The NFL Players Association is filing a grievance against the NFL, challenging that the league's new national anthem policy "infringes on player rights."
The NFLPA announced this Tuesday morning, about six weeks after league owners informally voted to pass a policy that threatens fines for acts of protest on the sideline during the national anthem. Players have been invited to remain behind in the locker room as an alternative to taking action on the sideline.
"Our union filed its non-injury grievance today on behalf of all players challenging the NFL’s recently imposed anthem policy," the NFLPA wrote in its statement. "The union’s claim is that this new policy, imposed by the NFL’s governing body without consultation with the NFLPA, is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement and infringes on player rights.
"In advance of our filing today, we proposed to the NFL to begin confidential discussions with the NFLPA Executive Committee to find a solution to this issue instead of immediately proceeding with litigation. The NFL has agreed to proceed with those discussions and we look forward to starting them soon."
League owners first discussed the policy during their meetings in March and passed it without a formal vote during May meetings. Players and their union didn't have a part of creating this policy.
Source: 670 The Score
The Mid-Summer Classic is just around the corner, but they play the game we have to find out which Major League Baseball players will be in it. All the fan votes have been counted and we now know the starters for each league:
MLB also announced the reserves and pitchers for each of the respective leagues:
The MLB All-Star Game is set for July 17 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. and can be seen on FOX.
Last night (July 7) in Las Vegas, Daniel Cormier was hot as hot can be. He walked into the arena with the UFC Light heavyweight Championship, and he left the arena also carrying the UFC Heavyweight Championship. Cormier became only the second fighter in history to hold both of those titles, the first being Connor McGregor.
Cormier win over former champ Stipe Miocic may not have been the biggest story to come out of the event, despite the impressive first round knockout. While celebrating his win, Cormier used the opportunity to call out his possible next opponent, current WWE Universal Champion, Brock Lesnar.
After seeing Lesnar in the crowd, Cormier took to the mic to get his rivals attention.
“Listen to DC! Listen to DC!” he said, referring to himself by his nickname. “There is a guy I’ve known a long time: A wrestler, an All-American, a former UFC heavyweight champion. Brock Lesnar, get your ass in here!”
That's all it took to get Lesnar to enter the octagon. During the jaw-jacking, Lesnar referred to Miocic as a piece of crap and then said to Cormier, “I’m coming for you mother [expletive]!”
As for a potential match-up, several sources are saying that Lesnar, who hasn't competed in the UFC since July 2016, is already in the USADA testing pool and may be ready to fight for the UFC as early as November 2018. That would set up massive PPV match-up at the UFC event planned for Madison Square Garden.
Three time NBA Champion Stephen Curry has another major accomplishment to celebrate. The sharp shooting guard and his wife Ayesha Curry have welcomed their third child into the world.
The couple shared the happy news on Instagram Wednesday, introducing the world to their third child and first son ― Canon W. Jack Curry. He was born on Monday.
Congrats to Steph and Ayesha on their new addition to the family.
The Big 3 League is taking over Chicago's United Center today as they bring their exciting brand of basketball to the stadium that Michael Jordan built.
The league, which is run by the likes of rapper Ice Cube and former NBA great Clyde Drexler, among others, will feature four games in Chi-town tonight. The games are played as 3-on-3 games and feature many former NBA players.
The first game tonight can be seen on Facebook Watch. It will feature the 0-1 Ghost Ballers challenging the 0-1 Killer 3s. The Ballers feature Mike Bibby, Ricky Davis, and former Chicago Bull Carlos Boozer. The Killer 3s are captained by Stephen Jackson and also includes another former bull in Metta World Peace (Ron Artest).
Game two will see the broadcast move to Fox and will showcase Tri-State is 1-0 vs the 0-1 Ball Hogs. Tri-state features Nate Robinson, Jermaine O'Neal and surprise leading scorer David Hawkins. Deshawn Stevenson leads the Ball Hogs.
Game three is a battle between two 1-0 teams, Power and 3's Company. Cuttino Mobley, along with Chicago originals Corey Maggette and Quentin Richardson, help provide the charge for Power. 3's Company also has a player with Chicago roots in Jason Maxiell.
The finale features a rematch of last year's championship game as the defending champs Trilogy (0-1) take on last year's runner up 3-Headed Monster (1-0). Trilogy has Rashad McCants, the MVP of last year's championship game, leading them. 3-Headed Monster hopes that last seasons leading scorer, Rashard Lewis, along with Reggie Evans and Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf can help them live up to the hype of their name.
Tickets are still available here if you want to witness the action in person, otherwise TV coverage starts at 6 PM on Facebook Watch, then continues at 7 PM on Fox.
Last season in the NFL, we learned about allegations of sexual and racial misconduct against then owner of the Carolina Panthers Jerry Richardson. After a lengthy investigation, Richardson stepped away from the team, leading to it's eventual sale. Now the NFL is finally responding to the investigation and allegations by fining the former owner $2.75 million.
U.S. Attorney and SEC Chairman Mary Jo White conducted the investigation, which substantiated “claims that have been made, and identified no information that would either discredit the claims made or that would undermine the veracity of the employees who have made those claims,” the NFL said.
A Sports Illustrated article revealed that at least four employees received “significant” monetary settlements due to Richardson’s “inappropriate workplace comments and conduct.” After the story broke, Richardson announced plans to sell the Panthers and stepped back from day-to-day operations.
Last month, league owners approved a potential sale to billionaire businessman David Tepper. The transaction is expected to close over the next two weeks.
Much of the $2.75 million fine will go to various organizations fighting race and gender-based issues in the workplace and beyond.
All season long, James Harden of the Houston Rockets has been working overtime to led his team to the promise land. He led the NBA in scoring, improved his defense, and help the Rockets get the best overall record in the regular season.
Everything was going Hardens way till his team met up with the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors. Harden put up a good fight, winning many battles and even getting the upper hand. But after he suffered the loss of a valuable teammate in Chris Paul, he couldn't stop the Warriors and he lost in seven games.
That was then, but Monday night (June 25) at the NBA Awards, it wasn't about team, it was about the individual. While Harden much rather be wearing a championship ring, he got a nice piece of hardware that he will always be proud of. Harden has won his first NBA MVP Award.
Winning this year's award was no easy task. Harden had to beat top stars like Anthony Davis and LeBron James (who really is MVP every year).
Harden led the league in scoring with 30.4 points per game while guiding the Rockets to the NBA’s best regular-season record. He also averaged 8.8 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 1.8 steals while hitting 36.7 percent of his 3-point shots for a team that set the NBA record for most 3-pointers made in a single season.
You may or may not have heard but Chicago's Chance The Rapper has a new production company called Social Function Productions. One of the first major events the company will help produce is a concert in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics. The concert will reportedly include performances by the legendary Smokey Robinson, Jason Mraz, O.A.R., and more.
Chano announced the news on social media on Thursday (June 14). “I’m happy to announce that my new production company SFP and I are producing the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics here in Chicago,” he wrote, along with an official concert poster.
The Special Olympics will officially be held in Seattle on July 1, but the concert will kick off in Chance’s hometown of Chicago on July 21. You can purchase tickets to the concert here.
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman is reportedly facing a four-game NFL suspension for a violation of the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Adam Schefter and Field Yates of ESPN reported the news Friday and noted the ban is in the appeal process.
Edelman missed the entire 2017 season after suffering a torn ACL during the preseason.
Edelman made 98 catches for 1,106 yards and three touchdowns while playing all 16 games in 2016. He's tallied 425 receptions for 4,540 yards and 24 scores since the Pats selected the converted quarterback in the seventh round of the 2009 draft.
If the suspension is upheld, Edelman would miss games against the Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins. He'd be eligible to return for the team's Week 5 clash with the Indianapolis Colts.
As the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers prepare for game four of the 2018 NBA Finals, they will have one less thing to worry about once a champion is crowned. Which ever team wins the NBA title (probably the Warriors at this point) won't have to worry about planning a trip to Washington D.C. to visit the White House.
Earlier today (June 8) President Trump announced that neither team will be invited to the White House, should they win the championship. This is the second time in a week that the president has uninvited a professional sports team to the White House. On Tuesday of this week (June 5), President Trump revoked the invite to 2018 NFL Champion Philadelphia Eagles after learning that only a handful of players were willing to come. This time, Trump is saying that neither NBA team would be invited after both LeBron James and Steph Curry said they would most likely skip the visit.
The WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx never received an invitation to Trump’s White House. The team chose instead to commemorate its 2017 championship with a day of community service in Washington D.C.
Members of last year’s NHL champion Pittsburgh Penguins and Major League Baseball champion Houston Astros attended White House ceremonies over the past eight months. At least one member of the newly crowd NHL champion Washington Capitals has said he will not accept an invite from Trump.
“The things that he spews are straight-up racist and sexist,” Capitals winger Devante Smith-Pelly said.
Trump also dis-invited the Warriors from a White House visit that was never planned following their NBA title victory last season, one day after Curry declared, “I don’t want to go.” A handful of players, including 2017 Finals MVP Kevin Durant, were also on record saying they would not attend if invited.