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PHILADELPHIA | NFL players emphasize reasons for anthem demonstrations

PHILADELPHIA  — While the NFL continues discussions with the players’ union regarding a national anthem policy, players who demonstrate are emphasizing they are protesting social injustice, racial inequality and systematic oppression. They are not against the country, military, flag or “The Star-Spangled Banner” itself. President Donald Trump wants players to “find another way to protest” … Continue reading PHILADELPHIA | NFL players emphasize reasons for anthem demonstrations

NFL players protest during anthem, drawing rebuke from Trump

NFL players demonstrated during the national anthem at several preseason games Thursday night, protests that again drew a rebuke from President Donald Trump. Writing on Twitter from his New Jersey golf resort, Trump said Friday players “make a fortune doing what they love,” and those who refuse to stand “proudly” for the anthem should be … Continue reading NFL players protest during anthem, drawing rebuke from Trump

AUSTIN, Texas | NFL Players Association PAC backs ex-players in House races

AUSTIN, Texas — The NFL Players Association’s political action committee has begun dolling out donations for the midterm elections — including offering $5,000 each to two ex-players running for Congress from both parties. The group known as NFLPA One Team PAC gave $5,000 to former Cowboys linebacker Colin Allred, a Democrat facing Republican U.S. Rep. … Continue reading AUSTIN, Texas | NFL Players Association PAC backs ex-players in House races

LOUISVILLE, Ky.| Papa John’s attempts to ward off founder with poison pill

LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Papa John’s is attempting to ward off its disgraced founder by adopting a poison-pill plan. The company is struggling to distance itself from John Schnatter, who resigned as chairman this month after his use of a racial slur during a media training session was revealed. He stepped down late last year as CEO … Continue reading LOUISVILLE, Ky.| Papa John’s attempts to ward off founder with poison pill

NEW YORK | NFL players union files grievance over anthem policy

NEW YORK — The NFL Players Association filed a grievance with the league on Tuesday challenging its national anthem policy. The union says that the new policy, which the league imposed without consultation with the NFLPA, is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement and infringes on players’ rights. The filing met a statute of limitations … Continue reading NEW YORK | NFL players union files grievance over anthem policy

PULLMAN, Wash | Washington State football player had brain damage at suicide

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — The family of the Washington State football player who died of suicide in January said the 21-year-old quarterback had extensive brain damage that’s been linked to concussions from playing the sport. Tyler Hilinski was found dead in his apartment with a gunshot wound and a suicide note on Jan. 16. Mark … Continue reading PULLMAN, Wash | Washington State football player had brain damage at suicide

NEW YORK | Fox sorry for depicting praying NFL players in protest story

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News apologized on Tuesday for showing photos of Philadelphia Eagles players kneeling in prayer — not in protest — during a story about President Trump canceling a White House ceremony honoring the team for its Super Bowl victory. The 33-second report aired late Monday with four still pictures of the … Continue reading NEW YORK | Fox sorry for depicting praying NFL players in protest story

WASHINGTON | Trump calls off Eagles visit over anthem dispute

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has called off a visit by the Philadelphia Eagles to the White House Tuesday due to the dispute over whether NFL players must stand during the playing of the national anthem. Trump says in a statement that some members of the Super Bowl championship team “disagree with their President … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump calls off Eagles visit over anthem dispute