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A fist raised and a knee taken: US gold medalists Gwen Berry and Race Imboden protest racism, social injustice

“Somebody has to talk about the things that are too uncomfortable to talk about. Somebody has to stand for all of the injustices that are going on in America and a president who’s making it worse,” said hammer thrower Gwen Berry

Olympic fencing medallist Race Imboden took a knee in protest during his team’s foil medal ceremony at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on August 9, 2019

American gold medalist fencer Race Imboden took a knee and hammer thrower Gwen Berry raised her fist – as other politically-engaged athletes have done in the past – during the playing of the US national anthem at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, to protest social injustice and to call attention to their country’s racism, mistreatment of immigrants, and ongoing gun violence epidemic. Continue reading

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Friendship first: What Celtic FC’s solidarity with Palestine can teach the world

Celtic fans fly Palestine flags

BY MICHAEL BLOSSER

As the 2018 World Cup frenzy starts to take over the news cycle, it is essential that we highlight examples of how the sport has brought people together, such as is the case of Celtic FC and Palestine. Celtic Football Club, a football club based in Glasgow, Scotland, has consistently shown solidarity with the Palestinian struggle.

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Kaepernick’s ex-teammate Eric Reid files collusion grievance against NFL cartel

AP | NEW YORK (May 2) —The NFL players’ union says former San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid filed a grievance against the league, alleging that he remains unsigned as a result of collusion by owners.

In this Sept. 10, 2017, file photo, then-San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) kneels in front of teammates during the playing of the national anthem before a game against the Carolina Panthers.
In this Sept. 10, 2017, file photo, then-San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) kneels in front of teammates during the playing of the national anthem before a game against the Carolina Panthers.  (MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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Trump comments on NFL players are a demand for loyalty

ANTHEM PROTESTS TARGETED U.S. STATE | ATHLETES REFUSING TO BE SILENT

Kappa Alpha Psi alumni chapter in Detroit march. The demonstrators expressed their firm support for alumni quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

In an interview on Fox & Friends that aired today, Trump praised a newly-adopted NFL policy banning kneeling during the anthem, saying of the athletes that “maybe you shouldn’t be in the country” if you don’t stand for the anthem. “I think that’s good,” Trump said in the interview that taped Wednesday. “I don’t think people should be staying in the locker rooms, but still I think it’s good. You have to stand proudly for the national anthem. Or you shouldn’t be playing, you shouldn’t be there. Maybe you shouldn’t be in the country.”  Continue reading

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NFL cartel bans players from kneeling during US anthem

The measure aims at players’ protests against police brutality and racism and enforces Trump’s demands for loyalty to the US state

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The owners of NFL teams have agreed on a new policy banning players from kneeling down when the national anthem is played, directly aiming at protests opposing police brutality and killings of unarmed African Americans, and impunity for these crimes that were the centre of national debate in 2016 and 2017 after former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kicked off the peaceful protest. Continue reading

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An affront to history: Giro d’Italia’s ‘sport-washing’ of Israel

A rider practises opposite to the David Tower of Jerusalem's Old City before the beginning of Stage 1.

‘Was the 12 million dollars received by the organizers from Israel and its supporters a worthy price to ignore the suffering of Palestinians and to help normalize Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people?’

For the first time since its inception in 1909, the legendary Italian cycling race, Giro d’Italia kicked off outside Europe and, strangely enough, from the city of Jerusalem on May 4. Continue reading

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‘Violence’ becomes ‘unruliness’ when it’s NFL sports fans, not protesters

‘Violence’ Becomes ‘Unruliness’ When It’s Sports Fans, Not BLM Protesters, Breaking Rules

NBC Sports: Philadelphia Police report vandalism, injuries in Super Bowl celebration

NBC Sports (2/5/18): “some fans celebrated too hard.”

After the Philadelphia Eagles mounted an exciting and improbable underdog victory over the New England Patriots on Super Bowl Sunday, Philly fans poured into the city’s streets to celebrate. Fires were set, some stores were broken into, and drunk people fought and caroused across the city. Continue reading

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar urges athletes to continue political protests

(December 8 ) Reuters – NBA Hall of Fame centre Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says NFL players and other professional athletes should continue their protests against police brutality in the United States and has rejected the notion that speaking out is in any way unpatriotic. Continue reading

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The NFL’s Spartacus moment

Colin Kaepernick would be playing in the NFL if it weren’t for his views | RICK SALUTIN

On the non-metaphorical level, it’s clear Colin Kaepernick, if it weren’t for his protests during the U.S. anthem, would be playing in the NFL. The Cleveland Browns have run through 25 lesser quarterbacks in 18 years. This year they started with three, who’d never won an NFL game. They still haven’t. Continue reading

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Durant to boycott White House

Kevin Durant believes his teammates will join him in rejecting the President’s invite following his controversial comments regarding the Charlottesville protests this week | Jack de Menezes in The Independent

(August 18) – The Golden State Warriors are set to snub President Trump and reject an invitation to visit the White House following their NBA championship success, according to Finals MVP Kevin Durant. Continue reading

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