President Donald Trump’s comments on Friday night and throughout the weekend about the NFL needing to fire players who do not stand for the national anthem drew strong responses from inside and outside the football world. Most of those responses fell either in opposition to or support of the President, but Saints quarterback Drew Brees found some slightly different ground. When Brees met with the media after Sunday’s 34-13 victory over the Panthers, Brees was critical of the President as well as of players, including his teammates, who didn’t stand.
Los Angeles Lakers owner Jeanie Buss made an extremely tough decision in the middle of last season when she decided to part ways with both her brother Jim, who was the executive vice president of basketball operations at the time, and long-time general manager Mitch Kupchak. The move came at an interesting time as it was just a week before the trade deadline and the front office duo was in the midst of discussing a possible DeMarcus Cousins trade with the Sacramento Kings. But Jeanie replaced them with former Laker great Magic Johnson to be the president of basketball operations and then hired Kobe Bryant’s agent Rob Pelinka as general manager a few weeks later. Kupchak recently appeared on the
USWNT players Megan Rapinoe, Sydney Leroux and Becky Sauerbrunn were among players from both the Seattle Reign and FC Kansas City who did not appear for the national anthem at a NWSL game on Sunday. Rapinoe was the first USWNT player to kneel during the national anthem as she joined the protests led by NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick calling for racial equality and against police brutality.