Sports Illustrated's Michael McKnight has written a 4,200-word feature story on the Miami Dolphins' Robert Quinn, the face of Thursday night's NFL protests after a photo of him standing with raised fist was widely circulated by media. Quinn is portrayed as a charitable man who wants to unite America by protesting the national anthem. Quinn says he wants the finger pointing to stop, yet tears down the nation.
Jarrett Bell's USA Today re-cap of Thursday's opening NFL exhibition game protests can be best summarized as "three cheers for the social justice warriors!" who stood up to President Donald Trump (see his tweets in photo). Bell lauds the SJW's for their actions: "A knee here, a fist there," as opposed to the "Obligatory tweet-bashing from President Trump. Yes, the NFL is back for another round of football, social consciousness, patriotism and politics."
Colin Kaepernick could lose his collusion grievance against the NFL and still sue President Trump in federal court, says Yahoo! Sports' Charles Robinson. The likelihood of such a lawsuit became a media issue Thursday when attorneys for the NFL and Kaepernick met with an arbitrator to determine if the disgruntled former football player's collusion grievance will be allowed to go forward or not.
Several NFL players protested or showed disrespect during the playing of the national anthem prior to the start of exhibition games Thursday night. The Huffington Post's Carla Herrera reported that they violated the league's policy banning "peaceful protest" without referencing the fact that the NFL froze the policy three weeks ago and began negotiating a new policy with the NFL Players Association.
With the start of the NFL's regular season less than a month away, the issue of social justice protesting is a popular topic with sports media. Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown says he respects individuals' right to protest, but personally he would respect the flag by standing tall. Two members of the defending world champion Philadelphia Eagles, Michael Bennett and Malcolm Jenkins, are among the leading suspects for protest in the season ahead.
The NFL's annual Hall of Fame Induction ceremony on Saturday became just another high-profile forum for political statements, like the Oscars, the Grammys, the ESPYs and other programs used by leftists to promote their controversial views. Thanks to newly enshrined Hall of Famer Randy Moss (see photograph), the former wide receiver who wore a tie bearing the names of a dozen black men and women killed in altercations with police or citizens. Call it the opening shot of protest for the 2018 NFL season.
Social justice warriors and their media pals will not let us forget that Colin Kaepernick is entitled to an NFL roster spot. Now the controversy over the polarizing figure has spilled over into video gaming. Kapernick, we learn, also has a right to be mentioned in video football game soundtracks. His apologists are incensed that the soon-to-be-released EA Madden 19 video game deleted song lyrics mentioning Kaepernick, leading to calls for boycotts of the game and cancellation of pre-orders.
What do you get when you put a Think Progress sports reporter, a Canadian sports activist and a Hofstra professor together on the same podcast? One capitalist-hating, Trump-hating, NFL protest-loving group of far Left women. On the most recent edition of Burn It All Down — "the feminist podcast you need" — Shireen Ahmed called the NFL a cesspool of misogyny, xenophobia, racism and capitalism. And the women on the podcast have no love lost for far right people, President Donald Trump and NFL owners either.
As NFL teams are gathering for preseason camp, Associated Press sports writer Paul Newberry suggests the league's social justice warriors play a huge Trump card if free agents Colin Kaepernick (center in photo) and Eric Reid (right in photo) aren't signed soon. Both former San Francisco 49ers disrespected veterans and the national anthem by kneeling during the final year of their contracts, incurring the wrath of fans and the good sense of owners not to hire them. Newberry is encouraging the players to go on strike until the two pariahs are signed.
Restless race-baiter Jemele Hill may soon be on the move again. The controversial writer for The Undefeated, a social justice-themed ESPN blog, said in a recent speech that she plans to quit her gig sooner than later. She and a friend have already begun a video production company focusing on race and gender, according to Ozyfest.com writer Peter Buseck.
Will the NFL punish Jerry Jones? You know the left-stream media hope so. The Dallas Cowboys' owner and friend of the Donald said his team will stand in respect during the playing of the pregame national anthem and nobody hides in the locker room. NFL teams are not allowed to discuss the ongoing efforts to resolve the national anthem issue, and NBC Sports' Mike Florio is itching to find out if the league will fine Jones for defying the gag order.
Setting out to determine why NFL kneeling protests create so much outrage, The Washington Post's sports columnist Sally Jenkins concludes that it comes down to fan anger over a denial of American exceptionalism.