Tag: Kaepernick, Colin

A Rival’s Advice Put the 49ers on a Super Bowl Path

When he left a broadcasting career three years ago for his first job in an N.F.L. front office, with the San Francisco 49ers, John Lynch sought to model his partnership with Coach Kyle Shanahan on what he considered the paragon of general manager-coach alliances: Ozzie Newsome and John Harbaugh’s Super Bowl-winning work in Baltimore. And […]

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Olympic Protest Rules: Tweets Are Fine, Kneeling Is Not

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The International Olympic Committee is taking no chances. Amid an increase in athlete activism and rising political tensions worldwide, the organization has settled on strict — and specific — guidelines for the types of actions, gestures and statements competitors at this summer’s Tokyo Olympics will be permitted to make. No kneeling. No […]

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The N.F.L.’s Embrace of Black Players Has Always Been Conditional

The explosion of young black quarterbacks with phenomenal athletic ability and passing acumen has become the rage of the N.F.L. As defenses in the league have become more athletic, offenses have made an adjustment at the sport’s most important position. Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs won the league’s Most Valuable Player Award last […]

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‘We Have to Be Better’: Megan Rapinoe and the Year of Victory and Advocacy

Of all the brilliant fireworks of the 2019 sports season, the color purple — and the woman who wore it — defined the year. Megan Rapinoe brazenly led the United States women’s national soccer team to a World Cup victory in France in July, her purple hair a banner for the right to be different […]

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Who’s Better at Image Management: Colin Kaepernick or the N.F.L.?

On Nov. 16, Colin Kaepernick, the free-agent quarterback at the center of sports’ most contentious labor dispute, held a workout on the football field at Charles R. Drew High School in Riverdale, Ga., a dozen miles south of Atlanta. In a livestream broadcast by a local NBC affiliate, Kaepernick could be seen doing the stuff […]

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Ta-Nehisi Coates: The Cancellation of Colin Kaepernick

We are being told of the evils of “cancel culture,” a new scourge that enforces purity, banishes dissent and squelches sober and reasoned debate. But cancel culture is not new. A brief accounting of the illustrious and venerable ranks of blocked and dragged Americans encompasses Sarah Good, Elijah Lovejoy, Ida B. Wells, Dalton Trumbo, Paul […]

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The N.F.L.’s Tug of War With Colin Kaepernick’s Didn’t Resolve Anything

Colin Kaepernick spent six years in the N.F.L. displaying his abilities and the three years since his ouster arguing with the league over whether his abilities should still merit him a job. That dispute was as alive as ever on Saturday evening, when he addressed about 100 reporters and friends at a high school stadium […]

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Colin Kaepernick Moves Workout Amid Dispute With the N.F.L.

Colin Kaepernick made a last-second decision on Saturday to move his workout for N.F.L. team officials to a new location in a bid, he said in a statement, for a “legitimate process” that the league “has not provided” because it would not allow the news media or an independent film crew to attend. Kaepernick said […]

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Why Roger Goodell and Jay-Z Want Colin Kaepernick to Get a Shot

One of the many twists on the winding road to Colin Kaepernick’s unusual tryout on Saturday was a series of conversations between two unlikely bedfellows. Since they formed a business alliance this summer, Jay-Z, the music star and impresario, and Roger Goodell, the N.F.L. commissioner, have spoken frequently about several issues, including the fate of […]

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Does Colin Kaepernick Still Need Football?

In the past three years, Colin Kaepernick has become one of the most prominent, and influential, public figures in American culture, even if he is rarely seen on a TV screen. His infrequent appearances convey a magnanimity. He has walked the red carpet of the Met Gala, been given a standing ovation at the U.S. […]

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Questions About Kaepernick Hover Over Jay-Z’s Deal With the N.F.L.

Last week, Colin Kaepernick wrote on Twitter: “5 am. 5 days a week. For 3 years. Still Ready.” A 59-second video linked to the post showed Kaepernick working in a gym, lifting weights and doing push-ups. When the video ends, “Denied work for 889 days” appeared on the screen. The video, which had been viewed […]

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U.S. Fencer, Race Imboden, Takes a Knee at Pan-American Games

The United States fencer Race Imboden took a knee at the awards ceremony of the Pan-American Games on Friday, a silent protest that officials said could have consequences. Mr. Imboden, 26, said in an interview on Sunday that he had been “pretty nervous” to kneel at the ceremony but that he felt very strongly about […]

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Man Assaulted Boy at Rodeo for Refusing to Remove Hat for Anthem, Officials Say

A Montana man is facing a felony charge for assaulting a 13-year-old boy who he said refused to remove his cap for the national anthem at a county rodeo — a confrontation that the authorities said left the teenager bleeding from his ears and with a skull fracture. The man, Curt James Brockway, 39, of […]

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What Is Nancy Pelosi Thinking?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Is consumer activism an effective political strategy? Has corporate America become a force for social liberalism? This week on “The Argument,” the columnists talk “woke capitalism.” Ross Douthat thinks the burgeoning phenomenon reflects a […]

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Nike Pulls ‘Betsy Ross Flag’ Sneaker After Criticism of Slavery-Era Imagery

Nike has canceled the release of a sneaker that featured the 13-star “Betsy Ross flag,” igniting the latest flare-up in the nation’s culture wars and causing the governor of Arizona to order the withdrawal of funding for a planned multimillion-dollar Nike factory in that state. The decision was reportedly prompted by Colin Kaepernick, the former […]

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