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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 »

Aaron Rodgers Suffers Potential Season-Ending Injury

Is it time to call in Colin Kaepernick?

(Newser) - The Green Bay Packers were having a great season right up to the first quarter of their game Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. That's when the 4-1 division leaders saw the wheels come off. At the seven-minute mark of the game, Packers superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers was tackled as... More »

Eminem Unloads on Trump During Awards Show Rap

He raises a fist for Colin Kaepernick, who notices

(Newser) - Tell us how you really feel, Marshall. Eminem delivered a scathing freestyle rap against President Trump that aired during Tuesday night's BET Hip Hop Awards, reports Time . You can watch the video here , but it comes with the obvious warning on language. In fact, the video was both profane... More »

Steven Seagal Slams 'Disgusting' NFL Protesters

Giants player has changed his mind on issue

(Newser) - The anthem protests in the NFL have made Steven Seagal hopping mad—even though he is now a Russian citizen. Speaking from Moscow, the actor defended President Trump and said the protests were "outrageous" and "disgusting," Variety reports. "Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, but... More »

NFL Has Cheapened the Anthem Protests

Columnist: Owners get away with mild criticism of Trump, meaningless gestures

(Newser) - Yes, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones kneeled with his team Monday, but he did so before the national anthem played. It was a "useless" gesture, writes Tom Ley at Deadspin , and the look of "self-satisfaction" on Jones' face tells you all you need to know about what's... 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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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Colin Kaepernick's Days of Kneeling for Anthem Are Over

The quarterback says he'll be standing next season

(Newser) - Colin Kaepernick is declaring victory and ending his protest of the national anthem, ESPN reports. After kneeling for the anthem during every game of 2016, the quarterback says he'll stand during the 2017 NFL season. According to USA Today , Kaepernick started kneeling to protest police brutality and racial inequality.... More »

Kaepernick Cripples His Own Message by Not Voting

Quarterback takes flak for skipping Election Day

(Newser) - Colin Kaepernick blew it by not voting on Tuesday, writes Melissa Jacobs at Sports Illustrated . His take-a-knee protests of police brutality during the national anthem have been "gutsy" and "heroic," she writes, but his decision to skip Election Day is a "huge miss." The NFL... More »

Kaepernick to Start First NFL Game This Year

San Francisco 49ers QB's reaction: 'Let's go'

(Newser) - Colin Kaepernick is in the news again, though not for anything related to his national anthem protests . Kaepernick will be the San Francisco 49ers' starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills—a role he hasn't held since last November, NFL.com reports. The controversial player has... More »

Who RBG Thinks Is 'Dumb': NFL Anthem Protesters

And 'disrespectful,' she tells Katie Couric—but she wouldn't arrest them for it

(Newser) - Since NFL player Colin Kaepernick first refused to stand for the national anthem in August, he (and other protesters in the sports arena who've followed suit) has had his share of supporters and detractors . Count Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the latter category after a Yahoo interview Monday with Katie... More »

College Marching Band Takes a Knee, Station Won't Air Game

ESPN radio affiliate says it won't air East Carolina U's game because of anthem protest

(Newser) - In what its parent company's CEO is calling a "protest to a protest," ESPN affiliate radio station 101.1 FM (WFAY) is turning its back on broadcasting East Carolina University's football game Saturday against South Florida after members of the ECU marching band took a knee... More »

Union Asks Cops to Boycott Dolphins Games

They want team to force players to stand for anthem

(Newser) - The Miami Dolphins should get private security instead of cops to protect them if players won't stand up for the national anthem, according to the local president of a police union. Jeff Bell, president of the International Union of Police Associations, says the chapter has asked police and the... More »

Navy Sailor Protests National Anthem on Base

She's likely to face disciplinary action from the Navy

(Newser) - A sailor in the US Navy appears likely to face punishment after protesting the national anthem while on base in Florida, CNN reports. The sailor, who the Navy isn't identifying, filmed herself sitting during the anthem—all service members are required to stand and face the flag—and the... More »

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