social justice and racial equality at the federal, state and local levels through advocacy, awareness, education and allocation of resources.”
The group had recently petitioned the FBI to investigate the death of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, a death which has already resulted in the arrests of three people involved in his murder.
The letter said, in part:
“When police officers kill an unarmed man, when they beat a woman or when they shoot a child, the people of this country must have a way to hold them accountable in a court of law. A legal system that does not provide such a recourse is an illegitimate one.”
Last year, nine unarmed black men were killed by police officers in the United States. Nine.
We were able to find three children who were shot by police in 2019. The incident happened in Hugo, Oklahoma when officers were trying to apprehend someone who robbed a Pizza Hut. The three children suffered minor injuries. A tragedy? Of course. Deliberate misconduct by police? It doesn’t seem so.
Let’s face it, the police are “low hanging fruit” these days. If you want to show how much you care, or how totally woke you are, criticizing police is the way to go.
Meanwhile, the criminals that populate sports leagues such as the NFL are never addressed. Gotta love the hypocrisy.
Qualified immunity protects police officers from frivolous lawsuits. One can imagine if the statute was repealed what would happen.
We would be bombarded with commercials on television saying:
“Do you feel you were treated badly by the police? Did they fail to remove their Ray Bans when they were questioning you about a traffic violation? Did they fail to give you a candy bar when they were done with you? Call 1-800-bad-cops.”
— TV News HQ (@TVNewsHQ) June 11, 2020
Most states offer qualified immunity for police officers, as does the federal government. However, if an officer is determined to act outside the color of the law, qualified immunity often no longer applies. One could imagine that the Minneapolis officer who knelt on George Floyd’s neck would certainly not be protected under qualified immunity. This is a solution to a problem that simply does not exist.
There are currently cases coming up before the Supreme Court and they may very well weigh in on the subject of qualified immunity. However cop-haters such as Pressley don’t want to wait for that. Meanwhile, aside from Pressley and Amash, House and Senate Democrats unveiled a proposal of their own earlier this week.
.@SpeakerPelosi says the the House's new "Justice in Policing Act" will:
✅ ban chokeholds
✅ end qualified immunity for police
✅ combat racial profiling
✅ mandate data collection, dash-cams & body cameras
✅ pass the House's anti-lynching bill pic.twitter.com/Kax1odA83f
— Bloomberg QuickTake (@QuickTake) June 11, 2020
The letter sent by the Players’ Coalitions continued, saying:
“The Supreme Court has caused irreparable harm to the public trust by crating and then expanding the doctrine of qualified immunity. In their grief, people have taken to the streets because for too long, their government has failed to protect them. The courts and elected officials alike have instead shielded people who caused unspeakable harm.”
The Players’ Coalition is likely spitting in the wind, however. White House Spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany said on Wednesday that the president has said that ending qualified immunity for police officers is a “non-starter.” Credit President Trump…he’s not giving in to the mob.
“You had AG Barr saying this weekend he was asked about reduced immunity and he said, ‘I don’t think we need to reduce immunity to go after the bad cops because that would result certainly in police pulling back,’ which is not advisable,” McEnany said in reference to an interview the attorney general conducted on CBS Face the Nation.
Senate Republicans are currently working on their own version of a police reform bill, which is headed by Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.). Scott is the only African American Republican in the Senate.
“We are on a separate track from the White House,” Scott said. “I have been talking with folks in the White House about the track they’re on as well. Certainly there is a way for us all to work together, but we’ve been in discussion with them for several days.”
While we’re doing eliminate qualified immunity, how about this? Make the NFL a for-profit business instead of a so-called “non-profit,” which is a joke.
How about getting rid of tax subsidies for billionaire team owners to shake down money for stadiums from cities? How about the police no longer provide security for your stadiums, direct traffic so fans can get shaken down for overpriced food and souvenirs?
Our advice to these overpaid, self-important athletes? Shut up and play ball. Oh, and don’t expect to see cops and their families supporting you.
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