Cardinals owner joins in new letter supporting Brett Kavanaugh

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Protests during the national anthem, an inherently political gesture, are viewed by the NFL as being bad for business. Openly supporting the most controversial Supreme Court nominee since Clarence Thomas, another inherently political gesture, apparently is not bad for business.

Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill has joined in a letter defending Brett Kavanaugh against an allegation of misconduct that was made Wednesday against him.

“In the extensive amount of time we collectively spent with Brett, we do not recall having ever met someone named Julie Swetnick,” the letter released by the White House states. “Nor did we ever observe Brett engaging in any conduct resembling that described in Ms. Swetnick’s declaration.”

Ms. Swetnick’s declaration contains horrifying allegations of gang rape and other misconduct at parties allegedly attended by Kavanaugh in the 1980s.

“We never witnessed any behavior that even approaches what is described in this allegation,” the letter asserts.

Bidwill joined in a separate letter supporting Kavanaugh shortly after he was nominated for the vacancy created by the retirement of Anthony Kennedy, support that was echoed by an article on the team’s official website. Bidwill then confirmed his support for Kavanaugh after the first allegation of misconduct against Kavanaugh was made.

Bidwill has every right to state his views, just as Broncos G.M. John Elway did last year when supporting the nomination of current Supreme Court Justice Neal Gorsuch. But if Bidwill and Elway have the right to take political positions that support a certain point of view, others connected to the sport should have every right to take political positions that support a different point of view. Those gestures, however, are routinely shouted down and/or frowned upon, as evidenced by the ongoing unemployment of Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid.

120 responses to “Cardinals owner joins in new letter supporting Brett Kavanaugh

  1. Every human being who has at least somewhat of a functioning human brain should support him as well.

  2. Timing is everything especially when some fake female makes up some dumb allegations right before the Supreme Court nominee happens but yes this is the far left and how they run there politics !!

    She should do jail time if she’s lying ..its the only fair thing to do!!!

  3. “…the most controversial Supreme Court nominee…”

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    He’s not controversial at all. He’s a victim of a character assassination plot by the Democrats.

    All I want to know about Kavanaugh’s accusers is:

    1. Who is paying them to lie?
    2. How much?

  4. Would Florio have written this piece if Bidwill had signed a letter opposed to this SCOTUS nominee?

  5. Florio is absolutely correct. I want to see all of the “right thinking Americans” here who slammed whatever his name is, to shout down Bidwell too.

    He represents the NFL and should keep his politics to himself.

    The fact that he’s wealthy and probably thinks of himself and his cohorts as “job creators” isn’t germane to prior arguments.

    On the flipside… POTUS did vouch for his character so, there’s that… gotta get another alligator into swamp he was supposedly draining.

  6. You are creating a false equivalency and inappropriate comparison. Owners are not players. Despite your natural antipathy for management and affinity for the working class, they are not equal. Those who pay the bills are afforded more privilege. And, were it not for your trumpeting of Bidwell’s support for the SC nominee, I wouldn’t have known. Hard to miss the kneeling message as you cannot seem to let it go.

  7. Did he write this letter on the field during the playing of the national anthem? I didnt see this in replays of the games from this weekend so I’m guessing he did it away from the game.

  8. He is engaging in supporting something that has turned political – on his own time. Has nothing to do with the team or the NFL unless Boswell says that the Phoenix Cards support Kavanaugh.

    The players are protesting on company time.

    Therein lies the difference.

    Would anyone really care if a player is a SJW off the field- on their own time. Nope.

  9. 1. Whether true or not – why is this being brought to the forefront 30+ years later. Perhaps a individual can change as they become an adult.

    2. Whether true or not – I can’t stand watching the news these days. It is a reality TV show out there people – and we are living it!

  10. I support the players right to protest during the anthem, particularly since their contract allows it and since the anthem and associated military worship is internally political.

    But this comparison is a stretch. He isn’t putting a Kavanaugh patch on the uniforms. He is doing exactly what the Trumpies ask of the kneeling players and acting on his own time.

  11. Hey Bidwill, your franchise in in turmoil and your GM is not only bad at drafting players, but he’s a drunk with multiple DUIs. I think you should spend more time focusing on your team and business endeavors.

  12. Also signed – Matt Patricia, Jameis Winston, Ben Roethlisberger, Darren Sharper and Kellen Winslow Jr

  13. Nonsense!! He’s an owner of a football team giving his endorsement of a Supreme Court nomination on his own time. If he was to take 3 minutes on a Sunday just before his team played and subjected all the paying customers to have to listen to his opinion then it too would be out of line even though he would not be disrespecting the National Anthem by doing it. If Kaepernick had expressed his opinion in a similar fashion no one would have objected.

  14. Bidwell has every right to support his friend . But to think that his stating that he has never met the accusers would have any bearing is pretty nonsensical.

  15. Let’s be honest. Bidwill GM has multiple DUIs. They have about 4 arrests in 2018 alone including the GM. Do you think the Bidwill family is co carnes if someone’s character is flawed or not??

  16. Most of us do support the guy. He didnt do anything worth all of this media scrutiny. We were all young and wild…men and women. Everyone needs to relax and enjoy life a little more.

  17. Heres the thing. Whos time your on means nothing. People are free to use time how they see fit. On clock. off clock. Means nothing. When a point needs brought up, there is no good or bad time. Whatever works.

  18. I have a 7 year old son. I think I’m going to buy him one of those police camera devices he can wear on his chest for his entire life starting now and never delete a clip. Who knows where he will be at 35 years from now and who would be willing to make unprovable claims against him when it suits their political interests.

  19. Now a fourth accuser, this time 1998.

    They must all be lying rather than drunk, rich boy already proven to have lied multiple times already.

    If I’m Kavanaugh and innocent I’d insist the FBI investigate.

    Wonder why he and Repubs don’t want that…

  20. All these allegations against him are so full of holes they look like Swiss cheese.
    Good for Boswell.

  21. gauchosporlife says:
    September 26, 2018 at 8:43 pm
    It’s Arizona, big surprise.

    If you disregard our some of our politicians AZ is hands down the greatest state in the Union. Thats why people in your state are moving here in droves.

  22. silvernblackpride says:
    September 26, 2018 at 8:21 pm
    Timing is everything especially when some fake female makes up some dumb allegations right before the Supreme Court nominee happens but yes this is the far left and how they run there politics !!

    She should do jail time if she’s lying ..its the only fair thing to do!!!

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    Only if she lies under oath can she be prosecuted. She will be under oath in front of congress. But just like her case is so without substance against Kavenaugh it would be too without substance to prosecute her for perjury either. The truth is she is saying nothing. They are just trying to make it sound like she is. Thats is she goes through with it at all.

    Those that really care about and want to stand up against abuse of women would not use the #metoo movement as a tool for dirty tricks meant to forward political agenda.

  23. Stop peddling this insane, baseless argument that what Kaepernik and the gang are doing is protesting. It’s not a protest, it’s a tantrum.

    The way you protest police brutality is by picketing the police station. The way you protest racial inequality is by picketing the court house. What Kap is doing is the equivalent of protesting Islamic terrorism by eating a ham sandwich.

    Maybe what you should be focusing on is the fact that if he isn’t smart enough to see how his protest isn’t really a protest, he’s probably not smart enough to competently run an NFL offense. Which is probably why he isn’t running one now.

  24. It figures another white rich owner would support a judge nominated by a racist and bigot president. Some example you show by supporting this flawed judge.

  25. truthfactory says:
    September 26, 2018 at 9:00 pm
    I have a 7 year old son. I think I’m going to buy him one of those police camera devices he can wear on his chest for his entire life starting now and never delete a clip. Who knows where he will be at 35 years from now and who would be willing to make unprovable claims against him when it suits their political interests.

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    Trump was asked today what message he thinks this sends to young men and I think he handled it poorly. Ithek he should have said the message was “even if you always watch yourself you may need to deal with people making stuff up. That will be tough enough even with them not having anything to back it. So if you EVER do something for real no matter how small you will be giving them something to back it and you will pay a dear price, be ause your enemies will use it to destroy you. So be extra sure you never ever behave that way towards women.not even in the slightest. If you think any of them want you to just assume you are mistaken. You would rather err on that side.”

  26. Yeah man, I used to watch the Cosby Show all the time, and I never saw him do anything with anybody’s drinks. I’m totally prepared to write a letter of support to that effect.

  27. Another lightning rod post. Well said, Florio. We should all enjoy free speech, now especially since it appears that these are its twilight days

  28. Michael Bidwell is associated the AZ Cardinals. That’s his claim to fame. Whether it’s right, or wrong, he is the voice of the Cardinal organization. Putting out his statement of the official Cardinals website is totally wrong. That is a statement basically saying it’s from the entire Cards organization. That is completely wrong on Bidwell’s part. That is not just making a personal statement supporting his friend!

  29. yg20910 says:
    September 26, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    Bidwell has every right to support his friend . But to think that his stating that he has never met the accusers would have any bearing is pretty nonsensical.
    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
    and if I’m not mistaken, none of these three women know where or when these incidents occurred. In fact, none of them actually knows who did the raping or the sexual assaulting; they only “seem to remember” that Kavanaugh may or may not have been there.

  30. Kavanaugh is a terrible person despite if the accusations are true or not. Hence why the GOP is hiding most of the information they have on him.

  31. I support everyone involved in the NFL’s right to write a political letter supporting their beliefs on any matter they see fit to write about.

  32. I’m not sure who is lying or what Brett did in his past. This believing people based on whatever political party you back is doing more damage than someone kneeling during a song ever could. That’s what is wrong with this country. No one wants to work together to solve problems. Everyone wants to take their ball and go home as soon as they don’t get their way.

  33. Did Bidwill offer these “views” (the quoted portions are actually statements of material facts) at a time when he was being paid by his employer to entertain the customers who generate his salary?

  34. Unprovable claims cannot destroy a career. As others have pointed out, this was done on Bidwells own time. Players can kneel all they want away from the games and away from the anthem, on their own time. In fact, while the anthem is playing Kaepernick and Reid can kneel in their living rooms at home. And guess what? Nobody cares because it’s on their own time! Huge difference, so quite frankly I’m surprised there was an attempt to equate the two.

  35. What is this “his own time” dodge? Bidwell has spent his whole life as the scion of the least successful team in NFL history. He is nothing without the NFL

  36. Lets go Kavanaugh.

    Not sure why this is on a football site, but it is….so I guess I’ll weigh in with my opinion.

  37. Bidwell = Owner.

    Players = employees.

    They do not have the same rights, and Bidwell didn’t write and read the letter during a football game on Television.

  38. You are not that dumb. Almost everyone who complains about Kap says ‘not during the snthemn’ And questions why he doesn’t use a different platform to express his views. They even suggest options like late night talk shows, 60 Minutes, a sit down with Oprah.
    While most also disagree with his position (as explained by others who agree with him), their main complaint is when he protests.
    No similarity with Bidwell at all.

  39. Wish I owned an NFL team, so I could hire Kaep and Reid…
    Then sit back and watch all the other owners heads explode…..

  40. Most controversial since Clarence Thomas. Both were railroaded by the dems. Absolutely disgusting behavior to make up lies to tarnish a mans legacy to gain political power. Talk about shallow, ive stepped on deeper puddles.

  41. Christine Ford passed a polygraph.. the same one that is used for top secret clearances.. Hey Brett- your turn.

  42. Kavanaugh is just not the right person to sit on the highest court in the land. It does matter what he did in high school and college. It all goes to character – plain and simple.

    Let’s face it, President Trump’s people did a lousy of vetting – again and again and again.

    When are some of you going to get it…these people are not the least bit intetested in the best interests of this country – and you’re aiding and abetting in your willful ignorance.

  43. if this guy said just the opposite, everybody would burn cardinals jerseys and boycott, etc….but the left is whacked. For the left….who cares what this dude says.

  44. Doesn’t appear he’s supporting during the anthem. Florio, you miss the point. No one cares about his desire to protest. But have courtesy for the flag and anthem. Protest on your own time.

  45. The author like the players keep missing the point, if the owner wants to make a personal declaration on his own time he has that right, as do the players, but the players seem to think when they are in uniform on the proverbial clock it’s their time, do it on your time be a hero in the community, stop insulting us with kneeling as a gesture and claiming you have a right to do so while at work

  46. For all you dimwits claiming that she made this up, here are some facts. First, she told her husband about the incident many years ago before they were married. Second, she told her therapist, her husband and others about this, even including the name of her attacker, in 2012. There are contemporaneous notes to prove this. Third, she passed a lie detector test. You cannot simply dismiss this as Ford making it up without completely ignoring the established facts. If you want to say that she must be mistaken as to who did this or that she is blowing it out of proportion, that’s your right, but you simply cannot say that this is just a fictitious account. Also, there are now at least 3 other accusers. This guy crossed big lines that most of us would never cross under any circumstance. He should never ever sit on the Supreme Court of the United States.

  47. The pattern of comments made, yearbook posts, allegations of sexual predation, his false testimony, alcoholism, gambling, debts, mysterious payments, the evasiveness and non-answers to questions under oath, the Republicans withholding of 80% of his writings, the fact that they knew about these multiple allegations and reports, and then fabricated a ‘cover’ letter from 65 women who claimed to have known him in high school, despite having attended an all boys prep school…. on and on and on…

    This is not someone who is above reproach. He is being reproached.
    For these reasons, Bart O’Kavanaugh should be disbarred, much less be allowed in the building of the United States Supreme Court.

  48. I realize for many people this is just politics and a desire to protect abortion access, but I truly feel sorry for anyone being legitimately duped by these accusations. It takes an excruciatingly gullible person to believe any of these claims.

  49. If bidwill stuck a “I support kavanaugh” sticker on the American flag when the national anthem was plays, people would be upset just like how they are upset at Kaepernick.

    No one has criticized Kaepernick for.things hes done off field. Kaepernick decided to wear a tshirt supporting a racist dictator to a media event.

    Bidwill wears a tie and doesnt mention politics at nfl media event.

    If you cant see the difference, you just dont want to.

  50. dwbid42 says:
    September 26, 2018 at 8:48 pm
    Nonsense!! He’s an owner of a football team giving his endorsement of a Supreme Court nomination on his own time. If he was to take 3 minutes on a Sunday just before his team played and subjected all the paying customers to have to listen to his opinion then it too would be out of line even though he would not be disrespecting the National Anthem by doing it. If Kaepernick had expressed his opinion in a similar fashion no one would have objected.
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    And no one would have noticed

  51. Don’t equate these guys with the players. If these guys were down on the field kneeling, people would be pissed as well. However, Elway and this guy have the good sense to make political statements in the proper forum and in the proper way, You can’t mistake signing off on a letter for hating America. If Keap and the other players want to send a letter to Congress, I’m totally cool with it!

  52. Florio, I like you. We like you. Gross stretch to say signing a letter as a witness to a Supreme Court nominee’s character is any way equivalent to pissing on the honored ceremony of respecting the flag and national anthem. He probably felt honor bound to say a statement about a guy that is lrobaly cleaner than anyone you (or maybe me too) has ever met. Isn’t it pretty certain he’s a fine person and this is appropriate.

  53. After reading the article it is crystal clear that Bidwels comments are directly related to the time frame in question. He actually went to school with the SCOTUS nominee. That would make him a witness. Take this the other way, if he knew about wrongdoing should he write a witness statement. OF course he should.

  54. This is just another reason to root against the winless Cardinals. Bidwell, just like Kavanaugh, is obviously a right-wing tool.

  55. So some of you think it was long ago, and who cares. Some of you insist we all had “fun” in college. Well, none of us are trying to be Supreme Court Justices. No, I should not be one. And neither should This nominee.

  56. We should believe the women making the claims….just like we did when all those women made claims against Bill Clinton. And Hillary should come out and support those women just like she did then.

  57. Hypocritical old boys network…keep sports and politics separate. Make a stand and take a knee Cardinals players.

  58. THANK YOU for pointing out that ALL people, players and owners, have a RIGHT for political expression. BUT you keep lumping in political expression outside of the work environment with political expression INSIDE the stadium DURING A GAME TIME FESTIVITIES. Those two forms of expression are totally different and should be viewed as such. NOBODY is saying players can’t protest against police brutality or racial injustice if they so choose, BUT many fans (and owners I am sure) do NOT want it to occur during our escapism of watching a football game.

  59. So tired of the Trump sheep who claim everyone who makes a staement they don’t like is lying.You haven’t even heard what this woman has to say in person but yet you already know . Laughable . Give Trump credit , he’s tapped into lazy Americans who can’t even muster the energy to actually think for themselves . Lie, cheat , steal and deny is Trumps formula for success which anybody who isn’t too lazy to think for themselves can easily see .

  60. False comparison Florio. Nobody is saying Kepernick and Reid don’t have a right to express their political views on their own time. They don’t have a right to do it on the boss’s time while in uniform.

  61. phaktor333 says:

    He should just focus on football. Keep politics out of the game. Right?
    ==============================================

    He’s not bringing politics out on the football field on game day. The head coach of the Steelers held a fund raiser for Hillary. So what. He doesn’t kneel for the national anthem on national television because he’s mad at the election result.

  62. Is the Cardinals owner making a public statement or gesture on the job before the game in front of the cameras?

    Didn’t think so.

  63. The same folks who fell for the Duke Lacrosse and Rolling Stone/UVa hoaxes are now blowing up my facebook feed about how this Yale law grad and long time appellate judge is actually a crime lord running a predator ring. They have no evidence, of course, but it never stopped them before.

  64. JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:
    September 26, 2018 at 9:10 pm
    Only if she lies under oath can she be prosecuted.
    ________________________________

    ABSOLUTELY FALSE.

    Defamation of character is a very serious offense, particularly when it can be proven to have derailed a man’s future as a Supreme Court justice.

  65. To the dude who thinks a polygraph test can’t be cheated, think again. I could sit down for a polygraph and pass as the king of Egypt. Not hard to pass a polygraph in most lines of questioning. They are good for people who feel guilt from an incident or crime. Otherwise they are completely unreliable. This is why they are not allowed into evidence in court.

  66. The same people here claiming Kavanaugh is guilty are the same people convicting Jameis Winston with far less evidence or people questioning his character. Wonder why that could be?

  67. footballpat says:
    September 26, 2018 at 11:45 pm

    And no one would have noticed
    ______________________________

    So you’re saying that, instead of working hard to build his own platform so his message will be heard by the masses, he’s within his rights to hijack his employer’s extremely valuable brand equity to do so without lifting a finger?

    If that’s what you think, you’re wrong. Kaep has found that out the hard way, and when he loses this BS lawsuit it will be yet fist to the face of the entitlement culture.

    NO, you are NOT entitled to do whatever you want whenever you want. If you do, you will face consequences that range from nothing at all to six feet under ground, and everything in between. Losing your job and never getting to work for that employer again most certainly falls along that spectrum.

    Sorry buddy. That’s life in a civilized society. You want something? You want to DO something? GO EARN IT! GO WORK FOR IT! Then NOBODY will begrudge you anything, and you might even get some of the respect you so violently demand.

    Until then, you’re nothing but a parasite. THAT is reality.

  68. And the complete tone-deafness and insular world views of the NFL ownership class continues.

    It does help me understand the persistence of Goodell, though – dig a little and he’s immensely less of a creep than any billionaire owner.

  69. Sadly, too many of the comments here are disconnected from what is happening in our country; 1 in 3 women in their lifetime will suffer some form of sexual violence. Are we (men) concerned about the kind of country our daughters will be living in?

  70. Bidwill’s doesn’t have the capacity to make “good” decisions as evidenced by the way he’s unable to operate a NFL franchise and make it into a successful entity and his enabling a chronic alcoholic who is also a friend/his GM.
    His team is on life support in the desert, has been in critical condition for sometime now and he is off playing hack political supporter for one of his white privilege prep school buddies???
    The NFL needs to enact some sort of Quality Control rule (as the NFL love writing new rules) that protects fans, players, and employees from Owners like Bidwill who don’t treat the team like a priority but rather a hobby. Sure, he should have the right to support whatever and whoever he chooses as long as it doesn’t impact the business of the NFL (inability to manage his team).
    Things are REALLY getting ugly in Arizona and not having a competent Owner around, who has used the team website to support his personal political agenda has split the fanbase even further, much like our country has been split under the current administration. The fact that he gave the keys to a drunk says about all we need to know about his judge of character.

  71. To the dude who thinks a polygraph test can’t be cheated, think again. I could sit down for a polygraph and pass as the king of Egypt. Not hard to pass a polygraph in most lines of questioning.
    ——–
    And you also prefer to work alone. You and you only can save this city. Even if you have to turn in your gun and badge. You are still our best hope for survival.

  72. shlort says:
    September 27, 2018 at 9:52 am
    To the dude who thinks a polygraph test can’t be cheated, think again. I could sit down for a polygraph and pass as the king of Egypt. Not hard to pass a polygraph in most lines of questioning. They are good for people who feel guilt from an incident or crime. Otherwise they are completely unreliable. This is why they are not allowed into evidence in court.
    ————

    LOL. Ever heard of a baseline?

    The only people that scoff at taking polygraphs have never taken one or are full of crap. You just maneuver past the operator eh?

  73. WRONG Florio! The difference is these guys are the boss. If i worked on the Opra Winfrey show do you suppose i could express my political opinion wearing a Make America Great again t shirt? Do you think i would be able to keep my job? The answer is h### no. Would Stats

  74. Jeffey Lurie is dancing with his players to Meek Mill. Kraft is visiting Meek Mill in prison.

    These 2 men are exactly like Bidwell in every aspect according to Florio’s conspiracy theories.

  75. Nenlain, it is easy to manipulate the result. Again, these tests are not admissible in a court of law. There is a reason for that. It’s not about thinking the test can be challenged. It is about being prepared to take the test.

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