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FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020 file photo, Kansas City Chiefs players, including quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) stand with teammates for a presentation on social justice before an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, in Kansas City, Mo. The NFL's new stance encouraging players to take a stand against racial injustice got its first test as some fans of the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs booed during a moment of silence to promote the cause, touching off a fresh debate on how players should use their voice. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
September 11, 2020 - 9:35 pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The NFL’s new stance encouraging players to take a stand against racial injustice got its first test as some fans of the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs booed during a moment of silence to promote the cause, touching off a fresh debate on how players should use their...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs players stand for a presentation on social justice before an NFL football game against the Houston Texans in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, FIle)
September 11, 2020 - 4:37 pm
Four years after Colin Kaepernick took a knee, this is where we are with the NFL. Fans booing a display of unity. Players struggling to find their voice. The league paying little more than lip service to the issues that really matter. And, by the way, Kaepernick still doesn’t have a quarterback job...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs players stand for a presentation on social justice before an NFL football game against the Houston Texans in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, FIle)
September 11, 2020 - 2:55 pm
Van Morrison sang about going “Into the Mystic.” The Grateful Dead called it a “long, strange trip” in “Truckin'.” The young women in “Frozen” contemplated “Into The Unknown.” Whatever your choice of musical genre, they all apply to the NFL's next few months. Or weeks. Or days. During a pandemic,...
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FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers' Colin Kaepernick (7) and Eric Reid (35) kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C. Four years after Kaepernick spoke out against racism and eventually lost his job for peacefully protesting, the NFL supports his fight and now encourages players to stand up for racial equality and social justice.(AP Photo/Mike McCarn, File)
September 08, 2020 - 3:06 pm
Four years later, the NFL admitted it was wrong and said it now supports Colin Kaepernick in his fight against racial injustice, encouraging players to take a stand - or a knee - for the cause. What happens next? The league’s 101st season kicks off Thursday night, when the Super Bowl champion...
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FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2019, file photo, Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett and quarterback Dak Prescott (4) listen to the national anthem before the team's NFL football game against the Chicago Bears in Chicago. Prescott wants his teammates to decide for themselves whether to protest during the national anthem. Defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford says they have the “green light” to do so. Owner Jerry Jones hasn't said in so many words, but it appears his hard-line stance over his players standing during the anthem has eased amid a national reckoning over racial justice. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
September 06, 2020 - 2:29 pm
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott wants his teammates on the Dallas Cowboys to decide for themselves whether to protest during the national anthem. Defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford says they have the “green light” to do so. Owner Jerry Jones hasn't said in so many words, but it appears his hard-...
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September 01, 2020 - 9:12 pm
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reiterated the league’s support for players fighting for racial justice and protesting police violence. Citing a police officer shooting Jacob Blake in the back on Aug. 23 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Goodell said the incident has “brought forth more feelings of anger,...
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August 31, 2020 - 2:27 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — NFL end zones will be inscribed this season with two slogans: “It Takes All Of Us” on one end line, “End Racism” on the other. As part of its social justice awareness initiatives, the NFL also will allow similar visuals on helmets and caps. Previously announced were decals on the...
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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold warms up during a practice at the NFL football team's training camp in Florham Park, N.J., Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
August 29, 2020 - 8:31 pm
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Sam Darnold watched as several of his New York Jets teammates took turns speaking, many of whom got emotional. And, the quarterback did what he thought was his best play at that moment. He listened. “I took the time to understand it is different growing up Black in America...
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Members of the Baylor football team including Dave Aranda, left, bow their heads during a prayer after marching around campus, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in Waco, Texas, protesting the shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin. (Rod Aydelotte/Waco Tribune-Herald via AP)
August 29, 2020 - 2:06 pm
With every get-out-the-vote campaign, every shutdown of a major sport, every detailed list of actions by athletes demanding change, one new reality comes into sharper focus: The days of “shut up and play” are winding down. This summer of police shootings of Black people — the aftershocks...
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Chanse Sylvie, left, head coach Lincoln Riley, center, and Creed Humphrey, right, lead the Oklahoma football team from the Unity Garden after they held a 57-second moment of silence in honor of the 57-year anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, as they protest racial injustice in Norman, Okla., Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
August 28, 2020 - 9:19 pm
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — College athletes across the country added their voices to those calling for an end to racial injustice riday with football players and others marching on campus or stepping away from practices to protest the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin. In Oklahoma, the Sooners...
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