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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 »

Trump on Rumored NFL Plan: 'Almost as Bad as Kneeling!'

Sources say league may be considering keeping players in locker room during anthem

(Newser) - President Trump is still latched onto the idea of punishing NFL players who don't stand for the national anthem, most recently calling for the suspension of Oakland Raider Marshawn Lynch, and he definitely has thoughts on a new idea the league is reportedly tossing around. Per the Washington Post ... More »

Trump: NFL Should Suspend Marshawn Lynch Over Protest

Oakland Raider stood for Mexico's national anthem, sat for US version

(Newser) - On Sunday, Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch stood for a national anthem for the first time this season. It was the Mexican one. Lynch remained seated for the US national anthem before the team's game in Mexico City against the New England Patriots, Sports Illustrated reports. Lynch has... More »

'Citizen of the Year' or 'Coward of the Year'?

'GQ' honors Colin Kaepernick, but critics think the choice is off base

(Newser) - GQ has made its selection for "Citizen of the Year," and it's one destined to create instant controversy: Colin Kaepernick . In their explanation, the editors liken the sidelined quarterback to Muhammad Ali and Jackie Robinson, "athletes who risked everything to make a difference." They... More »

More Than 30 Houston Texans Take a Knee to Protest Remark

Owner Bob McNair has apologized for 'inmates' comment

(Newser) - Dozens of Houston Texans made good on their promise to protest during the national anthem before their game against the Seattle Seahawks Sunday. More than 30 Texans took a knee during the anthem and several sat, USA Today reports. They were protesting Texans owner Bob McNair's remark that "... More »

Devils Fans Sing Like Angels to Save Teen Performer

When Lauralie Mufute forgot the words to the national anthem, hockey fans picked her up

(Newser) - Friday night's New Jersey Devil's game started with a moment so heartwarming they're lucky they still had any ice left to play on. NBC Sports reports 14-year-old Lauralie Mufute was singing the national anthem when she blanked on the words midway through. Luckily, there was a crowd... More »

Trump Petition Asks You to 'Show Your Patriotism'

Petition on GOP website is gathering names of those who stand for the anthem

(Newser) - Trump's ongoing battle with the NFL over national anthem protests continues, now in the form of a presidential petition. On Wednesday, the president tweeted his disappointment with the NFL's decision "that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem. Total disrespect... More »

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 »

'Blackballed' Kaepernick Accuses Owners of Collusion

He's filed an official grievance

(Newser) - Colin Kaepernick, still unsigned six weeks into the NFL season, believes he is being blackballed for his role in protests during the national anthem and has filed a grievance against NFL owners. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback became a free agent at the end of last season and has... 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 »

Cost of Pence's NFL Trip Now Under Microscope

VP flew from Vegas to Indy only to leave when players took a knee, then flew back west

(Newser) - The most high-profile national anthem protest during Sunday's NFL games came not from a player but from Vice President Mike Pence. He walked out of a Colts-49ers game because some players took a knee, and the VP wrote that he would not "dignify" the demonstration. President Trump then... More »

Trump: I Told Pence to Leave Colts Game If 49ers Kneeled

And leave he did

(Newser) - Vice President Mike Pence left the 49ers-Colts game early Sunday after more than 20 of the 49ers players kneeled during the national anthem. Pence, the former governor of Indiana, was in Indianapolis to celebrate Peyton Manning's jersey retirement and induction into the Colts' Ring of Honor during Sunday's... More »

NFL's Marshawn Lynch Wears 'Everybody vs. Trump' T-Shirt

Fewer players took a knee before Sunday's games

(Newser) - "Very important that NFL players STAND tomorrow, and always, for the playing of our National Anthem," President Trump tweeted Saturday. He did not get his wish, though fewer players decided to take a knee during the national anthem before Sunday's games, Reuters reports. Many players, however, knelt... More »

NBA: Teams Must Stand for Anthem

League suggests ways to show unity

(Newser) - The NBA is recommending teams address fans or show videos expressing themes of unity before their first home games, while reminding them of the rule that players must stand for the national anthem. A memo was sent to teams Friday, a day after Commissioner Adam Silver said he expected players... More »

Packers' National Anthem Request Bombs With Some

Team requests fans join them in locking arms

(Newser) - The Green Bay Packers are planning to lock arms during the national anthem at Thursday night's home game against the Chicago Bears, and they've asked fans to join them in the display of unity. Let's just say that's not going over well with some. The Green ... More »

NFL Has Cheapened the Anthem Protests

Columnist: Owners get away with mild criticism of Trump, meaningless gestures

(Newser) - Yes, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones kneeled with his team Monday, but he did so before the national anthem played. It was a "useless" gesture, writes Tom Ley at Deadspin , and the look of "self-satisfaction" on Jones' face tells you all you need to know about what's... More »

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