The San Francisco 49ers family has suffered a tremendous loss today with the passing of Dwight Clark.

We extend our condolences and prayers to Dwight’s wife Kelly, his family, friends, and fans, as we join together to mourn the death of one the most beloved figures in 49ers’ history. For almost four decades, he served as a charismatic ambassador for our team and the Bay Area. Dwight’s personality and his sense of humor endeared him to everyone he came into contact with, even during his most trying times. The strength, perseverance, and grace with which he battled ALS will long serve as an inspiration to so many. Dwight will always carry a special place in our hearts and his legacy will live on as we continue to battle this terrible disease.

The fanciful dream that politics have never entered the realm of sports is just that — fictive, imaginary. That has been proven yet again now, as the president uses all of his platform and power to strike down protest, disinviting Philly’s football champions from his gates, and banishing a notion that America would endorse such dissent.

Trump cancelled a lawn party that was likely to be imbued with the fiery spirit Philadelphia often brings, to substitute residents for constituents, fans for interns. It’s seen as a powerful move only to the naive. The Eagles weren’t even mentioned in the president’s four-minute speech, the catalyst that brought us here. He visibly stumbled over the words of his precious anthem and God Bless America, unable to properly perform his performative version of patriotism.

Someone took a knee.

There was one recorded protestor at the event who booed when the president walked to the podium. Another was kneeling during the national anthem.

The White House has not issued a statement on whether their ceremony was a success. The NFL brought this issue on themselves, and now have become a reliable way for the president to excite his base at the league’s expense.

The president finished and ignored questions from waiting reporters, instead shaking hands of constituents in awe of his might. Why answer questions when his message was complete, his stance overt? The audacity to not care about offending or lying was rendered endearing by those cheering him on.

The streets in front of the White House cleared of performers during the display. For minutes it was only Trump’s voice, along with the Star Spangled Banner and God Bless America. The entire scene was striking. Why would the most powerful man in the world —as Puerto Rico melts, as trade agreements grow riskier, as the world waits on his call — force policy down the throats of players protesting for the black and brown Americans who are regularly murdered with the force of the state?

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