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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 »

After Trump Tweet, NFL Player's Mom Fires Back

Delisa Lynch mocked Trump's failure to buy team

(Newser) - Twitter user @MommaLynch24 —also known as Delisa Lynch, mother of Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch—channeled her inner mama bear after President Trump attacked her son in a tweet Monday. "What NFL team do Trump own?" she asked . "Oh yeah they wouldn't let him have... 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 »

First CTE Diagnosis in Living Patient Confirmed

Fred McNeill's brain showed clumps of tau proteins before 2015 death

(Newser) - In a potentially groundbreaking first, doctors say they detected chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease associated with repeated head injuries, in a living patient. Just weeks after Boston University researchers announced CCL11 proteins in the brain could indicate CTE in living patients, researchers in Chicago say they identified CTE... More »

Papa John's Apologizes for Founder's NFL Remarks

Company slams neo-Nazis, says it believes in the right to protest

(Newser) - Papa John's Pizza has walked back founder and CEO John Schnatter's claim that NFL player protests are behind falling pizza sales . In a series of tweets Tuesday, the chain apologized to anyone who found the remarks "divisive," and said it was open to ideas from all,... More »

He Helped the 49ers Win, Then Revealed He Lost His Baby

Marquise Goodwin played amid tragedy on Sunday

(Newser) - A tale of heartache and strength in the sports world: Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin blew a kiss toward the heavens Sunday as he scored an 83-yard touchdown that helped the San Francisco 49ers trump the New York Giants 31-21, reports ESPN . Later, he revealed what had happened hours earlier. In... More »

Bob Costas: Football May Soon 'Collapse Like a House of Cards'

He says the 'fundamental' danger of football will likely be its undoing

(Newser) - Bob Costas says football, at least as we know it, may soon "collapse like a house of cards" because of one "fundamental fact": "This game destroys people's brains." USA Today reports the Emmy award-winning sports broadcaster and former host of Football Night in America called... More »

NFL Owners to Be Deposed in Kaepernick Collusion Case

Jerry Jones, Robert Kraft, others may also have to turn over phone records, emails

(Newser) - Colin Kaepernick's collusion case against the NFL is progressing, with an unnamed league source telling ESPN that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Texans owner Bob McNair, Patriots owner Robert Kraft, and others are being asked to turn over cellphone records and emails. Others, including Seahawks owner Paul Allen and 49ers... More »

Papa John's: Pizza Isn't Selling Because Players Are Kneeling

John Schnatter wants NFL to force players to stand for national anthem

(Newser) - "Papa" John Schnatter, fresh off seeing his net worth drop $70 million, is blaming the NFL's tolerance of player protests for declining pizza sales at his eponymous restaurants, Forbes reports. Papa John's released its third-quarter financial report Tuesday, and while it beat its estimates for earnings and... More »

Report: Chicago Bear Hurt So Badly He Could Lose Leg

Vascular surgeons reportedly operated on Zach Miller Sunday night

(Newser) - Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller suffered an ugly-looking knee dislocation in Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints, but according to an ESPN report, the reality is even uglier. The network reports that a "regular dislocation" would be considered "serious," but sources tell the network'... 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 »

Texans Players Will Kneel to Protest Owner's Comment

Bob McNair referred to players as 'inmates' during anthem meeting

(Newser) - It looks like Houston Texans owner Bob McNair's repeated apologies over the weekend for a comment he made about the NFL's national anthem protests haven't satisfied his players. Per ESPN , the Texans are planning a demonstration before their game against the Seattle Seahawks Sunday to protest McNair'... More »

540K FCC Complaints Won't Keep Him From Super Bowl

Justin Timberlake will perform at the Super Bowl Halftime Show in February

(Newser) - Fourteen years after "Nipplegate," the NFL is ready to have Justin Timberlake back for the Super Bowl Halftime Show. The singer—who accidentally exposed Janet Jackson's right breast to half the nation in 2004's notorious "wardrobe malfunction"—made the announcement in a Tonight Show... 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 »

One NFL Player Is Donating His Entire 2017 Salary

'I want to celebrate the awesome opportunity I've had to play football by giving back'

(Newser) - Chris Long is playing the entire 2017 NFL season without making a cent for it. CBS News reports the Philadelphia Eagles defensive end already donated his first six game checks to fund scholarships at a school in his hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia. And on Wednesday Long announced he would be... 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 »

Roger Goodell's Wife Admits to 'Silly' Thing She Did Online

NFL commish's spouse confesses she was behind mystery account defending him on Twitter

(Newser) - For better for worse, for richer or poorer, through the good tweets and the bad. It's not clear if that last part was included in Roger Goodell's wedding vows, but the NFL commissioner's wife, Jane Skinner Goodell, admitted Thursday to what Deadspin calls a "ride-or-die" move... 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 »

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