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Category: Colin Kaepernick

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Megan Rapinoe takes the game to her rightwing critics

Conservatives wanting to carry the culture wars to the sports field have a new and discomfiting adversaryMegan Rapinoe stood on a parade float on a sun-splashed morning in lower Manhattan, the World Cup trophy in one hand and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot…

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Trolls and a flag leave sports marketing masters of universe in black hole | Marina Hyde

Botched launches of Arsenal’s kit and Nike’s trainer exposes halfwitted naivety among wizards of merchandisingDoes any profession attract a higher percentage of sweet summer children than sportswear marketing? We are encouraged to think of this most mo…

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Trolls and a flag leave sports marketing masters of universe in black hole | Marina Hyde

Botched launches of Arsenal’s kit and Nike’s trainer exposes halfwitted naivety among wizards of merchandisingDoes any profession attract a higher percentage of sweet summer children than sportswear marketing? We are encouraged to think of this most mo…

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Trump sends support to NFL draft pick who called Kaepernick a ‘clown’

Trump tells new 49ers QB Nick Bosa: ‘Stay true to yourself’Bosa, 21, deleted posts that criticized Colin ‘Crappernick’When college athlete and future NFL star Nick Bosa realized he might get drafted to a team in liberal San Francisco, he started deleti…

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Why Nick Bosa erased his politics with a move to liberal San Francisco looming

The touted No2 pick in this week’s NFL draft has scrubbed his social media of conservative views. But fans and teammates value winning above politicsTake a trip through Nick Bosa’s social media accounts and you will find something interesting: the proj…

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Colin Kaepernick’s settlement with NFL reportedly worth less than $10m

Former QB and Eric Reid alleged they were blackballed from leagueKaepernick has not played in NFL since end of 2016 seasonColin Kaepernick’s settlement with the NFL over allegations he was blackballed from the league earned him and former teammate Eric…

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Colin Kaepernick wants NFL return and Patriots may be interested, says lawyer

Former 49ers quarterback settled case with NFL on FridayMark Geragos says his client is still staying in shapeColin Kaepernick’s lawyer says his client still wants to play in the NFL, and believes he would fit in well at the Super Bowl champion New Eng…

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The NFL’s Kaepernick settlement should just be the start of making amends | Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Hopefully the league can now support the values of the US constitution rather than pandering to those who mistake parochialism for patriotismIn one of my favorite sports movies, Vision Quest, the varsity wrestling coach tells his students they can chal…

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Colin Kaepernick reaches settlement with NFL over kneeling protest fallout

Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid settle collusion grievance with NFLParties have resolved grievances subject to confidentiality pactThe NFL and attorneys for Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid jointly announced Friday afternoon they have settled a complaint of …

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Did the NFL manage to silence Colin Kaepernick’s protest at the Super Bowl?

The free agent succeeded by starting a conversation, but for at least one week of breathless hype it was almost impossible to hearSix years ago this week, a 25-year-old mid-season injury replacement for the San Francisco 49ers stepped onto the field at…

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The Super Bowl is a showdown of America’s dueling values: commerce and conscience

Super Sunday is the biggest promotion of capitalism in the world and I’m good with that. But is there any room left for social conscience?This year’s Super Bowl isn’t just an epic showdown between the two best football teams in the NFL, it’s a three-wa…

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‘I have fought all my life’: Gladys Knight defends decision to sing at Super Bowl

‘Empress of soul’ says decades of civil rights action have earned her the right to sing on stage in FebruarySinger Gladys Knight has defended her decision to perform the national anthem at this year’s Super Bowl after being criticised by supporters of …

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Big Boi and Travis Scott to play Super Bowl halftime show haunted by protests

Rappers will join headline act Maroon 5 in AtlantaNFL view of Kaepernick racial injustice protests at issueThe NFL on Sunday ended months of uncertainty by officially announcing Maroon 5 and the rappers Big Boi and Travis Scott as the performers for th…

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NFL denies it deliberately targeted anthem protester Eric Reid with drug tests

League issues joint statement with NFL Players AssociationReid says he was tested six times in 11-week periodThe NFL and the NFL Players Association have denied that Eric Reid, the first player to kneel alongside Colin Kaepernick, was deliberately targ…

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Is the NFL targeting anthem protestor Eric Reid with excessive drug testing?

The Panthers safety says he’s been chosen for random post-game drug tests an extraordinary seven times in 11 weeks. Just because he’s paranoid doesn’t mean the NFL’s not out to get himCarolina Panthers safety Eric Reid has been drug tested seven times …

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My picks for athlete of the year carried that weight | Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Colin Kaepernick, Maggie Nichols and Serena Williams left us better off because of their commitment to sport and societyToday’s athletes have to carry a lot more baggage than a smelly gym bag and the giddy dreams of their parents. If they hope to achie…

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My picks for athlete of the year carried that weight | Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Colin Kaepernick, Maggie Nichols and Serena Williams left us better off because of their commitment to sport and societyToday’s athletes have to carry a lot more baggage than a smelly gym bag and the giddy dreams of their parents. If they hope to achie…

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‘No way that’s random’: anthem protester Eric Reid on sixth drug test in 11 weeks

Safety was first player to kneel alongside Colin KaepernickChances of six random tests in 11 weeks are 0.17%Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid, the first player to kneel alongside Colin Kaepernick, has questioned the frequency of his random drug tests….

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Washington show NFL teams would rather lose than sign Colin Kaepernick

Washington were pushing for the playoffs until two of their quarterbacks went down injured. But they have ignored a perfectly solid replacementColin Kaepernick will never play in the NFL again, that much was made clear this week. Washington’s decision …

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TV ratings and scoring is up: has the NFL weathered a stormy few seasons?

This time last year the league was being attacked by everyone from fans to the US president. Things are brighter now but there are still problems under the surfaceIf the Thanksgiving trifactor and last Monday’s Rams-Chiefs bonanza told us anything, it’…