Michael Avenatti Calls Beto O’Rourke a ‘Rock Star, Skateboarding Candidate’ With Slim Chances for 2020

Michael Avenatti is casting doubt on Beto O’Rourke’s chances of winning the 2020 presidential election. The Texas politician, who came close to beating Ted Cruz in the recent Senate race, is getting a lot of attention in the national press, with more and more people talking about him as a viable candidate for the a White House in 2020. He also surged to the top of the pack in a recent betting pool.
But Avenatti is asserting that it’s very, very different to run for the Senate than it is to run for the presidency. Avenatti wrote, “Unfortunately, it is far tougher to run in a crowded presidential primary with everyone shooting at you then it is to run as a “rock star skateboard candidate” against a guy loathed by millions (Cruz).” Avenatti also tweeted a recent article about Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel’s views on Beto O’Rourke. (Emmanuel doesn’t think O’Rourke stands much of a chance.)
Not very long ago, Michael Avenatti was talking about a run for the White House in 2020. But on December 4, the lawyer best known for representing Stormy Daniels announced that he had decided not to throw his hat in the ring, after all. Avenatti said that he had decided not to run for president out of respect for his family. He did, however, reserve the right to criticize other possible Democratic Party nominees. Avenatti wrote, “I remain concerned that the Democratic Party will move toward nominating an individual who might make an exceptional President but has no chance of actually beating Donald Trump.”
Avenatti tweeted out a similar “warning” about the other possible Democratic candidates, cautioning them that the race for the White House is going to be a “cesspool” of hostility and that the campaign is likely to be the nastiest one in modern history. Avenatti wrote,
“As Kamala, Corey, Beto, etc. contemplate running, entering the cesspool & toxic environment that is 2020 is front/center. It is beyond anything in history. And it will not be all about skateboards, daisies & puff pieces. Anyone that gets in only does it out of love of country.“

Toronto Hockey Writer Has Baffling Take On Zach Hyman-Charlie McAvoy Hit

Damien Cox is a man of questionable sports takes.
During the summer, the Toronto-based sports writer said Alex Ovechkin should act more like a tennis player when celebrating the Washington Capitals’ Stanley Cup championship. It was a really, really bad take.
And then Saturday night, Cox actually suggested that Zach Hyman’s hit on Charlie McAvoy was “nearly equal” to McAvoy’s hit on Mitch Marner in the first period of the Boston Bruin’s 6-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. McAvoy was given a cross-checking penalty for his hit on Marner, while Hyman was handed game misconduct for the egregiously cheap hit on McAvoy, who was playing in just his second game back after missing 20 contests with a concussion.

Sounds about right. A half-second late. You’d also have to wonder about McAvoy hit from behind on Marner first shift of the game. Who knows these days? https://t.co/RwiPh3nxpV
— Damien Cox (@DamoSpin) December 9, 2018

McAvoy hit on Marner early as dangerous as Hyman hit on McAvoy, but McAvoy got only a minor (Marner got up) while Hyman got a major (McAvoy didn’t get up). And that, ladies and gentlemen, is confusing NHL officiating in a nutshell.
— Damien Cox (@DamoSpin) December 9, 2018

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For what it’s worth, the NHL Department of Player Safety reportedly is reviewing Hyman’s hit.
(You can click here to watch McAvoy’s hit on Marner.)
(And you can click here to watch the Hyman hit.)
Now, we’re not saying that McAvoy’s hit on Marner didn’t deserve a penalty. The Bruins defenseman definitely cross-checked the Leafs’ winger, though you could make the case that Marner flopped.
But it’s a big stretch to say the two hits were even close to equal. One was a borderline penalty that probably featured some embellishment, while the other was a late, blindside clean-out of a player who’s been struggling with concussion issues.
You keep doing you, Damien.

Mackenzie Ziegler’s DWTS Juniors Controversy

Mackenzie Ziegler and her pro partner Sage Rosen have been competing on Dancing With the Stars Juniors, along with their mentor, Gleb Savchenko. Ziegler is known for the reality show Dance Moms, where she has appeared as a talented dancer, so when she joined DWTS Jr. as a contestant, her involvement was met with controversy. Some viewers voiced that it was unfair for Ziegler to be a contestant since she is a trained dancer.
Now, Ziegler is rumored to be the winner of DWTS Juniors, so does this mean there will be an uproar from fans online once the winner is announced?
Prior to the finale, some readers on Gold Derby commented that it was not fair for Ziegler to compete on the show. A user named Joanne stated that, “Any kid who has been in dance competitions for years shouldn’t be on this show.” Meanwhile, another commenter said that it is “definitely unfair, but I don’t think she should be blamed for being on the show. I think that people should shift their blame to the DWTS producers instead of hating on a young teen.”
When it comes to Twitter users, there have been many tweets about Ziegler being on DWTS.

how is mackenzie ziegler being on dwts juniors even fair
— kenna • 9 (@kennatonix) September 26, 2018

One user on Twitter, called FanaticKendall, tweeted, “#DWTSjuniors OMG SEND MACKENZIE ZIEGLER HOME! Y’all know this sh*t ain’t fair! That girl’s BEEN dancing since Age 2! Stop playin! #DanceMoms.” Another Twitter user, calling herself Clauren, wrote on Twitter, “I don’t understand how Mackenzie Ziegler is on dancing with the stars junior as one of the stars when she’s literally only famous for being a dancer? Surely that isn’t fair.”
Another user named Paige Picciano tweeted, “So I’m late to this week’s episode, but HOW is it fair that Mackenzie Ziegler is on Dancing with the Stars Jr?!?! Like people have just forgotten she was on Dance Moms for basically all of her life? #rigged #DWTSJuniors.” Hannah Brooks, another Twitter user, wrote, “It’s 11:14 p.m. on a Thursday night and I’m sitting here FUMING that Mackenzie Ziegler is a contestant on DWTS Junior as a star and not as a dancer. SHE WAS ON DANCE MOMS FOR LIKE 6 YEARS. But okay girl, you sit there and pose as a ~singer~ like damn who you fightin.”
Though there has been an outcry from viewers about the fairness of Ziegler’s being a contestant on the show, there have been some supporters of Ziegler as well. But, even some of her supporters have noted that Ziegler has a background in dance.

Mackenzie Ziegler on DWTS Juniors😍 (even though shes actually a dancer and was on dance moms😂)
— Suey🧁 (@sueyshen) September 26, 2018

Ziegler has received some of the highest scores on the show this season, opposite partner Sage Rosen. So, who is Rosen? ABC’s bio statement about Rosen states that, “Sage is a three-time National Dance Champion. He has performed with iconic artists such as Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Usher, Sia and Mariah Carey. Sage’s professional dance experience includes feature roles in several television shows and commercials.” The two dancers have proven to be a powerful team, under the guidance of Savchenko.
Do you think it’s fair that Ziegler has competed on Dancing With the Stars Juniors, or do you think she had an unfair advantage?

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How to Watch Copa Libertadores Final Online in USA

River Plate and Boca Juniors will finally play the second leg of the 2018 Copa Libertadores Final on Sunday.
In the United States, the match is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on Fox Deportes. If you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can still watch a live stream of the game (or DVR it) on your computer, phone or streaming device via one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
FuboTV
Fox Deportes is included in FuboTV’s main package, which includes 75-plus total channels and is largely tailored towards sports fans. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the match on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a handy “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which will allow you to watch the match on-demand up to three days after it airs even if you forgot to record it.
Fox Sports Go
Additionally, you can watch a live stream of the match on your computer via the Fox Sports Go website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Fox Sports Go app. You’ll need to log in to a cable provider to watch this way, but if you don’t have that, you can still sign up for FuboTV and then use your credentials to sign in and watch on the Fox digital platforms.

Preview
The first leg of the first ever Copa Libertadores Final between the Buenos Aires-based rivals resulted in a 2-2 draw at Boca Juniors’ Bombonera ground on November 11.
But as Boca traveled to River Plate’s Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti for the second leg, originally scheduled for November 24, River Plate supporters attacked their bus, throwing rocks and wood and breaking the bus’s windows. Boca players suffered cuts from broken glass, and felt the effects of teargas that police used on the crowd.
Boca midfielder Pablo Perez went to the hospital with broken glass in his eye. His teammate Gonzalo Lamardo suffered a cut to his head.
“Pablo has just returned from hospital and has a bandage on his eye,” forward Carlos Tevez said, according to BBC.com.
Tevez added: “Other teammates have cuts. We’ve only just been able to breathe well because we were affected by the gas. We can’t play like this.”
CONMEBOL initially postponed the game by 24 hours, before changing course. The organization postponed the game to December 9, moving it to Madrid, Spain.
“This should shame us as a society and I find it very sad that we have to reschedule such an important match,” Boca president Daniel Angelici said, per BBC.
“It’s not easy to take this decision when there are 60,000 people in the stadium and the television rights have been sold to a ton of countries. But the most important thing is to look after the physical and psychological condition of the team.”
But the distance hasn’t prevented throngs of dedicated fans from making the trip to Spain to see their team in arguably the biggest ever game in the history of South American professional soccer.
“I know people who have been divorced directly as a result of Boca. They were told, ‘it is Boca or me,’” Nicolas Mattera, a Boca Juniors fan in Madrid, told MARCA.
“It ended up being Boca. It’s something that can’t be stopped and there are thousands of stories.
“There are some who have literally offered us their car in exchange for the flight and entrance to the game.
“Many people have also left their job to follow Boca or been sacked. They were told they couldn’t have the day off and could decide on work or Boca.
“As I said, there are so many stories. Some are giving up their entire life savings to buy tickets and ask to sleep in the gardens of houses.
“The passion is so widespread and you see people going to La Bombonera who only have months to live to enjoy it once more. You’ll see everything in Madrid.”

NFL Playoff Picture 2019: Standings & Matchups Week 14

Things are heating up in the NFL playoff race in both the AFC and NFC. The top six teams in each conference will make the postseason. The division winners automatically clinch a playoff spot, leaving two Wild Card positions in each conference.
Football Outsiders has detailed projections of each team’s playoff chances. The projections give the current top six teams in each conference the best chance to make the playoffs, but there are plenty of teams within striking distance.
Denver has a 29.8 percent chance to make the playoffs despite heading into Week 14 sitting 10th in the AFC. The Eagles have a 26.9 percent chance to make the postseason. Carolina has a 21.6 percent chance to climb into the playoff picture.
There are a number of Week 14 matchups that have playoff implications. The Chiefs host the Ravens in a matchup featuring two playoff teams if the postseason started today. Dallas takes on Philadelphia in a game that will have ramifications for both the NFC East and playoff picture.
The Rams are the only team that has clinched a playoff birth leaving 11 of the 12 spots up for grabs. While they have not officially secured a postseason spot, the Chiefs, Saints, Texans and Patriots all sit in a great position to be the next in line to punch their ticket.
“We’re in a position right now that we feel good about,” Rams coach Sean McVay told the Times Union after clinching a playoff birth. “If we take care of our business, all the rest of that stuff takes care of itself.”
Here’s a look at the latest NFL playoff standings in both the AFC and NFC. Teams in bold would make the playoffs if the postseason started today. Teams in italics have clinched their spot.

NFC Playoff Standings

TEAM
W
L
T

1. L.A. Rams
11
1
0

2. New Orleans Saints
10
2
0

3. Chicago Bears
8
4
0

4. Dallas Cowboys
7
5
0

5. Seattle Seahawks
7
5
0

6. Minnesota Vikings
6
5
1

7. Carolina Panthers
6
5
0

8. Philadelphia Eagles
6
6
0

9. Washington Redskins
6
6
0

10. Tampa Bay Bucs
5
7
0

11. Green Bay Packers
4
7
1

12. Atlanta Falcons
4
8
0

13. New York Giants
4
8
0

14. Detroit Lions
4
8
0

15. Arizona Cardinals
3
9
0

16. San Francisco 49ers
2
10
0

NFC Playoff Matchups Based on Current Standings
No. 1. Los Angeles Rams (Bye)
No. 2 New Orleans Saints (Bye)
No. 6 Minnesota Vikings vs. No. 3 Chicago Bears
No. 5 Seattle Seahawks vs. No. 4 Dallas Cowboys

AFC Playoff Standings

TEAM
W
L
T

1. Kansas City Chiefs
10
2
0

2. New England Patriots
9
3
0

3. Houston Texans
9
3
0

4. Pittsburgh Steelers
7
4
1

5. L.A. Chargers
9
3
0

6. Baltimore Ravens
7
5
0

7. Tennessee Titans
7
6
0

8. Miami Dolphins
6
6
0

9.  Indianapolis Colts
6
6
0

10. Denver Broncos
6
6
0

11. Cincinnati Bengals
5
7
0

12. Cleveland Browns
4
7
1

13. Buffalo Bills
4
8
0

14. New York Jets
3
9
0

15. Jacksonville Jaguars
3
10
0

16. Oakland Raiders
2
10
0

AFC Playoff Matchups Based on Current Standings
No. 1 Kansas City Chiefs (Bye)
No. 2 New England Patriots (Bye)
No. 6 Baltimore Ravens vs. No. 3 Houston Texans
No. 5 L.A. Chargers vs. No. 4 Pittsburgh Steelers

Joe Flacco Injury: Will Ravens Move on From QB This Offseason?

The Baltimore Ravens opted to start backup quarterback Lamar Jackson for three consecutive games due to a hip injury Joe Flacco suffered. But in Week 14, Flacco was expected to play and potentially be the No. 2 quarterback behind Jackson against the Kansas City Chiefs. Surprisingly, that didn’t wind up being the case, as the Ravens went a different direction.
As NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport revealed, Flacco was made inactive for the crucial game, leaving Jackson and backup Robert Griffin III to hold down the fort.

#Ravens QB Joe Flacco is inactive again today. So it’s Lamar Jackson, then Robert Griffin III as the QBs.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 9, 2018

Following the news, it led to speculation on Flacco’s future with the Ravens beyond this season. After Baltimore traded up in the 2018 NFL Draft to land Jackson, the obvious hope was that he’d be their long-term answer at quarterback. But it seems the shift to the young signal-caller may have been finalized sooner than expected.

Lamar Jackson’s Play Puts Joe Flacco’s Future in Doubt
Prior to Jackson taking over under center, the Ravens found themselves in serious danger of missing out on postseason play. Jackson first took over against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 11, and Baltimore had lost three straight and four of their previous five games leading up to that. Since the rookie became the team’s starter, they’ve now won three in a row and sit at 7-5, just behind the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-4-1).
Although Jackson has struggled with accuracy, completing 57.1 percent of his passes or worse in two of the three wins, his ability to excel as a runner has given the offense a boost. He’s tallied 54 attempts for 265 yards and two touchdowns in that span while opening up the offense.
Jackson may not be the prototypical quarterback, but he’s getting the job done and winning games when the Ravens need it most. It’s apparent this is more than enough to keep Flacco on the sidelines, and possibly end his tenure in Baltimore.

Joe Flacco’s Contract
One key topic in Flacco’s future is his contract. The Ravens find themselves in a tough spot when it comes to potentially releasing him. As Over The Cap shows, Flacco has a cap number of $26.5 million next season and $28.25 million in 2020. Fortunately, the team could get out of the deal without a massive dead money hit, but not immediately.
Cutting Flacco prior to next year would result in $16 million in dead money and just $10.5 million in cap savings. But if they go one year further and release him prior to 2020, the dead money hit drops to $8 million while the team saves $20.25 million in cap space.
The situation is somewhat tough due to Flacco’s contract, and ideally, the Ravens would trade the 33-year-old quarterback. But for the most part, dealing a quarterback after it’s apparent they don’t have much value with their current team is tough to do. So for the time being, Flacco’s future remains very much up in the air, but one thing that seems certain is that Jackson is the Ravens’ focus moving forward.
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Lamar Jackson Fantasy: Ravens Rookie Set to Start Once Again

We figured it was coming soon, but is the time finally here? Is Lamar Jackson going to officially be the starting quarterback of the Baltimore Ravens from here on out? As Joe Flacco continues to miss time, the Ravens are beginning to realize that sometimes change is good. And while they got a ton of amazing achievements out of Flacco during his stint as the franchise quarterback, it’s clearly time to start thinking about moving on for good with the emergence of the rookie, Lamar Jackson.
The Ravens rookie may not be the best passer, but he brings an entirely new life to the Baltimore offense. Hence the reason why the Ravens are currently on a three-game win streak. This week, Jackson will get tested by a tough matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs. Again, we can’t expect Jackson to air the ball out in the passing game, but don’t expect him to slow down his eagerness to keep the ball on the ground.
Jackson is a mobile quarterback, whether you like it or not. And if you utilize Jackson for fantasy purposes, then you probably love it. He’s going to be a fantasy football machine. And if and when Jackson starts to find a rhythm in the passing game, then his fantasy numbers are going to skyrocket tremendously over time. At this point, the only thing that worries Jackson’s fantasy owners is the return of Joe Flacco. Will he be the starter when he comes back? Who knows. We do know one thing though, Flacco’s return won’t be during Week 14.
Flacco Ruled out after Feeling Good about Returning

Ravens QB Joe Flacco is inactive today vs. Chiefs, per @mortreport. Lamar Jackson starts, Robert Griffin III backs him up.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 9, 2018

All throughout Sunday morning, the Kansas City Chiefs were preparing for both, Jackson and Flacco to play quarterback. With the news coming out about Flacco feeling alright, and up for returning, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid didn’t know what to expect. Obviously, everybody is assuming that Jackson has won over the starting position, but you also have to remember that the Ravens have been quite loyal to Flacco over the years. He’s received many chances, and always seems to get the benefit of the doubt.
This time around though, it may not matter. Jackson is the guy at quarterback for Week 14, and just might be the first-stringer moving forward. With five total touchdowns, over 500 passing yards, and over 400 rushing yards in three games, Jackson has proven to have some sweet fantasy value. Whether it’s in season-long leagues, or daily fantasy, Jackson should continue to be utilized as long as he is available. The offensive threat has been an issue on the ground for opposing defenses.

Patriots Inactives Reaction: Stephon Gilmore In, Duke Dawson Still Out

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The New England Patriots will get the benefit of having standout cornerback Stephon Gilmore active against the Miami Dolphins.
Gilmore popped up on the injury report Friday when he was limited in practice with an ankle injury. He was questionable to play Week 14 against the Dolphins.
Here’s the Patriots’ full list of inactives:
TE Dwayne Allen (knee)
CB Keion Crossen
CB Duke Dawson
DT Danny Shelton
DE Derek Rivers
DE Keionta Davis
OL James Ferentz
— Allen was ruled out Saturday when he didn’t make the trip to Miami. The Patriots have Rob Gronkowski, who was removed from the injury report again this week, and Jacob Hollister left on their tight end depth chart.

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— Dawson has yet to play after being activated off injured reserve. This is his third straight healthy scratch.
— Shelton has been a healthy scratch two straight weeks now. The Patriots will continue to roll with Malcom Brown, Lawrence Guy and Adam Butler at defensive tackle.
— The Patriots will play with Trey Flowers, Deatrich Wise, Adrian Clayborn and John Simon at defensive end with Rivers and Davis healthy scratches.
— Ferentz is the Patriots’ eight offensive lineman behind starters Trent Brown, Joe Thuney, David Andrews, Shaq Mason and Marcus Cannon and top reserves LaAdrian Waddle and Ted Karras.

Aaron Urbanski: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Man Arrested At Cleburne Church After Telling Kids Santa is 'Not Real' https://t.co/3xX68qjxXE pic.twitter.com/Oy0pw8SrVa
— NBC DFW (@NBCDFW) December 8, 2018

Aaron Urbanski is the 31 year old Texas man who was arrested on Saturday after he took part in a small, but passionate anti-Santa protest outside a church in Cleburne. Local parents were outraged by the demonstrators, who were shouting at children on their way into a pancake breakfast at the Methodist Church. The town’s mayor has vowed to beef up security for Santa at Cleburne’s annual Christmas parade on Sunday night. Here’s what you need to know:

1. Urbanski Was Arrested After Telling Children That Santa Isn’t Real

Good. 🎅🎄 https://t.co/M6LjuvLFuB
— 100.3 Jack FM (@JackFMDFW) December 9, 2018

Aaron Urbanski was one of three men who demonstrated outside of the St Mark United Methodist Church in Cleburne on Saturday afternoon. The church was holding a “breakfast with Santa” event for families; the event also raises money to help buy presents for kids in need.
Urbanski and his fellow protesters staked out the church, holding signs. Two of the men allegedly told at least one mother that she should be teaching her children about Jesus, instead of about Santa Claus. When the mother argued with them, they allegedly started to shout at the children, letting them know that Santa isn’t real.

2. Urbanski Was Charged With Trespassing & Causing a Disturbance on Church Grounds
 

From dazzling red gowns on the storefront mannequins at Brides and Beyond to a life size vintage Santa Claus at the Bus Depot, businesses around Cleburne’s downtown square are gearing up for Christmas. https://t.co/OyDfpY7GZQ
— Cle. Times-Review (@ctrnews) November 22, 2018

After Urbanski started shouting about Santa, someone called the local police. Brian McQueen, a Cleburne police officer, said that officers asked the protesters to leave multiple times. Urbanski’s fellow protesters eventually left the church grounds, but Urbanski refused. Officers finally arrested him and charged him with trespassing and with creating a disturbance. He was taken to the Johnson a County Law Enforcement Center, where he was being held without bail.

3. Cleburne’s Mayor Said the Protesters Must Have Wanted Coal in their Stockings

Man arrested while protesting at breakfast with Santa event at Cleburne church https://t.co/zrkytxiv2J
— Dallas Morning News (@dallasnews) December 8, 2018

Cleburne is a town of just 30,000 people. After Urbanski was arrested, the mayor — Scott Cain — weighed in on the issue. He said that the town would be sure to provide “extra security” for Santa during the Christmas parade on Sunday evening. And he also cautioned other potential protesters, “Don’t mess with Santa!” Cain wrote, “While I understand folks right to protest, Cleburne loves Santa and those protesters who were naughty and broke the law when they trespassed were arrested promptly. Guess they wanted coal in their stockings to go with a court appearance.”

4. The Protesters Said They Want People to Talk About Jesus, Not Santa

Man arrested for protesting Santa in Cleburne https://t.co/AlHdkfpinW pic.twitter.com/6ZUibeRynT
— WFAA (@wfaa) December 9, 2018

Heather Johnson is a mother of four who took her young children to the breakfast with Santa at St Mark’s Church on Saturdsy morning. She told reporters that said two men came up to her as she was heading into the church with her kids and asked her, “Do you let your kids believe in a fake Santa or do they know who Jesus is?”
Angry, Johnson said she told the protesters “not to ruin Santa and Christmas for my kids.” That’s when the men started to shout that Santa was not real, Johnson says. She says they also shouted that she was “wrong” for teaching her young children about Santa. Johnson told reporters that she was angry and that she “got really verbal with them” over it.

5. St Mark’s ‘Breakfast With Santa’ Is Also a Fundraising Event for Needy Kids
St Mark’s Church in Cleburne describes itself as “an active church seeking to introduce people to Jesus Christ who came to show us how to live and how to love.” Part of the church’s ministry includes outreach programs to help those in need. The church hosts a food pantry, a “God squad,” and a “snack sack” for kids. On Saturday, the church was holding a “breakfast with Santa” event for local families. Kids and their parents were eating a pancake breakfast with Saint Nick, but the event was held for charity; proceeds went to a buy Christmas gifts for children in need.

Peter Urbanski: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Man Arrested At Cleburne Church After Telling Kids Santa is 'Not Real' https://t.co/3xX68qjxXE pic.twitter.com/Oy0pw8SrVa
— NBC DFW (@NBCDFW) December 8, 2018

Peter Urbanski is the 31 year old Texas man who was arrested on Saturday after he took part in a small, but passionate anti-Santa protest outside a church in Cleburne. Local parents were outraged by the demonstrators, who were shouting at children on their way into a pancake breakfast at the Methodist Church. The town’s mayor has vowed to beef up security for Santa at Cleburne’s annual Christmas parade on Sunday night. Here’s what you need to know:

1. Urbanski Was Arrested After Telling Children That Santa Isn’t Real
Urbanski was one of three men who demonstrated outside of the St Mark United Methodist Church in Cleburne on Saturday afternoon. The church was holding a “breakfast with Santa” event for families; the event also raises money to help buy presents for kids in need.
Urbanski and his fellow protesters staked out the church, holding signs. Two of the men allegedly told at least one mother that she should be teaching her children about Jesus, instead of about Santa Claus. When the mother argued with them, they allegedly started to shout at the children, letting them know that Santa isn’t real.

2. Urbanski Was Charged With Trespassing & Causing a Disturbance on Church Grounds
After Urbanski started shouting about Santa, someone called the local police. Brian McQueen, a Cleburne police officer, said that officers asked the protesters to leave multiple times. Urbanski’s fellow protesters eventually left the church grounds, but Urbanski refused. Officers finally arrested him and charged him with trespassing and with creating a disturbance. He was taken to the Johnson a County Law Enforcement Center, where he was being held without bail.

3. Cleburne’s Mayor Said the Protesters Must Have Wanted Coal in their Stockings

Man arrested while protesting at breakfast with Santa event at Cleburne church https://t.co/zrkytxiv2J
— Dallas Morning News (@dallasnews) December 8, 2018

Cleburne is a town of just 30,000 people. After Urbanski was arrested, the mayor — Scott Cain — weighed in on the issue. He said that the town would be sure to provide “extra security” for Santa during the Christmas parade on Sunday evening. And he also cautioned other potential protesters, “Don’t mess with Santa!” Cain wrote, “While I understand folks right to protest, Cleburne loves Santa and those protesters who were naughty and broke the law when they trespassed were arrested promptly. Guess they wanted coal in their stockings to go with a court appearance.”

4. The Protesters Said They Want People to Talk About Jesus, Not Santa
Heather Johnson is a mother of four who took her young children to the breakfast with Santa at St Mark’s Church on Saturdsy morning. She told reporters that said two men came up to her as she was heading into the church with her kids and asked her, “Do you let your kids believe in a fake Santa or do they know who Jesus is?”
Angry, Johnson said she told the protesters “not to ruin Santa and Christmas for my kids.” That’s when the men started to shout that Santa was not real, Johnson says. She says they also shouted that she was “wrong” for teaching her young children about Santa. Johnson told reporters that she was angry and that she “got really verbal with them” over it.

5. St Mark’s ‘Breakfast With Santa’ Is Also a Fundraising Event for Needy Kids
St Mark’s Church in Cleburne describes itself as “an active church seeking to introduce people to Jesus Christ who came to show us how to live and how to love.” Part of the church’s ministry includes outreach programs to help those in need. The church hosts a food pantry, a “God squad,” and a “snack sack” for kids. On Saturday, the church was holding a “breakfast with Santa” event for local families. Kids and their parents were eating a pancake breakfast with Saint Nick, but the event was held for charity; proceeds went to a buy Christmas gifts for children in need.