Wave of protests in NFL after Trump criticism

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr (13) locks arms with punter Brad Wing (9) during the national anthem prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (James Lang-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)
Updated 24 September 2017

Wave of protests in NFL after Trump criticism

LOS ANGELES: A wave of protests swept National Football League games on Sunday after US President Donald Trump called for players demonstrating against racial inequality during the national anthem to be fired.
Dozens of players at several games across the league chose to kneel during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” in the largest such demonstration since the protests first began in 2016.
The first mass protest took place at the NFL’s London game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Baltimore Ravens at Wembley Stadium.
A large number of players from both teams chose to kneel during the playing of the anthem while others stood with their arms interlocked.
Among those linking arms with the players was Jacksonville owner Shad Khan, who donated $1 million to Trump’s election campaign in 2016.
Khan later issued a statement decrying Trump’s recent comments as “divisive and contentious.”
“That’s why it was important for us, and personally for me, to show the world that even if we may differ at times, we can and should be united in the effort to become better as people and a nation,” Khan said.
The London protests were emulated across the United States as matches kicked off.
In Foxborough, around 15 members of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots kneeled during the national anthem.
Star quarterback Tom Brady linked arms with his team-mates. Patriots owner Robert Kraft, a friend of Trump who also donated to his campaign, issued a statement saying he was “deeply disappointed” by Trump’s remarks on Friday.
In Chicago, the Pittsburgh Steelers chose to remain in their locker room during the anthem ahead of their clash with the Bears.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, who is black, said the decision was not intended to be disrespectful but rather calculated to “remove ourselves from the circumstance.”
“These are very divisive times for our country,” Tomlin told CBS television. “For us as a football team, it’s about remaining solid.”


NBA’s Spurs to retire French great Parker’s number

Updated 17 August 2019

NBA’s Spurs to retire French great Parker’s number

  • Tony Parker will become the 10th player in Spurs franchise history to have his number raised to the rafters
  • He was the 2007 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, becoming the first European player to claim that honor

LOS ANGELES: The San Antonio Spurs said Friday they will retire Tony Parker’s Number 9 jersey on November 11, when they host the Memphis Grizzlies in an NBA regular-season game.
Parker will become the 10th player in Spurs franchise history to have his number raised to the rafters, joining Bruce Bowen (12), Tim Duncan (21), Sean Elliott (32), George Gervin (44), Manu Ginobili (20), Avery Johnson (6), Johnny Moore (00), David Robinson (50) and James Silas (13).
France’s Parker played 17 of his 18 NBA seasons in San Antonio, helping the Spurs capture four titles.
He was the 2007 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, becoming the first European player to claim that honor.
Originally selected by San Antonio with the 28th overall pick in the first round of the 2001 NBA Draft, Parker is the Spurs leader in assists (6,829), while ranking second in games played (1,198), fourth in points (18,943) and steals (1,032), fifth in free throws made (3,309) and sixth in rebounds (3,313).
He announced his retirement from the NBA in June, having played his last season with the Charlotte Hornets.
Parker is one of five players in NBA history to post at least 19,000 points and 7,000 assists, along with Oscar Robertson, John Stockton, Gary Payton and LeBron James.
He played in a total of 1,254 career games in 18 seasons with the Spurs and Hornets, averaging 15.5 points, 5.6 assists and 2.7 rebounds in 30.5 minutes.
Parker finished his career seventh in NBA history with 892 wins.