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Colts GM Chris Ballard asks why it’s ‘so freaking hard’ for white people to say ‘black lives matter’

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Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard steered clear of any football talk Thursday when talking to reporters during a video conference call.

Instead, Ballard offered a passionate speech about racial equality and social injustice in the wake of the protests sparked across the nation against police brutality.

NFL COACHES ALLOWED TO RETURN TO TEAM FACILITIES ON FRIDAY

“I can’t sit here and remain silent, because that’s exactly what we’ve done every time our black community screams and yells for help. We have to end social injustice and racial inequality. We have to end the police violence against our black community,” Ballard said, according to video shared by The Athletic’s Zak Keefer.

“Black lives matters,” he said. “I don’t understand why that’s so freaking hard for the white community to say. Black lives matter. I’ve been ignorant. I’ve been ignorant to the real problem and I’m ashamed of that. I just came to the realization to that over the last 10 days with some really hard, difficult conversations that we’ve had as an organization, as a team, with my family, with my sons and I’ve been ignorant to the real problem.

BEARS COACH MATT NAGY SAYS PROTEST OK IF TEAM DEMONSTRATES IT WILL BE DONE ‘TOGETHER’

“This is not a black problem. This is a white problem. This is an issue that we have to talk about and we can’t sugarcoat it. We can’t sugarcoat our way out of this. We can’t go back into our bubble because that’s what we’ve always done. We’ve always gone right back into our bubble and we’ve never really listened. We haven’t listened. I haven’t listened. We haven’t listened as a country. White America refuses to listen. We want to keep things the same and it can’t or we’ll continue down the same paths we’re continuing down. That has to change and nothing will change until we do that.”

Ballard added that he thinks he was doing things that hurt people in the past.

The general manager’s speech comes as NFL organizations are trying to address racial injustices in the U.S. and find ways to make changes.

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The introspection came days after George Floyd died in police custody May 25 after an officer kneeled on his neck for more than 8 minutes in a moment caught on cellphone video. All four Minneapolis officers involved in the death were arrested.

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Ted Cruz calls Drew Brees’ anthem-kneeling apology ‘sadly predictable,’ rips pro sports

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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, called Drew Brees’ apology for his remarks about kneeling during the national anthem on Thursday “sadly predictable.”

Brees told Yahoo Finance on Wednesday he would never agree with the gesture of kneeling during the national anthem as a form of protest. The New Orleans Saints quarterback was met with backlash among his teammates and other players across the sports world, which led the backpedaling.

DREW BREES APOLOGIZES AFTER VISCERAL BACKLASH OVER STANCE AGAINST KNEELING DURING NATIONAL ANTHEM

Cruz, however, appeared to be upset with Brees’ apology.

“Sadly predictable. Pro sports have become PC speech police, terrified of offending the angry Left. Words you can no longer say in today’s NFL: ‘I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America….,’” Cruz wrote.

In a lengthy Instagram message, Brees said he made comments that were “insensitive and completely missed the mark on what we are facing right now as a country.

“They lacked awareness and any type of compassion or empathy. Instead, those words have become divisive and hurtful and have misled people into believing that somehow I am an enemy. This could not be further from the truth, and is not an accurate reflection of my heart or my character,” he added.

DREW BREES FINDS SUPPORT AMID BACKLASH OVER STANCE ON KNEELING DURING NATIONAL ANTHEM

The 41-year-old tried to clarify his stance.

“I stand with the black community in the fight against systemic racial injustice and police brutality and support the creation of real policy change that will make a difference,” he wrote. “I condemn the years of oppression that have taken place throughout our black communities and still exists today.”

He said he acknowledged that he and other Americans have not done enough to fight for equality for African-Americans.

“I recognize that I am part of the solution and can be a leader for the black community in this movement. I will never know what it’s like to be a black man or raise black children in America but I will work every day to put myself in those shoes and fight for what is right,” he added.

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“I have ALWAYS been an ally, never an enemy. I am sick about the way my comments were perceived yesterday, but I take full responsibility and accountability. I recognize that I should do less talking and more listening…and when the black community is talking about their pain, we all need to listen.

“For that, I am very sorry and I ask your forgiveness.”

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NBA approves 22-team format to restart season: reports

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The NBA’s board of governors approved a 22-team format to restart the season in the summer in which games would be played at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., according to multiple reports.

The plan was approved Thursday on a 29-1 vote, according to ESPN. The Portland Trail Blazers were the lone team do vote against the format, The Athletic reported.

According to reports, the top eight teams in each conference will be invited to Disney World as well as the Trail Blazers, New Orleans PelicansPhoenix SunsSacramento KingsSan Antonio Spurs and the Washington Wizards.

The league would tip off again July 31 and a Game 7 of a potential NBA Finals series would be Oct. 12. The NBA Draft and free agency would begin soon after, ESPN reported, citing sources. Each team would play eight regular-season games before the playoffs would start.

The final details reportedly hinged on how many teams and how many people Walt Disney World will need to hold. It is reportedly expected that NBA personnel would arrive at the resort to help get things set up. Health and safety protocols are expected to be rigorous.

The Athletic reported players will need to shower in their hotels, bench players would sit in spread-out rows and there will be no guests in attendance until at least the playoffs.

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LA Galaxy’s Aleksandar Katai to meet with team over wife’s social media posts on protesters

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The LA Galaxy condemned social media posts by the wife of one of its players Wednesday.

Aleksandar Katai’s wife, Tea, posted on her Instagram story a profane call to “kill” protesters and also called them “disgusting cattle” amid the demonstrations to protest racial injustice and police brutality in wake of the death of George Floyd.

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The posts were written in Serbian and have since been deleted, according to ESPN.

The Galaxy said Wednesday that team officials were going to speak with Katai to “determine next steps.”

“The LA Galaxy strongly condemned the social posts and requested their immediate removal,” the team said in a statement. “The LA Galaxy stands firmly against racism of any kind, including that which suggests violence or seeks to demean the efforts of those in pursuit of racial equality. The LA Galaxy stand with communities of color, and especially the Black community, in the protests and fight against systemic racism, social inequality, bigotry and violence.”

Aleksandar Katai disavowed his wife’s remarks in a separate Instagram post.

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“These views are not ones that I share and are not tolerated in my family. I strongly condemn white supremacy, racism and violence towards people of color. Black lives matter. This is a mistake from my family and I take full responsibility. I will ensure that my family and I take the necessary actions to learn, understand, listen and support the black community,” he wrote.

“I understand that it will take time to earn back the support of the people of Los Angeles. I am committed to putting in the necessary work to learn from these mistakes and be a better ally and advocate for equality going forward. I am sorry for the pain these posts have caused the LA Galaxy family and all allies in the fight against racism.”

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Katai was in the middle of his first season with the Galaxy before the season was paused because of the coronavirus.

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Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley explains why he participated in #BlackoutTuesday trend

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Oklahoma football coach Lincoln Riley took part in the #BlackoutTuesday social media trend in an attempt to support the black community on Tuesday.

Riley was asked Wednesday about why he tweeted the black square out and explained that it was personal to him, according to Rivals.

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“Because it’s a personal belief of mine,” Riley said. “All lives do matter but the incidents here of all the different things that have gone on between law enforcement and specifically black males has highlighted that. And it’s highlighted that — people have said it very well, maybe better than I can say it — that all lives can’t matter until black lives do too. And on an equal playing field. That’s something that I totally agree with.

“That’s not something that’s done because I coach a football team that has a lot of young black males on it or has staff that has black males on it. That has nothing to do with it. It’s having been on football teams, been in those locker rooms, I’ve seen how awesome it can be when everybody takes an approach of we’re all on the same playing field, we’re all equal and how beautiful that is.

“And so being in those situations for the majority of my life has only made me appreciate more how awesome and how much better life is when we don’t worry about the color of skin or any other factors and we treat people the right way and people have opportunities based on the work they do and the decisions they make.”

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Riley was among the first coaches from the top conferences in the NCAA to condemn the death of George Floyd, the Minneapolis man who died in police custody May 25 after an officer kneeled on his neck for more than 8 minutes in a moment caught on cellphone video.

He added that he wanted to see some change in the world.

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“Certainly I stand with my players, I stand with an opportunity to help make this world a better place however big or small that opportunity is,” Riley said. “So I don’t think anything would be off the table as far as a protest or a call for equality and for the world to get better, which it needs to right now. As long as it’s done tastefully, it’s well thought-out, it’s done peacefully, there’s certainly nothing off the table in that realm for me personally.”

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Bears coach Matt Nagy says protest OK if team demonstrates it will be done ‘together’

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Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy appeared to support some kind of player demonstration amid mass protests against police brutality and racism taking place across the U.S.

Nagy addressed the possibility of more players kneeling during the national anthem again in a video conference call with reporters Wednesday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

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“I know that’s a big discussion,” Nagy said. “Whatever we end up doing together, it would be that [together]. What the players want to do, we’ll do. We’re gonna listen. We’ll talk through it. Then whatever we all decide to do, or they decide to do, we’ll do that. I know that we’ll do it together.”

The idea of kneeling during the national anthem sparked up again as players recall Colin Kaepernick’s actions during the 2016 season amid the recent wave of protests.

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Nagy’s comments about the possibility of Bears players kneeling during the anthem followed Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay’s comments earlier in the week.

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“It would be extremely silly of me, if I’m sitting here saying that I’m going to listen, to learn, and try to have an empathy and understanding, to not allow guys the platform if they feel like it’s the right way to represent the healing and some of those solutions that we’re looking to,” he said, according to the Los Angeles Times. “I absolutely would be open and wanting to listen and be open to that.”

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Drew Brees apologizes after visceral backlash over stance against kneeling during national anthem

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Drew Brees apologized Thursday for anyone whom he hurt with his comments about his stance against kneeling during the national anthem in wake of the visceral backlash he received.

In a lengthy Instagram message, Brees admitted he made comments that were “insensitive and completely missed the mark on what we are facing right now as a country.”

DREW BREES FINDS SUPPORT AMID BACKLASH OVER STANCE ON KNEELING DURING NATIONAL ANTHEM

“They lacked awareness and any type of compassion or empathy. Instead, those words have become divisive and hurtful and have misled people into believing that somehow I am an enemy. This could not be further from the truth, and is not an accurate reflection of my heart or my character,” he added.

The veteran New Orleans Saints quarterback then tried to clarify his stance.

“I stand with the black community in the fight against systemic racial injustice and police brutality and support the creation of real policy change that will make a difference,” he wrote. “I condemn the years of oppression that have taken place throughout our black communities and still exists today.”

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He said he acknowledged that he and other Americans have not done enough to fight for equality for African-Americans.

“I recognize that I am part of the solution and can be a leader for the black community in this movement. I will never know what it’s like to be a black man or raise black children in America but I will work every day to put myself in those shoes and fight for what is right,” he added.

“I have ALWAYS been an ally, never an enemy. I am sick about the way my comments were perceived yesterday, but I take full responsibility and accountability. I recognize that I should do less talking and more listening…and when the black community is talking about their pain, we all need to listen.

“For that, I am very sorry and I ask your forgiveness.”

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Brees’ comments came less 24 hours after he said he would never agree with kneeling during the national anthem.

Brees told Yahoo Finance that he would never agree with players protesting during the national anthem.

“I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country. Let me just tell you what I see or what I feel when the national anthem is played and when I look at the flag of the United States,” he said.

Brees likened standing for the national anthem to saluting the military.

“I envision my two grandfathers, who fought for this country during World War II, one in the Army and one in the Marine Corps. Both risking their lives to protect our country and to try to make our country and this world a better place. So every time I stand with my hand over my heart looking at that flag and singing the national anthem, that’s what I think about,” he said.

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“And in many cases, that brings me to tears, thinking about all that has been sacrificed. Not just those in the military, but for that matter, those throughout the civil rights movements of the ‘60s, and all that has been endured by so many people up until this point. And is everything right with our country right now? No, it is not. We still have a long way to go. But I think what you do by standing there and showing respect to the flag with your hand over your heart, is it shows unity. It shows that we are all in this together, we can all do better and that we are all part of the solution.”

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Arizona State punter eligible to play college football again after going undrafted in NFL

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An Arizona State punter was granted a waiver Wednesday to return to school after going undrafted — an apparent first in NCAA football history.

Michael Turk signed with an agent and entered the NFL Draft earlier this year but was not selected and he did not sign with a team. Arizona State filed a special waiver, citing the coronavirus pandemic as preventing Turk from getting a legitimate chance to show off his skills, the Arizona Republic reported.

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There was no Arizona State pro day nor did Turk have a private workout because of the pandemic. He was able to attend the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

A school spokesman told the newspaper the waiver was approved and he was going to return to school. It’s thought to have been the first time the NCAA granted a waiver for someone who signed with an agent and declared for the draft to receive their eligibility back.

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“By the grace of God I’ve received my 2 years of eligibility back at ASU. Things are crazy and evil in this world but Jesus overcame the world! Put your trust in Him!” Turk tweeted.

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Turk set a record last season for the averaged yards punted against Kent State. He averaged 63 yards in five tries in that game.

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Tennis phenom Coco Gauff, 16, protests against racial injustice in Florida, urges audience to vote

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Tennis phenom Coco Gauff used her growing platform Wednesday to speak at a protest in Florida.

Gauff, 16, joined protesters in Pompey Beach and marched to Delray Beach to demonstrate in memory of George Floyd, the Minneapolis man who died in police custody on May 25 after an officer kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes, and against police brutality, according to the Palm Beach Post.

She told the crowd she thought it was “sad’ she was out here protesting the same thing her grandmother was protesting decades ago.

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“I think it’s sad that I’m here protesting the same thing that she did, 50-plus years ago,” Gauff said. “You need to not be silent, ’cause if you are choosing silence, you are choosing the side of the oppressor.”

Gauff added: “We have to understand that this has been going on for years … I was eight years old when Trayvon Martin was killed. So why am I here at 16 still demanding change?”

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Martin was fatally shot in Miami Gardens, Fla., by George Zimmerman.

She urged those in attendance to go vote if they want to make a change.

“Yes, we’re all out here protesting, and I’m not of age to vote, and it’s in your hands to vote for my future, my brother’s future and for your future. So that’s one way to make change,” she said, according to USA Today.

“Third, you need to use your voice, no matter how big or small your platform is, you need to use your voice. I saw a Dr. [Martin Luther] King quote that said, ‘The silence of the good people is worse than the brutality of the bad people.’ So, you need to not be silent. If you are choosing silence, you’re choosing the side of the oppressor.”

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Gauff’s tennis season was postponed due to the coronavirus. She burst onto the scene at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open with some shocking upsets.

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Oregon State dismisses tight end after racist audio from 3 years ago surfaces

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An Oregon State tight end was booted from the team Wednesday after audio of a racist rant surfaced.

Beavers coach Jonathan Smith announced redshirt freshman Rocco Carley had been kicked off the team. Carley wrote an apology on Twitter and claimed the audio was from three years ago.

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“To my family, my community and everyone I have associated with, I am sorry,” he wrote. “This video was taken about 3 years ago in a groupchat where me and my friends were saying stupid things. This does not condone anything of what I have said, but I promise you all that this video does not represent me. I was doing an accent of a southern man and giving a very satire example of what we all thought would be funny. This is no way shape or form makes what I said right.

“I am truthfully sorry to everyone I have hurt and offended, and I understand that I have not represented me or my family in any positive way during this situation. To all of my brothers, teammates and everyone of color that I have associated with, I hope that you know me well enough to know I am in no way shape or form a racist. Again I apologize, and I could not be more ashamed of my actions.”

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Smith appeared to have acted swiftly in his decision to dismiss Carley from the team.

“I became aware of the comments made by Rocco Carley earlier this evening. I immediately shared the audio with [athletic director] Scott Barnes,” Smith wrote in a statement on Twitter. “We both agreed this language and attitude is entirely unacceptable, regardless of circumstance or environment. I spoke with Rocco and dismissed him from the team. I will not tolerate racism or hate speech.”

The audio surfaced late Wednesday night. Carley appeared to use insensitive and racist language to describe African Americans, homosexuals and Muslims.

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Carley played high school football at Kennedy High School in Mt. Angel before joining Oregon State, according to the Salem Statesman Journal.

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