'We were wrong,' NFL commissioner says, after Black Lives Matter video
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A day after several NFL stars appeared in a Black Lives Matter video, the league responded.In an 81-second video, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell acknowledges the need to recognize what some of the league’s biggest stars insisted he acknowledge — racial inequality. Kansas City Chiefs players Patrick Mahomes and Tyrann Mathieu joined several other players in asking the NFL to clearly state its condemnation of racism and its support for peaceful protest — peaceful protest that kept former San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick from employment.“We, the National Football League, co...
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Pat Leonard: Roger Goodell bends the knee to NFL players. Now the owners have to back him up
After Colin Kaepernick’s blackballing from the NFL and years of league efforts to prevent players from kneeling in peaceful protest during pre-game national anthems, it is now the NFL’s players who ironically may have brought the league to its knees.A number of football’s biggest stars, reportedly organized by Saints receiver Michael Thomas, released a powerful video on Thursday night aimed directly at commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL’s 32 owners on the subject of George Floyd’s death, police brutality and racial oppression.The video, which featured Saquon Barkley and Sterling Shepard of...
New York Daily News
Shawn Windsor: Drew Brees, the NFL and the fight over the American flag
DETROIT — Drew Brees is free to say what he wants. He has that right. The New Orleans Saints quarterback is also free to stand during the national anthem and place his hand over his heart and think about his grandfather who served during World War II.None of that is illegal. Nor should it be.But he’s not free from criticism, from others disagreeing with his opinion, or his stance, or his notion of what the anthem and the American flag symbolize — Brees said Wednesday he’d never agree with anyone kneeling during the anthem and that it was disrespectful to the flag.The condemnation was swift and...
Detroit Free Press
How the Chicago Bears used an emotional team meeting to start a discussion — and hopefully, real change: 'We can't keep ignoring stuff and pushing it under the table'
As a kid growing up in Ohio and later Florida, Danny Trevathan never thought a lot about the ritual. His mother, Michelle Hicks, would send him off for the day — to school, to practice, wherever. But she rarely let him leave without a kiss on the forehead.Like any young boy, Trevathan would quickly wipe it away. “Ma! Get out of here!” he would think to himself, fearing embarrassment in front of friends and peers.But now Trevathan realizes that daily kiss was more than just a routine. His mom had her own worries.“Now,” Trevathan said, “I see the reason behind it. She feared I would never come b...
Seahawks expected to be among NFL teams to have coaches returning to facilities soon
The NFL on Thursday informed the league’s 32 teams that coaches will be allowed back at team facilities on Friday, with the expectation that the Seahawks will be among the teams whose coaches will soon be back at their workplaces.Coaches had been kept out for now as part of the league’s policy regarding the COVID-19 pandemic but will now be allowed back if teams have received necessary state and local permission.According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the league anticipates that only the 49ers will not be able to get into their facility tomorrow.As of Thursday morning, however, the Seaha...
The Seattle Times
Akiem Hicks says NFL players were afraid to kneel with Colin Kaepernick in 2016. How will they use their voices now?
Well before he became an NFL player, Chicago Bears defensive lineman Akiem Hicks understood there was a certain set of rules for how he needed to act as a black man in America.“I feel like I’ve been censored my whole life,” Hicks said Wednesday on a call discussing the country’s unrest following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.“So for me to feel like I have to keep people at ease to make sure there’s a calm while I’m in the room, those are natural things to me. And these things were taught to me in a way, right? Because at an early age, not just being a larger kid, but a larg...
Saints' Drew Brees apologizes for national anthem, American flag comments: 'Breaks my heart to know the pain I have caused'
In the aftermath of the controversial Drew Brees comments concerning standing for the National Anthem, the New Orleans Saints quarterback offered an apology via Instagram, saying among other things that “it breaks my heart to know the pain I have caused.”He later added, “I am sick of the way my comments were perceived yesterday but I take full responsibility and accountability.”Brees first got into hot water when conducting an interview with Yahoo Finance. The timing of his comments were especially curious given that cities have been turned upside down by ongoing protests over police brutality...
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Dolphins coach Brian Flores lost a close friend who was murdered during nation's protests
Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores has always known race relations served as a fault line in the undercurrent of America.Growing up as a black man of Honduran descent in one of the toughest and poorest Brooklyn neighborhoods, it was a reality he grew accustomed to and couldn’t escape, no matter where football took him.That’s why Flores is giving his players — most of whom are minorities — the time and space they need to be angry, hurt, depressed and to vent as the nation protests for social justice in the wake of the death of George Floyd and others.On Thursday, Flores said he wants his team an...
Teddy Greenstein: Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren's anti-hate and anti-racism mission inspires the question — what can we do?
What can we do?It’s what I’m asking myself after being inspired by the message from ESPN analyst and former NFL linebacker Emmanuel Acho, who asked those who look like me to “let down your guard and listen.”Tuesday started with “Blackout Tuesday” compelling us to post a black square on Instagram in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.I posted mine with a quote from former President Barack Obama: “Change happens typically not because somebody on high decides that it’s going to happen, but rather because at a grassroots level enough people come together that they force the system to chang...
Malcolm Jenkins 'disappointed,' 'hurt' by Drew Brees' anthem protest comments
Malcolm Jenkins is upset, and he has every right to be.His New Orleans Saints teammate, veteran quarterback Drew Brees, was asked in an interview with Yahoo Finance about how he felt of national anthem protests returning to the NFL this season in reaction to the ongoing protests over police brutality and systemic racism that came to another head with the death of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police.“I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country,” Brees said, adding that he envisions his two grandfathers, who both serve...
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