The Kentucky prosecutor investigating threats against Nick Sandmann‘s high school wants to punish anyone threatening physical harm … with prison time.
Rob Sanders, whose jurisdiction includes Covington Catholic High School, tells us he’s deadly serious about seeking incarceration for people threatening Sandmann’s teachers and classmates … because it’s a Class D felony in Kentucky, punishable by 1 to 5 years in a state penitentiary.
As you know … threats against Nick and others at his school have been pouring in via email, phone calls and social media, ever since his confrontation with Native American elder Nathan Phillips at the Lincoln Memorial.
Sanders says the threats include burning down the school, blowing up the school, shooting up the school and attacking students … and he wants to set an example for the nation — threats made on social media have real-world consequences.
Sanders makes it clear he doesn’t have a political dog in the fight. His only point is it’s totally unacceptable to ever threaten kids, and watch … he’s not about to stop with fines.
High school student Nick Sandmann was the perfect person to get into a showdown with Native American elder Nathan Phillips, according to a congressman from Nick’s home state.
Rep. Thomas Massie, whose district is home to Covington Catholic School, was on Capitol Hill when we asked him about Sandmann and the criticism of how he handled the face-off. Not surprisingly, he’s got a lot of love for his young constituent.
Massie says he’s proud of the way Nick handled himself while Nathan continued beating his drum during the weekend confrontation at the Lincoln Memorial — and he gives Nick ALL the credit for defusing the turbulent situation.
The congressman says he fears what kind of violence could have erupted if Nathan was drumming in front of someone else, who didn’t have Sandmann’s calm temperament.
Nathan Phillips doesn’t feel the need to sit down and hash things out with Nick Sandmann about their Lincoln Memorial face-off — instead, he’d prefer a MUCH bigger conversation take place.
Nathan was on “TMZ Live” Wednesday, responding to the Catholic high school student’s “Today” interview … where he said he wanted a sit down with Nathan. Doesn’t sound like it’s gonna happen though, because Nathan made it clear the issues go beyond them now.
Phillips believes his incident with Sandmann — which has sparked debate, outrage and lots of hand-wringing — has elevated to such a level of importance that it should be handled by the 2 major groups represented … the Catholic church and the indigenous people.
As for President Trump siding with the kids from Covington Catholic, Nathan seems to have mixed feelings and went with the ol’ “If you can’t say something nice” adage.
The MAGA hat-wearing high schooler who drew the ire of many for standing and smirking at Vietnam vet Nathan Phillips during a protest says he meant no disrespect … but it doesn’t seem like he’s planning on saying sorry either.
Nick Sandmann is speaking in public for the first time since the incident went down in D.C. Friday, telling ‘Today’ show co-host Savannah Guthrie he feels he had every right to do what he did.
Sandmann also tells Guthrie, who asks him if he sees any fault in his actions, he respects Phillips and hopes he can talk to him … and wishes he could have avoided the situation.
As you know, Sandmann and his classmates from Covington Catholic HS in Kentucky were seen on video surrounding Phillips — a Native American participating in the Indigenous People’s March — laughing and chanting at him while he was singing and drumming.
Sandmann particularly stood out as he stood face-to-face with Phillips, steadfast with a smirk.
Many believe the vid shows the students harassing Phillips, but others came to the defense of Sandmann and the students later, claiming a longer video shows Phillips was the instigator of the confrontation. Sandmann backed this in a full written statement, claiming Phillips singled him out and he simply stood his ground.
Sandmann’s full interview will air on Wednesday morning on “Today.”
The ‘Wild ‘N Out’ host was chopping it up with Raquel Harper for a new episode of BET’s “Raq Rants,” where he explained why he’s troubled that Travis was booked to play the Super Bowl halftime show. On the other hand, Outkast’s Big Boi getting the gig doesn’t bother Nick a bit.
Nick — who supports Colin Kaepernick — says BB has proven over the course of his career that he’s for the culture … so, Nick’s good with him appearing in his native Atlanta to balance Maroon 5. But, according to Nick, Travis hasn’t passed that litmus test.
Check out Nick’s rationale on why Trav — in his eyes, anyway — doesn’t seem to be for black people and black causes … and what he needs to do to get there. Spoiler … knocking up Kylie definitely didn’t help his cause.
See his full interview on “Raq Rants,” Tuesday night at 11 PM on BET. If you’re on the West Coast and have Dish or DirecTV, it’s on at 8 PM.
If the Philadelphia Eagles win another Super Bowl, they should cut the crap and make Nick Foles the full-time starter for the 2019 season … so says Kevin Hart.
Kev is a HUGE Eagles fan (remember when he drunkenly tried to grab the Lombardi Trophy last year?) … so when we saw him leaving the Barstool Sports offices in NYC on Thursday, we asked how he’d solve the looming QB battle.
TMZ: “If Foles wins you guys another Super Bowl, what do you do with Carson Wentz?”
Kev: “We tell Carson Wentz that he is the reason for our success … we have to go with Foles right now ’cause Foles is the hot guy.”
He continued, “Doesn’t mean that Carson Wentz isn’t our guy, but ultimately you gotta understand the underdog and the underdog story. Foles is helping build that story.”
The QB issue is becoming a hot topic — because Foles is now 4-0 in his last 4 playoff games … and the team is playing pretty great right now.
Here’s the problem … if the Eagles want to keep Foles they’d have to pick up his $ 20 MILLION option — which Foles has to approve. Lotta cash to spend on a backup QB.
Another option … the Eagles could franchise Foles for $ 25 mil and then trade him if the plan is to go with Wentz as the starter.