Kaepernick, Eric Reid settle collusion grievances with NFL
NEW YORK (AP) — With a public hearing looming and the threat of owners and league officials facing depositions, the NFL settled collusion cases brought by Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid.
The league, about to celebrate its 100th season, faced criticism from all sides thanks to the protest movement started by Kaepernick. Many Kaepernick supporters wanted to see him back on the field, while other fans said they wouldn't watch if the league allowed players to protest during the national anthem.
AP source: Alliance had conversation with Kaepernick
A person with knowledge of the conversation tells The Associated Press that the new Alliance of American Football spoke with Colin Kaepernick during its development about joining the league.
But Kaepernick wanted $20 million or more to consider playing with the league that had its debut last weekend.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because neither side has publicly acknowledged such talks.
Wisconsin Senate refuses to honor Colin Kaepernick
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans who control the Wisconsin Senate refused to mention NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick in a resolution honoring Black History Month passed Wednesday, rejecting calls from Democrats who said ignoring the Milwaukee native put them on the wrong side of history.
The Latest: Wisconsin Senate refuses to honor Kaepernick
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on debate of Black History Month resolution mentioning Colin Kaepernick (all times local):
Republicans who control the Wisconsin Senate are refusing to mention NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick in a resolution honoring Black History Month.
On a party line vote Wednesday, the Senate passed the resolution and rejected calls from Democrats who said ignoring the Milwaukee native put them on the wrong side of history.
Wisconsin GOP erases Kaepernick from resolution
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans erased any mention of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick from a resolution recognizing Black History Month on Tuesday, saying he's too controversial to be included in a list of influential black leaders.
February is Black History Month. The Legislature's black caucus had proposed a resolution honoring a number of black leaders, including Kaepernick.
Super Bowl reaches 100.7 million people, down from 2018
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The New England Patriots' competitive but action-starved Super Bowl victory over the Los Angeles Rams was seen by 100.7 million people on television and streaming services, the smallest audience for football's annual spectacle in a decade.
Kaepernick murals spring up in Atlanta after art demolished
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta artist community is responding in force after a mural featuring embattled former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick was turned to rubble days before the Super Bowl.
Fabian "Occasional Superstar" Williams was dismayed when he learned that his mural was destroyed Friday, but he quickly rallied fellow Atlanta artists to respond by creating at least seven new Kaepernick murals, spread out across the city that is no stranger to public dissent and civic response.
Artists respond to Kaepernick mural demolition
Column: Edelman is Super Bowl MVP, but don’t forget cheating
ATLANTA (AP) — Julian Edelman is certainly a compelling story.
A diminutive guy with a bushy beard, picked in the final round of the draft, defying the odds to become one of the NFL's top receivers.
And, now, a Super Bowl MVP.
But let's not forget one other fairly important element to this story:
Cardi B declined Super Bowl halftime with ‘mixed feelings’
ATLANTA (AP) — Cardi B said she received an offer to perform at the Super Bowl, but struggled with the decision to turn down the lucrative opportunity in support of ex-NFL player Colin Kaepernick.
Rep. John Lewis sides with NFL players who want to protest
ATLANTA (AP) — U.S. Rep. John Lewis believes sometimes people have to kneel before they can be heard so he supports NFL players who want to peacefully demonstrate against police brutality and social injustice.
Gladys Knight on why she’ll sing the anthem at Super Bowl
ATLANTA (AP) — Gladys Knight says her singing the national anthem at the Super Bowl will bring people together.
NBC's "Today" show reported Friday that Knight wrestled with whether to join a boycott over the NFL's treatment of Colin Kaepernick, the former quarterback who protested racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem.
Column: Atlanta art exhibit reminds us of Kaep’s brave stand
ATLANTA (AP) — "Tommie Smith's gesture continues to resonate. It has inspired similar gestures by men and women for whom Smith's iconic image is a symbol of courage and unity in the face of bigotry and injustice — most prominently, former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who refused to stand before football games during the U.S. national anthem to protest racial injustice in this country."
— From the exhibit "With Drawn Arms" at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.
Column: Goodell won’t commit to positons on key NFL issues
ATLANTA (AP) — This much we know after Roger Goodell's annual State of the NFL gabfest leading up to the Super Bowl.
The league has never been stronger. The commissioner is a fan of the game. And there was a missed call in the NFC championship game.
Lots of questions for Goodell, not a lot of answers
ATLANTA (AP) — Faced with a blitz of officiating questions and queries about the effectiveness of the Rooney Rule, Colin Kaepernick's football unemployment, and the cancellation of a news conference for a Super Bowl halftime show that has drawn hefty criticism, Roger Goodell scrambled.
Super Bowl week to feature Bruno Mars, Cardi B, Migos
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Travis Scott to Jermaine Dupri are among the music artists who have been criticized for taking part in Super Bowl-related events, but their shows — and many others — will still go on. That's despite a political firestorm over whether social justice needs to be addressed at the NFL's marquee event.
Q&A: Maroon 5′s PJ Morton on Super Bowl and Grammy noms
NEW YORK (AP) — PJ Morton is prepping for the biggest week of his life: He's set to perform at next month's Super Bowl halftime show as a member of Maroon 5, and seven days later, he'll attend the Grammy Awards, where he's nominated for four honors — including three for his work as a R&B singer.
"You work hard and you hope for the best. But none of this is promised or guaranteed, so I just celebrate every victory," he said. "I'm just super-grateful."
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Reid’s lawyers dispute findings his drug testing was normal
Attorneys for Eric Reid dispute a joint statement by the NFL and NFL Players Association that says the Carolina Panthers safety was not singled out with excessive drug tests and they're demanding the league and the players' union "immediately issue a retraction," according to a letter sent to all parties that was obtained by The Associated Press.
NFL and NFLPA: Reid drug tested ‘normal’ amount of times
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The NFL and the NFL Players Association say outspoken Eric Reid was not singled out with excessive drug tests.
The joint statement released Wednesday said an independent administrator found Reid received the "normal" number of drug tests this season. The statement said, "there is no evidence of targeting or any other impropriety with respect to his selection for testing."
Reid has said he believes he was repeatedly tested because of his pending lawsuit against the league.
Redskins coach Jay Gruden says team ‘discussed’ Kaepernick
WASHINGTON (AP) — The possibility of bringing in Colin Kaepernick for a tryout was "discussed" by the quarterback-needy Washington Redskins, according to coach Jay Gruden, who said Tuesday the team made a "strictly football" decision to look elsewhere.
"Isn't it obvious what the real reason is?" Kaepernick's lawyer, Mark Geragos, wrote in an email to The Associated Press.
Houston’s Hopkins expresses support for Kaepernick
HOUSTON (AP) — DeAndre Hopkins says he arrived to Houston's game against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday in a No. 7 jersey bearing the hashtag "IMWITHKAP" to support Colin Kaepernick and his protests of social and racial injustice because: "he's standing up for what's right."
For a game, calling Lamar Jackson’s number kept working
Lamar Jackson ran 27 times and threw only 19 passes to win his first NFL start.
That's not a typo.
Filling in for injured quarterback Joe Flacco, Jackson ran for 117 yards in Baltimore's 24-21 victory over Cincinnati on Sunday. The 2016 Heisman Trophy winner had more rushing attempts than any quarterback since 1970 and became the first to gain over 100 yards since Colin Kaepernick had 113 on Nov. 27, 2016.
Eagles’ Jenkins: Headlines, spotlight won’t stop activism
SUNBURY-ON-THAMES, England (AP) — Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins does not believe the heated exchange he had with the Carolina Panthers' Eric Reid diminishes the impact of his fight for racial and social justice.
Jenkins, the face of the Players' Coalition, and Reid, a former member, shouted at each other during and after the Eagles' 21-17 home loss on Sunday.
ICYMI in NFL Week 7: Kaepernick, social issues back in news
Colin Kaepernick is no longer in the NFL — which, when one considers that Derek Anderson and Cody Kessler are getting snaps at quarterback, is fascinating — and the White House-driven conversation about pregame national anthems in the league largely has receded.
Panthers’ Reid calls Jenkins ‘sellout’ in protest movement
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Eric Reid and Malcolm Jenkins turned the fight for racial and social justice into a skirmish on the field. Reid then went on offense with his postgame comments, calling the Eagles safety and co-founder of The Players Coalition "a sellout."
Bono resigns as USA Gymnastics president after 4 days
When former California Congresswoman Mary Bono took over as the interim president for USA Gymnastics last week, she pointed to the opportunity to "reconnect" with a sport she loved growing up.
Biles bothered by new USA Gymnastics CEO’s anti-Nike tweet
Olympic champion Simone Biles is upset about an anti-Nike tweet from USA Gymnastics interim president and CEO Mary Bono.
Bono was appointed Friday to hold the position while USA Gymnastics searches for a permanent successor to Kerry Perry, who resigned under pressure from the United States Olympic Committee in September after spending nine months on the job.
49ers apologize for leaving Kaepernick photos out of gallery
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers are apologizing for initially leaving Colin Kaepernick out of a photo gallery celebrating the team's history against the Green Bay Packers.
The team posted dozens of photos on its website of past games against the Packers before the teams meet again Monday night without at first including any of Kaepernick.
Kaepernick, Chappelle getting Harvard black culture awards
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and comedian Dave Chappelle are among eight people being saluted by Harvard University for their contributions to black history and culture.
The eight recipients of the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal are being honored Thursday afternoon by the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard.
Reid kneels, says Kaepernick ‘robbed’ of dream to play again
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Eric Reid called his return to the NFL on Sunday "bittersweet," saying it still hurts that his friend Colin Kaepernick has been "robbed" of his dream to play again in the NFL.
Panthers say Reid’s return won’t be distraction vs. Giants
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Wide receiver Torrey Smith chuckled at the notion that Eric Reid's return to the NFL this week might be a distraction for the Carolina Panthers on Sunday when they host the New York Giants.
Smith said Reid's stance on racial injustice hasn't been an issue in the locker room, adding that "no one cares" if he kneels or not during the national anthem.
He said Reid's new teammates are more eager to see what he does on the field rather than what he does before the game.
Eric Reid undecided on protests, won’t drop grievance vs NFL
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Eric Reid isn't planning on giving up his fight against racial injustice in America or his battle with the NFL.
The Latest: Players express support of Reid’s signing
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the Eric Reid signing with the Carolina Panthers (all times local):
Patriots safety Devin McCourty says he's pleased that Eric Reid has signed with the Carolina Panthers and hopes that quarterback Colin Kaepernick might continue his career at some point, too.
McCourty said Thursday that Reid "is a great player. A guy that I think we've all watched over the last couple of years go out and make plays. A starter since Day 1 in this league."
Eric Reid signs with Panthers, back in NFL after protests
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Eric Reid's return to the NFL created a buzz around the league on Thursday, six months after he filed a grievance alleging collusion by the NFL to prevent teams from signing him because of his participation in racial injustice protests during the national anthem alongside former San Francisco 49ers teammate Colin Kaepernick.
Column: Phone rings for Reid, but not yet for Kaepernick
The newest member of the good old boys club fooled them all.
Eric Reid will play football this season, and for that everyone who believes in fair play should be happy. After all, the only thing keeping Reid out of the NFL before Thursday was that he stood — make that kneeled — with Colin Kaepernick in San Francisco.
Nike’s marketing strikes a chord without hurting business
NEW YORK (AP) — Nike caused an uproar earlier this month with its ad featuring former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick that debuted just as the football season was about to begin. But the shoe maker's stock is up and sales have been steady.
The furor seems to have largely died down and the company reported an earnings beat on Tuesday.
Town council withdraws Nike boycott following criticism
NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island town council that approved a nonbinding resolution to boycott Nike products has reversed course.
No public comment was allowed at Monday's North Smithfield Town Council meeting when members voted 5-0 to withdraw the resolution that passed 3-2 last week.
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KAEPERNICK AD FALLOUT?
How is Nike's new ad featuring former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick affecting the company's sales?
Harvard black culture awards to honor Kaepernick, Chappelle
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and comedian Dave Chappelle are among eight people being honored by Harvard University for their contributions to black history and culture, the university announced Thursday.
All eight recipients of the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal will be honored Oct. 11 by the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard.
Town council revisiting Nike boycott vote after backlash
NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island town council that approved a nonbinding resolution to boycott Nike products will revisit the question because of public backlash.
Town Council President John Beauregard said Wednesday he has called a special meeting for Monday and plans to make a motion to recall the 3-2 vote from earlier this week .
Rhode Island town council joins others boycotting Nike
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island town council has voted to ask its departments to refrain from purchasing Nike products, one of a handful of local governments or agencies that have called for boycotts in recent weeks.
The North Smithfield Town Council passed the resolution on a 3-2 vote Monday evening, Council President John Beauregard said. The resolution is nonbinding.
The Latest: Rhode Island town passes resolution against Nike
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Latest on a Rhode Island town considering a boycott of Nike (all times local):
A Rhode Island town voted has voted 3-2 Monday for a resolution to refrain from purchasing Nike products.
The North Smithfield Town Council will ask its departments to not buy Nike items.
Council President John Beauregard is a former state trooper who is upset with Nike's decision to use former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in ads.
A mayor in Louisiana rescinds a city’s ban on Nike products
KENNER, La. (AP) — The mayor of a New Orleans suburb said Wednesday he is rescinding his order banning his city's recreation department from purchasing Nike products for use at city recreation facilities.
Kenner Mayor Ben Zahn said at a news conference that he did so on the advice of the city attorney.
"That memorandum divided our city and placed Kenner in a false and unflattering light on the national stage," Zahn added.
Reverend protests Nike’s Kaepernick campaign during service
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama reverend has cut up a Nike headband and wristband before his congregation to protest the company partnering with former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Louisiana mayor bans Nike products from parks and rec
KENNER, La. (AP) — The mayor of a New Orleans suburb banned the city's parks and recreation department from purchasing Nike products, days after the athletic apparel maker released a controversial ad supporting former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
2 players kneel for anthem, Kaepernick tweets to thank them
DENVER (AP) — Colin Kaepernick called them his brothers.
Dolphins teammates Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson were the only two players to kneel during the national anthem on the NFL's opening Sunday, and Kaepernick, who is no longer welcome on an NFL sideline, made sure to offer his thanks to them via social media .
Michigan teen appears in Nike ad with Colin Kaepernick
GRAND BLANC, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan teen was a part of Nike's latest commercial featuring Colin Kaepernick.
The "Dream Crazy" commercial includes Alicia Woollcott of Grand Blanc, The Flint Journal reported. The 18-year-old was included in the ad because she was a linebacker on the school's football team last year, and was also crowned homecoming queen.
Woollcott's appearance in the ad is accompanied by a narration that says "Don't settle for homecoming queen. Or linebacker. Do both."
Woods calls Nike Kaepernick ad a ‘beautiful spot’
NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. (AP) — Tiger Woods endorsed Nike's latest "Just Do It" ad narrated by Colin Kaepernick with a message nearly as succinct.
"It's a beautiful spot ," Woods said.
The two-minute ad, which debuted during the NFL opener, highlights superstar athletes LeBron James, Serena Williams and others, and touches on the controversy of NFL player protests during the national anthem.