National Football League

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NFL Exec Predicted Black Player Activism and The Pitfalls of Backlash in 1966 Memo

Malcolm Jenkins: “It was almost like a premonition.”

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Colin Kaepernick Receives Muhammad Ali Legacy Award as NFL Commits Nearly $90 Million to Player Activism

“Like Muhammad, Colin is a man who stands on his convictions with confidence and courage, undaunted by the personal sacrifices he has had to make to have his message heard.”

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NFL Team Owners, Commissioner Deposed in Colin Kaepernick Collusion Case

Jerry Jones and Robert McNair publicly criticized NFL players for kneeling in opposition to police racism. Now they have to turn over their cell phone and email records to investigators.

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Players Kneel After Texans Team Owner Calls Them 'Inmates,' Kaepernick's Lawyers Press for Seat at the Table

Robert McNair criticized player protests against social injustice by saying, “We can’t have the inmates running the prison.”

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NFL Officials Will Not Require Players to Stand During Anthem

Commissioner Roger Goodell and the 32 team owners met with players to address social justice advocacy.

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Amid Player Protests, NFL Agrees to Back Criminal Justice Reform

The National Football League agrees to endorse sentencing reform, but the owners are also mulling a rule that would mandate that players stand for the national anthem.

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Colin Kaepernick Accuses NFL Owners of Collusion

In a new grievance, the free agent quarterback and activist says that league executives intentionally blackballed him for inciting protest against police violence.

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Roger Goodell Asks NFL Players to Stand for National Anthem, Encounters Immediate Backlash

Critics took the NFL commissioners to task for asking athletes to “move past this controversy” while Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned.

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Critics Slam ESPN for Suspending Jemele Hill

The ESPN host was suspended for critiquing Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ vow to bench players who protest during the pre-game national anthem.

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READ: 49er Eric Reid Reminds World That Kneeling Protest is About 'Systemic Oppression'

Reid wrote about kneeling with former teammate Colin Kaepernick and smear campaigns against players who protest violence against Black people in an op-ed for The New York Times.

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Professional Athletes Push Back Against Trump's Anti-Protest Comments

The president thinks athletes who protest police violence are “disrespectful.” Teams across the country responded to his rhetoric over the weekend, but some wonder if they went far enough.

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ICYMI: NFL Players Malcolm Jenkins, Michael Bennett Call on Roger Goodell to Support Racial Justice Campaigns

Yahoo! Sports published a 10-page memo in which players asked the league to directly support their organized efforts to fight racist criminal justice policies.

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NFL Players Association Names Colin Kaepernick First 'Community MVP' of the Season

The labor organization recognized the quarterback and activist for his philanthropy and Know Your Rights Camp initiative.

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A Black Football Fanatic Explains Why Now Is the Time For Him to Kick His NFL Habit

Filmmaker, activist and former quarterback Byron Hurt has been obsessed with the game of football since he was a 7-year-old pee wee player. But recent events have convinced him to boycott an NFL he calls ”as toxic and racist as this nation’s current president.”

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NFL Rejects Police Union's Demand to Investigate Michael Bennett's Accusation of Police Violence

The Las Vegas Police Protective Association called Bennett’s allegation that two officers treated him violently “false and defamatory,” and pushed the league to investigate him. 

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Look: 1,000+ Supporters Rallied at NFL HQ in Solidarity With Colin Kaepernick

A coalition of advocacy and faith-based groups organized the rally to criticize the league bosses’ refusal to sign the free agent quarterback—which his supporters say is retaliation for his kneeling protests against racist police violence.

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12 Cleveland Browns Players Kneel, Pray for Justice During National Anthem

“There’s a lot of racial and social injustices in the world that are going on right now,” says Browns safety Jabrill Peppers. “We just decided to take a knee and pray for the people who have been affected and just pray for the world in general.”

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Spike Lee Signal-Boosts Rally for Still-Unsigned Colin Kaepernick at NFL HQ

The upcoming rally, organized by The People’s Consortium for Human and Civil Rights and advocacy partners, will protest the NFL for refusing to sign the quarterback following his actions against police violence.

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READ: Inside The NFL's Racial Politics

As football fans look forward to the start of the draft, The Undefeated examines the league’s long history of building rosters based on race.

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NFL Stars Boycott State-Sponsored Trip to Israel

Seattle Seahawks player Michael Bennett cited John Carlos and Muhammad Ali in his statement explaining why he skipped the trip.