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NFL players renew protests: kneel, raise fists during US anthem

Miami Dolphins defensive end Robert Quinn raises his right fist during the US national anthem, before a pre-season game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Aug. 9 | Wilfredo Lee / AP

Despite threats by U.S. president, players persist in taking a stand in favour of social justice. The protests objectively target the state and its character as a racist state with impunity to kill and to disregard the rule of law, at home and abroad. This is a just and significant stand by all the athletes and the millions of Americans and people around the world who have joined in expressing support for them.
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NFL: A sports cartel without balls or integrity

By TONY SEED

USdollarsHalvedExempt from the rule of law by U.S. federal legislation, the powerful sports cartels rule their domain by exception. Once again the US National Football League (NFL) is investigating itself for dirty tricks. The articulate Seattle player, Richard Sherman, denounced it openly, i.e., without fear of fine, declaring that “it looks like a conflict of interest.”

For the past three years, the NFL has faced one “moral crisis” after the other involving organized fraud, collusion, violence and cheating of the health and safety of its players, constituting a credibility crisis that is part and parcel of the overall crisis of the American economic and political system and its institutions, with economic crisis at the base.

The latest crisis: Did the New England Patriots intentionally deflate the footballs used in the first half in the AFC Championship game on January 18 to gain an unfair competitive advantage? Continue reading

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Tony Dorsett, other ex-players suing NFL for negligence

Players state that they carried owners to their profits, in an industry that now has more than $9 billion in annual revenues, without the safety nets of guaranteed contracts or lifetime medical insurance. They demand that owners be held to account.

Tony Dorsett of the Dallas Cowboys, who ran for 12,739 yards, the eighth-highest total in NFL history, has joined other ex-players to sue the league.

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