DeMaurice Smith

In Case You Missed It, the NFL Might Have Caved on a Lot More Than Just the Anthem Protests

It’s safe to say, that when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote a memo to the league informing them it was time to “move past the anthem controversy.” Most people thought he meant moving past it by ending the protests, and, as a result, ending the controversy. However, a disturbing nugget of information from today’s meeting suggests that Goodell might have meant something else entirely.

AP Phil Long

NFL Players Chief Hits Back Over Anthem Protests

Los Angeles (AFP) – National Football League Players Association chief DeMaurice Smith hit back on Monday after fresh criticism of athletes who kneel or sit during the playing of the US national anthem.

AP Tim Ireland

Solution to NFL Mess: Owners and Union Need to Tell Players, ‘You’re Killing the Golden Goose’

The NFL has a hot mess on its hands. Players knelt during the National Anthem in record numbers last weekend, an act of defiance towards President Donald J. Trump, who on September 22, called on kneeling players to be fired. The practice of NFL player anthem kneeling was started last year by former San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick because he feels the United States “oppresses black people.”

AP Maddie Myer

NFLPA Threatens to Steer Free Agents Away from Bears if Illinois Workers Compensation Bill Passes

The NFL Players Association headed up by DeMaurice Smith, former counsel to former Attorney General Eric Holder and one time member of Barack Obama’s transition team, once again signaled its willingness to enter the realm of political activism this week by threatening to steer free agents away from the Chicago Bears if a particular workers’ compensation bill passes in Illinois.

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