Take 2: Kenosha shooting, Big Ten lawsuit

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Hannah Gonzalez

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Kyle Rittenhouse accused of shooting: Seventeen year old Kyle Rittenhouse was accused of a shooting that took place earlier this week that left two people dead and a third seriously injured. This incident occurred in Kenosha, Wisconsin during protests of the attempted murder of Jacob Blake. Since being arrested, Rittenhouse has been charged with six criminal counts. These charges include first-degree reckless homicide and first-degree intentional homicide. If convicted of first-degree intentional homicide, Rittenhouse will serve a life sentence along with facing the other counts against him.

Significance: Violence is occurring amid protests that are set out to be peaceful. Rittenhouse is in custody, but there are still protests that have yet to happen, which could risk people being exposed to acts of anger. Many people that attend protests go about doing so safely and take measures of caution.  

University of Nebraska football players sue Big Ten Conference: Eight Nebraska football players are suing the Big Ten because of their decision to cancel the football season this fall. The players who are taking part in this lawsuit are Brant Banks, Brig Banks, Alante Brown, Garret Nelson, Ethan Piper, Noa Pola-Gates, Garrett Snodgrass and Jackson Hannah. Factors that are contributing greatly to this case are the conflicting accounts given by university presidents about how the decision to cancel the upcoming season was made. Though this controversy has risen, the conference is still planning to play in the spring.

Significance: Football season is a crucial time for student athletes, because it gives them the opportunity to work towards their careers in the future. If the season has been cancelled based off of inaccurate data or false pretences, Big Ten could be facing backlash from fans and players. Not only will they lose money because of  this lawsuit, they will also be showing that they are willing to jeopardize players’ career goals by compromising the conference’s integrity.