• By skipping games for nebulous political demands, pro athletes threaten to alienate fans and crater their own industry

    By skipping games for nebulous political demands, pro athletes threaten to alienate fans and crater their own industry

    With their boycott of games earlier this week to protest the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, athletes in the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball have crossed a bridge that they may find difficult to return from. Though professional athletes have become increasingly politicized since former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin …
  • Roger Goodell reveals NFL regret in Colin Kaepernick saga

    Roger Goodell reveals NFL regret in Colin Kaepernick saga

    NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said he wished “we had listened earlier” to Colin Kaepernick, when asked what he would say in an apology to the former 49ers quarterback who was catapulted back into the national spotlight amid the country’s reckoning on racism. “Well the first thing I’d say is, ‘I wish we had listened earlier, …
  • If athletes want to express themselves politically, they should do it in a way that has meaning and depth

    If athletes want to express themselves politically, they should do it in a way that has meaning and depth

    Ever since Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists in a black power salute at the Mexico City Summer Olympics in 1968, there has been a debate about the place of political statements in sports. Football player Colin Kaepernick engaged in protest by taking a knee in the San Francisco 49ers final preseason game …
  • J.J. Watt Silent on Kaepernick’s Anti-American 4th of July Tweets

    J.J. Watt Silent on Kaepernick’s Anti-American 4th of July Tweets

    Last month, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt excoriated fans who called Colin Kaepernick anti-American, but Watt has been mysteriously silent since Kaepernick tweeted that the Independence Day holiday is a celebration of “white supremacy.” In June, slammed fans who call Kaepernick’s anthem protests an example of hate for America, the flag, and our veterans. …
  • Colin Kaepernick scores board member, columnist gigs at Medium

    Colin Kaepernick scores board member, columnist gigs at Medium

    Colin Kaepernick has turned his civil rights work into a media gig. The former NFL quarterback known for kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequity, has joined blog site Medium to report and write on race. Kaepernick, 32, will also join the board of the blogging Web site, established by …
  • NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell would like to see Colin Kaepernick back in the NFL this season

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell would like to see Colin Kaepernick back in the NFL this season

    The NFL commissioner said during ESPN’s “The Return of Sports” special on Monday that he is encouraging teams to sign the 32-year old quarterback, who hasn’t played the past three seasons. Kaepernick was with the San Francisco 49ers in 2016 when he kneeled during the national anthem to protest racial injustice. “If he wants to …
  • Roger Goodell encourages NFL teams to sign Colin Kaepernick

    Roger Goodell encourages NFL teams to sign Colin Kaepernick

    Welcome back, Colin? NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will support and encourage a team willing to sign quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who settled a collusion lawsuit against the league over claims teams were working together to keep him away because of his kneeling during the national anthem in 2016. “Well, listen, if he wants to resume his …
  • Pete Carroll: Someone in NFL ‘is interested’ in Colin Kaepernick

    Pete Carroll: Someone in NFL ‘is interested’ in Colin Kaepernick

    Pete Carroll said Thursday that an NFL team is interested in possibly bringing back Colin Kaepernick. The Super Bowl-winning coach, who has been the Seattle Seahawks coach since 2010, said he received a call from a head coach/GM and that “someone is interested” in bringing back Kaepernick, according to Joe Fann of NBC Sports Northwest. …
  • Twitter announces Juneteenth is official company holiday

    Twitter announces Juneteenth is official company holiday

    Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced Tuesday that moving forward, the company will celebrate Juneteenth as an official corporate holiday. The annual festival marks the date on June 19, 1865, when the abolition os slavery was announced in the state of Texas. The social network will observe the holiday “forevermore,” Dorsey tweeted, as will Square, the …
  • Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey gives $3 million to Colin Kaepernick’s charity

    Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey gives $3 million to Colin Kaepernick’s charity

    Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey doesn’t appear to be interested in making up with President Trump any time soon. Just a week after flagging two of Trump’s tweets with fact-checking labels — prompting the president to call for regulation of social media companies — Dorsey announced that he was donating $3 million to the charity run …