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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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Cossacks To Report Gay Kissing At World Cup [VIDEO]

Sky News reports: Gay couples seen kissing in public by Russian Cossacks during the World Cup will be reported to police. The tournament begins in 11 cities across the country next week. Rostov-on-Don, a southern city, will reportedly have 300 Cossack vigilantes on patrol to help the police keep the streets safe, including 100 on horseback. The city will host …

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Giuliani Booed At Yankee Stadium On His Birthday

The New York Daily News reports: Yankee fans gave Rudy Giuliani the Giancarlo Stanton treatment. The former New York City mayor was at The Stadium to celebrate his 74th birthday on Memorial Day, with the PA announcer sharing the news with the crowd and wishing him a happy birthday. The fans, however, greeted him with hearty boos. Giuliani, of course, …

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Trump Posthumously Pardons Boxer Jack Johnson

NBC News reports: President Donald Trump has granted a posthumous pardon for boxing’s first black heavyweight champion more than 100 years after the late Jack Johnson was convicted by all-white jury of accompanying a white woman across state lines Trump had said he was considering a pardon in April, when he announced on Twitter that the actor Sylvester Stallone, a …

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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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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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NFL Owners Approve National Anthem Rules: Players May Stay In Locker Room, Teams Fined For Protests

The Washington Post reports: NFL owners approved a new national anthem policy Wednesday that gives individual teams the authority to set their own anthem-related rules and permits players to remain in the locker room during the playing of the anthem, according to a person familiar with the deliberations. The new policy eliminates the current requirement from the league’s game operations …

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NFL Owners Weigh 15-Yard Penalty For Kneeling

Sports Illustrated reports: On Tuesday, NFL owners put three hours aside for a privileged session to speak—amongst themselves and family members—about the most sensitive of topics. One was how the league will handle players kneeling during the national anthem going forward. An idea being floated in the room goes like this: It would be up to the home team on …

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NFL Star To Pay For Funerals Of Texas Shooting Victims

ESPN reports: Texans defensive end J.J. Watt will pay for the funerals of those killed in the shooting at Santa Fe High School, the team confirmed. Ten people were killed Friday morning and 10 more were wounded when a 17-year-old carrying a shotgun and revolver opened fire at the high school about 30 miles from downtown Houston. Watt has been …

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SCOTUS Strikes Down Ban On Legal Sports Betting

NBC News reports: The U.S. Supreme Court acted Monday to bust Nevada’s monopoly on legal sports betting, allowing more states to get in on the action and reap the tax benefits. The court struck down a federal law that required states to ban gambling on the outcome of sporting events. The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act was highly unusual: …

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NEW ZEALAND: Pro Rugby Team Unveils “Rainbow Reveal” Jersey In Response To Homophobia [VIDEO]

The New Zealand Herald reports: The All Blacks and the Black Ferns have made a very public statement on where they stand on diversity and inclusiveness as they launched their “diversity is strength” campaign. Pairing up with AIG, the two teams released a two-minute video outlining their values. The next “battle” and “enemy” was devious and truly formidable, the video …

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Romney Taunts Pro Basketball Player From Courtside

He’s just your average Joe Sixpack, folks! The Hill reports: Mitt Romney (R) was spotted courtside at Monday night’s Utah Jazz playoff game taunting Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook. Romney, who is running for Senate in Utah, was shown on camera calling out to Westbrook after the Oklahoma City star picked up his fourth foul of the game late …

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Lance Armstrong Settles Doping Fraud Suit For $5M

The Associated Press reports: Lance Armstrong has reached a $5 million settlement with the federal government in a whistleblower lawsuit that could have sought $100 million in damages from the cyclist who was stripped of his record seven Tour de France victories after admitting he used performance-enhancing drugs throughout much of his career. The deal announced Thursday came as the …

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AMERICA FIRST: US Boxer In Anti-Immigrant “Border Wall” Trunks Get Pummeled By Mexican Opponent

Deadspin reports: American boxer Rod Salka lost a six-round bout to Mexican fighter Francisco Vargas last night. Salka, who is known for having been brutally knocked out by Danny Garcia in 2014, entered the ring wearing trunks with an anti-immigrant message. The top of Salka’s trunks had “AMERICA 1ST” written on them, and they were patterned like a brick wall. …

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Wrestlemania Star Takes Stage With LGBT Entourage

Britain’s Metro reports: Irish WWE star Finn Balor competed in his very first Wrestlemania tonight in New Orleans, and he delighted WWE fans with his inclusive entrance. Balor entered the Mercedes-Benz SuperDome stadium flanked by members of the New Orleans LBGQT community, who all wore his new rainbow inspired “For Everyone” t-shirt. His new shirt incorporates a rainbow design to …

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Homocon Peter Thiel Funds Launch Of New Pro Football League To Compete With NFL’s Unpatriotic Communists

Sports Illustrated reports: Charlie Ebersol, the son of longtime NBC Sports executive Dick Ebersol and director of the 30 for 30 documentary about the original XFL his father created with WWE’s Vince McMahon, announced Tuesday that he plans to launch a football league next February. The league is called the Alliance of American Football and will feature eight 50-man teams …

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MLB Team Makes Players Attend Anti-Porn Lecture

CBS Sports reports: All throughout spring training camps in Florida and Arizona, MLB teams bring in motivational speakers and guest instructors to help their players, especially their young players. As part of their spring routine, the Kansas City Royals have taken it upon themselves to teach their players about the harmful effects of … pornography? Yes, pornography. Royals GM Dayton …

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NFL Prospect: I Was Grilled About My Sexuality

USA Today reports: Former LSU running back Derrius Guice said in an interview Wednesday that one NFL team asked about his sexuality and another inquired if his mother was a prostitute at the NFL Scouting Combine that concluded earlier this week. ‘’It was pretty crazy,” Guice said in an interview on the SiriusXM NFL show Late Hits. “Some people are …

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Olympian Adam Rippon Fundraises For GLAAD [VIDEO]

Billboard Magazine reports: The true star of the 2018 Winter Olympics was Team USA’s first openly gay figure skater, Adam Rippon. While the games might be over, Rippon is using his platform to talk about the issues that matter… and his love life. Rippon appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today in his first interview since returning to the U.S. …

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