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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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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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Trump Doesn’t Know Words To “God Bless America”

Deadspin reports: Donald Trump’s hastily arranged replacement for the Super Bowl champion Eagles’ White House visit featured the president making a very brief appearance to talk about how great the economy is and, then, stand awkwardly while mouthing maybe half the words to “God Bless America” like a Yankees fan in right field who started drinking at seven in the …

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Fox News Apologizes For Implying That Philadelphia Eagles Players Knelt During Anthem (None Ever Did)

Media Matters reports: After President Donald Trump falsely implied that players of the Philadelphia Eagles protested during the national anthem, Fox News aired a segment that furthered Trump’s lie. At 10:55 p.m. on June 4, Trump tweeted that a planned White House event with the Eagles was canceled, writing, “Staying in the Locker Room for the playing of our National …

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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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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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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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OJ Simpson Backs Trump On NFL Player Protests

The Buffalo News has published an extensive interview with OJ Simpson. Here’s the bit getting the most attention: Simpson and Trump once were friends and golf buddies. Simpson attended Trump’s December 1993 wedding to Marla Maples at the Plaza Hotel in Atlantic City. Two years later, Trump suggested on the “Howard Stern Show” that Simpson was framed for the Brown …

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CANADA: National Anthem To Go Gender-Neutral

The BBC reports: The Canadian Senate has passed a bill that changes the text of the English-language version of the national anthem to make it gender-neutral. It now awaits royal assent by the governor general to become law. The move is set to change the words “in all thy sons command” to “in all of us command” in the anthem, …

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Bad Lip Reading: Trump’s National Anthem [VIDEO]

The Daily Beast reports: For a man who has spent so much time demanding that players respect the national anthem by standing, he seemed to struggle when it came to mouthing along to the patriotic song. Fortunately, “Bad Lip Reading” is here to decipher what exactly Trump was singing on the sidelines. By their estimation, it was mostly nonsense syllables, …

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