Monthly Archives: February 2017

HU great McCorory leads 2017 MEAC HOF

(HBCU Buzz)

(HBCU Buzz)

Kayla Key | Staff Writer

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced its five members of the 2017 Hall of Fame Class and will take place on Thursday, March 9 at the Norfolk Scope Arena. The inductees will then be recognized that evening during the 2017 MEAC Basketball Tournament at the Norfolk Scope Arena.

Among the five inductees is Hampton’s own, Francena McCorory. The Hampton, VA native is a three-time NCAA champion in the 400-meter dash and still holds two indoor and two outdoor school records.

McCorory’s accomplishments elevated the status of the program and inspired it to reach new heights as evidenced by several current members of both Hampton’s men’s and women’s track teams.

“I’m really happy for her. She is an amazing runner and a role model,” said sprinter Meshala Morton, a junior kinesiology major from Stafford, Virginia.

During the 2015 season, Morton was named to the third Team All-MEAC in the 4×100-meter relay. Mid-distance runner Stanley Davis, a junior electrical engineering major from Glen Allen,Virginia, felt the wait was too long but well-deserved.

“It’s been a long time coming. I’m glad she will finally be recognized in MEAC history,” the 2015 All-MEAC selection said. McCorory won her first MEAC title at the 2008 Outdoor Track and Field Championship, where she obtained the 400m title and women’s 4×400 relay.

She then went on to win three-consecutive (2008, 2009, 2010) MEAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the 400m. McCorory holds the MEAC record in the 400m indoor (53.22) and outdoor (51.54), she won the 400m at the 2009 and 2010 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships and the 2010 Outdoor Championships.

After competing at the 2010 NCAA Championships, she returned to her “Home By the Sea” an American record-holder, with a time of 50.54.

After McCorory graduated from Hampton University with a degree in Psychology, she received international recognition proceeding her gold medal performances at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2016 Rio Olympics as a member of the US 4×400 relay team.

McCorory also won a gold medal in the 400m at the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Track and Field Championships. McCorory currently trains in Florida and, upon her retirement, she has high hopes of going after her dream of becoming a mortician.

The list of 2017 inductees will also include Amber Jackson and Rashean Mathis of Bethune Cookman, Robert Porcher of South Carolina State and Tracy White of Howard. Jackson led the Lady Wildcats to three consecutive MEAC Softball Championships in the early 2000’s and holds numerous school records.

She was selected in the second round by the Washington Glory in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) Draft, named Player of the Year in her rookie year and led her team to a victory at the Cowles Cup Championship.

Jackson has been a head coach for the last three seasons at Delaware State University, where she won Coach of the Year in 2016. Mathis was a three-time All-MEAC First-Team honoree and the 2002 MEAC Defensive Player of the Year. Mathis holds a number of records for the Wildcats, including most interceptions in a career (31) and season (14).

In 2003, he was drafted in the second round of the NFL Draft by his hometown team, the Jacksonville Jaguars. After having a successful 10 seasons with the Jaguars, he signed to the Detroit Lions. In 2016, Mathis was inducted into the Bethune-Cookman Hall of Fame.

Porcher was named MEAC Defensive Player of the Year in 1991, selected to the All-MEAC First Team and earned NCAA Division I-AA Defensive Player of the Year honors by the NFL Draft Report. He made history when he became the first Bulldogs’ player to be drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft.

He had a 13-year career with the Detroit Lions. After his NFL career, Porcher was active in the Detroit community, as he formed his foundation for cancer research and relief. White was a two-time MEAC Defensive Player of the Year (2000 and 2001) during his career with the Bisons.

He led the team in tackles each season, becoming Howard’s all-time leader with 500 tackles. White played in the NFL for 10 seasons (2003-2012).

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Report: Racism played role in Flint Water Crisis

(Mother Jones)

(Mother Jones)

Leondra Head | Local & World Editor

A Michigan government-appointed civil rights commission says systemic racism helped to cause the Flint water crisis, according to a 129-page report released Friday, Feb 17.

The report says “historical, structural and systemic racism combined with implicit bias” played a role in the problems, which still linger in the city’s drinking water almost three years later.

An emergency manager, appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder had Flint’s water supply changed from Lake Huron to the Flint River in 2014, a decision reversed more than a year later amid reports of corroded pipes and elevated blood lead levels.

Among the changes it recommends is one for the law for selecting emergency managers, saying the state shouldn’t be focused solely on cost cutting. It needs more community input, the report says. The report says one theme was common in the hearings where the public spoke.

People said predominantly white cities such as Ann Arbor or Birmingham, near Detroit, would have been treated differently by the state. Flint is 57 percent black, 37 percent white, 4 percent Latino and the rest mixed race, according to the U.S. Census.

“I believe the water source was switched as a way to save money despite the warnings that were given. Systematic racism comes in play when it’s 2017 and Flint still does not have clean water,” said Sarah Thomas, a sophomore kinesiology major from Detroit.

“Flint is a predominantly Black city filled with poor citizens. It is also a ‘busser’ community, meaning that the majority of the population gets around by public transportation. Because the government knows that the people have no way to leave the city, they continue to prolong the issue because they still receive tax dollars.”

Fourty percent of Flint residents live below the poverty line and were the victims of “environmental racism” the report stated.

“The presence of racial bias in the Flint water crisis isn’t much of a surprise to those of us who live here, but the Michigan Civil Rights Commission’s affirmation that the emergency manager law disproportionately hurts communities of color is an important reminder of just how bad the policy is,” state Sen. Jim Ananich, a Democrat from Flint, told CNN.

Dozens fired after ‘Day without Immigrants’

(Fox News)

(Fox News)

Ya-Marie Sesay | Staff Writer

Some protestors that participated in the “A Day Without Immigrants” boycott and march returned to work the following day without a job. Employees that did not show up to work last Thursday in states such as Tennessee, Florida, New York, South Carolina, Oklahoma, and Colorado were fired from their jobs.

Employees at Bradley Coatings Inc. in Nashville, Tennessee were warned not to participate in the event or their jobs would be terminated, according to NBC4. Eighteen employees were laid off according.

The company’s attorney Robert Peal wrote a statement saying, “Regretfully, and consistent with its prior communication to all its employees, BCI had no choice but to terminate these individuals. The reason these employees missed work—to engage in peaceful demonstrations—had nothing to do with BCI’s decision to terminate them.”

In the state of Florida, Grace Community School in Bonita Springs, two employees claimed to have been fired. According to the school, no employees were terminated due to the immigration protests.

Ben Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant and Caterers in New York fired 25 employees according to Telemundo 47. Many of the fired employees were undocumented citizens that have worked for the restaurant for years. However, when they returned to work on Friday, they were escorted from the restaurant. The “Day Without Immigrants” boycott across the nation in Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Detroit and other cities.

Protesters did not attend school, or work, and many restaurants owned by immigrants were closed for the day.

The protests showed how much of an impact immigrants have on the U.S. economy due to President Donald Trump’s immigration act. Organizers of the protests in Philadelphia told CBS “Our goal is to highlight the need for Philadelphia to expand policies that stop criminalizing communities of color,” said Erika Almiron, executive director of Juntos, a nonprofit group that works with the Latino immigrant community.

“What would happen if massive raids did happen? What would the city look like?” “People also do not realize how much of an impact immigrants play in the economy, I completely support the cause and I hope it has a great affect. It’s sad that people were fired for standing up for what they believe in. It just shows the countries true colors,” said Fatmata Kamara, a sophomore nursing major from Maryland.

Protests continued throughout the weekend, with a Free the People Immigration March in Los Angeles last Friday and President’s Day Weekend March and Rally in support of immigrants and refugees in Dallas on Friday.

The battle between guards: Steph Curry and Russell Westbrook

(The Big Lead)

(The Big Lead)

Randall Williams | Contributing Writer

Over the course of this NBA season, there have been many topics of discussion: A likely Golden State Warriors versus Cleveland Cavs championship battle for the third straight year, the budding rivalry between new Golden State Warriors’ forward Kevin Durant and his former friend, Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder and the MVP race.

To anyone that has watched the NBA this season, your MVP candidate pick has been primarily between two players: Russell Westbrook and James Harden of the Houston Rockets.

Approaching this year’s All-Star Break, the debate undoubtedly heated up between fans and the media.

However, in the midst of all of these discussions, another topic snuck up on NBA fans. When the All-Star starters were announced on January 19, the reaction was mixed to say the least.

Stephen Curry of the Warriors finished with 1,848,121 votes while Westbrook finished with 1,575,865 votes, sparking a huge controversy as to why Curry was voted to start the All-Star game over a player who is averaging a triple-double.

There is always a talk amongst fans on who should be starting and who shouldn’t as many see it as a significant honor meant for only the league’s absolute best.

During the 66th edition of the All-Star Game in New Orleans, the West defeated the East, 192-182 and the two dynamic guards put on a show. Curry finished with 21 points, six assists and four rebounds while the aggressive Westbrook led all bench scorers with 41 points and added seven assists and five rebounds.

Dominating the stat sheet is something Westbrook is used to. Throughout the 2016-17 season, Westbrook is leading the league in points, he is 12th in rebounding and third in assists.

Whereas Steph Curry is 10th in Scoring, 117th in rebounding, and 14th in assists. Statistically, it makes no sense as to why Westbrook is not starting and Curry is.

So, who is exactly to blame for this surprise? Well, you are, the fan.

Fans must understand the voting process, where 50 percent of the weight is toward fan vote, 25 percent is toward the media and the remaining 25 is for the players.

Westbrook finished with higher votes in both the media and the player categories but lost in the category that matters the most, fan votes. It is that simple. The fact of the matter is that Steph Curry is more popular.

The only question is Why?

Curry has consistently stayed in the top two Jersey sales the past three years. During the 2014-2015 season he was second to Lebron James, but the last two years he has been first. Another thing to note is the relatability between players and fans. We all know that NBA players are physical specimens, and standout compared to everyday people.

In regards to these two though, both are similar in size as they are both 6’3 and near 190 pounds. The difference is how they play the game by both their attributes and attitudes.

On the court Westbrook will continually attack you the entire game with amazing layups, rim-rattling dunks, mid range pull up jumpers, and annoyingly tight defense. Steph Curry has made a living on being able to knock down his sky high floaters, corner threes, and deep range buckets as well.

In the locker room and off the court, Westbrook And Curry again differ. Westbrook is more feisty and short tempered with reporters, where Curry is more relaxed and unbothered.

The one similarity these two superstars have is how they are approaching the game. Steph stated to Complex magazine on January 20 that there are “only two spots that you can fill. So unfortunately somebody was going to be left out. That’s how it goes. The fact I get to represent my team and be able to start is something I definitely appreciate.”

Typical Curry; humble and down to Earth. Westbrook also downplayed the subject to the media saying, “I don’t play to play in the All-Star [Game]…I play to become a better player and to win championships.”

In the grand scheme of this subject of discussion is not as big as people are making it. Fans should actually look at this as a positive. Competition is good and, if the All-Star game was any indication, fans should be ready for an exciting second half of the season.

Hampton University Admitted Students Day 2017 (Photos)

Phillip Jackson | Web Editor

This past weekend Hampton University held its annual “Admitted Students Day,” for current high school students who received acceptance letters and scholarships to their new Home by the Sea.

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Oscar Images and ‘The Evolution’ Theory

('The Evolution' is a photography project started by Hampton University Grad student Leonard Allen-Smith, creator of 'Oscar Images.'  //Image by Justice Harrison)

(‘The Evolution’ is a photography project started by Hampton University Grad student Leonard Allen-Smith, creator of ‘Oscar Images.’ //Image by Justice Harrison)

Victoria Daniels | Staff Writer

Oscar Images, a photography business created by a Hamptonian, is creating quite a buzz on Hampton’s campus with a project that is reinventing the way we view Black History Month.

Leonard Allen-Smith, a current grad student at Hampton University from Hartsdale, New York, is the founder of Oscar Images. Allen-Smith created the business during his undergraduate years and recently named it “Oscar Images” to exemplify the highest form professionalism and pay homage to his grandfather named Oscar who also enjoyed photography.

‘”The Evolution,” the name of this trailblazing project, was conjured while Allen-Smith was working out in the gym. In a sit-down interview, he shared that he wanted to begin a new project and Black History Month came to him being that it was two days before February.

“Black History Month is history, it’s just that… but we never talk about people who are currently making advancements and progressions in the community,” said Allen-Smith.

(HU student Aria Hill was selected to participate in Oscar Images' "The Evolution" project. She was described as "The Servant," after she founded a non-profit organization called 'Service Spree' that provides services for those in need in the Hampton Roads area. //Photo by Oscar Images)

(HU student Aria Hill was selected to participate in Oscar Images’ “The Evolution” project. She was described as “The Servant,” after she founded a non-profit organization called ‘Service Spree’ that provides services for those in need in the Hampton Roads area. //Photo by Oscar Images)

He seeks to highlight and display the current accomplishments of those people through pictures that would be taken and uploaded to Instagram along with a detailed caption speaking on what makes that person apart of #blackfuturemonth. For each day in February, a new picture will be uploaded to the page.

He began to reach out to his close friends, line brothers, and people that he knew were making moves with their own businesses and brands.

Many were touched by the vision and being given the opportunity to participate, such as Kris Anderson, a junior Sports Management major from Atlanta, Georgia. “Leonard’s vision for the Evolution project is to portray that we must remember that one determined person can make a significant difference, and that a small group of determined people can change the course of history,” Anderson said.

This is not a project that Allen-Smith is doing alone. He made sure to give his appreciation to Christina Williams and Miah Harris for all of their hard work and dedication in discovering people to display. He also received help from Randolph Scott, Jr., another Hampton University grad student. “Once we began to upload a few pictures, people immediately reached out asking to be displayed within the project,” Allen-Smith stated.

The team of four began to ask around campus about other people who should be showcased and the project continued to grow.

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(Cameron Abney was selected to participate in Oscar Images’ “The Evolution,” project and was described as ‘The Favored.’ He currently serves as Hampton University’s Mister Pirate.// Photo by Oscar Images)

If you scroll down the Instagram page of Oscar Images, you will see pictures of current students and recent graduates with the left side of their face covered by a shadow. He detailed that he uses a single flash to cast the shadow on the left side of their face to represent his views on black history.

“The Evolution is about progression. When we look at the history of the African- American people, the history has always been darker and every day we move forward, it always gets lighter,” Allen-Smith said. Performing little post production, he maintains the authenticity of the picture and showcases his knowledge on how a camera actually operates.

With a few more days left in Feburary, Allen-Smith and his team work diligently to continue finding great people who are doing great things and have their achievements and future endeavours showcased.

Be sure to follow @oscarimages on Instagram to view The Evolution, stay abreast of future projects, and enjoy the photographic history being created and illustrated.

How Somniis plans to diversify the fashion industry

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Hampton University senior Stanton Ridley has been designing clothes since he was in high school. Now, during his senior year at Hampton, his clothing brand Somniis has become promising. (Phillip Jackson//The Hampton Script)

Phillip Jackson | Web Editor

It was during his freshman year when Stanton Ridley (also known as Stanton Jordan) started strategically establishing the quality of his clothing brand Somniis.

Now, at at the age of 22, and working as the creative eye and leader of the luxury Menswear and Womenswear clothing brand, his interest in various types of fabrics have allowed him to become a young, but innovative designer during his senior year at Hampton University.

The four scratches in the Somniis trademark design was started by Ridley while in high school. He found it as a way to describe who he is as a designer. “It’s a reminder to myself, to keep myself humble, and to remember where I started,” Ridley said. “I want people to feel a certain way about it, I want them to have their own interpretation to it. But, at the same time, keep in mind who I am as a person, and as a designer.”

The clothing brand is contemporary and simple. It’s crafted in a way to converge street wear clothing and haute couture into one style. Ridley has successfully set a standard for his brand at an early on is his design career.

The summer 2012 launch of the brand was when Ridley began getting experience in the art of design. His website and look book that showcases the Somniis clothing highlights the quality of the brand.

Not only does he focus on crafting sweatshirts, classic t-shirts, or jackets—he also includes projects for Kite and A-line dresses in his recent work. Ridley said he really started to see the brand having potential during his sophomore year in college.

He had a lot of requests from his hometown in the State of New York. Once his work began to cultivate more traction, everything became more promising. “That kind of validated me. Now it’s a matter of capitalizing on it,” Ridley said.

Ridley also knows the environment he is getting himself into. In 2015, a New York Times’ story on “Fashion’s Racial Divide,” reported that of the 260 designers at New York Fashion Week that year, only 4 percent of them were black.

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Stanton Ridley, creator of Somniis menswear and womenswear clothing. (Phillip Jackson//The Hampton Script)

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Consistency is the foundation behind Somniis.

The simplistic lettering, the creation of the clothes and the distribution of the brand is Ridley’s way of trying to help his customers understand who he is as a designer.

“Well that’s one of the most important things with a brand, is to be able to have an aesthetic,” Ridley replied. “So, as a designer and as a creative director, of anything not just fashion, but art in general, it has to be parallel like people have to be able to see.”

With his collections, Ridley’s product is a reflection of what he sees himself wearing. It’s specific to his eye and creativity, which helps his brand stand apart from many other young aspiring designers.

“I always keep what I like in collections and in pieces that I drop,” he said. “I just wanted to be experimental, I didn’t want to bring anything that people are already doing. I like to push the envelope when it comes to the design itself.”

Ridley works as a fashion designer similair to how a painter works as a creative director. He says that in order to be a great designer, with a quality product, “You really have to live in that field,” and that he spends a lot of times looking at thousand of images a day on the computer.

He describes fashion and creative directing as a “psychological game.” His brand and how it is distributed to local students and other customers is what he believes has helped his clothing business stand alone. As the brand of Somniis continues to expand, Ridley believes that his talent will also.

“What I don’t want to happen is, God to give me a gift to design stuff, and I’m dormant with it,” Ridley replied. “I want to bring quality clothes, with strong messages behind it.”

Make America Hate Again: Trumps travel ban is ruining America (OP-ED)

(VOA News)

(VOA News)

Donald Parker | Staff Writer

Welcome to Donald Trump’s America. Trump has been president for less than a month and has already signed 19 executive orders. Perhaps the most controversial executive order is the 120-day suspension of the refugee program and a 90-day ban on travel to the U.S. from citizens of seven countries: Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Sudan.

The travel ban, informally known as the Muslim ban, has affected the lives of millions of citizens and refugees from the seven countries as well as American citizens travelling to and from those countries.

Not only have refugees and citizens from the countries listed on the ban been denied entry into the United States, but those with green cards and visas were also denied entry and several people in United States were deported.

Many Americans feel this executive order discriminates against those of Middle Eastern descent and Muslims.

A CBS News poll determined that a majority of Americans, at 51 percent, disapprove of the ban, while 45 percent approve. On the same poll, 57 percent of those polled think the refugee ban goes against the United States’ founding principles.

Not only does this travel ban go against the very foundation that this country was built on, it unfairly targets millions of people of Middle Eastern descent, especially those who are Muslim.

“Most of this country was comprised by immigrants from different places,” said Jordan Maynard, a senior electrical engineering major from Bowie, Maryland. She also added, “Trump is going directly at Muslims. He cannot infringe on one’s religion and neither can the government because that is church and state.”

To make things more interesting, President Trump’s list of countries on the travel ban does not include Egypt and Saudi Arabia, the two countries where the terrorists that carried out the attacks on 9/11 originated, which have ties to the president’s business interests.

This has been a common issue many citizens have with Trump, as many Americans feel he should not continue to have his business interests along with the country’s interests as outlined by the Emoluments Clause of the United States Constitution.

The fact that Trump conveniently chose to leave out those two countries from the travel ban because of his business interests is unconstitutional.

“It only shows how crooked Donald Trump really is,” said Cameron Smith, a sophomore biology major from Suffolk, Virginia. “He’s not only going against the foundation that makes America great, he’s completely dividing this country.”

So far, we are nearly 3 weeks into Trump’s presidency and we have already taken major steps backwards as a country. The immigration ban is by far the biggest step backwards.

Put it on pause: You don’t need a relationship during your senior year

(College Cures)

(College Cures)

Donald Parker | Staff Writer

By now everyone has settled back into the hustle and bustle of the semester. You’ve figured out the quirks of your teachers, and you’ve also realized that you might need to switch your study group. All the essentials you need to have a successful semester have become a part of your routine, but if you happen to be in your senior year of college, then your routine might be a little more stressful.

Dating as an underclassman proved to be a beautiful, exciting, and easy journey, but senior brings about new struggles that can strain relationships. The added pressures of graduate school applications, job applications, and the possibility of moving to another state can stress you and your significant other out during senior year.

When you reach your final year of college, the relationships you start (or consider starting) require more effort. Your time in college is limited and soon, the environment and the circumstances that allowed for a strong nuturing relationship is strained by an impending graduation date.

“I wouldn’t want to start a relationship with someone that I know from the beginning won’t last very long,” said Kayla Myers, a senior computer science major from Raleigh, North Carolina.

Yes, you may meet someone and a person during your last stretch at Hampton University, but you have to fight the urge. You have to think about your goals after graduation and consider if a relationship will help or hinder your growth.

After graduation, you will soon be bombarded with real world responsibilities such as finding a job, paying bills and even bigger, finding ways to pay back your student loans. You and your significant other may or may not be in the same area or even have time to connect due to your personal and career responsibilities.

This is guaranteed to put a toll on the relationship and could ultimately be its demise, even though it was neither person’s fault.

That does not mean you should not pursue a relationship. You can still get to know the person, but take into account the chances of getting into a serious relationship.

“Yeah, getting to know them is fine. But getting serious senior year with someone you are going to likely be at least a few hours away next year just seems silly,” said Jamiah Wilson, a senior finance major from Bristol, Connecticut.

It may not last for those few months you have left in your college life.

With Obama gone, the ball is in Trump’s court

(sports illustrated)

(sports illustrated)

Kayla Key & Jelani Scott | The Hampton Script

The former U.S. President Barack Obama and the current U.S. President Donald Trump have both been heavily involved in athletics; and are fans of sports in general.

Their dueling personas have led to varying reactions throughout the sports world. Over the course of his eight years, Obama had a very unique relationship with athletes and sports; some would say that it is what helped him bridge political gaps and connect with so many people.

He even took a trip to Cuba in March and sat with Cuban president Raúl Castro for an exhibition game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban National team. The two countries had restored diplomatic relations in July 2015. During his last White House Ceremony speech, he only spent three minutes on sports, but those three minutes were powerful.

“Sports have changed attitudes and culture in ways that seem subtle but that ultimately made us think differently about ourselves and who we were,” said Obama with the ceremony’s honorees, the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs, standing behind him.

“It is a game, and it is celebration, but there’s a direct line between Jackie Robinson and me standing here.” Obama’s Jackie Robinson comment, according to Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News, alludes to how Obama’s time in office awoke “the activist minds of athletes.”

Samuel also encouraged these athletes “and those activist minds” to “stay vocal about issues of social justice now” with President Trump running the show.

Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks, former San Francisco 49ers’ QB Colin Kaepernick and members of the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx are just a few examples of players who have spoken out against injustice, like police brutality and Trump’s election, and formed relationships with Obama.

When NBA star LeBron James, a long-time friend and supporter of Obama’s, wore a “I Can’t Breathe” shirt to honor the memory of Eric Garner, the unarmed African American man who died after a white police officer put him in an illegal chokehold in New York City, Obama stood behind him in full support.

“I think LeBron did the right thing. We forget the role that Muhammad Ali, Arthur Ashe and Bill Russell played in raising consciousness,” Obama told People magazine. Retired athletes, such as former NBA player Jalen Rose, have already voiced their opinions on Trump in the months leading up to his inauguration.

“Mark my words, there will be players that decline the opportunity to visit the White House under his presidency,” said Rose on ESPN’s “NBA Countdown.” Trump’s name is currently on 17 golf properties around the world, but since the election, various professional golf tournaments have chosen not to support Trump’s courses.

Some athletes, including Adrian Gonzalez of the Los Angeles Dodgers, have even decided to boycott the business mogul’s hotels. Despite the backlash, Trump has several relationships with professional athletes that he can claim like five-time Super Bowl Champion Tom Brady, professional golfer John Daly and former NFL head coach Mike Ditka.

As far as their actual athletic prowess, the politicians both make strong cases on who would win. In 2013, USA Today’s For The Win ranked Barack Obama eighth on the list of top 10 most athletic Presidents of all time. In 1979, Obama played guard for Hawaii’s Punahou High School and led them to a state championship.

Prior to earning his bachleor’s degree at Columbia, Obama spent two years at Occidental College in Los Angeles and played for a short while on their basketball team.

“He was really athletic, ran good, jumped good,” said Mike Zinn, a former coach at the college who claimed Obama was his starting small forward for the 1979-80 season. “In basketball terminology, he was kind of a slasher. He was left-handed. He went left well, didn’t go right that well…he was a good defender, definitely a good athlete.”

Aside from his notorious White House basketball court exploits, Obama enjoys mixing it up on the golf course. In 2014, NBA legend Michael Jordan took some friendly jabs at Obama’s golf game.

“I never said he wasn’t a great politician, I just said he was a [expletive] golfer,” said the six-time NBA champion. About a week later, Obama fired back at Jordan’s comments, saying, “But there is no doubt that Michael is a better golfer than I am. Of course if I was playing twice a day for the last 15 years, then that might not be the case.”

Trump, on the other hand, was a first baseman for the New York Military Academy’s baseball team in the early 1960s and also competed in basketball, football, soccer, bowling and wrestling.

In October 2015, Business Insider did a profile of Trump’s career at the academy and Ted Levine, a former classmate who played baseball with Trump, said Trump could have had a professional career.

“He was just the best, a good athlete, a great athlete…I think he threw 80 miles an hour. I was the catcher. He made my hand black and blue every day,” said Levine. “Could he play football? Could he play soccer? He could do anything he wanted. He was physically and mentally gifted.”

Trump’s apparent mental gifts would serve him well later on in his life as he continued to accumulate wealth through various business ventures, including owning a professional football team in the USFL (United States Football League), hosting boxing matches in Atlantic City, New Jersey at Trump Plaza and hosting cycling and powerboat races.

Some of these ventures, however, would go on to ultimately fail. In 2013, Trump was inducted into the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) Hall of Fame for his support and donations to professional wrestling, which some still debate the validity of as an “actual sport”.

Similarly to Trump, Obama expressed to The Washington Post in June 2016 that he is interested in being a part-owner of an NBA team, further living up to his reputation as the “Sports President”.

“I have fantasized about being able to put together a team and how much fun that would be. I think it’d be terrific,” said Obama to sports personality Bill Simmons in a November 2015 GQ interview.

The jury is still out, however, on whether he should seek ownership advice from Trump. From Obama filling-out and publicly sharing his NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournament brackets to Trump once serving as a financial advisor for boxing legend Mike Tyson, there is no shortage of ways both men have left their mark on the sports world.

There is no doubt that both of these men have made an effort in expressing their love for sports and finding its connection with the American people.

It will be interesting to see in the wake of this major transition, though, if the growing trend of professional athletes defying President Trumpwill continue and lead to an uprising we have not seen in 50-plus years.