Martin Schram: Here's a song the new, woke NFL doesn't need
“The N.F.L. Needs More Than a Song,” we were reminded Wednesday by the headline above an on-point guest op-ed column in The New York Times by former pro football wide receiver Donte Stallworth.He was making an important point: The National Football League needs to do far more to address Black concerns than just end its half-century of look-the-other-wayism by having all NFL stadiums follow the playing of the national anthem with the symbolically celebrated Black anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” And he’s right.But today, we’re going to take a fresh look at the little-known history of anothe...
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DeSean Jackson penalized by Eagles for anti-Semitic Instagram post, will remain with team
PHILADELPHIA — The Eagles have penalized receiver DeSean Jackson for “conduct detrimental to the team” in the wake of his inflammatory anti-Semitic Instagram post last weekend.The announcement was made by the Eagles Friday on social media. The penalty wasn’t disclosed, but league sources confirmed it was a fine. Contacted by The Inquirer, the Eagles declined comment.In the post, Jackson praised Louis Farrakhan and shared a passage that included a fake Adolf Hitler quote. Jackson has faced harsh criticism from fans and the Jewish community at large since then. He apologized multiple times, said...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Video evidence, Instagram DMs, testimony show payoff cover-up for DeAndre Baker and Quinton Dunbar, further implicate NFL players in crime
NEW YORK — It was both the crime and the cover up.At least that’s what a search warrant obtained exclusively by the Daily News seems to indicate in the case against Giants corner DeAndre Baker and Seahawks corner Quinton Dunbar for an alleged armed robbery that occurred on May 13 in Miramar, Fla.The explosive warrant, obtained as a public record from the Broward County (Fla.) Clerk of Courts, seeks access to iCloud accounts associated with Baker and Dunbar. The warrant cites evidence collected through previous warrants, which includes video footage and direct messages that allegedly show witne...
New York Daily News
Braves executives make team's position clear on name change questions
ATLANTA — Announcements by the Washington NFL team and the Cleveland Indians that they will consider name changes have raised questions about whether the Atlanta Braves will do likewise.The team’s top executive, Terry McGuirk, has an unambiguous answer.“We are so proud of our team’s name, and our expectation is that we will always be the Atlanta Braves,” said McGuirk, the Braves’ chairman.“I would say unequivocally the Atlanta Braves’ name will stay the Atlanta Braves,” McGuirk added a few minutes later. “We come to that position as a result of … a lot of listening to our fans, to the Native A...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says he'd be OK with delaying training camp
SEATTLE — NFL training camps remain scheduled to start on July 28.But Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Friday he hopes the league will consider pushing that date back if needed to make sure that all players, coaches and support staff are kept safe in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.“Whatever we need to do to do this right is what I hope we do,” Carroll said during an interview on ESPN 710 Seattle Friday with host John Clayton. “If we’ve got to slow down a little bit to get started, that would be OK. There (are) a lot of unsettled issues right now between the league and the players.”Indeed, w...
The Seattle Times
Is Blackhawks name and logo as offensive as the Washington NFL team's nickname? It's complicated.
CHICAGO — Joe Podlasek is a longtime Chicago Blackhawks fan, but he didn’t like them as much 15 or 20 years ago.Podlasek, who is Ojibwe and Polish, remembers being offended at the sight of fans at the United Center mimicking Native American dress and war chants while cheering on the home team.“They had pink and white headdresses and faces painted in black and red,” said Podlasek, who runs the Trickster Cultural Center in Schaumburg. “Some were looking pretty silly.”Podlasek began working with Blackhawks management 10 years ago on a program of cultural education, and through his interactions wi...
'We can do better.' Jewish Chiefs right tackle Mitchell Schwartz decries anti-Semitism
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson on Monday created a firestorm with an anti-Semitic post on Instagram.Jackson’s insensitive actions were quickly met with condemnation around the NFL community, including in the league’s front office and on Jackson’s team, prompting the wide receive to issue an apology on social media Tuesday.Nevertheless, the damage was done … and it was even felt in Kansas City.Chiefs right tackle Mitchell Schwartz elected to not remain silent and used his platform Wednesday night to raise awareness on the continued oppression felt by the Jew...
The Kansas City Star
Players can't exchange jerseys and other coronavirus protocols announced for NFL games this season
The NFL and NFLPA rolled out rule changes to make sure the 2020 season can be played as safely as possible, even though it’s not really possible to safely play football right now.The NFL will no longer allow players to exchange jerseys after games and all postgame interactions must be at least six feet apart, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reported.Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson aptly called the rule changes “DAMN SILLY” on his Twitter account and asked, “Then explain to me why are they allowing us to play at all?”The NFL will also not require coaches and players standing on the sidel...
New York Daily News
Greg Cote: As other sports resume amid pandemic, do NFL, college football have heart to be smarter?
The Ivy League, the high-brow conference of Harvard and Yale, last claimed a national championship in football in 1927, when you could buy a new Ford Model A Roadster for $385. Ivy League teams appear in the Top 25 about as often as Halley’s Comet appears in the sky.Yet the Ivy League, where “student-athlete” actually still describes the priority, had the attention of all of college football Wednesday.It is because, in the void of definitive answers to the question, we are all looking for harbingers and hints. Signs.Will there be college football in the fall? Will there be pro football? Will i...
Charles McDonald: The NFL is the last organization in the world that should be trusted with anyone's health
As the NFL prepares to rise from the ashes and play football in the middle of an uncontained pandemic, there’s an important question that needs to be asked:After seeing how the NFL has treated its own players, why should it be trusted with the health of larger populations?The United States as a whole hasn’t done nearly enough to safely return to professional sports. Now a league that’s shown callous disregard for its players for decades is going to successfully navigate the coronavirus?The NFL fumbled its way through concussion lawsuits, been stingy with benefits for retired players and been t...
New York Daily News