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NFL Won't Punish Players for Anthem Protests

League meeting fails to end controversy

(Newser) - The NFL says it is not going to punish players who stand or kneel when the anthem is played before games—but a meeting between officials, players, and owners in New York City Tuesday failed to resolve the controversy. The meeting at the league's headquarters lasted several hours and... More »

Roger Goodell's Wife Admits to 'Silly' Thing She Did Online

NFL commish's spouse confesses she was behind mystery account defending him on Twitter

(Newser) - For better for worse, for richer or poorer, through the good tweets and the bad. It's not clear if that last part was included in Roger Goodell's wedding vows, but the NFL commissioner's wife, Jane Skinner Goodell, admitted Thursday to what Deadspin calls a "ride-or-die" move... More »

Limbaugh: Trump's NFL Remarks 'Starting to Make Me Nervous'

Conservative talk-show host says he's 'very uncomfortable' with how president is acting

(Newser) - For the past few weeks, President Trump has been firing off tweets pressuring NFL athletes to stand during the national anthem—and for the NFL to make them do so —with his most recent post Wednesday claiming ( falsely ) that Commissioner Roger Goodell was "finally demanding" all... More »

As Trump's Attacks Persist, NFL Owners May Soon Give In

Owners meeting next week could require players to stand for anthem

(Newser) - No NFL player who has used the national anthem to protest against racism and police brutality has faced punishment from the league. That could be about to change. The Wall Street Journal reports NFL owners are scheduled to meet next week, and league spokesperson Joe Lockhart expects player protests "... More »

Warriors: Trump 'Made It Clear We Are Not Invited'

Steph Curry and Co. are fine skipping White House visit; Trump keeps up attack on NFL

(Newser) - The Golden State Warriors appear to be good with skipping a victory lap at the White House in wake of President Trump's war of words with Steph Curry, the NBA, and the NFL, reports CNN . "While we intended to meet as a team at the first opportunity we... More »

Athletes React to Trump Comments: 'U Bum'

After urging owners to fire 'son of a bitch' NFL players, Trump takes on Steph Curry

(Newser) - President Trump's war on professional athletes continued a day after he told supporters in Alabama that NFL owners should fire any "son of a bitch" player who protests during the national anthem. "Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team,"... More »

NFL Might Shorten Games to Woo Back Viewers

Roger Goodall also addresses poor officiating and Donald Trump

(Newser) - Are fewer ads and faster games in the NFL's future? Commissioner Roger Goodell said they very well could be while addressing the league's falling television ratings Thursday. The New York Times reports ratings are down by double digits, and while Goodell is largely placing blame on the presidential... More »

Hacked NFL Twitter Account Announces Roger Goodell's Death

And CNBC fell for it

(Newser) - Preventing an outpouring of grief we're sure would've rivaled those for Muhammad Ali and Prince, reports of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's death Tuesday turned out to be a hoax. “We regret to inform our fans that our commissioner, Roger Goodell, has passed away. He was 57.... More »

Massive Report Alleges Patriots' Cheating Worse Than Thought

ESPN says 'Deflategate' was 'a makeup call' for Spygate cover-up

(Newser) - In a massive ESPN report —more than 10,000 words put together based on interviews with more than 90 players, coaches, team owners, and league officials, plus "previously undisclosed private notes from key meetings"—Don Van Natta Jr. and Seth Wickersham lay out their case that the... More »

Patriots Owner: We Won't Appeal Deflategate Punishment

Robert Kraft says he 'reluctantly' realizes it's in everyone's best interests

(Newser) - Tom Brady filed an appeal just days after the league suspended him for four games over Deflategate —but the Patriots have given up and won't be fighting the league's punishment, CBS News reports. In a five-minute press conference today out of San Francisco, where the league is... More »

NFL Will Finally Pay the Tax Man

Giving up tax-exempt status means it no longer discloses exec compensation

(Newser) - The National Football League has decided to let the tax man come calling after its billions in revenue, reports NBC Sports . The league will voluntarily give up its controversial tax-exempt status, a 501(c)(6) exemption it's held since 1966, which Commissioner Roger Goodell dismissed today as a "distraction,"... More »

Janay Rice: 'I Can't Say' Goodell Is 'Telling the Truth'

Says Ray Rice told NFL truth from the get-go

(Newser) - Janay Rice continues her steadfast defense of husband Ray in an interview with NBC set to air tomorrow and Tuesday, telling Matt Lauer that Ray Rice told the NFL the truth and nothing but the truth about the domestic violence incident that has sidelined his career. Referring to NFL Commissioner... More »

Adrian Peterson Out for Season With No Pay

Vikings running back can't be reinstated till April 2015, will appeal NFL decision

(Newser) - Just two days ago, Adrian Peterson complained about his paid leave from the Minnesota Vikings, but now he's got other worries: He's been suspended from the NFL without pay for the rest of the season, NFL.com reports. The running back—who pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless... More »

Ravens Knew Details of Ray Rice Case Within Hours

ESPN: Rice felt team owner was essentially bribing him to stay quiet

(Newser) - If you haven't had enough of the Ray Rice scandal yet, ESPN offers the most thorough account to date of what happened in a new investigative piece. Interviews with more than 20 sources "found a pattern of misinformation and misdirection employed by the Ravens and the NFL since... More »

Ex-FBI Chief to Investigate Handling of Ray Rice Case

Independent inquiry to be overseen by 2 NFL owners

(Newser) - Former FBI Director Robert Mueller will conduct an "independent" inquiry into the NFL's handling of the Ray Rice case , the league has announced. The move comes after a source said the NFL had the tape of Rice knocking out his then-fiancee five months before it expelled him from... More »

NFL Was Sent Ray Rice Video Months Ago: AP

Police source says he sent it to an unnamed executive

(Newser) - If Roger Goodell's job as NFL commissioner was on thin ice in the wake of the Ray Rice case, that ice just got even thinner: A law enforcement source tells the AP that he sent a video of Rice knocking out his then-fiancee to an NFL executive five months... More »

Goodell: Rice Video 'Extremely Graphic, Sickening'

Commish says NFL was 'never granted opportunity' to see clip

(Newser) - NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is coming under increasing fire for his actions—or, as some are saying, inaction—surrounding the Ray Rice domestic-violence controversy after a second video of Rice emerged Monday, this one actually showing the alleged assault on his then-fiancee Janay Palmer (now his wife). Goodell told Norah... More »

Save the NFL: Hire Condi Rice to Run It

The league she loves needs her more than ever, writes Jonathan Capehart

(Newser) - The NFL is a mess, with its reputation in the tank and its players unable to stay off the police blotter. Commissioner Roger Goodell bears a good deal of the responsibility, thanks to his inept leadership in recent years, writes Jonathan Capehart in the Washington Post . The awful Ray Rice... More »

Why the Ray Rice Video Forced the NFL to Act

Obama weighs in on domestic abuse

(Newser) - At first, it was a two-game punishment. But when video emerged of Ray Rice punching his wife in an elevator, it took just 10 hours and 18 minutes for a harsher penalty to take effect: The Baltimore Ravens running back lost his job . That will result in a multimillion-dollar loss... More »

NFL: We Blew It on Domestic Violence

League toughens penalties after outcry over Ray Rice case

(Newser) - When the NFL issued a two-game suspension to a star player who assaulted his then-fiancee, the league took much flak for treating the offense so lightly. Now, in a letter to owners, league chief Roger Goodell has issued a mea culpa, reports ESPN . "I didn't get it right,... More »

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