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NFL Won’t Punish Players for Kneeling During the National Anthem, but What Has Really Been Accomplished?

Yesterday Roger Goodell, commissioner for the NFL, announced that the NFL was not going to require its players to stand during the National Anthem. This came after a meeting between 11 team owners and over a dozen players on Tuesday, as they attempted to come to a concession about the state of the #takeaknee issue.

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Amber Ruffin Responds to Mike Ditka’s Claim That There Has Been “No Oppression in the Last 100 Years”

Writer Amber Ruffin addressed comments made by Mike Ditka on Late Night with Seth Meyers yesterday, after the former Chicago Bears coach shared his thoughts on the growing movement of players protesting during the national anthem.

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Jemele Hill is On The Right Side of History

Stand With Her

Yesterday it was announced that ESPN would be suspending anchor Jemele Hill for two weeks in response to her tweets that called Trump a white supremacist and for calling out Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys.

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Things We Saw Today: A Fake “Antifa” Twitter Account Forgot to Disable Its Russian Geotag

Russia's Internet propaganda war on the U.S. is continuing apace.

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Stephen Colbert Shows Trump What Actual Boo-ing Is In Response to His NFL Preoccupation

Will Trump ever learn how to word properly? On The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Colbert talked about Trump's recent preoccupation with NFL protests in the face of actually, you know, solving problems and being a president.

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The Daily Show Wrote a Savage “Green Eggs and Ham” Poem for Racists Who Hate When Black People Protest

In the wake of Trump's attacks on NFL players who protest against police brutality, Daily Show host Trevor Noah asks, "When is the 'right time' for black people to protest?"

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In Defiance of Trump’s “Son of a Bitch” Rant, Scores of NFL Players Take A Knee During the Anthem

In defiance of Trump calling NFL protesters against racial injustice "sons of bitches," scores of NFL players knelt during the anthem during today's games.

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Queering the NFL: Why Queer Characters Need Strong Allies Against Toxic Masculinity

It’s difficult enough to have a profession that ensures you remain closeted, but creating a queer character who doesn’t know anyone like them is extremely harmful.

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Things We Saw Today: Deadpool‘s Version of The “Training Montage”

Deadpool, which took home two golden popcorns at the MTV Movie Awards, is also going to be out on Blu-Ray May 10. MTV News released a deleted scene from the movie that captures the ever-entertaining "training montage" trope, albeit a little more R-rated--and all to Deadpool's very own theme song.

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#OneHitMeansOut Calls for the NFL to Stop Tolerating Domestic Abuse

Mildly NSFW

This PSA from Made By Woman Media titled "Topless Women Talk NFL" calls for the NFL to stop tolerating domestic violence.

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Moronic Radio Host Rants About Kathryn Smith, the NFL’s First Female Football Coach

Apparently some sports talk show radio hosts didn't think much of the Buffalo Bills' hire, because was only a matter of hours before they were ranting and raving into their microphones about how dumb they thought this move was.

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Buffalo Bills Hire Kathryn Smith, the NFL’s First Female Coach

The NFL's Buffalo Bills have hired Kathryn Smith to be their quality control-special teams coach, marking this as the first time a major league NFL team has hired a female coach.

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Former NFL Player Chris Kluwe RIPPED GAMERGATE UP In an Expletive-Filled Op-Ed

W O W

"Every time I see one of you slackjawed pickletits link me something like 'I’m a moderate #Gamergate’r,' or '#Gamergate in sixty seconds YOUTUBE CLIP,' or 'Here’s an anecdotal story from this one woman we found that completely negates an entire history of misogyny and abuse of woman, not just in videogaming but in the entirety of human existence so support the REAL GAMERS,' it pisses me the fuck off because you are ruining something I enjoy."

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Marvel Celebrates NFL Career of Brian “Weapon X” Dawkins, Makes Him Wolverine

Brian "Weapon X" Dawkins is hanging up his jersey this weekend after 16 years in the NFL. This is a pretty standard practice, but Dawkins has been anything but standard on the field. To commemorate this somber occasion, Marvel will actually be handing out a custom poster by Jorge Molina of the well-known Philadelphia Eagles safety depicted as if he were actually Wolverine.

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Google Without Google, Replacement Google Are What Search Looks Like On Parallel Earths, Maybe

Considering how much of our lives most of us spend on Google or Google products at this point, we can safely be forgiven if they occasionally get a little boring. After all, the company basically owns the rights to all of our souls, diary contents, and first born children. What, you never read your user agreement? It's a little much to ask that we find their products entertaining as well. Today sees two excellent riffs on everybody's favorite search engine*, the NFL-tweaking Replacement Google and the uber-minimalist Google Without Google.

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Meet Shannon Eastin, the NFL’s First Female Official

Firsts

Today in things that we didn't know but which do not surprise us: No woman has ever officiated an NFL game. That's about to change. Shannon Eastin, a referee for the Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference, will fill that position. With sixteen years of officiating experience under her belt, we'd say she's ready. She'd say so, too.

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Electronic Arts is Apparently Making a Movie About the Madden Curse

You know the Madden Curse? That seemingly impossible, yet oddly convincing curse that befalls players who have appeared on the covers of the Madden video game box art, in which their careers usually take a turn for the worse after appearing on said box art? Well, Electronic Arts is working on a movie about the Madden Curse. The best part about this? It's not a documentary. Read on past the break for some comedy.

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