Athletes act: Stars rise up against racial injustice in 2020
The NBA painted “Black Lives Matter” on the courts inside their Orlando, Florida, “bubble" and social justice messages were emblazoned on the backs of jerseys. Paul met with NBA players, and they decided awareness wasn’t enough anymore. “Black Lives Matter” also was featured prominently on the league’s courts. Wallace, the only full-time Black driver at the NASCAR national level, first began speaking out against racial injustice in America in the spring. His car featured a “Black Lives Matter” paint scheme.
No football talk as Titans safety sticks to racial injustice
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Titans safety Kenny Vaccaro made clear he won't let the fight against racial injustice recede from the conversation even as Tennessee returned to practice Friday. I know for me, the next step is just taking action, getting in the communities, being a shining light and an example, Vaccaro said. Not just a black square that everybody in the world posted on Instagram and thought that meant something. Asked if sitting out a regular-season game has been discussed, Vaccaro said the Titans haven't planned that far ahead. Vaccaro also has talked with safety Kevin Byard about how children look up to athletes as heroes with few Martin Luther King Jrs.
Felony charge against Breonna Taylor protesters dropped
Cameron said he still has no timeline for when his office will conclude its investigation of the case.About two dozen protestors were arrested. (Mary Ann Gerth/Courier Journal via AP)LOUISVILLE, Ky. A prosecutor announced Friday that he is dropping a felony charge against dozens of protesters who gathered at the Kentucky Attorney General's home to demand justice in Breonna Taylor's death. Many protests in recent weeks have pushed for Cameron to move swiftly to charge three officers in Taylor's killing. Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman, was fatally shot when police officers burst into her Louisville apartment using a no-knock warrant during a narcotics investigation. The warrant to search her home was in connection with a suspect who did not live there and no drugs were found.
Colin Kaepernick has more support now, still long way to go
FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers' Colin Kaepernick kneels during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)When Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem to take a stand against police brutality and racial injustice in 2016, he was mostly alone. Global opinion has shifted so much that more people are now vilifying those who attack Kaepernick or misrepresent his stance. I have had many people attempt to discourage our support of Colin, which is unthinkable to me. He is encouraged because more folks support Kaepernicks movement but realizes theres a long way to go.
Report: Dolphins trade Laremy Tunsil, Kenny Stills to Texans for draft picks
Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil (67) in action against the Buffalo Bills during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, in Orchard Park, N.Y. DAVIE, Fla. - Multiple reports indicate the Miami Dolphins are trading left tackle Laremy Tunsil and wide receiver Kenny Stills. According to Ian Rapoport, the Dolphins are sending Tunsil and Stills to the Houston Texans in exchange for several draft picks. Armando Salguero reported that the trade includes a first-round pick in 2020 and a first-round pick and second-round pick in 2021. Houston was in need of a left tackle and appears to have been able to entice the Dolphins to trade Tunsil.
Dolphins WR Kenny Stills focused on preparing for week 1
Michael Reaves / Getty ImagesDAVIE, Fla. - Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills is putting his focus on Week 1 of the regular season. Stills was asked Monday if there's any doubt that he'll be a part of the Dolphins roster. Last week, Dolphins head coach Brian Flores started practice with several Jay-Z songs after Stills criticized the hip-hop artist's relationship with the NFL. Flores said he wanted to challenge Stills. "People have been heckling me, challening me and trying to get under my skin since the beginning of this, not even just with the protest," Stills said.