NFL"s Marshawn Lynch Sits for National Anthem, Says He"s Been Doing So for 11 Years

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat during a pre-season football game this weekend while the National Anthem played. “[Lynch] said, ‘This is something I’ve done for 11 years. It’s not a form of anything other than me being myself,’” Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said. “I said, ‘So you understand how I feel. [...] Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat during a pre-season football game this weekend while the National Anthem played. “[Lynch] said, ‘This is something I’ve done for 11 years. It’s not a form of anything other than me being myself,’” Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said. “I said, ‘So you understand how I feel. I very strongly believe in standing for the national anthem, but I’m going to respect you as a man. You do your thing, and we’ll do ours.’ So that’s a non-issue for me.” NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick made headlines last NFL season when he took a knee during the National Anthem. He remains a free agent......»»

Category: topSource: justjaredAug 13th, 2017

Donald Trump VS The NFL — Everything You Need To Know!

What could the President of the United States of America possibly have to gain by fighting with the NFL?? Well, when you're talking about Donald Trump, there actually are a couple good reasons. (And by "good" we mean horrific.) Let's rewind. Related: Like John Oliver Did Last Night For Megyn Kelly — OUCH! On Friday night, Trump was holding [...] What could the President of the United States of America possibly have to gain by fighting with the NFL?? Well, when you're talking about Donald Trump, there actually are a couple good reasons. (And by "good" we mean horrific.) Let's rewind. Related: Like John Oliver Did Last Night For Megyn Kelly -- OUCH! On Friday night, Trump was holding a rally in Alabama -- yes, our sitting president who has been in office less than a year regularly holds campaign-style rallies to inflate his ego -- in which he made some inflammatory remarks about protesting football players. In short, he said NFL owners should fire the players who kneel during the National Anthem. And he said it in the crudest way: "Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He's fired. He's fired!'" Yep. Our president used an expletive in a public speech attacking private citizens who are peacefully protesting. Though he didn't mention Colin Kaepernick by name, he is at the vanguard of this controversy. So his mom responded to the "son of a bitch" comment with an AMAZING quip: Guess that makes me a proud bitch! — Teresa Kaepernick (@B4IleaveU) September 23, 2017 It should be noted in that same speech he also rattled off the opinion that penalties for hitting too hard, installed to protect players from concussions, are "ruining the game." Shortly after this, Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry was so offended by this (and presumably everything that came before) he decided not to attend the traditional visit by the NBA champs to the White House. In response, Trump officially, publicly disinvited him. CLICK HERE FOR MORE! Guy. Everyone knows you can't un-invite someone after they said they weren't coming! It turns you from a loser into an ANGRY loser. Even middle school student body presidents wouldn't make that mistake. Damn. Or as LeBron James put it: U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going! So therefore ain't no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up! — LeBron James (@KingJames) September 23, 2017 Ha! But Trump had moved on from a feud with a specific player. He decided he wanted to take on the entire NFL. On Saturday, Drumpf doubled down: If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL,or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect.... — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017 ...our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU'RE FIRED. Find something else to do! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017 If you haven't seen it, longtime sports journalist Bob Costas gave an epic response to this argument, pointing out that peaceful protest and dissent are some of the most patriotic things you can do in a free country. CLICK HERE FOR MORE After NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Trump's comments showed an "unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players," Trump responded: Roger Goodell of NFL just put out a statement trying to justify the total disrespect certain players show to our country.Tell them to stand! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017 On Sunday, he actually encouraged his followers to boycott watching the games: If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017 This is clearly on very shaky ground ethically -- the POTUS directing people to boycott a private American business -- and he's already had a complaint filed against him with the Office of Government Ethics. Oh, and if you're like us and know to look for the tweet from Barack Obama's presidency that proves Trump is being a total hypocrite about this, look no further: President should not be telling the Washington Redskins to change their name-our country has far bigger problems! FOCUS on them,not nonsense — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2013 Every time. So on Sunday when it came time for football players to stand for the National Anthem, all eyes were on their reactions, which... varied. At latest count more than 200 players league-wide didn't stand for the anthem. Trump's friend Tom Brady doesn't have his back. The Pittsburg Steelers didn't show up on the field at all! CLICK HERE FOR MORE Trump was so unhappy about all this he may even have snuck a lewd gesture onto live TV. You can decide that one for yourself. Trump was undeterred. Obviously. But on Monday morning, he did tweet a clarification, as once again he didn't like being called out as a racist: The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. NFL must respect this! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2017 Except it DOES have to do with race. You can't say the intent of these players has nothing to do with race when they're flat-out saying it's about race. It's about injustice along racial lines, specifically when it comes to police brutality. Police keep getting away with killing unarmed black citizens. But the surge in players kneeling this Sunday was in unity AGAINST Trump's awful comments attacking players and their freedom of speech. We know because THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT IT! And they aren't alone. Many celebrities have come out in support of the protesting. CLICK HERE FOR MORE So with all of this support on the other side, for the NFL, for freedom of speech, for African Americans looking for justice, why would Trump take the position he's taking? Two reasons: 1. His Base We already know by Trump's inability to condemn the neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, equating the white supremacists with those counter-protesting, that Trump is unwilling to go against his base. Let's be honest here. Trump ran on a platform of hate. He painted Mexicans as criminals as he threw his hat in the ring. He regularly fans the flames of Islamophobia. His wall, aside from being completely idiotic, is as xenophobic a policy as we've ever heard. The first time he even dipped his toe into the political world was to declare Obama wasn't really an American. So his core supporters, the ones he's courted from the beginning, are racists. And he can't lose them. They're all he has left. Besides the cowardly Republican party that let him hijack them we mean. 2. Ego Trump KNOWS so much of this is about him. He's the one who is embarrassing and demeaning our country, he's the one making us all look bad, he's the one emboldening Nazis. It's 2017, and we have a Nazi problem! Let that soak in. He's making every problem with our country worse. So as the leader of the United States, he takes it as a personal slight when players kneel during its anthem, when they don't stand for the flag. And we know how he reacts to criticism. And he's petty enough to start a war with an organization like the NFL over it. So there you go. [Image via Instagram.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonSep 25th, 2017

The Pittsburgh Steelers Did NOT Come Out For The National Anthem Today In Response To Donald Trump

Wow — a very strong and explicit statement by the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers today!!! The team opted NOT to come out for the National Anthem, a very specific non-violent protest response to Donald Trump's inappropriate comments yesterday about sports stars taking a knee during the Anthem before games. Related: Athletes Are Making Trump Look Like A Fuckin' [...] Wow -- a very strong and explicit statement by the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers today!!! The team opted NOT to come out for the National Anthem, a very specific non-violent protest response to Donald Trump's inappropriate comments yesterday about sports stars taking a knee during the Anthem before games. Related: Athletes Are Making Trump Look Like A Fuckin' Idiot We sort of knew some type of major protests were coming today after Trump's insane and inappropriate comments over the past few days, but this one was particularly poignant and we're proud of the Steelers for exercising their Constitutional rights to protest non-violently! Here's how it all went down in real time (below): As promised, the Steelers players didn't come out onto the sidelines for today's National Anthem in Chicago pic.twitter.com/FHQdynKKaI — Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) September 24, 2017 The Steelers were not on the sidelines during the national anthem. LT Alejandro Villanueva, who served in the Army, stood by the tunnel pic.twitter.com/teTCoJ3vFx — Master Tesfatsion (@MasterTes) September 24, 2017 National Anthem taking place in Chicago. Steelers sideline. On the other sideline Bears players standing in with arms locked hands on hearts pic.twitter.com/M7deTBF1Me — StaceyDales (@StaceyDales) September 24, 2017 Obviously, as you can see, one single Steelers player -- military veteran Alejandro Villanueva -- opted to stand for the anthem itself, but in the tunnel near the locker room rather than on the field. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin had this to say about it before the game (below): "We're not participating in the anthem today. Not to be disrespectful to the anthem, to remove ourselves from the circumstance. People shouldn't have to choose. If a guy wants to go about his normal business and participate in the anthem, he shouldn't be forced to choose sides. If a guy feels the need to do something, he shouldn't be separated from his teammate who chooses not to. So we're not participating today. That's our decision. We're gonna be 100 percent." Well said. Related: Trump Blocked Stage 4 Cancer Patient For Criticizing Him Of course, Trump won't bother to understand the nuances and thoughts behind all that... he'll just flame the Steelers and Tomlin for the decision. Wonder why... Meanwhile, the Denver Broncos apparently had their own incredible Trump protest today, too (below): The Broncos are blasting "F*** Donald Trump" by YG in the locker room pregame right now — Andrew Ferrelli (@Andrew_Ferrelli) September 24, 2017 YESSSS!!!!!!!!! That's the best!!! [Image via CBS.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonSep 24th, 2017

Who Kneels for National Anthem? These NFL Players Take a Knee

Donald Trump made a statement this weekend when he insisted that NFL players who take a knee during the National Anthem be fired immediately. Since the comments, there have been outcries from Republicans and Democrats alike regarding the President’s views. There have been some NFL owners and presidents who have come out in support of [...] Donald Trump made a statement this weekend when he insisted that NFL players who take a knee during the National Anthem be fired immediately. Since the comments, there have been outcries from Republicans and Democrats alike regarding the President’s views. There have been some NFL owners and presidents who have come out in support of the athletes on their teams. We are currently in week three of the NFL, and so far, there have been a handful of players choosing to kneel. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who remains unsigned, is acknowledged to be the face of this protest as he knelt during the anthem for his last season with the 49ers. Click inside for a list of NFL players who kneel during the anthem… Ravens: Terrell Suggs, C.J. Mosley, Mike Wallace and Lardarius Webb. Jaguars: Leonard Fournette, Dante Fowler, Calais Campbell, Yannick Ngakoue, and Jalen Ramsey. Seahawks: Michael Bennett Rams: Robert Quinn 49ers: Eric Reid Raiders: Marshawn Lynch Eagles: Malcolm Jenkins Chiefs: Marcus Peters.....»»

Category: topSource: justjaredSep 24th, 2017

Steelers" Ben Roethlisberger Regrets Not Being On Field for National Anthem

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has released in a statement in which he expresses regret for not standing on the field for the National Anthem during the team’s game this weekend. The team took a stance to stay in the tunnel together after President Trump told the NFL to fire players who decide to take [...] Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has released in a statement in which he expresses regret for not standing on the field for the National Anthem during the team’s game this weekend. The team took a stance to stay in the tunnel together after President Trump told the NFL to fire players who decide to take a knee during the National Anthem. One player, offensive lineman Alejandro Villanueva who is also a retired Army ranger, decided to stand on the field for the anthem and Roethlisberger wishes he joined him. “I was unable to sleep last night and want to share my thoughts and feelings on our team’s decision to remain in the tunnel for the national anthem yesterday,” Ben wrote in the statement. “The idea was to be unified as a team when so much attention is paid to things dividing our country, but I wish we approached it differently. We did not want to appear divided on the sideline with some standing and some kneeling or sitting.” “As a team, it was not a protest of the flag or the Anthem. I personally don’t believe the anthem is ever the time to make any type of protest. For me, and many others on my team and around the league, it is a tribute to those who commit to serve and protect our country, current and past, especially the ones that made the ultimate sacrifice,” he continued.” “I appreciate the unique diversity in my team and throughout the league and completely support the call for social change and the pursuit of true equality. Moving forward, I hope standing for the anthem shows solidarity as a nation, that we stand united in respect for the people on the front lines protecting our freedom and keeping us safe. God bless those men and women,” Roethlisberger concluded. Villaneuva‘s jerseys have become the top-selling in the NFL this week......»»

Category: topSource: justjaredSep 25th, 2017

Jesse Williams Speaks Out About National Anthem at NFL Games: "It"s A Scam"

Jesse Williams is sharing his thoughts about the National Anthem playing at football games. The 36-year-old actor says that players stepping onto the field for the anthem is a marketing “scam” and does not have to do with NFL tradition. “I think…it’s also important to realize that this anthem thing is a scam. This is [...] Jesse Williams is sharing his thoughts about the National Anthem playing at football games. The 36-year-old actor says that players stepping onto the field for the anthem is a marketing “scam” and does not have to do with NFL tradition. “I think…it’s also important to realize that this anthem thing is a scam. This is not actually part of football. This was invented in 2009 from the government paying the NFL to market military recruitment – to get more people to go off and fight wars to die,” Jesse said on MSNBC. He added, “This has nothing to do with NFL or American pastime or tradition. This is to get boys and girls to go fly overseas and go kill people. They’re marketing. They’re pumping millions and millions of dollars into the NFL to get us to put on a pageant in front of NFL football games to get you to go off and fight.” Hear all that Jesse had to say in the video below….....»»

Category: topSource: justjaredSep 26th, 2017

Entire Dallas Cowboys Team Takes a Knee Before National Anthem - Watch Now

The Dallas Cowboys are the latest football players to take a knee during the National Anthem. The entire team knelt just before the start of the anthem during their game against the Arizona Cardinals on Monday night (September 25) at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Once Jordin Sparks began to sing, the team [...] The Dallas Cowboys are the latest football players to take a knee during the National Anthem. The entire team knelt just before the start of the anthem during their game against the Arizona Cardinals on Monday night (September 25) at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Once Jordin Sparks began to sing, the team stood up and linked arms. The act comes just days after Donald Trump slammed members of the NFL who took a knee during the anthem as a statement of equality. Meanwhile, many team owners are supporting their player’s choice to take a knee and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones even knelt with his team. Find out who else has been kneeling during the National Anthem. Watch the Cowboys kneel on the field below… Prior to the National Anthem, the @DallasCowboys and @AZCardinals shared a moment of unity on the field. pic.twitter.com/RSWQwHTyeD — NFL (@NFL) September 26, 2017.....»»

Category: topSource: justjaredSep 26th, 2017

Tom Brady Stands By The NFL Amid Pal Donald Trump"s Controversial Criticism Of The National Anthem Protests!

Donald Trump doesn't even have Tom Brady's support on this issue. As you surely know, POTUS sparked a NFL wide protest on Sunday following his call to "fire and suspend" those players who'd kneel during the National Anthem over racial injustice. In response to Donald's criticisms, many players linked arms and/or kneeled during the Star-Spangled Banner [...] Donald Trump doesn't even have Tom Brady's support on this issue. As you surely know, POTUS sparked a NFL wide protest on Sunday following his call to "fire and suspend" those players who'd kneel during the National Anthem over racial injustice. In response to Donald's criticisms, many players linked arms and/or kneeled during the Star-Spangled Banner on game day. Related: Pharrell Takes Two Knees During Charlottesville Charity Concert This clearly rattled the Trumpster as he called for a boycott of the NFL AND voiced his disapproval of the protests over and over again. Thus, several key players in the football community have denounced Trump for his disparaging remarks. Even 45's friend Tom was disappointed in Donnie's shade. At first, the Patriots quarterback only alluded to his stance as he took to Instagram on Sunday and posted: Strength. Passion. Love. Brotherhood. Team. Unity. Commitment. Dedication. Determination. Respect. Loyalty. Work. #nflplayerA post shared by Tom Brady (@tombrady) on Sep 24, 2017 at 6:14am PDT Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers shared a similar sentiment as he too shared on IG: #unity #brotherhood #family #dedication #love #A post shared by Aaron Rodgers (@aaronrodgers12) on Sep 24, 2017 at 6:34am PDT However, by Monday, Brady's opinion was far clearer as he noted on the Kirk & Callahan radio show: "I certainly disagree with what [Trump] said. I thought it was just divisive... I just want to support my teammates. I am never one to say, 'Oh, that is wrong. That is right.' I do believe in what I believe in. I believe in bringing people together and respect and love and trust. Those are the values that my parents instilled in me. That is how I try and live every day." Donald's blood must be boiling right now. Other NFL players were more straight forward with their stances as they took to social media and shared: The behavior of the President is unacceptable and needs to be addressed. If you do not Condemn this divisive Rhetoric you are Condoning it!! — Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) September 23, 2017 Trump stay in ur place... football have nothing to do wit u smh — Zach Brown (@ZachBrown_55) September 23, 2017 It's really sad man ... our president is a asshole — Lesean McCoy (@CutonDime25) September 23, 2017 Does anyone tell trump to stick to politics, like they tell us to stick to sports? Smh. — Eric Ebron (@Ebron85) September 23, 2017 More than ever, we remain committed to advocacy 4 equality & social justice for all. Join in locking arms 4 @nfl #UNITY #PlayersCoalition — Anquan Boldin (@AnquanBoldin) September 24, 2017 My colleagues & I need to continue to unite & support each other. The disrespect & divisive/offensive comments can't be tolerated anymore — Marcus Gilbert (@MarcusGilbert88) September 24, 2017 More than ever we remain committed to advocacy 4 equality & social justice 4 all! @Eagles fans Join us in locking arms 4 unity in our city! — Malcolm Jenkins (@MalcolmJenkins) September 24, 2017 Well said!! NFL commissioner Roger Goodell appears to be standing by the protesters as he called the president's comments "divisive" and disrespectful. Nonetheless, not all NFL stars are on board with the protests as Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe recently told ESPN that he found the whole thing "disrespectful to the ones who sacrificed their lives." Be sure to take a look at his full statement (below). NEW: Statement to me from #Broncos DE Derek Wolfe on Donald Trump's comments regarding national anthem protests in the @NFL. pic.twitter.com/4qWLXNhbSK — Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) September 24, 2017 Huh. It looks like SOMEONE is trying to get an invite to the White House... [Image via Patricia Schlein/WENN.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonSep 25th, 2017

Demi Lovato"s National Anthem at Fight Night Gets Rave Reviews

Demi Lovato stuns in white while arriving for the Mayweather and McGregor fight at the T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night (August 26) in Las Vegas. The 25-year-old singer performed an a capella version of the National Anthem before the main event and she got rave reviews from celeb friends for her performance! Joe Jonas said [...] Demi Lovato stuns in white while arriving for the Mayweather and McGregor fight at the T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night (August 26) in Las Vegas. The 25-year-old singer performed an a capella version of the National Anthem before the main event and she got rave reviews from celeb friends for her performance! Joe Jonas said “way to go!!!” and Ashley Greene even called the event a “Demi Lovato concert.” Make sure to tune in for the VMAs on Sunday night for even more Demi! Way to go @ddlovato !!! — J O E J O N A S (@joejonas) August 27, 2017 Wow! This @ddlovato concert is amazing! #MayweaterMcGregor — Ashley Greene (@AshleyMGreene) August 27, 2017 Read more celeb tweets about the National Anthem… DEMI!! #MayweatherMcGregor — Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) August 27, 2017 NIce anthem, Demi Lovato. #MayweathervMcgregor will be shorter. — Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) August 27, 2017 Wow @ddlovato just killed the #NationalAnthem love her! And she looks gorgeous #DemiLovato #McGregorVsMayweather — HEATHER McDONALD (@HeatherMcDonald) August 27, 2017 Yea Demi !!!!! — Ty Dolla $ign (@tydollasign) August 27, 2017 Absolutely SLAYING the national anthem @ddlovato so proud of you!! — TravisRobinsonClark (@travisrclark) August 27, 2017 .@ddlovato on the national anthem 🙌🏻🇺🇸🙌🏻 #MayweathervMcgregor — Cash Cash (@cashcash) August 27, 2017 @ddlovato won — ryan good (@thatrygood) August 27, 2017 Great rendition of our National Anthem by @ddlovato! 🇺🇸 Bless you!#MayweatherMacGregor — Adam Baldwin (@AdamBaldwin) August 27, 2017.....»»

Category: topSource: justjaredAug 27th, 2017

Dallas Cowboys Join In On The NFL Protest & Donald Trump Once Again Tries To Rain On Their Patriotism

Donald Trump is having a lot of trouble handling the ongoing peaceful protests in the NFL right now. In fact, POTUS wants so badly to control the players kneeling during the National Anthem, he's starting to write his very own narrative about it! On Monday night, Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys served up a big "EFF [...] Donald Trump is having a lot of trouble handling the ongoing peaceful protests in the NFL right now. In fact, POTUS wants so badly to control the players kneeling during the National Anthem, he's starting to write his very own narrative about it! On Monday night, Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys served up a big "EFF YOU" to the Big Cheeto by kneeling down on one knee while locking arms right before the National Anthem played. Related: Tom Brady & Aaron Rodgers Support NFL Protests! When the song started, however, Jones and his squad stood up and kept their arms locked. The Cardinals stood arms-locked the whole time. This half-kneel is the craftiest move we've seen from a team so far following Trump's remarks over the weekend, in which he mused that owners should fire players who kneel in protest. Unsurprisingly, Trump was not happy with Jones' response -- and, like any time he feels threatened or emasculated, decided to ignore the facts and claim victory anyway! Early Tuesday morning, the president issued a response to the Cowboys' half-kneel, claiming the act prompted the loudest booing IN THE HISTORY OF BOOING from a football stadium. He tweeted: The booing at the NFL football game last night, when the entire Dallas team dropped to its knees, was loudest I have ever heard. Great anger — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 26, 2017 LOL, really? The loudest you've ever heard? (Where's Sean Spicer when you need him for a "PERIOD."?) Twitter users who were at the game pointed out that there wasn't actually much booing -- not like when the Cardinals scored, at least -- so, Trump then decided to claim victory by pretending the half-kneel was in submission to his POTUS-ness: But while Dallas dropped to its knees as a team, they all stood up for our National Anthem. Big progress being made-we all love our country! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 26, 2017 What an embarrassment. Don't pretend like the Cowboys were kneeling in solidarity with YOU, Drumpf -- they, like the rest of the league, are kneeling in protest of everything you stand for! Missed the big moment? Watch the Cowboys take a knee (below): The Cowboys and owner Jerry Jones locked arms and took a knee in unity prior to the national anthem pic.twitter.com/7kK3qVMDSo — Sports Illustrated (@SInow) September 26, 2017 [Image via C-SPAN/Sports Illustrated/Twitter.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonSep 26th, 2017

VP Mike Pence Walks Out of NFL Game Over Kneeling Players

Vice President Mike Pence decided to get up and leave an NFL game on Sunday (October 8) after multiple players were seen kneeling during the National Anthem. The Vice President was in attendance at the game between the Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco 49ers to watch Peyton Manning‘s number 18 retired during halftime. “I left [...] Vice President Mike Pence decided to get up and leave an NFL game on Sunday (October 8) after multiple players were seen kneeling during the National Anthem. The Vice President was in attendance at the game between the Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco 49ers to watch Peyton Manning‘s number 18 retired during halftime. “I left today’s Colts game because President Trump and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem. At a time when so many Americans are inspiring our nation with their courage, resolve, and resilience, now, more than ever, we should rally around our Flag and everything that unites us. While everyone is entitled to their own opinions, I don’t think it’s too much to ask NFL players to respect the Flag and our National Anthem. I stand with President Trump, I stand with our soldiers, and I will always stand for our Flag and our National Anthem,” Pence said in a statement to Deadline......»»

Category: topSource: justjaredOct 8th, 2017

Marshawn Lynch -- Never Coming Back To NFL ... Says Rap Star Cousin (VIDEO)

[[tmz:video id="0_sjbl92h2"]] Pro football is just "not fun" for Marshawn Lynch anymore ... so says his famous rap star cousin who's 100% positive Beast Mode is NOT returning to the NFL.  Marshawn's cuz Mistah F.A.B. sat down with with "The&hell.....»»

Category: gossipSource: tmzJun 3rd, 2016

Green Beret Nate Boyer: I Fought So Marshawn Lynch Can Sit During National Anthem

Nate Boyer -- the former Army Green Beret who played briefly with the Seahawks -- says he doesn't exactly agree with Marshawn Lynch's national anthem protest ... but he fought for his right to do it!  Boyer's story is legendary ... he served 6….....»»

Category: topSource: tmzAug 19th, 2017

Pharrell Williams Takes Two Knees During Charlottesville Charity Concert For "The People Of My City" — Watch!

It's no longer just athletes taking a knee against racial injustice. When Pharrell Williams performed at a charity concert in Charlottesville, no knees were spared in showing solidarity with the protesting NFL players who have started kneeling during the national anthem. Video: Pittsburgh Steelers Did NOT Come Out For National Anthem The Happy singer got down on not [...] It's no longer just athletes taking a knee against racial injustice. When Pharrell Williams performed at a charity concert in Charlottesville, no knees were spared in showing solidarity with the protesting NFL players who have started kneeling during the national anthem. Video: Pittsburgh Steelers Did NOT Come Out For National Anthem The Happy singer got down on not one, but two knees during his set at Dave Matthews' Concert for Charlottesville: An Evening of Music and Unity on Sunday night, which was held in the wake of last month's deadly white supremacist protests. Williams, who hails from Virginia, assured that protests of this sort were what America was all about. He planted both knees on the stage, telling the crowd: "If I want to get on my knees right now for the people of my city, for the people of my state, that's what this flag is for." Pharrell takes a knee pic.twitter.com/ev9qcEfFhl — pharrell's junebug (@angelAmyV) September 25, 2017 Amen! The producer's gesture was greeted with cheers by the audience at the University of Virginia's Scott Stadium. The concert, which was free for members of the Charlottesville and UVA communities, also featured performances from Justin Timberlake, Ariana Grande, and Chris Stapleton. Pharrell wasn't the only musician who took a knee this weekend -- Stevie Wonder also took two knees "for America" at the Global Citizen Festival on Saturday. This silent but powerful gesture began back in April 2016, when Colin Kaepernick refused to stand during the National Anthem to protest how the country "oppresses Black people and people of color." Now, with Donald Trump seemingly bent on dividing the country in every way possible, Kaepernick's protest has grown into a movement that has exploded beyond the NFL. Based on POTUS's nutty response to it all, we have a feeling half the country will be kneeling by year's end. [Image via Instagram.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonSep 25th, 2017

Seahawks" Marshawn Lynch Expected To Return To Practice

Adam Schefter has spoken. Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is expecting Marshawn Lynch to return to practice on Monday. Seahawks HC Pete Carroll anticipates that RB Marshawn Lynch will retur........»»

Category: topSource: starpulseJan 3rd, 2016

NFL"s Jermichael Finley: Marshawn Lynch"s Protest Is Phony, "Marketing Tool"

Ex-NFL player Jermichael Finley says Marshawn Lynch and Michael Bennett don't give a damn about social justice, telling TMZ Sports their national anthem protests are shameless publicity stunts.  We talked to Finley -- who's Super Bowl-winning….....»»

Category: topSource: tmzAug 14th, 2017

Donald Trump Fires Back at NFL Players Who Kneel as Teams Show Support

Donald Trump is doubling down on his criticism of NFL players who kneel for the National Anthem. The 71-year-old took to Twitter on Sunday (September 24) ahead of a full slate of football games to tweet, “If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see [...] Donald Trump is doubling down on his criticism of NFL players who kneel for the National Anthem. The 71-year-old took to Twitter on Sunday (September 24) ahead of a full slate of football games to tweet, “If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!” He then added, “…NFL attendance and ratings are WAY DOWN. Boring games yes, but many stay away because they love our country. League should back U.S.” Meanwhile, NFL team owners have been speaking out in support of their players who choose to kneel during the Anthem. Click inside to see how the NFL owners are supporting players over Donald Trump…. A statement from Seahawks President Peter McLoughlin pic.twitter.com/vGzMj0TFmz — Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) September 24, 2017 Statement from #Colts Owner @JimIrsay on recent events: pic.twitter.com/pqS5AoGG1A — Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) September 24, 2017 Statement from Miami Dolphins Owner and Founder of Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) Stephen Ross. pic.twitter.com/6W3mXwJO6M — Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) September 23, 2017 Statement from Buffalo Bills Owners Terry and Kim Pegula. pic.twitter.com/i3D5xzBBSn — Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) September 24, 2017 pic.twitter.com/oe2NupndXe — Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) September 24, 2017 Statement from #Patriots Chairman & CEO Robert Kraft: pic.twitter.com/f5DJeK0Woj — New England Patriots (@Patriots) September 24, 2017 pic.twitter.com/nrx16iBlkw — Jed York (@JedYork) September 23, 2017.....»»

Category: topSource: justjaredSep 24th, 2017

Marshawn Lynch Flips Metaphorical Finger at Anthem Protest Questions

Oakland Raiders star Marshawn Lynch was asked point-blank by the media about his national anthem protest -- but by the way he bobbed, weaved and clowned the questions, you'd think he was Floyd Mayweather.  When asked to address the "elephant….....»»

Category: topSource: tmzAug 17th, 2017

Marshawn Lynch -- NFL Puts Its Foot Down ... Over Gold Cleats

Well that sucks. The NFL essentially pulled the plug on Marshawn Lynch's plan to wear 24k gold cleats during today's NFC championship game ... threatening to EJECT the running back if he sported them on the field. We broke the story ... Lynch had….....»»

Category: topSource: tmzJan 19th, 2015

Former NFL Star Marshawn Lynch Would Rather See Colin Kaepernick Protest The National Anthem Than "Put His Hands Up & G

Marshawn Lynch just made a very powerful point in support of Colin Kaepernick. In the wake of Tulsa police fatally shooting unarmed Terence Crutcher, the Seattle Seahawks alum just perfectly defended the quarterback's decision to peacefully protest the Na.....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonSep 22nd, 2016

Hundreds Protest The Blacklisting Of Colin Kaepernick In Front Of NFL Headquarters!

Is the NFL blacklisting Colin Kaepernick?? That's what many believe, and they're willing to put their money where their mouths are — by boycotting this football season! Over the past few weeks, after it became clear that no team was going to sign the quarterback, who has been out of his San Francisco 49ers contract for five [...] Is the NFL blacklisting Colin Kaepernick?? That's what many believe, and they're willing to put their money where their mouths are -- by boycotting this football season! Over the past few weeks, after it became clear that no team was going to sign the quarterback, who has been out of his San Francisco 49ers contract for five months, more and more have supported Kaepernick with their lack of dollars. Related: Colin Is NOT Here For Michael Vick's Comments About His Hair According to many experts, though Colin isn't the sure thing he was four years ago, it's not his lack of ability that's keeping him off the field but the controversy surrounding him. Kaepernick famously took a knee during the National Anthem in protest of police brutality toward black men, a cause for which many woke NFL fans have his back. And by that we mean they literally have his number on their backs. Derrick Johnson of the NAACP sent a letter requesting a meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, saying: "No player should be victimized and discriminated against because of his exercise of free speech — to do so is in violation of his rights under the Constitution and the N.F.L.'s own regulations." Goodell has denied that the 32 teams are banning Kaepernick or that the league itself has banned him. But that hasn't deterred angry fans. Over 170,000 have signed a Change.org petition to boycott the NFL as long as he remains unemployed. And many showed up at a protest in front of NFL Headquarters on Wednesday: The @NFL @nflcommish better pay attention cuz the people are showing up!!!!!! #NoKaepernickNoNFL #ImWithKap pic.twitter.com/MhDbEsA8hx — Justice League NYC (@NYjusticeleague) August 23, 2017 The @womensmarch #ResistanceRevivalChorus !!! "Woke up this morning with my mind stayed on FREEDOM!!!" 🎼🎤 pic.twitter.com/YJ6p2TTLgC — Justice League NYC (@NYjusticeleague) August 23, 2017 A sea of people are here in front of NFL Headquarters in NYC to proudly support #ColinKaepernick.#UnitedWeStand against injustice. pic.twitter.com/dkw8LtRFqZ — Women's March (@womensmarch) August 23, 2017 Olympian @IbtihajMuhammad is here with her dad, a retired Newark police officer, to show their support for #ColinKaepernick. #UnitedWeStand pic.twitter.com/EDzLaZgpM0 — Women's March (@womensmarch) August 23, 2017 Do YOU think the NFL is blacklisting Kaepernick over his protests? [Image via Time/Twitter.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonAug 23rd, 2017