The NFL isn’t merely being criticized by pandering politicians or labor unions who weren’t consulted on their anthem policy compromise, they’re catching it from other sports as well.
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr blasted the NFL for its decision to mandate that players stand for the anthem or stay in the locker room, calling it typical of the way football does business.
The NBA also requires players to stand for the anthem, but professional basketball has also operated from a position of trust with its labor force, and a track record of social involvement and willingness to take stands. The NBA also consulted with players when formulating their anthem policy, which seemed to go a long way with labor.
Kerr and the Warriors are also used to sticking it to the man, as their invitation to the White House for winning last year’s NBA title was rescinded by Donald Trump after a number of players said they wouldn’t go. Kerr also referred to Trump as a blowhard, which gives him something in common with at least one NFL owner.
The response is what most would expect from players with pride in their games and we’ll likely hear similar musings in the months leading up to the start of the regular season. That’s when there will be an actual determination about how Dallas’ plan at receiver has worked out.
Ryan Tannehill will wear a brace to protect his twice-injured left knee
Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill missed the end of the 2016 season when he injured his left knee in December. He then missed the entire 2017 season when he injured the same knee in training camp. Now he thinks it’s time to protect that knee more carefully.
I’ll wear a brace, Tannehill said, via the Sun-Sentinel. It does nothing structurally. It’s purely to prevent what started that whole train wreck with my injury.
But that’s just for the season, when he’s at risk of getting hit. In the non-contact Organized Team Activities going on now, Tannehill is without a brace and says he can do everything he needs to do on the field.