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Ex-NFL Cheerleader Says Virginity Caused Discrimination

She's filed a complaint against the Miami Dolphins

(Newser) - A former Miami Dolphins cheerleader says she faced "hostility and retaliation" after revealing that she was a virgin. In an employment complaint filed with Florida Commission on Human Relations this week, Kristan Ann Ware says the team discriminated against her because of her gender and her Christian religion, the... More »

Seahawks Nix Kaepernick Visit Over Anthem Issue

He's been without a team since 2016 season

(Newser) - The player who started the NFL anthem protests is still without a team—and it may stay that way for Colin Kaepernick unless he decides to leave on-field activism behind him. The Seattle Seahawks arranged a visit weeks ago, but it was postponed when the quarterback refused to say whether... More »

Patriots Player Helps Thwart Potential School Shooting

Somebody left a disturbing threat on Julian Edelman's Instagram page

(Newser) - A potential school shooting in Michigan was thwarted with the help of New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman—and a fan who alerted him to a disturbing message on his Instagram page. Edelman tells the New York Times that he received a direct message late last month warning him... More »

2 Classically Trained Male Dancers Make NFL History

Quinton Peron, Napoleon Jinnies join Los Angeles Rams cheer team

(Newser) - Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies just made NFL history, CBS Los Angeles reports. They became the first men on an NFL cheer team after the Los Angeles Rams announced Wednesday they had made the squad. According to Inside Edition , Jinnies said he was "speechless" and Peron said he cried... More »

Tony Romo's PGA Tour Debut Went Very, Very Poorly

Former NFL quarterback finished dead last in 132-man field

(Newser) - Tony Romo nailed his broadcasting debut last year. The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback probably wishes his PGA Tour debut went as smoothly. The AP reports Romo finished last Friday in the 132-man field in the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship, bogeying the first six holes in a 10-over 82.... More »

NFL Prospect Says Team Asked Inappropriate Questions

League says it is investigating what Derrius Guice was asked

(Newser) - LSU running back Derrius Guice says he faced some extremely inappropriate questions from teams during the NFL Scouting Combine this week. "It was pretty crazy," told SiriusXM, per USA Today . "I go in one room, and a team will ask me do I like men, just to... More »

Papa John's Drops NFL Sponsorship

Last year, CEO blamed anthem protests for poor sales

(Newser) - The NFL is now lacking an "official pizza." Papa John's has announced that it is cutting ties with the league, ending a sponsorship deal that began in 2010, CNN reports. Steve Ritchie, the pizza chain's new CEO, says the company will now focus on deals with... More »

NFL Star Had Girlfriend Killed. 17 Years Later, He Speaks

Rae Carruth breaks his silence, expresses desire to have custody of his son

(Newser) - He was a star Carolina Panthers wide-receiver who was found hiding in the trunk of a car in a Tennessee hotel parking lot in December 1999 and arrested for having a hit put on his 7-months-pregnant girlfriend. Cherica Adams, 24, died nearly a month after being struck by four bullets... More »

School Closed Over Threatening Post on Ex-NFLer's Instagram

Post on Jonathan Martin's account tagged 2 ex-teammates he accused of bullying him

(Newser) - A Los Angeles prep school was closed Friday and a former NFL player detained by police over an Instagram post showing a gun and shells on a bed, Deadspin reports. According to the Los Angeles Times , the image was posted to a verified Instagram account belonging to ex-offensive lineman Jonathan... More »

Coldest Super Bowl Ever? Getting Ready for the Big Game

Halftime rumors addressed on Prince and Janet Jackson

(Newser) - As fans are warming up for the Super Bowl LII matchup between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles, weather pundits are warning those watching the game in person to get literally warmed up, as it's looking to possibly be the coldest Super Bowl in history, per USA Today ... More »

10 Best, Worst Cities for Football Fanatics

Fans may be having the best time in Green Bay, apparently

(Newser) - Super Bowl Sunday is here, and across the nation fans are donning their jerseys, making chili, and checking their squares. Some cities may be more pumped than others, per WalletHub , which looked at nearly two dozen metrics across 240 metropolitan areas to see which cities rated the best for football... More »

He Went From the NFL to Prison. The Question Is, Why?

The LAT looks at the downfall of Titus Young

(Newser) - "I believe God has a plan for me and deep down I believe it's to dominate the NFL." So wrote Titus Young—from an LA prison. In a piece for the Los Angeles Times , Nathan Fenno tracks the former Detroit Lions wide receiver's unraveling, poking at—... More »

He Was a Good Husband and Father. Football Changed Him

Emily Kelly on being married to an ex-NFL player with brain damage

(Newser) - "These men chose football, but they didn't choose brain damage," Emily Kelly writes in the New York Times . CTE has been found in the brains of over 100 deceased NFL players, and Kelly believes her husband will one day join their ranks. Rob Kelly retired in... More »

NFL Losing Big Chunks of Its Target Audience

Number of men between 18 and 49 who follow NFL closely drops 24%

(Newser) - America's response to the eternal question "Are you ready for some football?" appears to be getting less enthusiastic by the day, and that could be big trouble for the NFL's dominance of the US sports-scape. According to a poll conducted by the Wall Street Journal and NBC... More »

Dad Posts Viral Video of His Favorite Groggy Eagles Fan

Team is 'like my sisters,' says daughter Haley Parks as she's coming out of anesthesia

(Newser) - Two million views and counting. Thanks, Dad. When a die-hard Philadelphia Eagles fan woke up groggy from recent dental surgery, she had one big fear: "Did I miss the Super Bowl?!?" Haley Parks' father posted a video on Facebook this week showing her coming out of anesthesia after... More »

Tom Brady: 'I Certainly Hope the Guy Isn't Fired'

'We all make mistakes,' he says after radio host insults daughter

(Newser) - Tom Brady was in a forgiving mood Monday night: The New England Patriots quarterback said he didn't want WEEI radio host Alex Reimer fired for insulting his 5-year-old daughter , reports USA Today . "I certainly hope the guy isn't fired," Brady said from the podium at Super... More »

America's 10 Most Loathed Companies

Equifax tops the list

(Newser) - If you've ever felt neglected, ignored, or even scammed by a company, well, 24/7 Wall St. has figured out who's the best at being the worst. The site looked at a variety of consumer surveys, using three main metrics—customer service, financial performance, and how happy workers are—... More »

'Crisco Cops' Grease Light Poles Ahead of NFL Game

Philadelphia city workers are on the case

(Newser) - Football fans who react to big playoff games by climbing light poles should probably stay away from Philadelphia today. That's because a crew of city workers calling themselves the "Crisco Cops" spent the morning slathering poles throughout the city in grease to prevent fans from climbing them after... More »

Tom Brady's Hand Injury Throws Bettors for a Loop

Patriots QB hasn't practiced since Wednesday ahead of AFC Championship Game

(Newser) - Tom Brady hurt his hand during practice Wednesday, and while coach Bill Belichick is being—typically, hilariously—coy about the extent of his star quarterback's injury, oddsmakers aren't being shy about what a less-than-fully-operational Brady means for the New England Patriots when they face the Jacksonville Jaguars' league-best... More »

Rookie Made a Season-Ending Gaffe. His Response Inspires

Saints' Marcus Williams says he won't let bad play define him as a man after a big loss to Vikings

(Newser) - It's a play Minnesota Vikings fans won't soon forget—nor Marcus Williams of the New Orleans Saints. The Vikings won the NFL's divisional playoff game 29-24 over the Saints on Sunday in the last 10 seconds, with Stefon Diggs scoring a jaw-dropping 61-yard touchdown that sent the... More »

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