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With the nation preparing to recognize the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, on Wednesday evening Piers Morgan welcomed Jeff Franzen, an American with an unfortunate first-hand perspective of one of the most fateful dates in United States history.
Only six years old at the time, Franzen described observing the scene from a horrifically close position:
“We had gone downtown because it was my mother's birthday and really anticipated the parade causing that much issues and so we're really were just kind of waiting, biding time,” Franzen told Piers Morgan. “Dad knew Dallas well enough that we stayed in this park nearby the end of the parade and just really expected just a quick parade to go by and then go on about our shopping.”
As Franzen explained, what happened next changed the course of history:
“I felt like it was a parade,” he said. “The firecrackers were popping, which made sense to me; it’s only a sound and even talking about mother recently, she assumed it was firecrackers also. And then unfortunately, the shot that killed the president, it looked like confetti just coming out of the car and you just assume that's what it was.”
Frazen’s father immediately realized what had occurred, and immediately pushed the family onto the ground and used his body to protect them from any stray bullets. Shortly after, the family went to the FBI and gave statements. At only six years old, Franzen feels lucky that the incident hasn't negatively impacted him throughout his adult life:
“Fortunately because I was so young, I think I couldn't even begin to comprehend that somebody was being killed in front of me.”
In the aftermath of unknown individuals scrawling a racist message onto the side of a high school football player’s home, the small Massachusetts town of Lunenburg has been left reeling. As punishment, the remained of the team's season has been cancelled.
“Our kids know it's not a word that they should be using towards anybody else regardless that it's in songs, regardless of where they hear it,” Andrea Brazier, the mother of the victimized player told Piers Morgan Wednesday. “They know what's appropriate and not appropriate.”
According to Anthony Phillips, the player’s father, there aren’t any leads on the individuals responsible, which is further distressing his son:
“I think that's what's bothering him the most about this situation is because he doesn't know who it is,” said Phillips. “He doesn't want to go to the school anymore; we've been trying to keep him home to give him time because we want him to return back to the school. We don't want him to let these cowards win.”
Some within the community are pushing back against the ruling, saying that the games should go on as planned. Phillips has a message for them: put the same effort into finding those responsible, a discovery which could potentially reinstate the team's season.
Instead of focusing on the punishment, says Phillips, put “...pressure on these cowards, these few individuals that is making this town seeing like it's racist, you know, have them come forward, you know, so you guys can play the game."
Upon learning that MLB Commissioner Bud Selig would not be required to testify, arbitration between Major League Baseball and Alexander Rodriguez over alleged steroid usage broke down Wednesday, with the player reportedly slamming his hand on the table and leaving.
After abruptly walking out, the beleaguered New York Yankee quickly took to the airwaves to plead his case:
“My only message to the Commissioner is 'I know you don't like New York, but come to New York and face some music,'” said Rodriguez on Mike Francesa's WFAN radio program.
Joining "Piers Morgan Live" late that evening, Joe Tacopina defended Rodriguez’s harsh words towards the commissioner, and his overall frustration at the entire arbitration"
“He lost it for a good reason,” said Tacopina, one of Rodriguez’s star attorneys. “The witness we chose to call to explain his decision which we knew he couldn't explain would be Commissioner Selig.”
After pushing for Commissioner Selig to testify, MLB instead sent the organization’s COO, Rob Manfred, a move that only served to muddy the waters and slow the overall process:
“Mr. Manfred basically deferred to Mr. Selig. He said, "It wasn't my decision. It was Bud Selig's decision. It wasn't my call. It was Bud Selig's call. He is the one who unilateral made this decision,'" explained Tacopina.
Throughout the entire ordeal, Rodriguez and Commissioner Selig have used the media to fire harsh criticisms at one another, with the latest lob coming from the Yankee:
“One hundred percent this is personal,” said the infielder. “I think this is about his legacy and it's about my legacy and he's trying to destroy me and by the way, he's retiring 2014 and to put me in his big mantle on the way out, that's a hell of a trophy.”