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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 »

Charge Laid After Body Found in NFLer's Basement

Janoris Jenkins' brother held in death of music producer 'Trypps Beatz'

(Newser) - A body discovered at the home of New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins has led to a manslaughter charge for his brother. William Jenkins, released from a New Jersey prison in 2016 after serving time for drug charges, was arrested in New York around 2am Tuesday; he had violated his... More »

NFL Reportedly Refuses to Let Player Use 'MD' on Uniform

Kansas City's Laurent Duvernay-Tardif got his medical degree this year

(Newser) - Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is unique in the NFL: The offensive lineman for the Kansas City Chiefs is also officially a medical doctor, having earned his degree earlier this year from Canada's McGill University, reports Fox News . Duvernay-Tardif now wants to celebrate his accomplishment by putting "MD" before his name... More »

Trump to NFL Players: Who Should I Pardon?

One former NFL player already has a suggestion: his brother

(Newser) - President Trump extended a peace offering of sorts to NFL players on Friday, asking them to recommend people who’ve been unfairly treated in the criminal justice system and deserve a pardon, reports CNN . "I'm going to take a look at those applications. And if I find, and... More »

Colin Kaepernick's Lawyers Seeking to Subpoena Trump

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and several owners have already been deposed in the case

(Newser) - Colin Kaepernick’s collusion case against the NFL is expected to reach all the way to the White House as the quarterback and his lawyers prepare to seek federal subpoenas to compel the testimony of President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and others, according to Yahoo Sports . Kaepernick filed a... More »

49ers Mourn Receiver Who Made 'The Catch'

Dwight Clark, who was behind one of NFL's greatest plays, dies at age 61 after ALS battle

(Newser) - An ex-NFL player known for a play that pushed the San Francisco 49ers into a championship run in the '80s died Monday at the age of 61 after a battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, per ESPN . "I'm heartbroken to tell you that today I lost... 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 »

Redskins Cheerleaders Describe Uneasy Photo Shoot

Tell 'NYT' that obligations with sponsors, suite holders left them uncomfortable on 2013 trip

(Newser) - There's some disagreement about what went down when the Washington Redskins cheerleading squad traveled to Costa Rica in 2013. According to the five unnamed women Juliet Macur spoke to for the New York Times , the trip ended up feeling exploitative. They were at the Occidental Grand Papagayo resort for... More »

Ex-NFL Player Choked During Arrest in Bystander Video

'I'm not even fighting back,' Desmond Marrow says

(Newser) - A former NFL player has posted a video of himself being thrown down and choked by police officers in what he is calling a false arrest, the Washington Post reports. Desmond Marrow, 30, writes on Facebook that "during the arrest the police knocked my teeth out, slammed me on... More »

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 »

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