Over the weekend, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick created a stir when he did not stand for the National Anthem before an exhibition game and later told reporters that his refusal to do so was a protest of institutional racism in America. Given how issues which touch on patriotism and protest play in a sports setting, it’s not at all surprising that this quickly turned into a huge controversy, with many decrying Kaepernick’s act, even as many have rushed to his defense. Because this is the NFL and because we live in the social media era, the volume of this controversy is understandably cranked to 11. But it’s not the first time an athlete has mounted such a protest. Back in 1995
Billionaire American businessman Frank McCourt, 63, has agreed to buy Ligue 1 giant Marseille. Yeah, that Frank McCourt who owned the LA Dodgers in a highly controversial stretch from 2004-12. In a statement released by the club on Monday, they confirmed that an “exclusivity agreement regarding the acquisition Football Club Olympique de Marseille” had been reached between McCourt and current owner Mrs. Margarita Louis-Dreyfus.
The race for the American League MVP award just got cloudier Sunday. Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson announced his presence with authority, bashing three home runs during a 9-6 win over the Minnesota Twins. Donaldson’s first blast came in a big spot for the Blue Jays.