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Josh Norman helps pay for immigration activist's bail

Josh Norman helps pay for immigration activist's bail

 A 22-year-old immigration activist was released from a detention center three months after being arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement after Redskins cornerback Josh Norman helped pay his $50,000 bail, according to NFL.com.

New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis also contributed to helping pay for bail.

Jose Bello was arrested less than two days after reading a poem criticizing the country's current immigration practices at a board of supervisors meeting, according to the report. The poem was written after his detainment by ICE in 2018.

“We demand our respect. We want our dignity back. / Our roots run deep in this country, now that’s a true fact … We don’t want your jobs," the poem read according to The Guardian. "We don’t want your money. / We’re here to work hard, pay taxes, and study.”

“I’m here to let you know, we want to feel safe – whether we’re Brown, Asian, or Black,” wrote Bello.

Norman and Davis teamed up with the New York Immigrant Freedom Fund and the National Bail Network to pay off Bello's bail.

"We're always searching for a place where we can be of service, and this was one of those places," Norman told NFL.com on Tuesday. "Because of the indecency of what's going on with these people -- not just these people, but the immigration issue overall -- we felt compelled to get involved.

"They're fighting against a force that's almost immovable, that's attempting to silence them," he continued. "So we're trying to help the ones that do have a voice so they can be heard. It's crazy that now our First Amendment right is being challenged, and we want to be on the right side of history."

This is not the first time Norman and Davis have teamed up to help immigrants. Last summer, the two of them bought care packages for struggling migrant children and families that were recently released from detention centers all across Texas. 

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Report: President Trump told pro sports commissioners he believes NFL season should start on time

Report: President Trump told pro sports commissioners he believes NFL season should start on time

During a conference call with 13 professional sports commissioners Saturday, U.S. President Donald Trump said that he believes the 2020 NFL season should start as scheduled in September despite the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, according to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Adrian Wojnarowski.

Trump also reportedly remarked that he would like to allow fans back into stadiums and arenas by August or September.

The president used the call as an opportunity to commend the commissioners for their response to the pandemic. On March 11, the NBA became the first American professional sports league to suspend play in an effort to stop the spread of the virus. The NHL, which was less than a month out from the start of the playoffs, followed suit—as eventually did the MLS, ATP, WTA, PGA Tour, NASCAR and MLB spring training.

With the NFL still in the midst of its offseason, there remains hope that the 2020 season will begin on time. So far, the league has canceled its annual league meaning and delayed OTAs. The draft will be held as expected while teams make their selections remotely rather than in Las Vegas as originally planned. While many free-agent deals have yet to be finalized due to the inability for teams to conduct physicals, the NFL has yet to be affected as much as other major sports.

The season is set to begin Thursday, Sept. 10 with opening Sunday coming Sept. 13.

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President Trump meets with league commissioners, commends their response to the coronavirus

President Trump meets with league commissioners, commends their response to the coronavirus

The White House says President Donald Trump spoke with commissioners of the country's sports leagues on Saturday and told them he recognizes "the good work being done by many teams and players" to care for their communities and fans dealing with the new coronavirus.

After the conference call that included the president, two of his advisers and 13 sports commissioners ended, ESPN reported that Trump "believes the NFL season should start on time in September."

The virus has decimated the sports world with the NBA and NHL suspending their seasons indefinitely and MLB postponing the start of its season.

The NCAA basketball tournament was also canceled, as were college spring sports such as baseball and softball, lacrosse and track and field. No representatives of the NCAA were reported to be in the call.

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The White House says the commissioners thanked Trump for his "national leadership and for his interest in the sports industry." He called on them to continue efforts to support their fellow Americans during the current challenge.

A wide range of sports league officials participated in the call, including NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NBA commissioner Adam Silver.

NBC Sports Washington's Matt Weyrich contributed to this report.

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