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Ex-NFL Exec Joe Banner ‘Skins Blackballed Kaepernick … Foster Signing Proves It

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The Redskins blackballed Colin Kaepernick for political reasons — and the Reuben Foster signing proves that — so says ex-NFL exec Joe Banner.

Washington reportedly passed on Kap because of the worry of distractions he’d bring to the team … but then signed Foster — an LB accused of domestic violence — just days later.

Banner — a former Eagles president and Browns CEO — says he doesn’t see how that’s logical … and tells TMZ Sports it’s clear the ‘Skins didn’t want Kap because of his political beliefs.

“It clearly means the Redskins are blackballing Colin, and I think they’re doing it for political reasons,” Joe says.

“The team happens to be run by two guys that have been very clear in their politics in Bruce Allen and Dan Snyder, and it’s clearly not a good political fit.”

Joe says that’s crazy to him as a former NFL personnel exec … saying if he were a current player on the ‘Skins — he’d be pretty ticked off.

“I just don’t see how you can look at your team, who’s been working here since last July and use that as an explanation to not try to be the best you can be at the moment.”

Banner added of Colin, “Yeah, he’ll bring some media focus on the team and so on and so forth, but small price to pay, especially since you’ve already indicated for the right situation you’re willing to pay it.”

Banner — who was part of the Eagles team that brought in Michael Vick after his prison sentence — says if he were still in a front office, Kaep would have a job on his squad.

As for Foster … Joe couldn’t say the same — telling us the allegations against the LB are just “too egregious.”

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Jason Hoppy: Dennis Shields’ Death PROVES Bethenny Frankel Is a Bad Mom!

If you thought that you hated Jason Hoppy before, when he was stalking and harassing Bethenny Frankel, you’re about to be even less of a fan of his.

Dennis Shields was found dead last week, and while Bethenny was mourning the loss of her ex-boyfriend, Hoppy and his attorney readied their move.

Hoppy is already trying to use Shields’ death to hurt Bethenny in court.

Us Weekly had an insider in court on Thursday, August 16, when Hoppy’s attorney brought up Dennis Shields in a disgusting attempt to cast doubt on Bethenny’s qualifications as a mother to the couple’s 8-year-old, Bryn.

“It was reported that he died of an Oxycodone overdose,” Hoppy’s attorney reportedly said in the courtroom.

You can immediately see where this is going. Ugh.

Hoppy’s attorney continued: “Our concern is while his death is very sad, this raises serious concerns about Ms. Frankel’s parental judgment.”

For the record, Dennis Shields’ final words revealed that he had mixed ordinary medications that may have had a deadly interaction, but that’s the least of the problems with this argument.

“Dennis Shields spent a great deal of time with Bryn,” Hoppy’s attorney asserted. “And even cared for Bryn at times when Ms. Frankel wasn’t around.”

Well, Shields was part of Bethenny’s life for a couple of decades and he also dated her. That’s normal.

“Considering Mr. Shields’ addiction,” Hoppy’s team argued. “What does that say about Ms. Frankel’s parenting that she would allow this person to care for her daughter?”

That is heavily loaded with assumptions about Shields’ health and unfounded prejudices against people who use prescription painkillers.

“This doesn’t just constitute a lapse in judgment,” Hoppy’s attorney claimed. “This was just downright dangerous parenting.”

This didn’t come up in court out of nowhere. Apparently, Hoppy’s team waited until things were going well for Bethenny before bringing up such a loaded attack.

“Bethenny, in Bryn’s best interest, asked for a new trial,” the courtroom insider reports.

“The minute the judge agreed to that today,” the source continues. “Jason’s side brought up the Dennis stuff.”

One wonders how long they waited after news broke of Shields’ tragic passing before preparing to use this as a weapon in court.

That said … we have to remember that attorney’s are sworn to zealously represent their clients.

The courtroom insider said that the judge noticed that this was quite an escalation.

The source shares: “The judge said now you’re throwing ‘grenades.’”

“Jason and his team were OK with Bethenny as a mom when they walked into the courtroom,” the insider reports.

That chagned when things stopped going their way, it seems.

“But then once Bethenny got what she wanted,” the insider describes. “They didn’t think the was a good mom.”

Hoppy’s team also tried to dredge up Bethenny’s The Real Housewives of New York City behavior, as if it reflected her skills as a parent.

“There was a recent episode in which she appeared to be intoxicated,” Hoppy’s team reportedly argued. “She was running around without clothes on and then she passed out and it was said she passed out from mixing Ambien with alcohol.”

Arguing that someone’s child-free behavior on a reality series disqualifies them from being a parent is usually a stretch, akin to confusing an actor with a movie role they played.

“Our concerns are whether Ms. Frankel may have some type of substance-abuse problems,” Hopps’ attorney had the nerve to say. “So we would ask the court to order drug testing of Ms. Frankel to find out whether that’s an issue.”

Outrageous.

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Bill Murray Proves Once Again Why He’s the Best

Bill Murray enjoyed himself quite the Wednesday night.

The beloved actor attended Game Four of the National League Championship Series, watching his Chicago Cubs earn their first victory of this playoff round by a tight score of 3-2.

But that wasn't all.

He also helped met a married couple named Robbie and Kirsten Schloss and helped them make an announcement of a lifetime:

They're expecting a baby!

“Hey, I got news for you. You’re gonna be grandparents,” Murray says in the clip below.

Adds an excited Robbie: “We’re having a baby!”

Robbie, who will become a first-time father in April, expounded on what happened in a post published to the Love What Matters Facebook page.

“We talked casually during the game and he playfully switched glasses with Kirsten for a minute since his shades make the entire stadium turn blue,” he wrote.

“After the Cubs win, I told Bill I needed him to make our pregnancy announcement.

"Kirsten struggled with fertility so we decided not to make it public at first but this was too fun to pass up."

This has sort of become Murray's thing.

As you can see below, he once photobombed a couple's engagement photo shoot:

And we'll never forget when he also crashed a bachelor party, actually giving a heartfelt and hilarious toast in the process.

Seriously, remember the following video?

There was also the time he went viral for dancing to Turn Down for What.

Bill Murray is the greatest, that's all we're saying.

Check out his pregnancy announcement now:

Bill murray helps cubs fans announce pregnancy watch cheer
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