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Max Boot: Protest is as American as football. Why doesn’t Trump get it?

The tang of fall is nearly in the air. The summer is all but over. Football season is here. Are you ready for some … culture war? This …


Norman Chad: We need to hear national anthem less and ‘The Twist’ more

Do I have a solution for the NFL’s national-anthem crisis? Of course I do: STOP PLAYING IT. But we’ll get back to that in a moment.


Trump says protesting NFL players should ‘be cool!’

President Donald Trump is once again lashing out at football players who refuse to stand for the national anthem.


UPDATED: Fri., July 27, 2018, 9:02 a.m.

Trump applauds Dallas Cowboys owner for anthem stance

President Donald Trump congratulated Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys football team, for saying his players will be required to stand for the playing of the national anthem. …


UPDATED: Wed., July 25, 2018, 8:18 p.m.

Jerry Jones: Cowboys can’t stay in locker room for anthem

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says his players won’t be allowed to stay in the locker room for the national anthem. Jones is the first owner to declare publicly that …


Mike Brown: Donald Trump’s tweets have inflamed NFL’s anthem issue

Bengals owner Mike Brown says President Donald Trump’s numerous tweets attacking NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem have inflamed and prolonged the issue, which he sees as one …


NFL players union files grievance over anthem policy

The NFL Players Association filed a grievance with the league challenging its national anthem policy. The union says that the new policy was imposed without consultation with the NFLPA. That …


Malcolm Jenkins chooses handwritten signs instead of spoken words to convey message after cancellation of Eagles’ visit to White House

Malcolm Jenkins, perhaps the most outspoken player on the Eagles, chose not to speak on Wednesday. Instead, Jenkins responded to questions about the Eagles’ rescinded White House invitation by holding …


UPDATED: Wed., June 6, 2018, 10:07 p.m.

Oh say, did you hear? Yakima’s Freddie Garza will sing National Anthem at NBA Finals game on Friday

Freddie Garza of Yakima, an Air Force reservist known for singing at Mariners and Seahawks games, will perform at his first NBA Finals game on Friday.


Talk about political football: No Eagles at the White House

Taking on the NFL and football’s Super Bowl champs, President Donald Trump gave the boot to a White House ceremony for the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday and instead threw his …


Trump suggests NFL players who kneel shouldn’t be in U.S.

President Donald Trump praised an NFL policy banning kneeling during the “The Star-Spangled Banner,” saying that “maybe you shouldn’t be in the country” if you don’t stand for the anthem.


UPDATED: Wed., May 23, 2018, 5:35 p.m.

Critics: NFL decision chooses mainstream appeal over players

Critics say the NFL’s decision to force players on the field to stand during the national anthem prioritizes the league’s mainstream appeal over its athletes. Some opponents of the new …


UPDATED: Wed., May 23, 2018, 4:30 p.m.

Stand or stay out of sight: NFL takes on anthem protesters

NFL owners have approved a new policy aimed at addressing the firestorm over national anthem protests, permitting players to stay in the locker room during the “The Star-Spangled Banner” but …


Michael Bennett, all Seahawks stand for anthem before game against Arizona

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett has pledged to remain seated for the national anthem before every game this year, and a number of his teammates have joined him.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 11:18 a.m.

Papa John’s cites NFL controversy in weak pizza sales growth

Sales growth at Papa John’s is slowing, and the pizza chain is blaming it on the outcry surrounding NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.


Texans owner apologizes again; attempts to explain comment

Houston Texans owner Bob McNair has released a second apology and is attempting to explain his comments, a day after a report revealed that he said “we can’t have the …


100 years ago in Spokane: Opera diva who sang for soldiers to Camp Lewis scheduled for Spokane show

Opera diva Alma Gluck made a stop at Camp Lewis on the way to Spokane — and sang for a crowd of 10,000 soldiers. In fact, the soldiers at the …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, 2:44 p.m.

Roger Goodell: NFL not changing its national anthem policy

The NFL is not changing its national anthem policy to require players to stand during the national anthem.


Legal experts split on if NFL can punish for anthem protests

Jerry Jones may want to bench Dallas Cowboys players who don’t stand for the national anthem, but NFL owners could find themselves facing a First Amendment lawsuit if they punish …


Trump: ‘About time’ NFL demands players stand during anthem

President Donald Trump says “it is about time” that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell demands “that all players STAND for our great National Anthem-RESPECT OUR COUNTRY.”


Houston teen says she was expelled for not standing for Pledge of Allegiance

For months, India Landry’s act of civil disobedience of sitting during her high school class’s Pledge of Allegiance attracted little fanfare, according to a lawsuit filed by her mother, Kizzy …


Anthem has been a channel for protests since song’s origins

When football players kneel during the national anthem, Mark Clague sees the continuation of a tradition as old as the song itself.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 30, 2017, 7:52 p.m.

Trump tweets anew about NFL players, national anthem protest

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Saturday night stoked the controversy over his call for punitive action against NFL players who take a knee or otherwise protest during the national …


Police director faces investigation after NFL protest post

The Michigan State Police says an internal investigation will determine whether the agency’s director will be disciplined for sharing a Facebook post that called some NFL players “anti-American degenerates.”


Dale Earnhardt Jr. won’t judge athletes who don’t stand for anthem

Two NASCAR team owners who said they would fire employees who do not stand for the national anthem do not speak for the sport, star driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. said …


Adam Silver expects NBA players to stand during national anthem

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday he expects players to stand for the national anthem, which is a league rule.


Roger Goodell met with owners and players on anthem on Tuesday

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell held a round-table meeting with roughly 25 owners, league executives and players on Tuesday night to discuss the national anthem demonstrations.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 5:37 p.m.

Poll: Americans split on NFL player protests

A new poll shows Americans are almost evenly split on whether it is appropriate for NFL players to kneel during the national anthem to protest racial discrimination.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 5:26 p.m.

Teams return to practice, unity displays still in focus

NFL teams returned to practice Wednesday as some conversations turned to football. Not all. The operative topic remained the demonstrations of unity each team showed last weekend in response to …


Trump to NFL: Change or business is ‘going to go to hell’

President Donald Trump has a new message for the NFL – change or business is, in his words, “going to go to hell.” Trump says the league is in what …