Alan Alda reveals that he has Parkinson’s disease

Award-winning actor Alan Alda has revealed that he has Parkinson’s disease.

82-year-old star “M * A * S * H” told CBS on Tuesday morning that he was diagnosed with the disease three and a half years ago.

“The reason I want to talk about it in public is that I was diagnosed three and a half years ago and have had a full life ever since,” he said. “I acted, I gave speeches, I helped this Allda Center for Communicating Science in Stony Brook, I started this new podcast.”

Alda said she decided to step forward with her diagnosis after seeing thumb twitch in recent TV interviews.

“I thought, ‘It’s probably only a matter of time before someone makes a story about this from a sad point of view,’ but that’s not where I am.”

Parkinson’s disease is a nervous system disorder that affects movements and sometimes causes tremors. Other celebrities with Parkinson’s include actor Michael J. Fox, who was diagnosed at the age of 29, and singer Neil Diamond, who shared his diagnosis earlier this year.

The actor claimed to have been proactive in receiving the diagnosis, asking for scans after starting to “recite” his dreams, which he read was a very early sign of the disease.

“I was dreaming that someone was attacking me and I threw a sack of potatoes at them, but what I was really doing was throwing a pillow against my wife,” he explained. “I haven’t had any (other) symptoms, the doctor said, ‘Why do you want a scan? You don’t have any symptoms’, and I said,’ I want to know if there is something I can do, I want to do it before things begin to show themselves. ‘”

Alda also shared a message of hope to those diagnosed with the disease.

“This isn’t for changing people who suffer from very serious symptoms,” he said. “But at first, to be immobilized by fear and to think that the worst thing happened to you, it didn’t happen to you, you still have things you can do.”

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Cynthia Nixon thinks you are underestimating her

Even then, nobody was sure what to think of Cynthia Nixon.

It was 2009, almost a decade before her campaign for the governor of New York, and Ms. Nixon was in Albany to put pressure on lawmakers in a marriage equality law. A republican senator began their meeting by tightening a press that suggested that Mrs. Nixon had been hypocritical. “Married people are enemies,” read the senator, citing a quote that has been attributed to her on the Internet.

Mrs. Nixon interrupted him. He actually said it. In the role of Miranda Hobbes, her character in “Sex and the City”.

“He simply folded the sheet and put it away,” recalled Mrs. Nixon as she sat in her kitchen in Manhattan, where a greeting card from her in-laws showed the face of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo being punched by a punch. . “Many people think they know me. They know a part of me and the part they know is mostly an imaginary character. “

For months now, 52-year-old Ms. Nixon has endeavored to present new parts of herself, challenging Mr. Cuomo in a Democratic primary on a platform of boundless progressivism, disdain for squishy centrism and higher taxes on the wealthy to finance much of her agenda. She is a lifelong New Yorker who tries to convey urban authenticity – surely the only candidate in history who said she had no problem performing naked on television because she had already breastfed on train no. 2. But she is also a figure with zero effective government or executive experience asking voters to become the chief executive of the New York government, also pausing some who generally agree with her.

And if Ms. Nixon’s goal seems more plausible in the Trump era – if a reality TV star can be president, why can’t a talented worldly actor rule a state? – it’s even more complicated. Many Democrats view the government’s experiment for the nation’s celebrity as a disaster, forcing Ms. Nixon to sell a liberal mass audience about her most challenging role to date: well-chosen celebrity, the one who can do it well.

“I think I’m underestimated,” he said. “I think the campaign itself is underestimated.”

And Mr. Cuomo provided Ms. Nixon with a political opening, according to her advisors, after two terms of triangulation in the Clinton style that scratched the progressives and recent guilty verdicts in corruption cases involving close governor allies.

On the contrary, Mrs. Nixon’s admirers see in her an indisputably liberal messenger to match the moment, with a structured biography and an instinct to distinguish her positions from those of the pack. He called Immigration and Customs Enforcement a “terrorist organization”. He highlighted part of his criminal justice plan, which includes the legalization of marijuana, with a bong tribute sanctioned by the campaign, tweeting the details at 16:20 recently Sunday.

He speaks passionately about raising taxes on the wealthy – a sometimes precarious position for a candidate across the state whose jurisdiction would include the nation’s financial capital – arguing that she can speak with authority on the matter “because of my privilege, frankly.”

He says he grabs the threat to abortion rights because his mother had aborted when they were illegal. Ms. Nixon brought a hanger to a rally to assert her point.

“Both the media and the democratic establishment are not really experiencing this moment we are in,” said Ms. Nixon, “and how hungry the changes are.”

Mr. Cuomo’s team alternated between nonchalance projection on the challenge – paying attention to highlighting his success with left-leaning causes such as marriage equality and increasing the minimum wage across the state – and launching Ms. Nixon as a clueless entertainer.

“It’s clear that voters don’t believe he has chops,” said Cuomo campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith.

The questions about her experience are both correct, said Ms. Nixon, and clearly gendered.

“If I were a man with exactly the same resume, I wouldn’t have this question to the extent that I am,” he said.

He acknowledged that his election campaign, with a few dozen paid staff members, mostly women, is the largest entity he supervised. In a 40-minute interview, Ms. Nixon initially laughed when asked to describe her management style, before deciding to “collaborate” and “opinionated”. His critics have been less generous, although their efforts have sometimes failed. When a Cuomo supporter, Christine C. Quinn, a former City Council spokesperson, called Ms. Nixon an “unqualified lesbian” – Ms. Quinn is also a lesbian – Ms. Nixon’s campaign printed the phrase on official shirts. It has become a best seller.

Ms. Nixon was also credited with moving Mr. Cuomo to the left, with his team playing a “cinzia effect” in the governor’s changes in marijuana policy and other areas, on which Cuomo’s allies have insisted that it is unrelated. “Cynthia Nixon has already won,” read a title from a New York magazine less than a month after the start of his campaign.

But Ms. Nixon seems uncertain. Is this the kind of payout you would consider a success?

On the one hand: she refused to appoint the senator who had confused her for Miranda many years ago, on the logic that they could have worked together soon.

On the other hand: he would like to wait before answering the question of what qualifies as a Cynthia Nixon winner.

“Actors are really communicators, aren’t they?” he said, making an exception for “introverted geniuses” like Philip Seymour Hoffman and James Dean. “I’m not an introvert and I’m not a genius.”

His interest in political activism began at the height of his fame as “Sex and the City”, while his oldest child was entering kindergarten. Ms. Nixon was arrested in 2002 to protest the town hall’s budget cuts and became a spokeswoman for the Alliance for Quality Education, a defense group.

Ms. Nixon defined education as the cause of her life, the main reason she ran when no other prominent Democrat came forward in elementary school against Mr. Cuomo. “The fish rots from the head,” he told a group of school supervisors in Albany last month, throwing the governor over funding decisions.

Advocates cited his work in education as perhaps his most significant credential. “She is a natural and legitimate organizer,” said Jonathan Westin, director of New York Communities for Change.

But some former city and state officials say Ms. Nixon’s prominence in the fighting of local education has been overstated. Marc La Vorgna, a former press secretary of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg – who himself had an icy relationship with Mr. Cuomo – said he was taken by surprise this year to see Ms. Nixon “labeled as a supporter of the education”.

“It was the most controversial issue during Bloomberg, with 15-20 major rockets and educational moments every year,” said La Vorgna, who worked at the town hall from 2008 to 2013. “It was relevant to zero.”

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, said that Ms. Nixon was “always out there with us” at the beginning of Bloomberg’s term, but since then she seemed to be less present.

“It wasn’t active because we were fighting against Cuomo a few years ago when he chased teachers and unions,” he said. “I just thought she was busy with her acting career.”

Mrs. Nixon threw her right shoulder into the closing door of train no. 6 and hoped.

“It takes a tough face,” called Vicki Schwaid, 60, on the other side of the car, after Ms. Nixon’s maneuver kept the door open long enough for her party to pick up. “Just for that, I’m voting for you.”

Although Ms. Nixon’s advisers insist that she has a lot to offer residents in the state, she is here, in the subways of her own city, where she has staked much of her candidacy. This is partly a matter of political urgency, given the dismal performance of the metro, and partly an acute political signal.

In person, Ms. Nixon generally presents herself as fluent in politics and has mainly avoided significant gaffes with journalists. Some who informed Ms. Nixon describe it as a quick study but admit that the learning curve is steep.

When pressed for a second or third beat on a topic, Ms. Nixon can be vague (although many office workers can do so too). When asked how he could reinvent the M.T.A. to improve its function and curb the cost of capital projects, it focused only on replacing the current president, Joseph J. Lhota, a Cuomo candidate who claimed to oppose a millionaire’s taxes because his rates would increase.

“Maybe it was a joke?” she said, chatting on the train. “I’m not even sure.” (Mr. Lhota, whose term expires in 2021, declined to comment.)

Ms. Nixon’s biggest hurdle in September isn’t necessarily a New York electorate who loves Mr. Cuomo. It is those Democrats who find him tolerable enough to re-elect anyway, caring more about Congress control in the fall.

But Ms. Nixon made it clear that her decision to run mostly affects Mr. Cuomo. It is evidence, he argued, that experience in government can still be corrosive: this year, the architect of the signing of Mr. Cuomo he was convicted of a rejection scheme, and a former principal aide was found guilty of accepting bribes.

“Let me say it this way: if Mayor Bloomberg were our governor, I wouldn’t be running,” he said, suggesting weak praise for a figure whose reign helped repudiate with the election of Mr. de Blasio.

Ms. Nixon got off the train at 103rd Street, heading for an event in East Harlem. “People are very angry,” said of Mr. Cuomo. “And people are on him.”

When she reached street level, a woman with a cell phone approached her, recording her day via streaming social media. “I’m here with Cynthia Nixon, one of the most fashionable women in New York!” the stranger said, tilting the phone as Nixon’s advisor Mrs. Katz screamed the main date, which seemed not to register. “We are here to do it in the city!”

Mrs. Nixon stared at the camera and re-introduced herself.

“Hi,” she said, smiling slightly. “I’m running for the governor.”

Roseanne Barr in her Valerie Jarrett tweet: “I was so sad that people thought it was racist”

Barr has repeatedly told Hannity that the tweet was a political statement to her and had nothing to do with race.

“This is a tweet on how to ask the previous administration for responsibility for the agreement with Iran, of which Valerie Jarrett is the author, and that was what I had in mind,” said Barr.

Barr also used his previous defense to not know that Jarrett, former adviser to President Barack Obama, was African American: “I thought he was Middle Eastern,” he said.

During the conversation, Barr seemed frustrated every time Hannity reported the topic in the tweet and reiterated how much “everything” cost her. Occasionally she also felt emotional, as when talking about her African American godson. Barr said her godson’s father called her after the tweet and said, “I love you, whatever you do.”

“I just have to say this,” said Barr. “If you really think about the height of my power and fame, I would become” black people seem – “I mean, it’s just, I wouldn’t do it – I’m not stupid! This is what they keep selling. Now, after mentioning the tweet for weeks, now they don’t even include it and they go “Roseanne’s racist tweet.” And they keep pushing it in everyone’s throat. “

The one-hour interview also covered Barr’s mental health; she spoke of being hospitalized multiple times and previously suffered from multiple personality disorder. He discussed his medications. He spoke of the growth of Holocaust survivors. She explained why she liked President Trump. (“I’m not tired of solutions … I think he’s a person who solves solutions.”) She said she was still proud of the huge ratings of the “Roseanne” revival when she debuted in March: “They can’t take it off me., It doesn’t matter what happened. “

When Hannity asked about Barr’s future, in which ABC ordered a spin-off called “The Conners” without her, Barr revealed an interesting twist: he said that his contract with the network actually addressed his Twitter feed, which was always controversial and contained many marginal conspiracy theories.

“I walked away from that show, despite the fact that I had a contract that protected me if I had problems with tweets,” said Barr.

“Did you say that in your contract? And they didn’t pay you? “Hannity asked.

Barr paused. “Well, we can’t talk about it,” he said. “But I was allowed, under my contract, to have 24 hours to correct any mistakes.”

He added that he asked ABC executives to go to “The View” or another show to “explain and correct” Jarrett’s tweet, but they said no. (ABC did not respond to a request for comment on Barr’s request for his contract.)

At one point, Hannity asked what Barr would say to Jarrett if he could speak to her directly.

“If he’s watching,” Barr said, turning directly to the camera, “I’m so sorry that you thought you were racist and that you thought my tweet was racist, because it wasn’t, it was political. And I’m sorry for the misunderstanding that caused my cheeky tweet. And I’m sorry you feel hurt and hurt. And I never meant that, and for this I apologize. I never meant to hurt anyone, or say anything negative about a whole race of people, which I believe can attest to 30 years of my work. “

“I will also tell you that you need a new haircut,” added Barr. “Seriously. He needs a new haircut.”

#SEOChat opens on depression in the research sector

This article was written by industry friend Jenny Halasz @jennyhalasz which we have mentioned here numerous times. He wanted to publish something on an important topic and here it is.

#SEOChat is a fixture in the Twitter search community and addresses many tactical SEO questions. But there has never been an ongoing discussion quite similar to what is taking place now. The general theme of this discussion concerns depression and anxiety in our sector.

This was the lead-in:

The sector suffered a severe blow this week as Jordan Kasteler succumbed to a long battle against depression and provoked many conversations about how we deal with (or do not manage) depression in our sector.

While SEOC participants were confused as to whether they thought SEOs were more likely to be depressed or not, everyone agreed that working from home (which many of us do) brings many benefits but also many risks.

It is worth sharing some of the suggestions from the participants again:

The agreed thread: exercise, routine and time for external interests and social interactions is very important if you work from home.

SEOChat has been quite thorough this week and will likely return to the regularly scheduled tactical discussions next week. But as Bill Slawski said, “we never know exactly what the others are going through.”

Be aware of your professional colleagues in the sector. Parlatevi. Share the good and the bad and keep talking about how we can further improve life in the research sector.

Lyudmila Rudenko, Soviet chess player, featuring a Google logo

Lyudmila Rudenko, one of the most influential chess players of all time, was recognized by Google with a scribble over what would have been her 114th birthday. The doodle, as described by Google, “draws artistic inspiration from the graphics and posters of the 60s – reinvents a focused determination of Rudenko during the game of the world championship”.

Lyudmila Rudenko was the second female chess world champion, from 1950 to 1953. She received the FIDE titles of International Master (IM) and Woman International Master (WIM) in 1950 and Woman Grandmaster (WGM) in 1976. She was the first woman awarded the title of international master. Rudenko was also the female USSR champion in 1952.

He was born on July 27, 1904 in Lubny, Ukraine, and died at the age of 81 on March 4, 1986, in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

The doodle is on Google’s home pages in the following regions: Australia, Belarus, Canada, Croatia, France, Iceland, Ireland, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States.

About the author

Barry Schwartz, contributing editor of Search Engine Land and member of the SMX event programming team. He owns RustyBrick, a New York-based web consulting firm. He also runs Search Engine Roundtable, a popular search blog on highly advanced SEM topics. Barry’s personal blog is called Cartoon Barry and can be followed on Twitter here.

Why Özil’s resignation and DFB criticism split Germany

Dusseldorf Mesut Özil. That was once a brilliant footballer. One who recognized the gaps like no other and who with precise passports punished every positional error that the opposing defense. One who became world champion, who celebrated the German, Spanish and English cup wins with his clubs – and who had been among the best in Europe for years.

Basically nothing has changed.

But Özil, the successful midfielder with Turkish roots, who was born in Gelsenkirchen in 1988, has not only been a German football star making millions abroad since his spectacular retirement from the German national team a few days ago – he has become a symbol.

He posted a three-part resignation on Twitter, peppered with criticism of Reinhard Grindel, the president of the German Football Association (DFB). She has brought the debate about his photo with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan back to life after the messed up World Cup in Russia.

But what does Özil actually stand for?

His opponents see him as the ungrateful football legionnaire, whose loyalty is to Turkey and its autocratic president – instead of the country of birth with its constitutional values, which made his great career possible for him. “Jammer resignation,” the “Bild” newspaper etched and criticized the midfielder hard for days.

His defenders do not applaud the Erdogan photo. But the partly bad racist insults that “hate mail” and “threatening calls” lamented by Özil see them as a far bigger problem. Just like the collective silence of DFB officials such as national coach Joachim Löw. After all, it was Löw who promoted Özil, and who owes a lot to the sport.

The fact that the photo of a footballer with an autocrat moves the minds of the nation for weeks cannot be satisfactorily explained by the embarrassing preliminaries at the World Cup, the summer break and the hot weather. Especially since the fewest football players are known for deliberate actions beyond the lawn.

Hardly anyone was upset about a picture of ex-international Lothar Matthäus with Russia’s similarly authoritarian President Vladimir Putin during the World Cup. The fact that Philipp Lahm presented the same cup to Putin at the award ceremony in Moscow – nobody was bothered by that either. And the fact that the next World Cup will be played in Qatar, a country with a highly dubious human rights record, has long since stopped being talked about.

No fuss about this photo

Former soccer player Lothar Matthäus (left) with Russian President Vladimir Putin (center) and FIFA President Gianni Infantino, Vice President of the Russian Football Union Nikita Simonyan and former Brazilian international Jorge Campos Navarrete.

(Photo: AP)

So why is there so much excitement about Özil?

The discussion about the rejection of refugees at the German border, which the Federal Government almost broke apart, flows into the current debate. A petitesse is now electrifying two camps because it touches a new, dominant line of conflict in German society.

In the past, there was an argument about Hartz IV and ecological tax, but today almost every fierce debate revolves around identity politics. Integration, immigration, racism, homeland – now also “Özil” – these are the stimulus words of an over-excited nation.

Özil’s sentence that he was “in the eyes of Grindel (…) German if we won and an immigrant if we lost” hit the feeling of many people with a migration background. The fact that Özil critics, mostly Germans with no discrimination experience, now wanted to explain to them what racism is, did little to help.

That DFB President Grindel now admits at least one mistake speaks for itself. “Any form of racial hostility is intolerable, unacceptable and intolerable,” he said on Thursday. “That was true in the case of Jérôme Boateng, that applies to Mesut Özil, that also applies to all players at the grassroots level who have a migration background.”

However, he excluded a resignation. Finally, he wants to host the 2024 EM with the association. The decision will be made in September. The only competitor is calculated: Turkey.


Frances McDormand’s Oscar Statue Thief to Stand Trial

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Judge Mark Hanasono said Wednesday that there is sufficient evidence for Terry Bryant to be tried on the charge of theft.

A Los Angeles judge ordered a man accused of stealing the best actress actress Frances McDormand’s Oscar statuette to be tried for a theft offense.

Superior Court judge Mark Hanasono said Wednesday that there is sufficient evidence for Terry Bryant to be tried.

The ruling came after a hearing in which a worker from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences testified that he had taken the Oscar away from Bryant while trying to leave the official afterparty of the ceremony.

“God is on my side,” Bryant heard himself say in court after the sentence. Bryant is expected to be charged on August 8th.

McDormand won the award for best actress in T.hree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and lost the statuette after it was engraved in the ball of the governors of the ceremony.

Cesario Tio, an assistant from the film academy who was escorting a photographer taking photos at the ball, said he heard on a walkie-talkie that McDormand’s Oscar was missing. He said he later saw a man, who he identified in court as Bryant, come out of the ball holding a statuette and screaming “We did it! We did it.”

Tio said that neither he nor the photographer recognized the man. The photographer took a photo of Bryant, who told them that his statuette was won for the best producer Go out, that Tio said he understood immediately was not a prize. An enlarged image from the photographer’s camera showed part of McDormand’s name. Tio said he later took the statuette from Bryant.

“He said, ‘Hey, I keep it for a friend,'” Tio testified. He said Bryant followed him back to the Governors Ball, where Tio handed over the figurine to security and never saw Bryant again.

Bryant, 47, and his lawyer declined to comment after the hearing. He remains released for his own recognition.

His attorney, Daniel Brookman, argued in court that Bryant did not try to conceal that he had McDormand’s Oscar and that the accusation should have been dismissed. “There has never been any intent to deprive the owner of the property on a permanent basis,” said Brookman.

The attorney also claimed that McDormand did not want Bryant to be prosecuted and showed a report from a police detective stating that the actress “claimed she didn’t want to be prosecuted.”

McDormand did not attend Wednesday’s hearing.

Much of the hearing focused on the value of the Oscar statuette, which an Academy attorney stated that the purchase cost between $ 2,300 and $ 2,500. The attorney claimed that the prize was actually invaluable for most of the winners and noted that the winners could not sell them on the open market or hand them over to anyone except their heirs.

Dirk Nowitzki becomes record NBA player with new contract

Dirk Nowitzki

The athlete will receive around five million dollars for his presumably last season.

(Photo: AP)

Dallas No basketball player has been able to stand the same NBA club as long as Dirk Nowitzki. The superstar from Würzburg extended his contract with the Dallas Mavericks on Monday as expected by another year and is already in his 21st season with the Texans, with whom he had fulfilled his dream of an NBA title in 2011.

According to consistent media reports from the United States, Nowitzki is collecting around five million dollars in the most likely last season of his impressive career. Previous NBA record holder was Kobe Bryant, who was on the ball for the Los Angeles Lakers for 20 years. Nowitzki had never made any secret of the fact that he would like to break this record.

In order to have a powerful team around him again in the new season, the 40-year-old had again foregone money. He has had a friendship with club boss Mark Cuban for years. Among others, the Mavs signed DeAndre Jordan from the Los Angeles Clippers this summer.

Most recently, Dallas had missed the playoffs twice in a row. At the end of his impressive career, Nowitzki now wants to attack again with his team. After an ankle injury, he preferred the necessary surgery and missed the last games of a season that was screwed up anyway. Nowitzki should be in good shape for the start of the new season.


Mesut Özil’s resignation: DFB rejects allegations of racism

Dusseldorf The German Football Association (DFB) rejects the racism allegations made by Mesut Özil “with all clarity”. This emerges from a written statement published by the association on Monday afternoon. The DFB stands for diversity, “from the representatives at the top to the innumerable, committed people at the grassroots every day.” According to the letter, diversity is a strength, not only in football.

In addition, the Presidium of the association, chaired by Reinhard Grindel, who was heavily criticized by Özil, thanked the national team for the outstanding performance. “He played a key role in making Germany world champion in Brazil in 2014,” said the statement after a conference call.

In its communication, the DFB attaches great importance to emphasizing its integration work. From the “district class to the national teams”, players with a migration background belonged to the world’s largest sports association. You play together with the different family roots, cultures and religions.

Fierce debate after Özil’s resignation – “This is pure racism”

In the same breath, the association then criticizes the now national player Özil: “What we all have to connect on and off the pitch is the observance of the human rights enshrined in the Basic Law, the commitment to freedom of expression and the press, as well as respect, tolerance and fair play” , says the statement. A commitment to these basic values ​​is necessary for “every player who plays football for Germany.”

The photos, in which Özil, but also Ilkay Gündogan, with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan were photographed during a meeting in London, raised questions for many people in Germany, according to the DFB. “We admit that the DFB has made a contribution in dealing with the topic, self-critically.”

The statement is signed with “Directorate Public and Fans”, the area of ​​work of the Deputy General Secretary and Media Director Ralf Köttker.

The association regrets that Özil felt that he had not been adequately protected as a “target of racist slogans”. The DFB stood by the international players Jérôme Boateng and Ilkay Gündogan in such hostilities.

However, according to the opinion, the DFB does not provide unconditional support against racist insults. Because it was important that Özil, “as before Ilkay Gündogan, gave answers with this photo regardless of the sporting outcome of the tournament in Russia. In the DFB, we win and lose together, all as one team. “

The latter in particular is a not entirely unobjectionable statement the public criticism of national team manager and DFB president Grindel, who had targeted Özil as a person.

The association also lists several of its own integration projects as an excuse. Against this background, the DFB would have been pleased to continue to welcome Özil as part of the team. The football association is silent on further allegations: “For us as an association, it is also part of the respectful treatment of a well-deserved national team that we leave some statements that are incomprehensible to us in terms of tone and content uncommented in public.”

Sevim Dagdelen from the left sharply criticized Mesut Özil’s reason for retiring from the national team. “It is a slap in the face of the countless political persecutions in Turkey if the implied commitment to the origin of the parents does not even now result in Özil saying a word about the detention of German citizens as political hostages or the persecution of critical journalists loses, ”said the vice-chairwoman of the Left Group and chairman of the German-Turkish parliamentary group of the“ Augsburger Allgemeine ”(Tuesday). “This is not a glory sheet for a player of the German national team who serves as a role model and should stand for fair play, not just on the pitch.”

Although Özil’s criticism of DFB President Reinhard Grindel and team manager Oliver Bierhoff is justified, Özil gambles away his own credibility, “if he makes contact with Erdogan, who is in the process of establishing an Islamist and ultra-nationalist oppressive state in Turkey, the Kurds, Discrimination against Alevis and other minorities ”.

Dagmar Freitag (SPD), chairman of the sports committee in the Bundestag, also thinks that Özil’s wrap-around is wrong despite all the mistakes the DFB would have made. “In spite of all criticism of the course of the DFB and its president, the sheer accusation of racism in my view goes beyond the target. After all, players with foreign roots are still part of the team and will continue to be, ”she told the newspaper.

Mesut Özil published a comprehensive statement on the events of the summer on social networks and announced his retirement from the German national soccer team. The debate was about a highly controversial photo of the footballer with Turkish President Erdogan.

“With a heavy heart and after a long thought, I will not play for Germany on the international level because of the recent events, as long as I feel this feeling of racism and disrespect,” wrote Özil. He felt badly treated by the DFB and especially its President Grindel. “I will no longer serve as a scapegoat for his incompetence and inability to do his job properly,” emphasized Özil at Grindel’s address.

With material from dpa.


Uli Hoeneß criticizes Mesut Özil after retiring from the national team

Berlin Uli Hoeneß sharply criticized Mesut Özil after his resignation from the national football team and his general settlement with the German Football Association on Monday. “I’m glad that the spook is over. He’s been playing dirt for years. He won the last duel before the 2014 World Cup. And now he’s hiding and his crap performance behind this photo, ”said the president of FC Bayern Munich the“ Sport Bild ”before the club’s departure for a US tour.

Most recently in Russia, when the national team failed in the preliminary round, “nobody questioned what he played for the crap at the World Cup,” said Hoeneß: “His 35 million follower boys, which of course do not exist in the real world, take care that he has played outstandingly when he brings a cross pass to the man. “

The Bayern boss also said: “The development in our country is a disaster. You have to reduce it back to what it is: sport. And Özil hasn’t lost anything in terms of sport in the national team! ”

Fabio de Masi, deputy chairman of the Left, criticized the President of Bavaria for his clear words: “Uli Hoeneß should keep the ball flat. Anyone who – like Mesut Özil – caused damage to his country through tax evasion and was given a second chance will be sidelined if he now joins Mesut Özil. “

The former DFB president Theo Zwanziger fears far more than just sporting consequences due to Mesut Özil’s resignation from the national soccer team. The decision, which Özil also based on xenophobia within the association, was “a serious setback for the integration efforts in our country beyond football,” said Zwanziger in an interview with the German Press Agency.

The Turkish-born world champion “was a great role model for young players with a Turkish migration background to find their way into the performance structures of German football.”

Zwanziger, who had pushed ahead with integration in his tenure, sees failures at the DFB. “Something happened through communication errors that must never happen to migrants: They must never feel like second-class Germans. If you get that impression, you have to take countermeasures, ”he said.

Zwanziger does not want to assume that today’s DFB leadership will consciously push Özil into the role of scapegoat for the early World Cup failure. “I know Reinhard Grindel and Oliver Bierhoff well enough to be able to say that I cannot imagine that they would deliberately create such a situation,” he said.

International player Jérôme Boateng looks back on the time with Mesut Özil in the DFB team. “It was a pleasure for me, Abi,” wrote the defender of FC Bayern Munich on Monday via Twitter, using the Turkish word for “brother” (Abi). With two hashtags, the 29-year-old Boateng also remembered the title wins at the 2009 U21 European Championship and the 2014 World Cup, which he had celebrated with Özil in the jersey of the German Football Association. Boateng provided a photo in which he happily stuck his tongue out next to a smiling Özil.

Özil (29) had resigned from the national team on Sunday as a consequence of the affair about his photos with the controversial Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He felt “a feeling of racism and disrespect” towards him, explained Özil his step.