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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 »

Rove: Trump Will Be 'Loser' in Fight With NFL Players

Steve Mnuchin, Terry Bradshaw, others weigh in

(Newser) - Figures from the worlds of politics and sports took to the Sunday talk shows to weigh in on President Trump's call for NFL players who protest during the national anthem to be fired .
  • Steve Mnuchin told ABC's This Week that NFL owners should create a rule forcing players
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Trump-Backing Owner Locks Arms With Players for Anthem

And Patriots owner Robert Kraft 'deeply disappointed' by his pal Trump

(Newser) - Patriots owner Robert Kraft kicked in $1 million toward Donald Trump's inaugural, gave the president a Super Bowl ring , and publicly confesses the two have long been friendly, reports CBS Sports . So if you expected Kraft to hold his silence while Trump took on NFL players who kneel during... 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 »

Athletes React to Trump Comments: 'U Bum'

After urging owners to fire 'son of a bitch' NFL players, Trump takes on Steph Curry

(Newser) - President Trump's war on professional athletes continued a day after he told supporters in Alabama that NFL owners should fire any "son of a bitch" player who protests during the national anthem. "Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team,"... 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 »

NFL Is in for a Firestorm Over Hernandez's Severe CTE

It can no longer ignore football's link: columnist

(Newser) - More than 100 former NFL players have been found to have had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease associated with repeated knocks to the head. One might think, then, that Aaron Hernandez's case of CTE is just another one. Not so. Hernandez's diagnosis "will shake the... More »

Tom Brady Says Kaepernick Is 'Certainly Qualified' to Play

Patriots star QB says he hopes headline-making free agent 'gets a shot' in NFL again

(Newser) - In what Deadspin notes was part of a PR tour for his new self-help book, Tom Brady sat down with Norah O'Donnell Sunday on CBS This Morning. But O'Donnell didn't just stick to publishing topics in her conversation with the Patriots quarterback, instead touching on another hot... More »

Ads About to Get Much Shorter During NFL Games on Fox

6-second commercials are coming

(Newser) - Having already killed everything from golf to Applebee's , it looks like millennials have their sights set on the 30-second ad spot. AdvertisingAge reports Visa ran two six-second ads during an NFL game on Fox last Sunday. And T-Mobile will follow suit during this Sunday's Dallas Cowboys game on... More »

Las Vegas Cops Dispute NFL Player's Allegations

Michael Bennett says he was targeted for being black

(Newser) - Police in Las Vegas have rejected Seattle Seahawks player Michael Bennett's claim that he was racially profiled during a shooting scare after the Mayweather-McGregor fight Aug. 26. Kevin McMahill, the undersheriff of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, told reporters Wednesday that as officers responded to a call about... More »

NFL Player Goes Public About Police Encounter

Michael Bennett says he was handcuffed, threatened for 'being a black man'

(Newser) - An NFL player is considering a civil rights lawsuit after he says Las Vegas police officers handcuffed him at gunpoint, threatened him, and used excessive force "for doing nothing more than simply being a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time." ESPN reports Michael Bennett... More »

NFL Has a New Highest-Paid Player in History

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford gets 5-year contract extension for $135M

(Newser) - On Monday, per NFL.com , the Detroit Lions "started gathering the money bags." That's because they decided to break out the checkbook to retain star quarterback Matthew Stafford in a contract extension that runs through 2022. The 29-year-old's new salary over that five-year period: $135 million,... 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 »

Philadelphia Eagles Fan Gets Last Laugh With Obituary

Asks for 8 members of team to carry casket to 'let him down one last time'

(Newser) - A New Jersey man took a parting shot at the Philadelphia Eagles in his obituary, the AP reports. Jeffrey Riegel, 56, died last Friday. Before his death, the Port Republic man promised friends a funny message in his obituary. The longtime Eagles fan's obituary asked for Riegel "to... 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 »

Katie Sowers Has Broken an NFL Barrier

She's the 1st openly gay coach in NFL history

(Newser) - Katie Sowers—new San Francisco 49ers assistant coach and second woman ever to coach full-time in the NFL—is also the first openly gay coach—man or woman—in major American men's professional sports, Deadspin reports. Sowers discussed her sexuality for the first time publicly Tuesday on Outsports . "... 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 »

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