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Mayor Issues Memo Banning Nike Products

Parks and recreation department can no longer purchase Nike products, he says

(Newser) - The mayor of a New Orleans suburb is banning the city's parks and recreation department from purchasing Nike products, the AP reports. The memo by Kenner Mayor Ben Zahn to the parks and recreation director says Nike products cannot be purchased for use at the city's recreation facilities.... More »

Only 2 NFL Players Took a Knee for the Anthem

Kaepernick praises Dolphins players

(Newser) - Last season, the Seattle Seahawks led the league when it came to the number of players willing to make a statement while the national anthem played. To start this season, that wave of Seahawks has dwindled to only two players. Linemen Duane Brown and Quinton Jefferson walked off the field... More »

LeBron Speaks on Nike Kaepernick Campaign

'I stand with Nike, all day, every day'

(Newser) - Clutching his young daughter in his arms, LeBron James said on Tuesday that he "stands with Nike," a clear reference to the company's Colin Kaepernick ad campaign . The basketball superstar—and new Los Angeles Laker —made the remarks as he received an award Tuesday for both... More »

Nike Faces Backlash Over Kaepernick Campaign

He's the face of 'Just Do It' anniversary

(Newser) - Nike has taken its own advice to "Just Do It"—with the "It" being "Get involved in the NFL national anthem controversy." The company, days before the start of the new football season, has signed up former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick as the... More »

Arbitrator Won't Dismiss Kaepernick's NFL Grievance

That means it's going to trial

(Newser) - An arbitrator is sending Colin Kaepernick's grievance with the NFL to trial, denying the league's request to throw out the quarterback's claims that owners conspired to keep him out of the league because of his protests of social injustice, the AP reports. Kaepernick's lawyer Mark Geragos... More »

Trump Slams 'Spineless Surrender' of ESPN

He starts petition to have anthem televised

(Newser) - With legal troubles swirling, President Trump—and his fundraising committee—have found a fresh target: ESPN. Trump has started a petition calling for the network to televise the national anthem before Monday Night Football this season, USA Today reports. "Just after we heard a sitting governor trash America, ESPN... More »

ESPN Won't Broadcast Anthem at NFL Games

Network says it has no plans to do so amid the controversy

(Newser) - Those looking to see for themselves how NFL players are responding to the national anthem will be out of luck on ESPN broadcasts of Monday Night Football this year. The network tells Axios that it does not plan to broadcast the anthem in the upcoming season. "We generally have... More »

Police Told Not to Buy Miami Dolphins Tickets

"This organization obviously DOES NOT honor First Responders

(Newser) - Now cops are getting in on the NFL's national anthem spat, Sports Illustrated reports. Two Florida police unions, in Palm Beach County and Broward County, posted Facebook notices urging officers to not buy or refund tickets to a Miami Dolphins game after two players kneeled and one raised a... More »

Trump Warns NFL Players: 'Find Another Way to Protest'

President isn't happy some players kneeled, did other protests during anthem in preseason games

(Newser) - Is it football season already? It must be, based on President Trump's tweets from Friday morning. After reports filtered out about some NFL players kneeling, raising their fists, and taking part in other forms of protest during preseason games on Thursday evening, Trump once more railed against those who... More »

Players Test Anthem Policy as Kaepernick Weighs In

'Stay strong brothers!' he tweets as several take a knee

(Newser) - Player demonstrations took place during the national anthem at several NFL preseason games Thursday night, and the man who started it all expressed his support. In Philadelphia, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and cornerback De'Vante Bausby raised their fists during the anthem, and defensive end Chris Long placed his arm... More »

NFL Freezes Anthem Policy

Move follows backlash against Miami punishment plan

(Newser) - The NFL's two-month old national anthem policy is on hold. Hours after the AP reported that Miami Dolphins players who protest on the field during the anthem could be suspended for up to four games under a team policy issued this week, the league and the players union issued... More »

NFL Players' Union Files Grievance Over Anthem Policy

Says it 'infringes on player rights'

(Newser) - The NFL Players Association has filed a grievance with the football league over its national anthem policy , USA Today reports. The policy, passed in May after the kneeling controversy, requires players to stand during the anthem or stay in the locker room. In a statement , the NFLPA says it was... More »

Amid Trump Drama, Fox News Apologizes Over Eagles Photos

Fox showed 'unrelated' pictures of Eagles kneeling; players were praying

(Newser) - During a segment Monday night about President Trump canceling the Philadelphia Eagles' appearance at the White House that had been planned for Tuesday, Fox News showed images of the football team's players kneeling in the background of Shannon Bream's narration. Bream noted that Trump said the cancellation was... More »

Trump: Super Bowl Champs Disinvited to White House

He calls off Eagles visit, cites anthem issue after fewer than 10 players agree to come

(Newser) - This year's Super Bowl champs will not be visiting the White House as planned on Tuesday—and President Trump says it is because of the NFL national anthem controversy. "The Philadelphia Eagles Football Team was invited to the White House," Trump tweeted on Monday. "Unfortunately, only... More »

NFL Team Owner Promises to Pay Fines if Players Protest

'I never want to put restrictions on the speech of our players'

(Newser) - New York Jets owner and chairman Christopher Johnson says he'd prefer players to stand during the national anthem—but if they want to defy the new NFL regulations and protest by sitting or kneeling, the team will pay the fine, not the players. "I never want to put... More »

NFL Outlaws Kneeling During National Anthem

But players can remain in the locker room if they want

(Newser) - The NFL changed its rule book Wednesday to stop players from kneeling during the national anthem. All 32 team owners approved a new rule designed to ban players from sitting or kneeling on the field in protest during the anthem, reports ESPN . However, the league said players could remain in... More »

Fergie Is Sorry About That National Anthem Fiasco

The singer's performance at the NBA All-Star game had some fans bewildered

(Newser) - Fergie has responded to widespread criticism surrounding her decidedly non-traditional rendition of the national anthem at Sunday's NBA All-Star game. The 42-year-old singer attempted a slowed down, jazzier version of the song in what she now admits was an artistic risk gone awry, per People . “I’ve always... More »

Fergie Performs 'Worst-Ever' Rendition of National Anthem

Easily the worst since Roseanne, critics say

(Newser) - Fergie's rendition of the national anthem at the NBA All-Star Game was so unpopular that some critics are calling it treasonous. Her breathy, sexed-up version of the anthem—which Variety compares to "Marilyn Monroe suddenly taking "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" in a screechier and scarier direction"—... More »

National Anthem Is Drama-Free

No players kneel, and Pink, ailing with flu, makes it through

(Newser) - Super Bowl LII is underway, and even the national anthem had opportunity for a little drama. But as Deadline notes, none emerged. For one thing, no players were kneeling or sitting in protest during the rendition by Pink, reports the AP . And as for Pink herself, she managed to make... More »

Court Backs High School Student's Anthem Protest

Federal court sides with California football player who took a knee

(Newser) - A federal court has sided with a California high school football player who took a knee during the national anthem, reports the Los Angeles Times . The Native American teenager, identified as "V.A.," sued after the San Pasqual Valley Unified School District put a rule in place banning... More »

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