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Delaware School Sorry for Serving Up Roseanne

Seaford High School played it before a volleyball game

(Newser) - "The Star-Spangled Banner" isn't an unusual feature of high school pregame festivities, but Roseanne Barr's screeching 1990s rendition surprised spectators at one Delaware volleyball game, the AP reports. The News Journal of Wilmington reports the Seaford School District apologized Wednesday for the shock served at Seaford High... More »

They Protested as Anthem Played, Now Learn Punishment

It will be worse next time, Race Imboden and Gwen Berry are told

(Newser) - The American athletes who protested as the national anthem was played when they received gold medals at the Pan Am Games have been punished. The US Olympic and Paralympic Committee has placed Race Imboden, a fencer, and Gwen Berry, who competes in the hammer throw, on 12 months' probation, NBC... More »

Anthem Protests Find a New Venue

Fencer Race Imboden kneels at Pan-Am Games, while hammer thrower Gwen Berry raises her fist

(Newser) - NFL players and Megan Rapinoe aren't the only American athletes protesting during the national anthem: Race Imboden, a US fencer and Olympic medalist, is in hot water with the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee after taking a knee as the American flag was raised after he and... More »

He Said Boy Was Snubbing National Anthem. Then a 'Pop'

Curt James Brockway charged with assault on a minor

(Newser) - A grown man allegedly fractured a boy's skull because the 13-year-old didn't remove his hat as the national anthem played at a county fair. The boy was flown to a hospital in Spokane, Wash., after he was thrown to ground at the Mineral County Fair in Superior, Mont.... More »

Trump Has More to Say About Megan Rapinoe

After a line she uttered in May is shared, the president responds on Twitter

(Newser) - The war of words between President Trump and Megan Rapinoe got some new life breathed into it on Wednesday, thanks to a weeks-old comment. Things first got testy after the co-captain of the US women's soccer team carried her team to the World Cup quarterfinals on Monday. Trump was... More »

Trump Takes Issue With US Soccer's Rapinoe

Says her protest during national anthem is inappropriate

(Newser) - President Trump may "love watching women's soccer," but he's no fan of Megan Rapinoe's silent stance during the national anthem. Asked whether it was appropriate for the co-captain of the US women's soccer team to take that moment to protest inequality and injustice— standing... More »

NCAA Basketball Players Take a Knee

It's in response to a Confederacy rally nearby

(Newser) - Eight Mississippi players kneeled during the national anthem in response to a Confederacy rally near the arena before the Rebels' 72-71 victory over Georgia on Saturday, the AP reports. With the teams lined up across the court at the free throw lines, six players took a knee and bowed at... More »

This Anthem Controversy Is Not What You'd Expect

Gladys Knight's national anthem causes some betting confusion

(Newser) - One of the weirder Super Bowl "prop bets" that takes place is how long the national anthem will last. On Sunday, Gladys Knight's version managed to create controversy, reports the Daily News . The common bet was whether she'd go over 1:50, and Knight sang for 2... More »

Amid Super Bowl Flap, a Message From Adam Levine

Maroon 5 singer says he thought hard about halftime show, those angry at him 'will be heard'

(Newser) - "We got you." Per ET.com , that's Adam Levine's cryptic message on what he and Maroon 5 will do Sunday during the Super Bowl LIII halftime show, a performance the band is getting a lot of flak for from fans angered by the NFL's treatment... More »

Maroon 5 Solves Its Super Bowl Problem

The band gets Travis Scott and Big Boi as guest artists

(Newser) - The search is over: Maroon 5 finally found someone who'll play with them at the Super Bowl LIII halftime gig, TMZ reports. Word emerged Sunday that Maroon 5 will headline and Travis Scott and Big Boi will perform Feb. 3 as guest artists. Seems the NFL's anthem controversy... More »

Maroon 5's Super Bowl Worries Take New Turn

The band is asking for a side act. Interested?

(Newser) - With the NFL's anthem controversy still swirling, Maroon 5 has a problem: Who will perform with them at halftime? The band has approached several stars but can't get a yes. "Nobody wants to be associated with it," an insider tells Variety . Cardi B, Andre Benjamin, Mary... More »

Cops: Teacher Chopped Kid's Hair While Singing Anthem

Margaret Gieszinger allegedly wouldn't take no for an answer

(Newser) - A California teacher is behind bars with bail set at $100,000 after she allegedly followed through on what students thought was a teasing offer of "free haircuts." Police were called to Visalia's University Preparatory High School on Wednesday in response to an Instagram video that appeared... More »

Dad Shoots Son in Thanksgiving Brawl Over NFL Protests

North Carolina father charged with felony

(Newser) - Police in North Carolina say a man shot and wounded his son on Thanksgiving after a heated fight about NFL athletes kneeling during the national anthem, the AP reports. Cary police say 21-year-old Esteban Marley Valencia and his brother argued during dinner about the athletes' protest of racial injustice. Father... More »

NFL Cheerleader Takes a Knee During Anthem

Unidentified woman kneels before 49ers game, believed to be the first

(Newser) - The NFL anthem protests appeared to take a notable turn Thursday night when a cheerleader for the San Francisco 49ers took a knee during the national anthem. Wire services don't have the image yet, but you can see it in tweeted photos here and here . The unidentified woman is... More »

7-Year-Old Wows Everyone With Her National Anthem

Introducing Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja

(Newser) - Her name is Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja, she is 7 years old, and she can sing the national anthem better than you. Malea has become an internet sensation for her rendition over the weekend before an MLS soccer game in Los Angeles between the LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders. Watch it... More »

Mayor Issues Memo Banning Nike Products

Parks and recreation department can no longer purchase Nike products, he says

(Newser) - The mayor of a New Orleans suburb is banning the city's parks and recreation department from purchasing Nike products, the AP reports. The memo by Kenner Mayor Ben Zahn to the parks and recreation director says Nike products cannot be purchased for use at the city's recreation facilities.... More »

Only 2 NFL Players Took a Knee for the Anthem

Kaepernick praises Dolphins players

(Newser) - Last season, the Seattle Seahawks led the league when it came to the number of players willing to make a statement while the national anthem played. To start this season, that wave of Seahawks has dwindled to only two players. Linemen Duane Brown and Quinton Jefferson walked off the field... More »

LeBron Speaks on Nike Kaepernick Campaign

'I stand with Nike, all day, every day'

(Newser) - Clutching his young daughter in his arms, LeBron James said on Tuesday that he "stands with Nike," a clear reference to the company's Colin Kaepernick ad campaign . The basketball superstar—and new Los Angeles Laker —made the remarks as he received an award Tuesday for both... More »

Nike Faces Backlash Over Kaepernick Campaign

He's the face of 'Just Do It' anniversary

(Newser) - Nike has taken its own advice to "Just Do It"—with the "It" being "Get involved in the NFL national anthem controversy." The company, days before the start of the new football season, has signed up former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick as the... More »

Arbitrator Won't Dismiss Kaepernick's NFL Grievance

That means it's going to trial

(Newser) - An arbitrator is sending Colin Kaepernick's grievance with the NFL to trial, denying the league's request to throw out the quarterback's claims that owners conspired to keep him out of the league because of his protests of social injustice, the AP reports. Kaepernick's lawyer Mark Geragos... More »

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