MLB’s only national anthem kneeler is no more

MESA, Ariz. — Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell says he no longer will kneel for the national anthem as he did last season as a rookie, when he became the first major leaguer to do so following the lead of many NFL players. He spoke Tuesday, as the A’s

Trump reignites national anthem controversy for Super Bowl

WASHINGTON – President Trump reignited the NFL national anthem controversy Sunday with a Super Bowl statement honoring the Armed Forces. “Their sacrifice is stitched into each star and every stripe of our Star-Spangled Banner,” Trump said in a statement. “We hold them in our hearts and thank them for

Chaos outside Super Bowl as protesters block trains

MINNEAPOLIS — Police arrested 17 activists who blocked a light-rail line carrying Super Bowl ticketholders to U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday in a protest against police brutality and privileges enjoyed by wealthy visitors that shut down trains for more than two hours. Live video from the scene showed officers

NFL’s highest paid players are also most likely to kneel: study

Many of the NFL players who took part in the national anthem protests that overshadowed this year’s football season were among the league’s top-paid athletes, a study shows. The players who either took a knee, sat down or raised a fist during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” made

How sports can start an entire social movement

Colin Kaepernick’s first two “protests” drew scant attention. He sat on the bench, out of uniform, virtually unnoticed. His third got some buzz after a reporter tweeted a picture of the 49ers bench that had nothing to do with the quarterback but caught him in the frame, sitting

Trump calls for Americans to stand for national anthem

President Trump brought his call for people to stand during the national anthem to the State of the Union address Tuesday. During his speech, Trump hailed a 12-year-old California boy named Preston Sharp for placing flags on the graves of veterans – and then made a reminder of his

NFL playing more politics with the national anthem issue

My great Uncle Jack Goldstein was a Brooklyn kid who became a World War I Doughboy. His name appears on a plaque in the rotunda of the U.S. Post Office near the Garden on Eighth Avenue — saluting those who served the postal service before and, if alive

NFL refuses veterans’ “please stand’ Super Bowl ad

In trying to avoid a national anthem controversy, the NFL has sparked a national anthem controversy. The league is under fire again for rejecting a Super Bowl advertisement from a veterans group that urged people to stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The league invited American Veterans (AMVETS) to place a

What NBC plans to do about potential Super Bowl protests

PASADENA, California — US television network NBC, broadcaster of this year’s Super Bowl, will show any players who kneel during the pre-game national anthem to protest racial inequality, the game’s executive producer said Tuesday. Several dozen National Football League players kneeled, sat or locked arms during “The Star-Spangled Banner”

Everyone has a right to protest in their own way

Dear John: Now that we are nearing the end of football season, perhaps it is time for the network brass to recognize two things: Football players are not their employees, nor is a football game a political rally. If network ratings continue to decline, they will have to reduce

Bill proposal could get Colts fans refunds for anthem protests

The players kneel … and your money back! That’s the policy an Indiana lawmaker is seeking to implement at Lucas Oil Stadium after watching a handful of Colts players partake in a league-wide protest by kneeling during the national anthem in Week 3. Republican representative Milo Smith has filed a

‘Papa John’ abruptly out after blasting NFL leadership

Papa John’s just got hit by a costly turnover — of its CEO, that is. see also The pizza chain’s outspoken founder and chief executive John Schnatter — who got caught in a controversy last month after he publicly criticized NFL leadership over the national anthem protests — is stepping

“Papa John’ abruptly out after blasting NFL leadership

Papa John’s founder John Schnatter will step down as CEO next month, about two months after he publicly criticized the NFL leadership over national anthem protests by football players — comments for which the company later apologized. Schnatter will be replaced as chief executive by Chief Operating Officer Steve

Fan suing Saints over national anthem protests

The protests during the national anthem have turned a fan into a plaintiff and a team into defendants. A supporter of the New Orleans Saints is taking the team to court, seeking a refund of his tickets and attorneys’ fees because, he says, he and his family could not

NFL’s $89M plan to end anthem protests begins to work

The NFL could be one step closer to accomplishing its goal of making the players’ national anthem protests a thing of the past. Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins will stop raising his fist for the “Star-Spangled Banner” beginning Sunday against the Seahawks, ending a ritual he has performed since September

Why I won’t accept this NFL “charade’: anthem protester

Eric Reid’s protest is growing. Not only will the 49ers safety continue to kneel for the national anthem to make a statement about racial oppression and injustice in America, but now he is forcefully opposing the NFL’s plan to take $89 million and donate it to social justice reform

Trump: The NFL is ‘weak and out of control’

President Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday to address two issues that seem to constantly preoccupy him – NFL players protesting during the national anthem and his victory over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. In two tweets he called the NFL “weak and out of control” as

Trump rips NFL after report on new national anthem policy

President Trump blasted the NFL in a tweet on Wednesday after a report said the league is considering keeping players in the locker room during the national anthem next year if protests continue through the rest of this season, saying that’s “almost as bad as kneeling.” “The NFL is

Donald Trump’s Raiders feud stretches to family members

Linda Del Rio, the wife of Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio, admitted she regrets voting for Donald Trump hours after the president called for Marshawn Lynch’s suspension after the running back sat for the national anthem Sunday ahead of Oakland’s 33-8 loss against New England in Mexico

Some NFL replay guy snuck in an anthem protest statement

The NFL’s kneeling debate knows no bounds. Everybody has an opinion and a way to share it, even if that means scrawling a handwritten note to be caught on camera. The latest came Sunday with a replay assistant working the Jets-Buccaneers game. As the head referee went to review

GQ names Colin Kaepernick its “Citizen of the Year’

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who sparked the movement of NFL players protesting the national anthem, has been named “Citizen of the Year” by GQ magazine. In its cover story, “Colin Kaepernick Will Not Be Silenced,” the mag says Kaepernick agreed to contribute to the project because

Group calls for boycott of NFL on Veterans Day Weekend

As if NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell didn’t have enough on his plate, the league is facing yet another boycott. This one centers around season-ticket holders as well as viewers. A Facebook group called “Boycott the NFL” is asking ticket holders to stay home and viewers to tune out the league’s

Ripping Vin Scully for anthem stance is cheap-shot sport journalism

Saturday, Vin Scully, who turns 90 on Nov. 29, had the audacity to protest the protesters. He thus was condemned as an “Old Retired White Man” on a popular, but reckless, often dishonest and vulgar sports website featuring cheap-shot artists who make snap, no-research bad guesses to mischaracterize

NFL issues making it hard for owner to sell Tennessee Titans

NFL team owners are going to find out soon just how much damage the national anthem and concussion controversies are having on their beloved franchises. The Tennessee Titans have been trying to sell a minority stake in the 57-year-old team for six months — and the process is not

Roger Goodell: Why NFL players should stop protesting anthem

Roger Goodell made it pretty clear: He wants to get past the issue of protesting during the national anthem. The NFL commissioner understands players aren’t protesting the American flag or the country’s military and its veterans, but he wants to see them stand and make a change in

NFL issues making it hard for owner to sell Tennessee Titans

NFL team owners are going to find out soon just how much damage the national anthem and concussion controversies are having on their beloved franchises. The Tennessee Titans have been trying to sell a minority stake in the 57-year-old team for six months — and the process is not

Jerry Jones hired Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer to bury Roger Goodell

Jerry Jones really doesn’t want Roger Goodell to be NFL commissioner anymore. Jones is threatening to sue the NFL and some pro-Goodell owners over the negotiations to extend the commissioner’s contract, according to a New York Times report. Jones also is enlisting David Boies to litigate. The New Yorker reported this

Dolphins tossed fan for kneeling, cursing out Trump: lawsuit

An attorney in Florida is suing the Miami Dolphins, alleging she was unfairly booted from the team’s stadium after kneeling during the national anthem and referring to the president as “a—–e Trump” during a game last month. Cindy Niad Hannah, president and chief executive officer of ATD Mediation in

The NFL wants to hear from Colin Kaepernick

When two dozen NFL representatives and players met last week to discuss the issues behind a league-wide protest during the national anthem, it was strange that the guy who started the movement wasn’t involved. That could change. Colin Kaepernick, who was not at the Oct. 13 get-together in New York, will be