NASCAR’s Corey LaJoie goes all-in on Trump 2020 car design, grapples with strong backlash

first_imgLaJoie was one of many drivers to publicly embrace Wallace following the noose incident, helping Wallace finish the Geico 500 despite a fuel shortage.The Go Fas Racing press release announcing the support of Trump attributed a quote to LaJoie speaking positively about the partnership, though oftentimes such statements are written with guidance by PR professionals. LaJoie did not mention Trump by name.”With an estimated 75 million NASCAR fans out there, I was surprised that about 15 million of those fans are not registered voters,” read LaJoie’s statement. “I will give my best effort to get NASCAR fans registered to vote, through our team efforts on and off the track. When they see the car, hopefully it makes them race to the polls in November.” NASCAR driver Corey LaJoie’s Go Fas Racing team has reached a deal with a political action committee that will feature “Trump 2020” all over his vehicle.LaJoie had previously raced with a small rectangle bearing the phrase “Trump 2020″ on the side of his car. The new deal with a more prominent display was facilitated by the Patriots of America PAC, which supports President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign. Read about our new partnership with the Patriots of America PAC here:@POTUS | @realDonaldTrump | @CoreyLaJoie— Go Fas Racing (@GoFasRacing32) July 1, 2020MORE: NASCAR will finally choose a cone ruleIt’s possible LaJoie carries mixed feelings about his team’s explicit support of Trump, who opposes the Black Lives Matter movement that LaJoie’s competitor and friend Bubba Wallace supports. Wallace, who is Black, has publicly shared his experiences with racism in NASCAR over the past few months.LaJoie’s brother responded to social media criticism about the paint scheme on Wednesday, suggesting LaJoie didn’t have control over the deal.”It’s tough to read some of the things people say about your family when they know so little,” Casey LaJoie wrote. “So many things I could say, but Love always wins. I’ll be off social media for a while.”A lot of hate being thrown at @CoreyLaJoie over a situation he had no control over. It’s tough to read some of the things people say about your family when they know so little. So many things I could say, but Love always wins. I’ll be off social media for a while ✌🏻— Casey LaJoie (@Casey_LaJoie) July 2, 2020NASCAR has become an unlikely political lightning rod after it banned the Confederate flag from all events and provided Wallace support after a noose was found in his garage stall at Talladega Superspeedway two weekends ago. The noose incident was later determined to be a misunderstanding but in no way a hoax.Trump has been an incendiary figure in U.S. race relations throughout his presidency, but particularly during a nationwide protest movement against police brutality and mistreatment of Black people in the country. He has advocated for unusual use of force against protesters and deemed Black Lives Matter a “symbol of hate.”last_img read more

Missing mother found dead; children still missing

first_imgThe Marion County Sheriff’s Office says that a mother who was reported missing this weekend has been found dead and her four children are still missing.32-year-old Casei Jones, 10-year-old Cameron Bowers, 5-year-old Preston Bowers, 2-year-old Mercalli Jones and 1-year-old Aiyana Jones were reported missing Saturday evening after family members reported that they had not seen or heard from the family in six weeks.Officials announced that they recovered Jones’ body near Brantley County, Georgia, however, they are unsure about the whereabouts of the four children.Not much is known about the incident at this time, however, authorities did report that they have issued a warrant for 2nd degree homicide and they are currently in the process of questioning Jones’ husband Michael Waye Hones Jr.If you have any information on Jones’ death or the whereabouts of her children, you are asked to call the Marion County Sheriff’s Office (352) 732-9111, or call 911.last_img read more

U.S. Warns Americans Against International Travel Due to Virus

first_imgPresident Trump’s administration Thursday afternoon upgraded its warning to Americans against all international travel as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread.The State Department has issued a new alert which urges Americans not to travel abroad under any circumstances and to return home if they are already abroad, unless they are planning to remain overseas for the foreseeable future.“The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19,” the alert reads. “In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. U.S. citizens who live abroad should avoid all international travel.”Before the upgraded warning, the department’s advice to U.S. citizens was to “reconsider” all international travel under a “level three” alert. The new, global “level four” warning is typically reserved for specific countries embroiled in conflict, natural disasters or where Americans face specific risks.However, the upgrade is not mandatory, and there are currently limited transportation options for international travel. The only way to ban Americans from traveling abroad would be to invalidate the use of U.S. passports, a ban that is currently in place only for North Korea.In addition, the main impact of such travel alerts is to cause insurance companies to increase customers’ premiums or to cancel travel policies for group and individual tours. Many of those had already been cancelled before the alert was raised to level three earlier this week.On a related note, the State Department has already advised Americans that many U.S. embassies and consulates around the world are operating with reduced staff and hours due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and that services for Americans who are in need of assistance are limited.last_img read more

LVR grad Sean Denison experiences career year playing pro hoops in Romania

first_img“That last loss was tough because I felt like we were the better team when we were playing our game and our style,” explained Denison, part of two BC Basketball Championships during his time at Trafalgar Junior and L.V. Rogers High Schools.“But they played very good in the last game and we fought hard so none of us on the team have any regrets.”Denison was a star during his high school days, leading the Bombers to a fourth-place finish at the BC High School AAA Basketball Championships during his senior season after titles in Grade 9 at Trafalgar and Grade 10 Junior crown at LVR.The local hoop star went on to play four seasons at Santa Clara in NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball. He played also for Canada internationally program for some years — the Canadian Senior National Team in 2007, the U21 National Team in 2004 and at the Pan-American Games trials.Denison, who came to Romania following stops in Turkey, Germany and Russia, played 37 Liga Nationala games for CSM Oradea recording 10.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.1 spg and 1.2bpg  — the latter was fifth best in the league.In six games in EuroChallenge Denison averaged impressive 15.5 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.2 spg and 1.7 bpg and was also voted to All-Romanian League Honorable Mention Team.“I played very well in EuroChallenge but had a hard time adjusting my game for the referees in the Romanian league,” he admitted.“Almost every away game I would have two fouls in five minutes and have to sit until the third quarter. They just call the game different and there is no governing body to regulate or review their calls. So instead of a block or a steal I would get a foul. “These things add up and as a result I couldn’t play as aggressively as I wanted in the normal league.”Denison, on a one-year contract in Romania, is considering his options for next season. He’s returned to Canada to spend his offseason with his wife, Tricia, and two children in the North Okanagan near Salmon Arm.“Not sure where I will play next year, still looking at the possibilities but I feel great,” he said. “I feel better every year and will continue to work on my game and staying healthy.”No doubt after the 2013-14 campaign, a few teams most likely will be calling for his services. When Sean Denison hopped a flight last summer for Romania, he hoped the move to the European Basketball team would be a good one.Well the move proved to be good for CSM Oradea, Denison’s new club, and amazing for the former L.V. Rogers hoop star.Not only did CSM Oradea make history but also Denison realized a happiness about playing the sport again that had been missing for a few years.”It was a successful year for me personally . . . and it was felt really good to play in a competitive league again,” the 28-year-old power forward said after completing the successful campaign in Romania.“We made history all year,” the 6’11” 245-pound Denison added.“First we got a nod from the EuroChallenge league saying we were the best new entry (first year team) in EuroChallenge this season.“For the first time the club made the Romanian Cup final and then for the first time in club history we made the finals in the playoffs.”Unfortunately, CSM Oradea came up short in both finals — losing in the Romanian Cup and League Final — the latter, a six-point setback in the final of the best-of-five series.last_img read more