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NFL Player Who Stood Alone Says He Is 'Embarrassed'

It was a mix-up, says Steelers' Villanueva

(Newser) - Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva stood alone during the national anthem while the rest of the team stayed in the tunnel before Sunday's game in Chicago—but he says it was an "embarrassing" mix-up, not a personal stand against NFL protests. Villanueva, a former Army Ranger who... More »

Cowboys, Owner Take a Knee Before Anthem

It was a statement on 'unity and equality,' Jones says

(Newser) - Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones joined players, coaches, and team execs in an impressive display of unity before Monday night's game against the Arizona Cardinals. They took a knee before the national anthem, drawing boos from some members of the crowd in Arizona, before standing locked arm in arm... More »

Restaurant Owner: No Games Until Players 'Show Respect'

Meanwhile, Tom Brady calls Trump's comments 'divisive'

(Newser) - Reaction to the national anthem brouhaha between President Trump and the NFL continues to resonate Monday afternoon. Among those generating attention is Tom Brady, who voiced his disagreement with President Trump on the Kirk and Callahan radio show on Boston's WEEI . “Yeah, I certainly disagree with what (Trump)... More »

How Trump May Emerge as Victor in Anthem Fight

If NFL keeps losing fans, president emerges as winner, writes columnist

(Newser) - NFL players' reaction to President Trump in regard to the national anthem was, not surprisingly, a big topic on Monday's op-ed pages. Here's a sampling:
  • Wall Street Journal : The newspaper's editorial sounds fed up with everybody involved, blaming the left for initially exploiting the Colin Kaepernick situation
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Trump Doubles Down: Anthem Issue 'About Respect,' Not Race

President praises fans who booed kneelers, along with NASCAR

(Newser) - In the wake of so many NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem Sunday, Mike Allen of Axios wrote that the "massive unknown" is whether President Trump would let the issue drop or turn it into a "crusade." Well, it appears Trump is not letting... More »

Even 2 Anthem Singers Took a Knee at NFL Games

More than 200 players didn't stand

(Newser) - If NFL team owners obeyed President Trump's call to fire players who protested during the national anthem, they would now be looking for more than 200 players. After Trump's remarks, the AP counted over 200 players kneeling, sitting, or raising their fists at Sunday's games. That's... More »

Trump Attack Increases NFL Player Protests by 2,000%

More than 130 players sat, knelt, or raised their fists for national anthem Sunday

(Newser) - In the wake of President Trump calling for the firing of NFL players who protest during the national anthem, such protests increased by more than 2,000%. The AP reports more than 130 players sat, knelt, or raised fists for the national anthem during Sunday's day games; last week... 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 »

Trump to NFL: Fire Players Who Kneel During Anthem

And spectators should walk out of games in protest, he says

(Newser) - President Trump says NFL owners should fire players who kneel during the national anthem. And he's encouraging spectators to walk out in protest. In an extended riff during a freewheeling rally speech in Alabama Friday night, Trump also bemoaned that football games have become less aggressive, the AP reports.... More »

White NFLer's Wife Offers 'Humble Reminder' After Protest

Seth DeValve's spouse: I'm proud he kneeled but focus should be on black players

(Newser) - On Monday night, a dozen or so Cleveland Browns players kneeled during the national anthem and formed a prayer circle, among them 24-year-old tight end Seth DeValve, ID'd as the first white NFLer to take a knee during such a demonstration for social injustice. DeValve's wife, Erica Harris... More »

Supporters to NFL: Sign Kaepernick Before Season

NAACP says player is being blackballed because of kneeling for national anthem

(Newser) - Supporters of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick are demanding he be signed by a team before the National Football League season starts next month. ESPN reports that thousands gathered outside the NFL's New York City headquarters on Wednesday to show their support for the free agent, who... More »

Before Cleveland Game, Biggest Anthem Protest Yet

More than a dozen Browns teammates pray silently during national athem

(Newser) - More than a dozen players from the Cleveland Browns formed a circle on the sideline Monday night and prayed in silent protest during the national anthem. The group, which included veterans, rookies, starters, and backups, gathered in front of water coolers and behind their teammates who stood on the sideline... More »

Marshawn Lynch Returns, Sits During Anthem

Has voiced support for Colin Kaepernick in past

(Newser) - In his first game in an Oakland Raider uniform, Marshawn Lynch didn't play a down. Yet the AP reports that he provided the most vivid image of the night, sitting for the national anthem before the Raiders' 20-10 preseason loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday. The ex-Seattle running... More »

Philippines Law Would Require Anthem to Be Sung 'With Fervor'

Anyone who fails to do so would face stiff fines, even prison time

(Newser) - Singing the national anthem in the Philippines? You'd better do so enthusiastically. The country's House of Representatives recently approved a bill that would make the singing of the anthem mandatory whenever it is played in public—and also noting that said singing "must be done with fervor.... More »

Canadian Hockey Fans Sing 'Star-Spangled Banner,' Go Viral

After singer's mic fails, the crowd takes over

(Newser) - Even amidst the fiercest sports rivalries, Canadians don’t betray the stereotype of being incredibly nice. According to Fox News , country singer Brett Kissel asked our neighbors to the north at Rogers Place, the Edmonton Oilers' home base, to help him out when his mic failed during the American national... More »

1st Major American Sports Org Bans Kneeling During Anthem

US Soccer says national team players must 'stand respectfully'

(Newser) - US Soccer is, by all appearances, the first major American sports organization to ban kneeling during the national anthem, Deadspin reports. US Soccer first addressed the issue last September after Megan Rapinoe took a knee in protest during the national anthem prior to a match. Rapinoe said she was kneeling... More »

US Tennis Association Plays (Very) Wrong German Anthem

Outdated song was identified with Nazis, lauded 'Germany, Germany, above all'

(Newser) - The United States Tennis Association has apologized after an outdated version of the German national anthem that later became associated with the Nazi regime was performed before a Fed Cup match in Hawaii, reports the AP . The anthem was sung Saturday before a Fed Cup quarterfinal between the United States... More »

Aretha Franklin Stretches the National Anthem to 4.5 Minutes

It was a 'church spiritual'

(Newser) - Americans were reminded of one more thing to be thankful for on Thursday: Aretha Franklin. In what caused a "Twitter meltdown," per CBS Sports , Franklin sang the national anthem ahead of the Detroit Lions' game against the Minnesota Vikings and stretched the song into an incredible "4-minute,... More »

Singer: Anthem Performance Axed Because of My Shirt

Sevyn Streeter wore 'We Matter' shirt to 76ers game

(Newser) - Philadelphia 76ers national anthem singer Sevyn Streeter says she was told by the team she could not perform because of her "We Matter" jersey. She was scheduled to sing before the Sixers' season opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder Wednesday, but she tells the AP that just minutes before... More »

Now Even the Singers Are Kneeling for National Anthem

Denasia Lawrence joins protest during performance at Miami Heat game

(Newser) - A woman performing the national anthem prior to an NBA preseason game in Miami did so while kneeling at midcourt, the AP reports. Denasia Lawrence opened her jacket just before she started to sing, revealing a "Black Lives Matter" shirt, then dropped to her left knee and performed the... More »

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