The National Football League’s annual trade carousel has officially reached top speed, and with it, the owners and general managers of America’s most watched sporting league are quietly instituting a new directive to its black players:
The Super Bowl may have been noticeably devoid of on-field protests, but the multiple “head injuries” within the game itself were a not-so-subtle reminder of the controversies that led to the low ratings of the 2017 NFL season.
It hasn’t even been a full day since the Philadelphia Eagles secured their title as Super Bowl champions, but several players are already announcing their plans to skip the traditional White House celebration that usually accompanies the victory.
You might remember Alyssa Parker. She’s the Buena Vista University cheerleader who took a stand for racial injustice and quit her cheerleading squad after the school issued a policy mandating that players and cheerleaders stand during the national anthem.
In eighth grade, I was a starting wideout and cornerback for my middle school football team, the St. Bartholomew Bruins. Our team that year went undefeated and won the Pittsburgh Diocese, and our only close game that season came during the championship, which we won on a last-second touchdown caught by yours truly—a…
On Thursday, The Root staff writer Michael Harriot and I argued as to whether the agreement reached between NFL owners to donate some $90 million to various social justice causes as an answer to players’ protests was good business or just hush money to silence a movement.
I have a confession. The Root’s staff is going to kill me for revealing this top secret information, but in the spirit of openness and honesty, I feel it needs to be said, so here goes:
A group of players in the National Football League accepted an offer from NFL owners for $100 million for social justice causes in exchange for ... umm ... we want to use a term that expresses the exact sentiment while still conveying a modicum of journalistic integrity. We think the most precise way to describe what…
Papa John’s is singing a different tune after blaming its pizza-sales decline on the NFL anthem protests.
Michael Bennett is proving, once and for all, that the NFL protests during the national anthem have nothing to do with veterans.
Well, well, well. Things just got deliciously messy over at the NFL. It seems that if there was ever anything lurking in the dark underbelly of the organization (and I know we all believe that there is; it’s just a matter of details at this point), it will soon be exposed. According to news reports, multiple NFL…
A Mississippi high school basketball player says he was suspended from school for not placing his hand over his heart while the national anthem played at a school event last week.
To hear Papa John’s founder John Schnatter tell it, better suppression of First Amendment rights make for better pizza sales.
Colin Kaepernick’s long wait to get back in an NFL uniform may be over soon, according to his lawyer Mark Geragos. Bleacher Report was the first to report the story.
Last week, NFL Executive Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs Joe Lockhart told reporters that he fully expected Colin Kaepernick to be invited to attend the next meeting between NFL players, their representatives and the league to discuss how the NFL could better support players in their activism…
Jay-Z is currently on his 4:44 Tour, but that didn’t stop him from speaking out about Houston Texans owner Bob McNair’s recent comments that compared NFL players to prisoners with regards to the taking-a-knee protests.
Well, that escalated quickly. When multiple outlets reported that Houston Texans owner Bob McNair said, “We can’t have the inmates running the prison” in a closed-door “special privileged session” after owners met with players to discuss protests during the national anthem, he assumed that a simple apology would…
Troy Vincent—the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations—played a key role in bringing players and owners together to discuss and hash out their differences over players’ protests against inequality and police violence during the pregame national anthem.
Houston Texans owner Bob McNair was “apologetic” Friday for comments he made last week referring to NFL players as “inmates” who couldn’t be allowed “to run the prison.” In the wake of his “apology,” players on his team, others around the league and even some NBA players had plenty to say about his comments, as they…
The owner of the Houston Texans, Bob McNair, gave a public apology Friday after referring to NFL players protesting police brutality and racial oppression as “inmates running the prison” during an owners meeting last week.