Trump urges fans to boycott NFL over anthem protests

US President Donald Trump. (AP)
Updated 24 September 2017
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Trump urges fans to boycott NFL over anthem protests

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Sunday urged fans to boycott National Football League games to pressure the league to fire or suspend players who show disrespect for “Flag and Country.”
Trump’s latest Twitter salvo was the latest blow in an escalating war of words with some of professional sports’ biggest stars over his condemnation of NFL players protesting the national anthem.
“If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag and Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!” he said.
“NFL attendance and ratings are WAY DOWN. Boring games yes, but many stay away because they love our country. League should back US,” he said.
The row began on Friday at a Republican rally in Alabama when Trump attacked activist National Football League players — mostly African Americans — as “sons of bitches” for kneeling or sitting during renditions of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
On the same day, basketball star Stephen Curry, the top player for California’s Golden State Warriors, said he would not attend a traditional White House reception honoring the winning basketball team.
Several hours later, Trump hit back with an early-morning Twitter salvo.
“Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!” he wrote.
Trump’s outburst drew a stinging response from across the NBA, with Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James among the first to weigh in.
“U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain’t going!” James wrote on Twitter. “So therefore ain’t no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up.”
The protests began last year when quarterback Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers refused to stand for the anthem to protest racial injustice and police brutality.
Several more players have since joined in, nearly all of them black.
Kaepernick, who was unable to land a job with a team this season, has attracted support from his peers but also some backlash.
The 29-year-old said he started his protests because he wanted to spark a nationwide debate on racial injustice and police brutality.


Australian nun ordered to leave Philippines has no regrets

Updated 26 April 2018
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Australian nun ordered to leave Philippines has no regrets

MANILA, Philippines: An Australian nun whose missionary visa in the Philippines was revoked after the president complained about her joining opposition rallies says social advocacy and human rights are part of church teachings.
The Immigration Bureau gave Sister Patricia Fox 30 days to leave the Philippines after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered an investigation into the 71-year-old as an “undesirable” foreigner over what it called her partisan activities.
Fox is a coordinator of an order of Roman Catholic nuns and has been working with the Filipino poor for almost 30 years.
She told reporters she has no regrets over her public advocacy, such as calls for the release of prisoners who say they’re held for political views.
Duterte has been criticized for a war on drugs that left thousands mostly urban poor dead.