A charity football game honoring a fallen cop who’d been killed in the line of duty has been put on hold over petty politics.
The whole thing was supposed to be non-partisan. Democrats and Republicans alike were invited to participate in the charity event honoring the life and service of Sgt. Ron Helus, who was killed in the line of duty in November 2018, not long before he was due to retire.
Sheriff Sgt. Ron Helus “died a hero” after being shot by a gunman who killed 11 others at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California.
Helus was among the first to arrive on the scene, entering the bar with a California Highway Patrol officer. Helus exchanged gunfire with the suspect, identified by authorities as Ian David Long, before being shot multiple times. Helus died at the hospital Thursday morning.
Democrats were invited, including Gov. Gavin Newsom’s public safety liason as were Scott Biao — who attended the same church as Sgt Helus — and Joy Villa who was to sing the anthem.
Jerseys with Sgt. Helus’ name were donated by the L.A. Rams and footballs with his image were ready to be signed by Rams players. Sgt. Helus’ wife had already met with organizers and supported the event.
The Blue Bowl was supposed to happen at Newbury Park High School on Sunday. Thousands of dollars had already been raised for Sgt. Helus’ family, but now all that money is being returned to donors after organizers say Thousand Oaks Police Chief Tim Hagel convinced organizations to pull out of the event.
Mike Randall, Vice President of the Fallen Officers Foundation, which organizes the Blue Bowl, says things started going south when he allegedly got a text from Hagel saying there were serious issues with the event, specifically that the speakers would cause local political issues.
The money that already HAD been raised to help the family — thousands of dollars — was returned to the donors.
So… what happened?
Randall says in a phone call, Hagel questioned why the Trump supporters were invited.
“He basically said over and over in the conversation this is not Trump country, that slogan ‘Make America Great’ is not favorable, popular, within 1,200 square miles, that we don’t want Republicans here, I could not believe it… We were totally floored by this comment, ‘the only thing,’ and I quote, ‘the only thing you coulda made this worse, Mike, was to invite dick Cheney and Sarah Huckabee Sanders,’ and I went…wow are you kidding me?” Randall said.
Randall told FOX 11 that Hagel also said he was contacted by Democratic Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin who was allegedly upset that her previous election opponent local Republican attorney Ronda Kennedy had been invited.
Randall says Hagel told him to get rid of the Republican speakers or else he would tell the Venturas County Sheriff’s Department and local politicians to pull out of the Blue Bowl. When he refused, he allegedly received a text from Hagel saying that after speaking with the Sheriff, they were respectfully pulling out, then, confirmed the decision in a phone call.
And here is what caused sponsors to drop out:
“He goes ‘yeah this ain’t gonna work for us,’ I said you’re not gonna support this with the honor guard and he goes ‘no we’re not bringing the honor guard we’re not coming we’re not going to be there, not supporting it’,” said Randall.
The left is SO motivated by hatred and contempt for anyone they disagree with that they would rather see the family of a fallen cop miss out on thousands of dollars of charity support than be seen even being civil to their political ‘enemy’ even for long enough to hold a charity event.
Remind me… which party is the one supposedly consumed by hate, again? Because the official story of the press isn’t matching up with the evidence before our faces.