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JAMIE Redknapp and Patrice Evra have ditched the Black Lives Matter badges on Sky Sports after the movement's controversial statements.

The pair along with host Kelly Cates and commentator Gary Neville were not wearing the badges during Sky's last night coverage of Brighton v Manchester United.

3Jamie Redknapp did not wear the Black Lives Matter badge last night 3Patrice Evra also ditched the badge 3The commentators last night during the Brighton v Manchester match

Players knelt before kickoff and had 'Black Lives Matter' on their sleeves.

It now appears the badges have been dropped after series of tweets by the UK branch of Black Lives Matter which criticised Israel and called on the government to "defund the police".

Yesterday, the Premier League said it recognised "the importance of the message that black lives matter" but said it "does not endorse any political organisation or movement, nor support any group that calls for violence or condones illegal activity". 

The is now being discussed by several players, with a group of captains considering whether to make a public statement, Sportsmail reported.

Since the Premier League started up again, all 20 clubs agreed to wear the phrase on their shirts for the first round of games and guests appears on Sky News have worn badges.

Player and officials have also 'taken the knee' before matches - a gesture started by NFL player Colin Kapernick to protest police brutality and racism in 2016.

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It has been used more recently by Black Lives Matter protesters since the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota in May.

One of BLM’s biggest demands is that police forces are disbanded and their funds redirected into youth and mental health services.

A Gofundme page run by the group, which has so far raised more than £1million, says some of the money will be spent on “strategies for the abolition of police".

Sky Sports pundit Matt Le Tissier to ‘review’ wearing Black Lives Matter badge on TV
Black Lives Matter accused of 'spreading hate':

This week BLM was accused of "spreading hate" after pledging support for Palestine amid Israel's plans to annex the West Bank.

The UK arm of the movement put out a series of messages on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on its Twitter account.

But Jewish groups and human rights campaigners said the anti-racism group's tweets were "failings".

BLM's comments come as Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel's prime minister, plans to annex Jewish settlements within Palestinian occupied West Bank - forbidden in international law.

The BLM UK account wrote: "As Israel moves forward with the annexation of the West Bank, and mainstream British politics is gagged of the right to critique Zionism, and Israel's settler colonial pursuits, we loudly and clearly stand beside our Palestinian comrades. FREE PALESTINE."

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Nick Cannon wants to ‘be corrected’ after controversial interview surfaces

Nick Cannon attends Nick Cannon, Meruelo Media, Skyview Announce Radio Syndication on December 04, 2019 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)

Nick Cannon has created a multimedia career that spans TV, podcasting, acting, and music by monetizing his personability, wit, and charm. But today, the multi-hyphenate was under attack for comments he made on his podcast Cannon’s Class, with former Public Enemy member Professor Griff.

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Griff, born Richard Griffin, was an original member of the seminal rap group. He was forced to leave it in 1989 when he said, “Jews are responsible for the majority of wickedness around the world.” The group quickly distanced themselves from him and moved on to further success without him.

Cannon, 39, was a trending topic on Twitter for comments that were viewed as anti-Semitic and, for a bunch of non-Black commentators on Twitter, racist. Here’s a portion of an hour and a half interview with the offending comments:

Nick Cannon says white people are "a little less," "closer to animals," "the true savages," "acting out of a deficiency so the only way they can act is evil." When does he get canceled?

— Adam Ford (@Adam4d) July 14, 2020

“When we talk about the power of melanated people, when we talk about who we are as Gods and understanding that, melanin is so powerful and it connects us in a way. The reason why they fear Black, the reason why they fear us, is the lack that they have of it,” he said.

“When you see what Dr. Frances C. Welsing (the late psychiatrist who wrote the book “The Isis Papers” about the origins of white supremacy) talked about, is that fear and that deficiency when you see a person that has the lack of pigment, the lack of melanin, that they know that they will be annihilated.”

Cannon continued to cast more aspersions on their character.

“So therefore, however they got the power, they have the lack of compassion. Melanin comes with compassion. Melanin comes with soul. We call it soul. We call ourselves soul brothers and sisters, so the people that don’t have it, are – and, I’m a say this carefully, are a little less,” Cannon said.

“And where the term actually comes from – and I’m bringing it all the way back around to Minister Farrakhan, to where they might not have the compassion. When they were sent to the mountains of Caucasus when they didn’t have the power of the sun, when the sun started to deteriorate them, then they’re acting out of fear, they’re acting out of low self-esteem, They’re acting out of a deficiency. So, therefore, the only way that they can act is evil.”

Nick Cannon attends The Los Angeles Mission Legacy of Vision Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 24, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)

Cannon still wasn’t done with his comments.

“They have to rob, steal, rape in order to survive. So when we and when I say me, I mean the melanated people, they had to be savages, they. had to be barbaric, because they’re in these Nordic mountains, they’re in these rough torrential environments, they’re eating as animals so they’re the ones that are acting closer to animals,” he said.

“They’re the ones that are actually the true savages. They built up, I won’t say warrior, but they built up this conquering barbaric mentality.”

Cannon also praised Minister Louis Farrakhan who has support in the Black community as the leader of the Nation of Islam. However, he’s also been identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as both homophobic and anti-Semitic.

After the comments went viral, Cannon responded via his Facebook page, saying that he had no hatred toward anyone.

Anyone who knows me knows that I have no hate in my heart nor malice intentions. I do not condone hate speech nor the…

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Cannon told Fast Company that he’d heard from a few rabbis that he would welcome on to the podcast.

“My podcast is specifically an academic podcast to have tough and difficult conversations based off of text. And if we read something and something’s not accurate, let’s do away with it,” Cannon said.

“I can’t wait to sit down with some people that can help educate me and help further this conversation. I want to be corrected.”

And to his critics who say his apology was less than an apology, Cannon has this to say:

“You can say sorry in as many different languages as you want to, and it means nothing,” Cannon told Fast Company. “But until someone truly understands where they may have been wrong or where they may have offended someone, then that’s where growth occurs.”

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Cannon, who was once married to and has two kids with Mariah Carey, is the current host of The Masked Singer and the former host of America’s Got Talent. He’s also the creator and host of the popular MTV show Wild N Out. Neither one of those shows or networks have yet commented on the controversy.

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