Civil Rights and Racial Justice Organizations Oppose Washington NFL Team Re-Locating to District of Columbia
9/13/2018 4:44:57 PM

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, nine leading national civil rights and racial justice organizations formally announced their joint opposition to the Washington National Football League (NFL) team locating its new stadium in the District of Columbia unless the team agrees to drop the “R-word” racial slur as its mascot. The coalition, which previously denounced the team’s continued use of this offensive mascot, felt compelled to speak out now given the team is actively exploring potential stadium sites across the Washington, D.C. metropolitan...

Arbitrator Sends Kaepernick's Grievance Against NFL to Trial
9/6/2018 9:04:51 PM

By Rob Maaddi   PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Colin Kaepernick and his legal team are driving inside NFL territory, forcing the league and its 32 teams to brace for a defensive stand. An arbitrator is sending Kaepernick's grievance with the NFL to trial, denying the league's request to throw out the quarterback's claims that owners conspired to keep him out of the league because of his protests of social injustice. Kaepernick's lawyer Mark Geragos tweeted a picture Thursday of a ruling by arbitrator Stephen B. Burbank. The NFL declined a request for...

No Easy Answers on Best Heart Check-Up for Young Athletes
8/16/2018 2:42:24 PM

By Lauren Neergaard   WASHINGTON (AP)—What kind of heart check-up do young athletes need to make the team? A large study of teenage soccer players in England found in-depth screening didn't detect signs of trouble in some athletes who later died—yet allowed others at risk to get treated and back in the game. At issue is cardiac arrest, when the heart abruptly stops beating. It is rare in young people, especially athletes thought to be at the peak of health. But sometimes the strenuous exertion triggers an underlying heart problem and how to find the...

As Trump Distorts NFL Players’ Messages Let’s Instead Join Together
8/16/2018 2:35:38 PM

By Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. As teams gear up for the NFL season, President Trump is reviving his destructive and diversionary attacks aimed at turning fans against players. The league office stepped in it, by unilaterally declaring that players who do not wish to stand during the national anthem, should stay in the locker room. The NFL players association had little choice but to force negotiations over that insult. Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, is a decent guy. But he stuck his foot in it as well, when he recently announced that the Cowboys had to stand for the...

Former USC Tailback and Assistant Coach Willie Brown Dead at 76
8/2/2018 8:10:27 PM

CARSON—Willie Brown, who was a player and assistant coach on Trojan national championship football and baseball teams and spent several years in the NFL, died Thursday in Carson of complications from cancer, according to the university's athletics department. He was 76. Services were pending for USC's original I-formation tailback, according to a statement released by USC's sports information director, Tim Tessalone. A three-year letterman (1961-63) and two-time All-Conference first teamer (1962-63) in football at USC, Brown was a member of the 1962 national...

Former Coach of Tyler Honeycutt Had Grown Concerned
7/12/2018 10:13:42 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP)—A former coach and family friend of onetime Sacramento Kings and UCLA basketball player Tyler Honeycutt says he had grown increasingly concerned about the young man before he was found dead following a standoff with Los Angeles police. Bort Escoto, who coached Honeycutt in high school, told the Los Angeles Times that Honeycutt's mother called him early Saturday to say her son had killed himself. Escoto told the Los Angeles Daily News that Honeycutt had “been going through some things.” The day of his death, Escoto said he was planning on...

Former USC cornerback Jack Jones arrested for burglary
6/14/2018 10:56:40 AM

By Staff Reports Former USC starting cornerback Jack Jones has been arrested after police say he tried to burglarize a California fast-food restaurant. Police say the 20-year-old Jones and another man were arrested shortly after 3 a.m. Friday inside a Panda Express restaurant in Santa Paula in Ventura County, northwest of Los Angeles. A third man was arrested after a short car chase. All three could face commercial burglary charges. Attorney Jamal Tooson, whose office represents Jones, issued a statement saying he's confident that Jones will ``overcome this...

Critics: NFL Decision Chooses Mainstream Appeal Over Players
5/31/2018 1:40:03 PM

By Jesse J. Holland WASHINGTON—With its decision to ban kneeling during the national anthem, critics are accusing the NFL of prioritizing being in the good financial graces of mainstream America over the social justice passions of its players trying to draw attention to the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of police. Some opponents of the new policy now vow to never watch an NFL game again. The NFL's new anthem policy—similar to NBA rules in place for decades—makes the athletes stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” or be absent from the...

Is the NFL’s New National Anthem Policy Legal?
5/31/2018 1:38:52 PM

By Lauren Victoria Burke   Protesters held a rally in front of the National Football League’s New York City headquarters on May 25 after the league announced new rules that punish players who don’t stand for the national anthem. Tamika Mallory said that the NFL owners were acting as a “proxy for a fascist president” and that the new policy was an attempt to “resurrect slavery in the 21st century” and punish Black players. The kneeling protests started when former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began sitting during the...

Celebrities Spice Up Royal Wedding
5/23/2018 7:15:01 PM

By Leane Italie   Oprah Winfrey seemed a tad confused about her seating assignment. Serena Williams documented her journey to St. George's Chapel on Instagram. Idris Elba smiled broadly as he escorted his fiancee, model Sabrina Dhowre, who wore the obligatory hat. They were among a slew of celebrities among the 600 guests Prince Harry and Meghan Markle invited to their wedding ceremony last weekend, an event from which politicians were excluded. Several of Markle's former co-stars on the USA Network paralegal drama “Suits” were invited. Among them...