The N.F.L. has tried to move on from the controversy over Colin Kaepernick, but recent events suggest his critique of America’s racial climate has remained relevant.
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After George Floyd’s death, many athletes and sports leagues pushed back more forcefully against the president’s demand for standing during the national anthem, and he shifted away from the issue.
The women of the W.N.B.A. have made it a hotbed of activism, leading the way for higher-profile professional leagues in combining social action and sports.
Several teams stayed in the locker room for the pregame playing of the national anthem, while some players knelt during it or wore decals and shirts against hate and racism.
More Than a Vote, a group of athletes headlined by LeBron James, is fighting voter suppression in Black electoral districts by pushing to keep polling stations open in key swing states.
The Navy condemned the video, which it said was taken at an “independent organization’s event” last year. A filmmaker said it took place at a museum dedicated to the SEALs.
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As games return and dozens of players drop to one knee, leagues that once tried to tiptoe around the issue won’t be able to avoid it.
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Kaiya McCullough plans to continue to kneel during the national anthem when the N.W.S.L. restarts its season. On Saturday, dozens of other players did the same.
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With newfound momentum on social justice causes, players around the league have many opinions on what comes next. But most agree that the N.F.L. must recognize Colin Kaepernick.
“Every other industry, you know, they have to prove their commitment by hiring thousands of new black people,” said Trevor Noah. “The N.F.L.’s just got to hire one.”
The president tweeted to say it was disrespectful to kneel during the national anthem, as Colin Kaepernick and other players began doing in 2016 to protest racial injustice. N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell then said the league supported players peacefully protesting.
Some demonstrators, and in some cases the police, have paused to kneel, recalling the manner of George Floyd’s death and the gesture by Colin Kaepernick.
Some of those who criticized Brees’s remarks were prominent professional sports figures, including members of his own team.
The season has been suspended. And the issue of police brutality toward African-Americans has long been a visceral one in a predominantly black league.
Readers call on white Americans to “wake up,” question the president’s credibility on police brutality, encourage “taking a knee” in peaceful protest, and more.
Major companies are often wary of conflict, especially in a polarized time. But some are now taking a stand on racial injustice and police violence.