Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is all set to make his NFL return sooner or later if reports are to be believed. The 32-year-old’s career had come to an abrupt halt after a series of off-field issues but still presents himself as a viable option to a host of teams in the league. Here’s a look at the Antonio Brown suspension, and the potential Antonio Brown NFL return.
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Antonio Brown Seahawks: Why is Antonio Brown suspended?
Antonio Brown was arrested in January 2020 after he along with an accomplice had attacked a moving truck. The 32-year-old was officially charged with felony burglary of a vehicle, misdemeanour battery and misdemeanour criminal mischief in March. Brown subsequently received two years of probation, while ordered to undergo 100 hours of community service, a 13-week anger management counselling program and a psychological evaluation.
The former Steelers star is also under investigation for sexual assault by his former trainer. Those allegations saw him being released by the Patriots last year. After much delay, NFL announced an eight-week suspension for Antonio Brown at the end of July for violating the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy.
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Antonio Brown trade: Seattle Seahawks to make a move for controversial wide receiver?
According to reports by ESPN, Seattle Seahawks are seriously considering the possibility of an Antonio Brown trade and could make a move for him once his suspension ends. Adam Schefter of ESPN wrote that Seattle quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Geno Smith have remained in touch with Brown about the possibility of moving to CenturyLink Field.
The duo are reportedly friends with the 32-year-old and the trio were even seen working together during the offseason. The Seahawks are excited about the possibility of lining up Brown with MVP candidate Wilson and believe the trade could take their offence to the next level’.
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Weber introduced, or promoted the idea that Protestants have a certain work ethics thanks to the values imparted by their religion. The idea — like almost all of sociology — is marshmallow-soft. Consider the reverse: that Protestants at the time happened to have a certain culture, and other protestants were likely to embrace the culture of their peers because religion acted as an attractor for identities. For one can always find (thanks to the narrative fallacy) some stuff in a religion that confirms a given theory. Weber and the Weberians missed that the Industrial Revolution hit very early on northern France and Belgium (both extremely Catholic), while the Catholic South remained agricultural and socially conservative, so one can see with the naked eye that it cannot be about something proper to the theologies or the associated doctrines and practices. It is just that cultural norms are contagious within identities, and too mush so. Incidentally such cultural norms haven’t yet hit the Mediterranean since it skipped the industrial revolution. To any statistician, the “Protestant ethics” is a North-South marker, not a Protestant-Catholic one.
Unlike other networks and pagan creeds, the three Abrahamic religions are mutually exclusive — owing to the minority rule — even if somewhat backward compatible (Islam accepts, theologically, Christianity and Judaism but not the reverse; Christianity unrequitedly integrates the Old Testament). You could worship both Jupiter and Baal, just as you can have Franco-Japanese cuisine, but must be either Christian or Muslim. And the differentiation — and the loss of synchretism — which started in Judaism during the rabbinical era, has accelerated in modern times: Jews and Muslims in Morocco shared shrines; at some point it was the same for Shiites and Maronites in Lebanon. It is that absence of media and television allowed local customs to override remote religious edicts. In Doura Europos, c. the 6th C., the same room acted as synagogue, pagan temple, and church. And in Lebanon for a long time the difference was between Qaysi and Yamani (Northern and Southerner), a wedge perhaps inherited from the Byzantine Green and Blue, and that cut across religions (the Druze Qaysis viciously battled the Yamanis in their largest battle, Ayn Dara, leading to the resettlement of the Yamani Druze in the Golan heights).
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Amine Maalouf, another Christian Lebanese, understood the problem rather instinctively and saw the contradictions in the current historical accounts. How come Islam is the one currently associated with intolerance, when it was the Catholic Church that’s traditionally held that role. Just consider the obvious evidence: you find many more Christian minorities in the traditional lands of Islam than the reverse. It was Catholic groups that did the (viciously murderous) Albigensian crusade, the Great Inquisition, the St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre, and others. Catholicism has not changed; people and their culture did. Last time I checked, the scriptures have not been modified; they were the same during the Inquisition, before the inquisition, and now.
And, of course, Sunni Islam’s attitude towards Christianity has changed over time: a rise in intolerance since the late 18th C. Consider the continuous drop of Christians in the Levant.
Nor does comparing theologies make sense, unless of course one has been brainwashed by sociology texts and becomes unable to think with minimal clarity. The (Protestant) Puritans who inhabited New England and the Salafis of Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf have nearly identical theologies, based on shared communitarianism (refusal of a centralized authority), iconoclasm (absence of representation, of saints, and of any elaborate aesthetics), absence of an organized “church”, and very stern practice of the religion. And never forget that it is the exact same God that they are worshiping.
This identity-mentality business is responsible for many other things. Suicide bombers in the East Mediterranean and the Middle East weren’t initially Salafi Muslims; it was in the late 20th Century that the practice (reintroduced almost two millennia after the sicarii) started spreading, with Greek Orthodox Pan Levantine followers of Antun Saadeh. Nothing to do with the virgins one meets in heaven, the kind of ex post attribution one hears today.
So, it matters, for economic development, who you identify with. You embrace their appetite for boring, repetitive tasks, a focus on industrial growth and working in a hierarchy, the extraction of an individual from her or his family, the appetite to wait in line for hours without beating anyone, virtues (or defects) that allowed for the West’s industrial revolution.
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Cathars being taken for slaughter
In the early 1900s, urban Sunnis in the Levant identified with the Ottoman upper class, hence were readily “Westernized” as the Ottomans Westernized, but in the Eastern Mediterranean/Eastern European way: the Ottoman bourgeois class looked more, for identity, to resemble Greeks and Bulgarian Christians than Germans or other Northern Europeans. The Lebanese Sunnis later on, after Turkey became Turkey, identified with the Middle East, owing to the movement called “Arabism” and changed their mentality and habits. Today Lebanon’s Shiites identify increasingly with Iranians (the people, not the regime), and are embracing social behavior similar to the Iranians, with a focus on study, industry, etc. — ironically much more Western in spite of the theocratic regime. Amine Maalouf detected (as explained to me by the geneticist Pierre Zalloua) that Christians in Lebanon identified with the West, and the differentiation between them and the Muslims started increasing. The religions, meanwhile, stayed the same. The NFC East is the worst division in football. Not just this year, but in quite some time. Lucky for us, the division is being featured in primetime for the second time this week, as our regularly-scheduled Thursday Night Football game features the 1–5 New York Giants traveling to Lincoln Financial Field to take on the 1–4–1 Philadelphia Eagles.
In the interest of getting to the point as quickly as possible, let’s just break down the matchup.