Dolphins owner Steve Ross pledges $13 million to help fight systemic racism
Miami Dolphins owner Steve Ross has pledged to invest $13 million over the next four years into the RISE organization he started after the Bullygate saga of 2013 — with the goal of using sports to end systemic racism.The new financial commitment, which was announced Friday, brings Ross’ total investment in RISE — which stands for Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality — to $30 million.The national nonprofit, which was started after an NFL investigation found that Richie Incognito’s treatment of Jonathan Martin created a difficult work environment for Martin, has been using sports to educate an...
Corrections officers of color say they were barred from guarding Derek Chauvin
MINNEAPOLIS — Eight minority Ramsey County corrections officers have filed discrimination charges with the state’s Department of Human Rights after they were barred from guarding or having any other contact with former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin last month.Chauvin was booked at the county jail the same day he was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.As Chauvin arrived, all officers of color were ordered to a separate floor, and a supervisor told one of them that, because of their race, they would be a potential “liability” around Chauvin,...
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Dave Hyde: The words from Goodell and Brees matter. But will there be real change?
It’s a starting point. He’s said he’s sorry. It’s a necessary point. He said he was wrong.“We, the National Football League, condemn racism and systematic oppression of black people,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a video message. “We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier, and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest.”It seems to be a turning point in a league that didn’t listen to all its players the last few years — or even in a vanilla statement the last few days. Apologies matter. Words matter. But what comes next matt...
Tentative agreement would ban chokeholds, neck restraints by Minneapolis police
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minneapolis Police Department will ban officers from using chokeholds and neck restraints and strengthen the requirements for officers to intervene if a colleague is using excessive force, under a new deal negotiated between the city and the state.The tentative agreement — which still requires a judge’s approval — also seeks to give the public more access to officers’ disciplinary decisions and to limit the number of supervisors who can authorize the use of tear gas, rubber bullets and other similar tactics to disperse demonstrators.The deal came 11 days after 46-year-old Geo...
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Former 49ers Eric Reid, Torrey Smith spar on Twitter over Jed York donation
Former 49ers safety Eric Reid had some sharp words for 49ers owner Jed York on Saturday night.Reid, who knelt alongside Colin Kaepernick for the national anthem during the 2016 season, took to Twitter after York pledged to donate $1 million in the fight against racial discrimination.“Nobody wants your money Jed,” Reid tweeted. “We want justice. We’ve always wanted justice. Y’all are truly (deluded).”Torrey Smith, a wide receiver who played alongside Reid with the 49ers in 2015-16, leaped to York’s defense. He referenced “countless conversations” with York about these issues and expressed grati...
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