National Football League

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Colin Kaepernick Stars in Nike TV Spot For NFL Season Opener

The athlete, philanthropist and activist’s involvement in the new “Just Do It” campaign prompted a range of responses from supporters, opponents and the NFL.

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NFL Arbitrator: Kaepernick's Collusion Grievance Can Proceed

The NFL tried to dismiss the activist-athlete’s claims that it intentionally banned him from playing on any team. It failed. 

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NFL And Players Union Press Pause on Anthem Protest Rules

The decision came soon after reports of a new Miami Dolphins policy that would punish protesting players with suspensions.

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Kaepernick Depositions Reveal Trump Influenced NFL's Protest Rule

President Donald Trump to Dallas Cowboys team owner Jerry Jones: “Tell everybody, you can’t win this one. This one lifts me.”

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NFL Banishes Protesting Players to the Locker Room During Anthem

Commissioner Roger Goodell: “This season, all league and team personnel shall stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem.”

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NFL Sources Say Seahawks Postponed Colin Kaepernick Visit Over Kneeling Protest

Supporters of the activist athlete say the Seattle team’s decision proves Kaepernick’s accusations of collusion to keep him off the field.

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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.”