Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick has won: he wanted a conversation and Trump started it

The quarterback wanted kneeling in protest for the anthem to start a national talk about race and justice. Thanks to the president’s blast of rage, we have one<p>All Colin Kaepernick ever asked was for his country to have a conversation about race.<p>This, he warned, would not be easy. Such talks are …

San Francisco Bay Area

Trump's Shocking Recklessness

The president’s latest comments shouldn’t be surprising—but his deliberate inflammation of tense situations is no less stunning.<p>During last year’s presidential campaign, I conducted a running feature called the “Trump Time Capsule.” Its purpose was to chronicle the things Donald Trump said or did …

Politics

Ray Lewis Kneels For National Anthem Because ... Of Course He Would 

Ray Lewis, the shucker and jiver who admitted he told his team not to hire Colin Kaepernick; the man who condemned the entire NFL National Anthem …

African-American News

NFL Ruins Football Sunday

There was a time, you young people out there, when Sunday was just Football Day.<p>America had worked all week, drank a little too much on Friday night, …

Conservative View

Why Cede the Flag to Trump?

Colin Kaepernick and other athletes have a better claim on the United States’s symbols and their meaning.<p>President Trump apparently slept on it overnight and woke up early on Sunday morning thinking: “Yes, I will fight a cultural war against black athletes.”<p>In two Sunday morning tweets, Trump urged …

Politics

Part II: There Are So Many More Reasons Why I'm Done with the NFL

Last week I wrote a piece about my unwillingness to “purchase” the NFL “product” any longer. Apparently, I hit a nerve…..with a sledge hammer. It is …

Conservative View

The Difference Between President Trump and President Obama's Reactions to the NFL Kneeling Movement

Almost a year after Colin Kaepernick first knelt as the U.S. national anthem played ahead of a game, his silent protest has once again become the …

Actor Michael Rapaport Takes A Knee, Unloads On 'Dumb Motherf--ker' Donald Trump

In a fiery video posted to social media, the "Boston Public" actor spoke in support of football player Colin Kaepernick and the NBA's Stephen Curry.<p>Taking a knee in solidarity with football player Colin Kaepernick and speaking up in support of Golden State Warriors’ superstar Stephen Curry, actor …

Donald Trump

The Day the Real Patriots Took a Knee

At a political rally in Alabama on Friday, President Trump had clear advice for N.F.L. owners if one of their players followed the lead of Colin Kaepernick, the former Super Bowl quarterback who last season began kneeling during the national anthem to protest police injustice against minorities. …

Opinion

A Donald Trump Boycott Wouldn’t Just Hurt the NFL

This morning, President Donald Trump essentially called for a boycott of the NFL in response to players using the national anthem to protest police …

Donald Trump

This is what the flag stands for, Mr. President

IN 1943, with the nation mobilized for war against fascism, schoolchildren in West Virginia were required each morning to salute the American flag. The purpose, seemingly unexceptionable — and in fact not objected to by many — was “teaching, fostering and perpetuating the ideals, principles and …

Opinion

Black Men Still Watching the NFL are Running Out of Excuses

On Friday, President Trump gave an impassioned white power speech during a rally in Alabama. What has been widely reported is that Trump called …

African-American News

As a Veteran, I Watched Friends Die for the Flag You Disrespect — It's Time for a Debate, Kaepernick

This past week, President Donald Trump responded to the protests at major sporting events against the national anthem. This has since ignited a …

Racism

Trump administration calls for NFL owners to rule on anthem

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Sunday that NFL owners should decide on a rule on how to handle players who kneel in protest during the national anthem.<p>"The owners should meet and decide on this rule the way they decide on any other rule," Mnuchin said on CNN's "State of …

Politics

How Trump Bungled the Politics of Football

Colin Kaepernick’s protest during the national anthem is an event a more talented or personally disciplined racial demagogue than Donald Trump could …

Politics

LeSean McCoy was critical last month of Colin Kaepernick potentially being a distraction for a team. After McCoy protested the anthem Sunday, he said about his Kaepernick comments, "At the end of the day, man, the good thing about this country is you can do what you want. The freedom to express yourself. I felt that, hey, if that’s something he wanted to do, that’s perfectly fine. At the time, I thought I wouldn’t do something like that, but then when you hear different remarks and comments from our leader, from our president, of the United States, this is a great country, people strive hard to get over here, they do a lot of different things to get over here for a reason, when your leader, your president makes different comments, it’s hard for me to respect and try to represent something that I don’t believe in."

LeSean McCoy was critical last month of Colin Kaepernick potentially being a distraction for a team. After McCoy protested the anthem Sunday, he said …

LeSean McCoy

Tom Brady Shows Subtle Support for NFL Players’ Protest Following ‘Friend’ Trump’s Controversial Comments

Tom Brady has joined his fellow NFL players in their displays of unity following President Donald Trump’s recent railing against NFL player Colin …

Football (U.S.)

Here’s the One Pittsburgh Steeler Who Stood During Today’s National Anthem

As NFL players engaged in various forms of protest to President Trump's latest round of inflammatory rhetoric, and commentators scrambled to find the …

Sports

Don't talk about mom: NFL players angry over Trump's insult

President Donald Trump probably didn't realize he'd struck such a nerve with NFL players when he implored team owners to "get that son of a bitch off …

Golden State Warriors

These NFL Players Wore Shirts In Support Of Colin Kaepernick Before Their Game

"#IMWITHKAP"

Jay Ajayi

Trump says his criticism of anthem protests "nothing to do with race"

At a brief impromptu press conference from Bedminister, N.J., President Trump said his demand that NFL players who kneel during the national anthem …

Tom Brady Defies Donald Trump, Joins Growing NFL Protests

Tom Brady joined the sizeable list of NFL players showing defiance to President Donald Trump on Sunday, as his rift with athletes over protesting the …

Donald Trump

Here's how the NFL responded to President Trump's comments Sunday

Here is the latest on the sports world reacting to President Donald Trump’s comments about the NFL:<p>NFL players used the national anthem to show their …

Wembley Stadium

What Will Taking the Knee Mean Now?

Sunday was always going to be a day of reckoning. Donald Trump, whose rants against Stephen Curry and the “son of a bitch” N.F.L. players who had chosen to “disrespect” the “Flag (or Country),” as Trump tweeted, by kneeling during the national anthem, had all but ordained it so. At the day’s first …

Culture

A Rebel, a Warrior and a Race Fiend

Donald Trump is operating the White House as a terror cell of racial grievance in America’s broader culture wars.<p>He has made his allegiances clear: He’s on the side of white supremacists, white nationalists, ethno-racists, Islamophobes and anti-Semites. He is simpatico with that cesspool.<p>And …

Opinion

'Fire or suspend': Trump launches fresh attack on NFL players as more protests loom

President continued to attack NFL players who kneel in protest of racial injustice by blasting sport’s attendance and ratings and calling games ‘boring’<p>Donald Trump began Sunday with yet another attack on NFL players kneeling in protest of the national anthem.<p>Doubling down on his bellicose remarks …

News (U.S.)

Trump Steps Up Attack on NFL, Calls for Fan Boycott of 'Boring' Games

“League should back U.S.,” POTUS tweets<p>For a third straight day, President Donald Trump renewed his verbal attacks on the National Football League …

Entertainment

For the NFL, It Was ‘Choose Your Side Sunday’

The 1960s and 1970s saw a hurricane of political athletes: legends like Muhammad Ali, John Carlos, Tommie Smith, Curt Flood and Billie Jean King. But …

Liberal View

The Politicization of Everything

Everybody loses in the Trump-NFL brawl over the national anthem.<p>Healthy democracies have ample room for politics but leave a larger space for civil society and culture that unites more than divides. With the politicization of the National Football League and the national anthem, the Divided States …

Politics

How the player who wasn't there won the day

The visuals all across the NFL, from Lambeau Field to London, declared an unemployed quarterback named Colin Kaepernick as the biggest winner of the …