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Trump Predictably Rages About Renewed NFL Protests

We all knew Glorious Leader could not resist: President Donald Trump weighed in on NFL anthem protests as a number of players knelt, raised their fists or stayed in the dressing room during the national anthem as the league’s pre-season gets underway. Trump’s claim that players are “unable to define” what they are protesting is a solid demonstration of his ...

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NFL Player Protests Resume At Preseason Games

ESPN reports: Player demonstrations took place during the national anthem at several early NFL preseason games Thursday night. In Miami, Kenny Stills and two other Dolphins players protested during the anthem before their 26-24 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Receivers Stills and Albert Wilson kneeled behind teammates lined up standing along the sideline. Defensive end Robert Quinn stood and ...

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Papa John’s Founder: They Need Me Back Because My Persona Is The Company’s “Authentic, Genuine” Face

The Associated Press reports: The founder of Papa John’s says the pizza chain needs him back as its public face, and that it was a mistake for the company to scrub him from its marketing materials after he acknowledged using a racial slur last month. John Schnatter said in an interview with The Associated Press that he believes he can ...

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Papa John’s Founder Sues Papa John’s After Ouster

Reuters reports: John Schnatter, the founder and ousted former chairman of Papa John’s International Inc, on Thursday sued the pizzeria chain, complaining that the company had not provided adequate response to an earlier request for internal documents. The complaint, Schnatter v. Papa Johns International Inc filed in Delaware Chancery Court, comes after a request by Schnatter and his attorneys access ...

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Glorious Leader Again Attacks Protesting NFL Players

After a week of the most relentlessly negative press since he declined to denounce Nazis, Glorious Leader this afternoon tried to throw a lifeline to himself and his base with yet another attack on black NFL players, who he now says should be suspended for the season without pay if they dare to protest against police brutality during the national ...

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NFL Puts Anthem Policy On Hold After Backlash

ESPN reports: With the Miami Dolphins facing backlash after submitting required paperwork to the NFL that included potential disciplinary measures for player protests during the national anthem, the league has decided to hit pause on its new policy, sources told ESPN. The league and the NFL Players Association issued a joint statement Thursday that said “no new rules relating to ...

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Papa John’s Yanks Founder’s Face From Their Ads

ABC News reports: Papa John’s, which has featured founder John Schnatter in logos and TV ads, is pulling his image from its marketing after reports he used a racial slur. His face was off at least some materials by late morning Friday, though the company said the details and exact timing for everything were still being worked out. Schnatter has ...

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Papa John’s Chairman Resigns After N-Word Backlash

NPR reports: The founder of the Papa John’s pizza chain has stepped down as chairman of the board after he apologized for using a racial slur against African Americans during a conference call in May. John Schnatter’s resignation comes months after he had already quit as CEO in the wake of controversial remarks concerning the National Football League’s handling of ...

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Papa John’s Chair Drops N-Word In Conference Call

The New York Post reports: Papa John’s can’t get out of its own way. Its stock was down more than 4 percent on Wednesday following a report that founder and chairman John Schnatter allegedly made racist comments during a May conference call in which he was receiving public relations training from an outside marketing firm. The controversial restaurateur — who ...

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NFL Players Union Files Grievance On Anthem Policy

Via press release from the NFL Players Association: Our union filed its non-injury grievance today on behalf of all players challenging the NFL’s recently imposed anthem policy. The union’s claim is that this new policy, imposed by the NFL’s governing body without consultation with the NFLPA, is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement and infringes on player rights. In advance ...

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NFL And MLB To March In NYC Pride For First Time

The Hill reports: The NFL and the MLB will participate in New York City’s LGBT Pride March for the first time ever later this month. The two leagues will make their debut in the parade alongside representatives from the NHL, NBA, WNBA, MLS and National Women’s Hockey League, according to OutSports.com. Former NFL player Ryan O’Callaghan, who publicly came out ...

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POLL: Majority Don’t Find Anthem Kneeling Unpatriotic

Axios reports: A new Quinnipiac University poll released on Thursday found that the majority of U.S. voters — 58% — don’t find kneeling by NFL players during the national anthem unpatriotic. The majority of Republicans (70%) find the protest unpatriotic, opposed to 23% who don’t. When it comes to athletes’ right to protest, 82% of Democrats say they do have ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Trump “Celebrates” National Anthem

The New York Times reports: President Trump said on Tuesday that the United States Marine Band would “proudly” play the national anthem at the White House during an afternoon event that had originally been planned as a celebration of the Philadelphia Eagles’ Super Bowl victory. In early-morning tweets, Mr. Trump obliquely questioned the patriotism of the Eagles and other N.F.L. ...

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LIVE VIDEO: White House Press Briefing

At least this time she can’t punt to “outside counsel.” There’s a very high probability Sanders will be asked about Trump’s decision to disinvite the Philadelphia Eagles from the White House in order to turn their Super Bowl victory bash into a “celebration of America” event. The White House is accusing the team of “abandoning their fans” by rejecting their ...

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Trump Disinvites Super Bowl Champions Over Anthem Protests (Some Of Them Were Never Coming Anyway)

Via press release from Glorious Leader: “The Philadelphia Eagles are unable to come to the White House with their full team to be celebrated tomorrow. They disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our ...

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GOP Rep Compares NFL Protests To Nazi Salutes

The New York Daily News reports: Long Island Rep. Pete King kicked off a storm of outrage Saturday when he likened NFL players kneeling during the national anthem to Nazis. The repugnant remark came in response to acting Jets owner Christopher Johnson’s announcement that the team would not penalize players who took a pregame knee to protest police brutality against ...

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Tony Perkins: Patriotism Is “No Longer Optional” In The NFL Because They Learned Not To Tangle With Trump

Just in from hate group leader Tony Perkins: The NFL season hasn’t started, but the league is doing its best to make sure they still have fans when it does! After a year-long controversy that cost him fans, advertisers, and ratings, Commissioner Roger Goodell finally decided to step in and stop the bleeding. A new anthem policy will take effect ...

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New York Times: The NFL’s Owners Have Knelt Before A President Who Relishes Demonizing Black Athletes

From the editorial board of the New York Times: The owners of the National Football League have concluded, with President Trump, that true patriotism is not about bravely standing up for democratic principle but about standing up, period. Rather than show a little backbone themselves and support the right of athletes to protest peacefully, the league capitulated to a president ...

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Forced Patriotism: Trump Says If You Don’t Stand For The Anthem, Maybe You Shouldn’t Be Here [VIDEO]

Via Mediaite: “The NFL has made a decision on something that means a lot to you and a lot of other Americans,” Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade asked. “What’s your reaction Mr. President?” “Well I think that’s good,” Trump said. “I don’t think people should be staying in locker rooms. But still I think it’s good.” “You have to ...

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NY Jets Owner: I’ll Pay The Fine If My Players Kneel

Newsday reports: Despite the NFL’s approval of a revised policy that requires players on the field to stand during the national anthem, Jets chairman Christopher Johnson told Newsday on Wednesday that his players are free to take a knee or perform some other protest without fear of repercussion from the team. “I do not like imposing any club-specific rules,” Johnson ...

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