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NFL player Quintin Demps: Purpose By Faith

In the midst of a successful NFL career, New York Giants Safety, Quintin Demps founded the independent record label Purpose By Faith. After six seasons in the league, Demps is now determined to share his musical talents with the world. With a mission to use all genres of music as a tool of influence, Purpose…

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In the midst of a successful NFL career, New York Giants Safety, Quintin Demps founded the independent record label Purpose By Faith. After six seasons in the league, Demps is now determined to share his musical talents with the world. With a mission to use all genres of music as a tool of influence, Purpose By Faith is committed to providing an alternative sound that will change lives and bring hope to this generation and generations to come.

CEDRIC:  How’re you doing Quin. My name is Cedric from Prestige Magazine.

QUINTIN: What’s up Cedric? How are you doing man?

CEDRIC: Same old, same old. I guess my first question, I’m from Alabama, and football is big in Alabama, high-school, college football, but that don’t even come close to Texas, so how was it growing up playing high-school football in Texas?

QUINTIN: Football in Texas man, was everything they glorify it to be. I went to a prestigious high-school for at least a year, so it was pretty popular, it was fun man, I had a great experience, I wouldn’t trade it for the world man.

CEDRIC: Some of the players that you look up to, coming up, when you were a kid, that you wanted to kind of resemble, or grow up to be or idolized.

QUINTIN: Growing up as a kid, Deion Sanders was cool, was my man, he was the most flashy, cocky, he had swag. I loved Deion Sanders, and I loved Michael Jordan of course. Those are the guys I looked up to.

CEDRIC: What are some of the most exciting moments in your career?

QUINTIN: Last year was one of them, being part of a team. That was so fun. The best part of it was that we didn’t even have an identity, we had a new coach. We had a good team, but we didn’t know it would be that good. It was fun to be talked about every other week on ESPN. The Chiefs, the Chiefs. Being part of that man was really dope for me last year.

CEDRIC: That leads to my next question. You led the team, your average is 30 yards on your kick off return, you led the Chiefs to set an NFL record. Are you a little disappointed that you haven’t been signed by the Chiefs. What are your chances of signing with the Chiefs, and if not, are there any other teams that are interested in you?

QUINTIN: That’s kind of a process. You never know. I’m definitely not disappointed. I had my favorite year. I understand the business. It is what it is at this point. We’ll see where I end up man. Actually it starts at four, Easter, so we’ll see what happens.

CEDRIC: Recently one of your fellow Texans, came out that he was gay, openly gay. How would you feel about having an openly gay teammate in the locker room?

QUINTIN: It would kind of bother me, but then I would get over it, because he’s no different than anybody else. I would show as much grace as I can to a brother, and I would show the love of Jesus, and kinda be there for the man. Because he may want to come out, so we can’t just be harsh. He may be struggling with it, so he may need somebody to get through. I would definitely be more graceful more than anything, and take it as a chance for Jesus to really give him some hope.

NOTE: At time of interview Quintin Demps was signed to Kansas City Chiefs. On March 16, 2014 Quintin signed as a Safety with the New York Giants.  

You can also keep up with Quintin at  @QDemps  on Twitter, website is http://purposebyfaith.com/

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Magic’s Jonathan Isaac stands for national anthem as teammates, opponents kneel

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Orlando Magic power forward Jonathan Isaac became the first NBA player to stand during the national anthem following the season restart … deciding against both kneeling and wearing a Black Lives Matter shirt.

The league’s coaches, refs and players — from LeBron James to Zion Williamson — have been using the anthem demonstrations to raise awareness as games pick back up in Orlando … a gesture that is being supported by NBA commish Adam Silver.

Isaac became the first player to choose to stand as the anthem was played before the Magic’s match-up with the Brooklyn Nets on Friday … while the rest of the team’s players and staffers took a knee.

It’s worth noting — Silver says everyone will have the option to kneel during the anthem without consequence … despite a league rule requiring players to stand.

The same goes for anyone who wishes to stand — no one is saying the players HAVE to kneel, either.

So far, Jonathan hasn’t commented on his decision to stand publicly — because the game is currently being played. But, when he does, we’ll update here.

Charles Barkley spoke about the demonstrations on Thursday during TNT’s “Inside The NBA,” saying, “The national anthem means different things to different people.”

“I’m glad these guys are unified. If people don’t kneel, they’re not a bad person. I want to make that perfectly clear. I’m glad they had unity, but if we have a guy who doesn’t want to kneel because the anthem means something to him, he should not be vilified.”

The Magic released a statement in support of the demonstration, saying, “The DeVos Family and the Orlando Magic organization fully supports Magic players who have chosen to leverage their professional platform to send a peaceful and powerful message condemning bigotry, racial injustice and the unwarranted use of violence by police, especially against people of color.”

“We are proud of the positive impact our players have made and join with them in the belief that sports can bring people together — bridging divides and promoting inclusion, equality, diversity and unity.”

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College athletes getting paid for their services has been a worthy argument for a long time, but the NCAA finally supports a proposal to allow college athletes to sign endorsement deals and receive payment for their work after some of the best basketball recruits in the country have declared for the NBA’s G League instead of attending college.

While being paid for their work certainly is a step in the right direction, former NFL star Reggie Bush doesn’t think it’s such a great idea.

“Guidance is the one thing that young athletes coming through the college system miss on so much,” Bush told Playboy, according to ESPN. “I missed on it. They’re about to start paying college athletes. This is something that has never been experienced before, and it’s going to destroy some people if their foundation is not in the right place.”

A formal proposal for the new rules is set to be submitted no later than October to the NCAA board, and they will then vote on the proposal sometime before January 2021.

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It’s weird to think that Bush is against athletes being paid for endorsement deals, especially considering he improperly accepted cash during his collegiate days.

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Nine people were on board the Sikorsky S76 when something went wrong just before 10 a.m. Sunday.

The passengers were on their way to a basketball game when the chopper went down.

The helicopter’s flight path shows it going from Orange County to the San Fernando Valley and then hovering over the Glendale area as it waited for clearance to travel through the Valley to Calabasas. The tracking ends at the crash site in Calabasas.

Kobe Bryant’s 13-year old daughter Gianna was among those killed. Gianna — often called “Gigi” — was the second oldest of Bryant’s four daughters.

Bryant had coached Gianna’s AAU basketball team out of his Mamba Sports Academy training facility in Thousand Oaks for the past two years.

They were all reportedly headed to an AAU game when the crash happened.

In addition to Bryant and his daughter, three members of one family died in the crash.

John Altobelli was the head baseball coach at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa. His wife Keri and their daughter Alyssa were also on board.

The husband of Christina Mauser posted on Facebook that she died in the helicopter crash. Mauser was a basketball coach at Harbor Day School in Newport Beach, where Kobe’s daughter attended school. Mauser’s husband says he and his kids are devastated.

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