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Union Asks Cops to Boycott Dolphins Games

They want team to force players to stand for anthem

(Newser) - The Miami Dolphins should get private security instead of cops to protect them if players won't stand up for the national anthem, according to the local president of a police union. Jeff Bell, president of the International Union of Police Associations, says the chapter has asked police and the... More »

US Soccer Star Kneels Before National Team Game

US Soccer says it expects players to stand

(Newser) - Megan Rapinoe knelt during the national anthem before a US women's national team match against Thailand on Thursday night, the AP reports. Rapinoe first knelt during the anthem Sept. 4 before a game with her National Women's Soccer League team, the Seattle Reign. Rapinoe, a devoted advocate for... More »

Navy Sailor Protests National Anthem on Base

She's likely to face disciplinary action from the Navy

(Newser) - A sailor in the US Navy appears likely to face punishment after protesting the national anthem while on base in Florida, CNN reports. The sailor, who the Navy isn't identifying, filmed herself sitting during the anthem—all service members are required to stand and face the flag—and the... More »

Entire NFL Team May Take Action During National Anthem

The Seattle Seahawks may join Colin Kaepernick's protest as a team

(Newser) - Colin Kaepernick's protest of the national anthem appears to be snowballing. Two Seattle Seahawks players have insinuated they may do something as a team during the national anthem prior to Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins. "Anything we want to do, it's not going to be... More »

Soccer Player's Anthem Protest Foiled—by Opposing Team

'F---ing unbelievable,' Megan Rapinoe says as anthem played while teams were in locker room

(Newser) - If Megan Rapinoe had planned to take a knee during the national anthem in her Wednesday night game against the Washington Spirit, the owner of that women's soccer team effectively squelched that plan. Per the Washington Post , Spirit owner Bill Lynch, an Air Force veteran, made sure the anthem... More »

USA Hockey Coach: Sit for the Anthem, Get Benched

Tortorella won't stand for not standing

(Newser) - John Tortorella says he sees coaching Team USA hockey as helping his country—and he will not tolerate players failing to stand for the anthem. "If any of my players sit on the bench for the national anthem, they will sit there the rest of the game," he... More »

Obama on Kaepernick: 'Tough Thing' for Service Members

But president says he supports NFL player's 'active citizenry'

(Newser) - Everyone is weighing in on the Colin Kaepernick controversy , from the cops who say they may stop providing security at 49ers games to the female soccer player who took a knee in support of Kaepernick at her own game Sunday. Now a more high-profile defender is speaking up: President Obama,... More »

US Soccer Star Kneels for National Anthem

Megan Rapinoe says it was a 'little nod' to Colin Kaepernick

(Newser) - Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protest has spread to soccer: Megan Rapinoe, a Seattle Reign midfielder and member of the US women's national team, knelt for the national anthem before her team's 2-2 with the Chicago Red Stars on Sunday, Mashable reports. The 31-year-old, who has been on... More »

Cops May Stop Providing Security at 49ers Games

Police union says Kaepernick is creating a 'hostile work environment'

(Newser) - If Colin Kaepernick is going to continue boycotting the national anthem in protest of police brutality, then the police might just boycott the San Francisco 49ers in protest of Colin Kaepernick. NBC Bay Area reports the Santa Clara police union has threatened to stop providing security for 49ers games unless... More »

2nd 49er Joins Kaepernick Protest

They took a knee for the anthem in San Diego

(Newser) - Colin Kaepernick once again refused to stand when the national anthem was played before a game Thursday night—and this time, he wasn't alone. 49ers safety Eric Reid also knelt as a Navy officer sang the anthem at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Reid—... More »

John Legend: National Anthem Is 'Weak' Anyway

And it celebrates slavery, he tweets

(Newser) - John Legend is backing Colin Kaepernick in his national anthem protest : In fact, Legend says, the "Star-Spangled Banner" shouldn't even be our anthem. "For those defending the current anthem, do you really truly love that song? I don't and I'm very good at singing it.... More »

Trump to Kaepernick: Find a New Country

Candidate criticizes QB's refusal to stand for national anthem

(Newser) - If Colin Kaepernick doesn't want to stand for his national anthem, Donald Trump thinks he should find a new nation, period. Asked about the NFL quarterback's protest on a radio show Monday, Trump said he'd been following the story. "I think it’s a terrible thing,... More »

Kaepernick Won't Stand Until Oppression Stops

He's not worried about being cut from team

(Newser) - Colin Kaepernick may have made himself America's least popular football player with his refusal to stand for the national anthem , but he isn't backing down, ESPN reports. The San Francisco 49er told reporters Sunday that he won't stand for the anthem until America stops oppressing black people.... More »

49ers QB Won't Stand for National Anthem

Colin Kaepernick is protesting treatment of black people in US

(Newser) - Before Friday's preseason game against the Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a stand by not standing for the national anthem. It's a decision NFL.com reports will likely lead to "incredible backlash" against him. “I am not going to stand up... More »

Why Gymnast Gabby Douglas Is 'Heartbroken'

Her mom refutes accusations that her daughter is 'unpatriotic'

(Newser) - Gabby Douglas conceded Sunday she hadn't performed as well during the 2016 Olympics as she had hoped, especially considering her gold-winning turn at the 2012 Games . But just as confusing and "hurtful" to the 20-year-old gymnast, per the Washington Post , was criticism about everything from the look on... More »

All-Star Game Singer Alters Anthem Lyrics, Causes Stir

Group kicks out 'lone wolf' for singing 'all lives matter'

(Newser) - A member of a Canadian singing quartet changed a lyric in his country's national anthem and held up a sign proclaiming "All Lives Matter" during a pregame performance at the 87th All-Star Game on Tuesday. In a statement issued during the game, the Tenors blamed the changes that... More »

'O Canada' Gets a Gender-Neutral Version

It's not all about the 'sons' anymore

(Newser) - Robert Stanley Weir worked up an English translation of the French "O Canada" in 1908, and it soon became the Great White North's most popular English version (and, in 1980, the national anthem). It's gone through minor tweaks since its first choruses, but a rather major one... More »

O Canada Looking to Go Gender-Neutral

'In all thy sons command' no more if bill passes Parliament

(Newser) - Canada is about to give its national anthem a minor tweak aimed at gender neutrality, reports USA Today , with a bill in support of the change wending its way through Parliament and looking likely to become law by summer or fall. The proposed change to O Canada: Making the line... More »

Holocaust Survivor's MLB Dream to Come True

Hermina Hirsch to sing national anthem at Detroit Tigers game

(Newser) - Hermina Hirsch has sung the national anthem at weekly meetings of Holocaust survivors for decades, but she always dreamed of having a larger audience. Now she'll get her chance. After telling her family her dream of singing at an MLB game, a granddaughter reached out to the Detroit Tigers,... More »

Canada Could Change National Anthem to Include Women

'I want to at long last honor their sacrifices and contribution'

(Newser) - A Canadian politician is on a crusade to change the lyrics of O Canada—the Canadian national anthem—to give equal shrift to both genders, the Guardian reports. The third line of O Canada currently reads "True patriot love in all thy sons command." A bill introduced by... More »

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