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Category: Colin Kaepernick

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Colin Kaepernick honored by Amnesty International for peaceful protest

Organization gives former San Francisco 49ers star ambassador of conscience award for kneeling at games to protest racial inequalityAmnesty International on Saturday honored Colin Kaepernick with its ambassador of conscience award for 2018, lauding the…

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Seahawks sign quarterback Stephen Morris, stoking Colin Kaepernick debate

Seahawks sign free-agent QB Morris to back up Russell WilsonTeam had ‘postponed’ invite to Kaepernick over anthem stanceThe Seattle Seahawks are signing a quarterback to understudy starter Russell Wilson, but it’s not Colin Kaepernick.The Seahawks are …

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At least the NFL isn’t pretending it’s not blackballing Colin Kaepernick

Kaepernick and comrade-in-arms Eric Reid have again been denied employment due to their anthem protest, further proof that for the NFL’s owners it’s simply a matter of powerAs if there were any doubt that the NFL was going to continue its blacklist aga…

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Seahawks ‘postpone’ Colin Kaepernick audition over anthem protest stance

Kaepernick’s workout with Seattle nixed over anthem indecisionWorkout would have been QB’s first since becoming a free agentThe Seattle Seahawks were all set to work out former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick earlier this week, but rescinded the invit…

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Michael Bennett: ‘Not being heard is ultimately my greatest fear’

The Pro Bowl defensive end, activist and author discusses a life spent on the margins, his kinship with Colin Kaepernick and finding his voice in Trump’s AmericaLast September, before a pre-season game for the Seattle Seahawks, Michael Bennett sat down…

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Eric Reid: the man who knelt beside Kaepernick and is now out of a job

The safety is in the prime of his career but can’t find a team. He’s paying the price for reminding NFL owners life is far from perfect in AmericaNFL coaches and owners love to talk about “character”, waving the word over their players as if almost not…

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NFL safety Eric Reid says he will no longer protest during national anthem

Player was first to kneel alongside Colin Kaepernick for anthemFree agent safety said teams were shunning him due to protestFree agent safety Eric Reid said Thursday he is not planning to protest during the national anthem this upcoming season. Reid ha…

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Eric Reid says NFL teams are shunning him due to his anthem protest

Player was first to kneel alongside Colin Kaepernick for anthemDefensive back says owners rather than GMs are ignoring himEric Reid, the first NFL player to join Colin Kaepernick’s protest against racial injustice in the United States, says his politic…

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NFL offseason predictions: Saints for Super Bowl champs and the protests end

Sports forecasts aren’t worth the paper they’re written on: which is why we’re publishing these online. But are the Browns set for a spectacular improvement?The problem with predictions in this space is that they are comically flawed.Six months ago, we…

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Why the NFL player protests still matter

Football is the perfect public platform for discussing racial disparity, no matter how convincingly sappy patriotic songs and inaccurate textbooks proclaim equality has been achievedRichard Pryor once joked about the relationship African-Americans have…

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100% of black NFL players surveyed have experience of racial profiling

Associated Press questioned 56 football players at Pro BowlAnthem protests aimed at social injustice dominated 2017 seasonA son who saw a police officer hold a gun to his father’s head. A husband whose wife was pulled over driving a Bentley. These unse…

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Colin Kaepernick reaches $1m pledge goal with help from famous friends

Kaepernick completes 2016 pledge to donate $1m to charitiesCelebrities including Usher, TI and Serena Williams matched donationsGifts earmarked for charities serving oppressed communitiesColin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback whos…

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How the Philadelphia Eagles became the NFL’s wokest team

Amid a renaissance of athlete activism, the NFC champions rate among the league leaders of the new social awarenessThe questions were good.That’s what top Philadelphia civil rights attorney David Rudovsky thought as he listened to Philadelphia Eagles p…

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‘Your racist side slipped out a little’: How the anthem protests split one small town

The sharp divisions of the Trump era were laid bare in rural North Carolina when a rumor circulated that the high school football team would be forced to kneel for the Star-Spangled Banner“I am so pissed this morning,” began a soon-to-be viral Facebook…

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The man who wasn’t there: 2017’s most impactful player was Colin Kaepernick

If we’re being honest about 2017’s most impactful player then we have to say it was the quarterback who was deemed toxic for the crime of making us thinkSomeday people will look back at the just-completed 2017 NFL season and behold the brilliance of To…

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Ballboy aged 10 gave us note of joy, but stern realities darkened 2017 | Richard Williams

Bristol City celebration and Cricket World Cup final were among the highlights in a year when sport too often seemed to reflect the corrosion of the world around itThe sight of Bristol City’s manager sweeping up a 10-year-old ballboy in a dance of pure…

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Deontay Wilder: ‘I want to fight Anthony Joshua, but Eddie Hearn doesn’t want to risk his gravy train’

The WBC heavyweight champion opens up about his Alabama roots, Colin Kaepernick’s protest and sizing up Anthony Joshua ahead of their much-fancied unification bout next year (we hope) The Skyy boxing gym outside Tuscaloosa is hard to spot from the end …

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True sporting heroes are those who have the courage to tackle authority | Sean Ingle

My stars of the year have been people prepared to risk the wrath of presidents, such as Colin Kaepernick and Grigory Rodchenkov, in order to right outrageous wrongsFor much of the evening the atmosphere was akin to a vast revivalist meeting, with the g…

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New Orleans man sues Saints for refund over national anthem protests

Season-ticket holder sues Saints for refund over anthem protestsLee Dragna says protests create ‘borderline dangerous’ atmosphereA season-ticket holder for the New Orleans Saints has sued the team for a full refund and attorneys’ fees claiming the prot…

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The NBA has surpassed the NFL as the league of America’s future | Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

The NFL may still be America’s most popular sport, but it’s become increasingly clear that football embodies the spirit of a nation as it once was – not as it is todayAlthough football has long been America’s favorite child among professional sports, t…