Tag Archives: National Anthem

NFL Cheerleader Kneels During Anthem [VIDEO]

The San Francisco Chronicle reports: A 49ers cheerleader knelt during the national anthem before Thursday night’s game against the Raiders at Levi’s Stadium. It is believed to be the first time an NFL cheerleader has taken a knee during the anthem. The woman was not immediately identified, and when reached by The Chronicle, the team had no comment. The kneeling …

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Hawaiian Singer Stuns With Unique Take On Anthem

The Huffington Post reports: Hawaiian singer and musician Willie K. stunned the crowd at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu on Saturday with a stirring new take on the national anthem. Accompanied by his ukulele, he dispensed with the traditional melody and went with his own for “The Star-Spangled Banner” prior to the game between the University of Hawaii and University of …

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Protester Disrupts Anthem At NFL Game [VIDEO]

Yahoo Sports reports: Once again, a protester took action during the national anthem prior to an NFL game, speaking out on a cause important to them and using the anthem and an NFL game as a platform for their views. But this time, the protester wasn’t a player, and he wasn’t speaking out against racial inequality. During Sunday’s national anthem, …

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Nike’s Market Cap +$6 Billion Since Kaepernick Ad

CBS News reports: The heat Nike has taken over its controversial advertising campaign featuring former NFL start Colin Kaepernick seems to have had another effect: burnishing the iconic brand’s appeal to investors. Nike shares have surged 36 percent on the year, making the company the top performer on the Dow’s index of 30 blue-chip stocks. The run-up includes a nearly …

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Nike Shares Hit All-Time High After Kaepernick Ad

Bloomberg News reports: Ten days after Nike’s new Colin Kaepernick ad provoked calls for boycotts, shares hit an all-time high, closing at $83.47 Thursday. It will likely be months, if not longer, until anyone can fully measure the business impact of Nike Inc.’s controversial partnership with quarterback-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick, but early data from Edison Trends show sales tracking well above …

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Trump Mocks NFL Over Dip In Broadcast Ratings

The Hill reports: President Trump in a tweet on Sunday knocked the NFL over lower ratings for its first game of the season. Broadcast viewership for the game dropped by 13 percent, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The game also saw a 61-percent spike in online streaming viewership, the news outlet added. Trump renewed his clash with the NFL after …

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Miss America Contestant Wins First Round After Backing NFL Players: “It’s Absolutely About Police Brutality”

Reuters reports: A Miss America contestant won her preliminary round in the competition after she was asked what advice she would give NFL players on whether to kneel or stand for the national anthem. Miss Virginia, Emili McPhail, said that kneeling during the national anthem is “a right you have” but also emphasized in her answer that national anthem protests …

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Trump Celebrates Nike Boycott: They’re Getting Killed

Business Insider reports: President Donald Trump has once again weighed in on Nike’s polarizing new ad featuring Colin Kaepernick. It’s true that Nike has been the target of anger from certain customers, with many on social media supporting a boycott and burning their Nike apparel in protest. Whether that anger is outweighed by the positive reaction for others will remain …

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Trump: My Tenant Nike Is Sending A “Terrible Message”

From his interview with the Daily Caller: President Donald Trump said Tuesday that Nike sent a “terrible message” this week by making former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick one of the faces representing the 30th anniversary of the company’s “Just Do It” campaign. “I think it’s a terrible message. Nike is a tenant of mine. They pay a lot of rent,” …

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Trump Cultists Predictably Launch #BoycottNike After Colin Kaepernick Revealed As Face Of New Campaign

Bloomberg reports: The backlash started just hours after Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who sparked controversy for kneeling during the national anthem, tweeted that he’s starring in Nike Inc.’s iconic “Just Do It” ad campaign. Following the announcement, the hashtags #BoycottNike and #JustBurnIt started trending on Twitter. Some angry consumers even posted photos and videos of themselves …

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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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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 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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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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