Maybe there is crying in baseball.
The Yankees publicly reached out to 10-year-old bullying victim Cassidy Warner after she revealed the emotional and physical abuse she has suffered at the hands of her fourth grade classmates in a heartbreaking viral video posted to Facebook two weeks ago.
The Yankees posted their own video Thursday, mirroring the same emotional style as Warner’s, featuring 24 players and manager Aaron Boone rallying around the brave 10-year-old.
In Warner’s video, which she posted without her parents’ knowledge, she holds up hand-written note cards detailing the verbal and physical attacks she has been forced to endure for the last four years at her elementary school.
“My name is Cassidy. I am 10 years old,” the first card reads.
CC Sabathia has a message for Cassidy Warner.
Warner recounts how she other kids have hit her, kicked her, pulled her hair and spit on her. She reveals she has had her life threatened and even been told to commit suicide. Warner says it has gotten to the point where no kids want to even associate with her. When she sits down at a lunch table, everyone else at the table gets up and leaves.
“There’s 4 of them and only 1 of me,” Warner says. “The principal doesn’t do anything.
“I feel so alone. I feel like I have no one. It hurts.”
Warner ends her video by encouraging viewers to share her story to help put an end to bullying everywhere.
Aaron Judge has Cassidy Warner’s back.
“This is my story… Stop bullying! Not just for me for other kids to (sic). Please share my story!”
Inspired by Warner’s story, the Yankees offered their support in a heartwarming video.
CC Sabathia begins with a note reading “Dear Cassidy” before telling her “My teammates and I wanted you to know that we care about you.”
“We may be older than you. We may be taller than you,” Greg Bird shares.
“But we want you to know that we look up to you,” Dellin Betances says, finishing the thought.
“You are not alone! Count the New York Yankees among your friends!” Aaron Judge tells her.
“You can sit next to us at lunch anytime!!! In fact, we are saving a seat for you at our lunch table in the clubhouse,” Didi Gregorius says.
Warner’s initial video reached 22,000 views before she was forced to take it down and delete her Facebook since she does not mean the minimum 13-year-old age requirement. Her mother then re-published the video on her own account. It currently has more than 230,000 views.
Warner’s father, James Warner, has since met with the school district’s superintendent to help resolve his daughter’s bullying, according to ABC 16.
“I’m extremely proud of her for her to deal with it every day and to come home and make a video like that to get the message out there,” James Warner told ABC 16.
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Add one more name to the growing list of Knicks head coaching candidates.
TNT analyst Kenny Smith will interview for the Knicks’ head coaching vacancy, according to Stephen A. Smith.
Kenny Smith, a two-time champion, played for seven teams throughout his 11-year career from 1987-1997. He has never coached in the NBA.
Since retiring, Smith has gone on to have a successful career as a studio analyst, working alongside Ernie Johnson Jr., Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal on “Inside the NBA.”
Kenny Smith will reportedly interview for the Knicks’ head coaching job.
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Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry are taking a look at a number of candidates for the team’s head coaching job.
Former Warriors coach Mark Jackson interviewed for the job Wednesday. David Fizdale, Mike Woodson and David Blatt will also have a sit-down with the Knicks front office. Raptors G League coach Jerry Stackhouse is also considered a candidate for the job.
Fizdale, Jackson and Stackhouse are viewed as the favorites to land the Knicks’ head coaching gig.
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Rob Gronkowski really has to stop horsing around.
The Patriots star tight end has bought a minority stake in the horse named after him, Gronkowski announced Thursday in a joint press release with Phoenix Thoroughbreds Partners, which owns the majority stake of the horse.
Gronkowski, the horse, garnered national attention for its namesake after winning the Burradon Stakes in England to secure a spot in the Kentucky Derby.
Gronkowski, the human, said he quickly became aware of his horse doppelganger and knew he had to add him to the “Gronk family.”
Rob Gronkowski now owns a minority stacke in a race horse.
“This horse is a winner and I love a winner,” Gronkowski said. “When I heard about the racehorse being named after me, I started watching and got really stoked when he started winning. He’s won his last three and is now headed to the Derby. I’m all in: Welcome to the Gronk family, Gronkowski the Horse!”
The Wall Street Journal first reported news of Gronkowski’s foray into horse racing.
The investment group told The Journal they chose to name the horse Rob Gronkowski because he’s “big and strong” just like the 6’6″, 265-pound Pro Bowl tight end.
The Kentucky Derby will take place on May 5.
Gronkowski, the human, told The Journal he has a few ideas for how to have some fun with the horse outside of the race track.
“I’ve never dealt with horses,” he said. “Hopefully I can get a ride on the horse.”
Gronkowski is still reportedly mulling his NFL future. He has yet to report to the Patriots’ voluntary workouts.
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Brandon Marshall is throwing up the X on the idea of Dez Bryant signing with the Giants.
Marshall took to Instagram Tuesday to voice his displeasure on the potential move after Bryant previously gushed over the idea a day prior.
“Sorry baby bro no room,” Marshall reportedly posted to his Instagram story, along with a screenshot of ProFootballTalk reporting on Bryant’s comments. 12up captured Marshall’s Instagram post before the Giants receiver deleted it from his story.
Bryant, who was cut by the Cowboys last week, incidentally left Marshall’s name out while praising the Giants’ offensive weapons in an interview with Mike Fisher, the Cowboys’ Insider for Dallas’ 105.3 The Fan, on Monday.
Brandon Marshall doesn’t appear to be a fan of the idea of Dez Bryant signing with the Giants.
“The Giants,” Bryant told Fisher, “got a helluva defense, they’re going to pay OBJ, so coming back. Playing with him, Sterling (Shepard) … the tight end (Evan Engram), (Eli) Manning? Crazy. … They draft (Penn State running back Saquan Barkley with the No. 2 overall pick)? That’d be crazy!”
Bryant was reportedly heated leaving the Cowboys facility after being informed by owner Jerry Jones he was being released, vowing to face the Cowboys twice a year.
Marshall likely took offense to the omission and recognized the fact he could potentially be a casualty if the Giants were to sign Bryant.
The Giants currently have just $4.8 million in cap space. While Bryant said “it’s not about the money,” that’s still likely not enough to sign the three-time Pro Bowler. However, GM Dave Gettleman and co. can clear an additional $5.5 million by cutting Marshall.
Former Jets offensive lineman Damien Woody also appeared to have a similar reaction to Bryant’s comments.
“*paging Brandon Marshall*,” Woody wrote, replying to a story on Bryant’s comments on Twitter.
Dez Bryant was cut by the Cowboys this offseason.
The Giants signed Marshall to a two-year, $11 million deal last offseason.
Marshall finished appeared in only five games, recording 18 receptions for 154 yards before missing the rest of the season due to an ankle injury suffered against the Chargers.
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