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Commentary, Florida State Seminoles, Football, Lynching, racism, Willie Taggart -

The vile Facebook post targeting first-year Florida State football coach Willie Taggart was not just “racially charged,” “racially insensitive” or “hateful.” It was straight-up racist, and, for once, it seems you didn’t have to be black to understand that. The image, posted Nov. 24 after Florida State’s 41-14 drubbing at the hands of archrival Florida, […]

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Commentary, Football, Northern Illinois University, Police Misconduct -

Jyran Mitchell fits nobody’s description of a thug, hoodlum, corner boy, hustler, stickup kid or any other pejorative deployed to justify rough treatment of young black men by police. He posted a 4.0 GPA at Rich Central High School in Chicago’s South Side suburbs. He is an outstanding athlete who starred in track and field, […]

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basketball, derrick rose, football, nba, nfl -

The NBA has successfully branded itself as the professional sports league that embraces progressive politics and the individual freedoms of its players—the “woke” counterpoint to the NFL. You don’t have to be very cynical to see the intentionality behind this.

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Commentary, Football, High School Sports, Motherhood, Youth Sports -

The mind of a mother goes to strange places as she looks out over the football field where her son is injured. My fear feels low-level at first. But it strengthens at regular intervals, like labor pain, as the minutes go by and my son, Satchel, 16, varsity quarterback for the Maret School in Washington, […]

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FIFA, Football, Jamaica, News, Soccer, Sports, Women's World Cup, World Cup -

Jamaica’s senior women’s national soccer team made history last week as the first Caribbean team to qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Wednesday evening, the team known as the Reggae Girlz, defeated Panama’s women’s national team in a penalty shootout after a 2-2 draw in the Concacaf Women’s Championship third-place play-off. But according to […]

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african american, first black man drafted to the nfl, football, george taliaferro -

Trailblazer and trendsetter George Taliaferro, the first African-American player to be drafted by the NFL, died Monday. He was 91 years old.

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blackest name ever, dbrickashaw ferguson, football, ha ha clinton dix, liljordan humphrey, texas, vashaundya karlette nelson -

Before we get going here, I’d like to be very, very clear: I’m in no way clowning Lil’Jordan Humphrey by calling his name (his first name) the Blackest Name Ever. In fact, I find this to be a compliment and culturally significant. We’ll get back to that.

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Ballou, DC, Football, High School, jamal speaks, News, Sports, Washington -

Jamal Speaks, the high school football player kept from playing the game he loved over housing rules, is now back on the team. Speaks, an 18-year-old senior at Ballou High School in Washington, D.C. received nationwide support after his principal removed him from a football game where he was expected to play in front of […]

The post Homeless high school football player is back on the team, offered housing and $20,000 via GoFundMe appeared first on theGrio.

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'D.C., ballou highschool, Football, jamal speaks, News, Temple University, Top Stories, Video, Washington -

He was on his way to becoming a star college football player– but now he’s been kicked off the team– and it’s because he’s homeless. 18-year- old- Jamal Speaks— a senior at Ballou High School in Washington, D.C. is facing the unthinkable. The teenager says his principal kicked him off the football team right before he […]

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Buffalo Bills, Commentary, Football, NFL, Vontae Davis -

Buffalo cornerback Vontae Davis couldn’t have chosen a worse time to retire: At halftime of the Buffalo Bills-Los Angeles Chargers game. After a play in the first half, he simply told his coaches peace, out. Tough move. But in this game, you know when it’s over. After all the jokes are told, memes are shared […]

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colin kaepernick, football, national anthem, national anthem protests, nfl, nflpa, roger goodell -

Back in May, NFL owners terrified of Donald Trump approved a new jingoistic national anthem policy decreeing that “all league and team personnel shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem,” before games. The new rule essentially banned any kind of visible protest—such as Colin Kaepernick and many other…

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Antonio Brown, Football, Instagram, NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers, Social Media -

Antonio Brown is a man of few words and many images, expressing himself through visuals of helicopter arrivals, outlandish touchdown celebrations, ferocious workouts, kilogram-weight jewelry, gobs of Gucci and a sunbeam smile strong enough to melt your phone. And Instagram. He’s always on Instagram. Much like Brown is the best wide receiver in the NFL, […]

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Baltimore Ravens, Domestic Abuse, Football, Jimmy Smith, News, NFL, Sports, Suspensions -

Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith has been suspended after the the NFL found evidence of “threatening and emotionally abusive behaviors” toward a former girlfriend. On Tuesday, the league suspended the defenseman for the first four games of the regular season for violating the personal conduct policy, ESPN reports. The move stems from a petition filed […]

The post Ravens CB Jimmy Smith out for first few games of season on domestic violence charge appeared first on theGrio.

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Football, Grambling Tigers, HBCU Football, Morgan State Bears -

Five months after the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., a football game between two historically black colleges opened another field of play in the civil rights movement. The Sept. 28 battle between what were then Louisiana’s Grambling College Tigers and Baltimore’s undefeated Morgan State Bears at Yankee Stadium marked the first time two […]

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Buffalo Bills, CulturePlay, Entrepreneurship, Football, Marshall Newhouse, NFL -

There’s a notation on the Wikipedia page of veteran offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse that jumps off the screen. It’s not that he’s played for five franchises. Nor is it perhaps his greatest accomplishment on the football field: winning a Super Bowl as a rookie with the Green Bay Packers, after the Dallas native was selected […]

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Football, Gael Monfils, News, Rugby, Sachia Vickery, Soccer, Tennis, Wakanda Forever -

Marvel’s Black Panther is the gift that just keeps on giving. After grossing more than $1 billion in less than a month, the latest sign of the film’s cultural impact is how it’s shown up during sporting events. Social media has taken note of how black athletes have started celebrating their victories by reenacting the “Wakanda Forever” salute […]

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25 Days of Sweetness, Daily Uplift, Designated Survivor, Football, Get Lifted, LaMonica Garrett -

Sometimes one’s dreams for success come true in completely unexpected ways. Such was the case for athlete-turned-actor LaMonica Garrett. The high school quarterback was a standout. He went on to junior college and landed a scholarship to Central State in Ohio. Now, however, Garrett is not gracing a field but the screen as Secret Service […]

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Football, Gear Up, Military, NCF, SportsCenter, Uniforms, Veterans Day -

In Week 11 of Gear Up, SportsCenter’s weekly segment previewing the best uniforms in college football, The Undefeated’s Aaron Dodson breaks down the style combinations of Army, Navy, Air Force, the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Arkansas State, South Alabama, Missouri, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Marshall, South Florida and Colorado State. Four of the five United […]

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Books, CulturePlay, Erykah Badu, Food, Football, Minnesota Vikings, NFL, Sneaker Stories, Stefon Diggs, Style -

Like the frigid wind that travels through Minnesota’s winters, Stefon Diggs dashes off the line of scrimmage, often right into the end zone. Through the first four weeks of the NFL season, Diggs, 23, had the most receiving yards (391) in the league and was second in touchdowns (four). Before his Week 5 groin strain, […]

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Adam Silver, Allen Iverson, Atlanta Hawks, Baseball, Basketball, Black Quarterbacks, Black Twitter, Cam Newton, Chris Rock, Colin Kaepernick, Football, Hip-Hop, Instagram, Ken Griffey Jr., LeBron James, MLB, NBA, NFL, NFLPA, Race, Rap, Social Media, Television -

The National Football League, the American sport that comes closest to resembling a religion, has its end times in sight: the year 2021. “The likelihood,” NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith said in August, “of either a strike, or a lockout is in ’21 a virtual certainty.” Doomsdays. Humanity has always been obsessed with […]

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Air Jordan, Football, Jordan Brand, Michael Jordan, Minnesota Vikings, NFL, Nike, Randy Moss, Sneaker Stories, Style, Super Freak -

Randy Moss didn’t always need a football field to put his inhuman speed on display. All he really needed was a treadmill, and a few spectators. During one workout at a Florida gym back in the early days of his NFL career, the young Minnesota Vikings wide receiver pushed the limit of human athleticism. His […]

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Football, Gear Up, NCF, Style, Uniforms -

In Week 6 of Gear Up — SportsCenter’s weekly segment previewing the best uniforms in college football — The Undefeated’s Aaron Dodson breaks down the style combinations of Troy, TCU, Oklahoma, Texas State, Slippery Rock, Northwest Missouri State, Rice, Nebraska, Utah, Eastern Kentucky and UAB. After a huge upset over No. 25 LSU on Sept. […]

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American Heritage, Football, High School Sports, Patrick Surtain, Tyson Campbell -

As his players grab handfuls of pregame gummy bears, Patrick Surtain tightens his belt and tucks in his black polo. NBA YoungBoy’s “Untouchable” is blaring from the sweat box that is Miami Dade College’s Nathaniel Traz-Powell Stadium and one of the best high school football teams in the nation bubbles in anticipation. Surtain, a former […]

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Commentary, Concussions, CTE, Football, Tackle Football -

I have learned to dread the month of August. The sticky, swampy heat that blankets Washington, D.C., doesn’t bother me much, nor do I dread the countdown to summer’s end. Like many parents, I’ll trade a stretch of 90-degree weather for the peace, quiet and order of having my children where they belong: in a […]

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Colin Kaepernick, Commentary, CTE, Dave Duerson, Football, Junior Seau, League of Denial, NFL -

Almost exactly one year ago, Colin Kaepernick responded to reporters when asked why he chose to sit during the national anthem before a San Francisco 49ers preseason game. This set off a firestorm of controversy whose embers are still white-hot today. In the past year, activist groups have joined forces with Kaepernick to bring attention […]

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Football, Women's Sports -

PHILADELPHIA — Sitting in her doctor’s office in early June, Star Wright didn’t know her football season was over, not yet. But she had a feeling. The damage to her liver and spleen where the helmet had hit was too great, and the Women’s World Championship was too soon. She had bounced back from injuries […]

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Entertainment, football, logan ryan, Sports, Titans -

Surprised my big bro and paid off his student loans for his 29th Bday!! My […]

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Football, Gregory Porter, Jazz, Music -

“I came to writing my own music not because of some love story or from some broken heart,” said jazz singer Gregory Porter. “It was my father. I had a pain in my chest about him not showing enough interest in my life as a child.” Porter — 6-feet-5 and 255 pounds — earned a […]

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AFL, Football, NFL -

The trouble for the 20 black football players surfaced as soon as they stepped off the plane at New Orleans International Airport. It was Jan. 9, 1965, and the men were in town to play in the American Football League All-Star Game. But before 24 hours had transpired, events got so insufferably bad they all […]

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Football, Friday Night Tykes, Television -

Four years ago, on the first day of shooting for a then-new Esquire Network series about youth football, executive producer Matt Maranz witnessed something unlike anything he’d ever seen. “It’s 105 degrees in August,” Maranz recalled, “and kids were out there for the first day of practice. They’re hitting, and they’re passing out, and throwing […]

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Bahamas, Bahamas Bowl, Football, Living, Nassau, Popeyes Bahamas Bowl, Travel and Leisure -

The Popeyes Bahamas Bowl was able to show the world why Bowl games are ‘better in The Bahamas.’

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