With the president directly criticizing players, they should no longer be silent
National Football League stars past and present are expressing outrage after President Donald Trump used an address in Huntsville, Alabama, on Friday to attack players who protest during the national anthem. Trump did not reference by name San Francisco 49ers former player Colin Kaepernick, who took a knee during the national anthem before games last year to protest police brutality and racial injustice.
NBA referees will be able to call flagrant or technical fouls on defenders who dangerously close on jump shooters without allowing them space to land, as Zaza Pachulia did on the play that injured Spurs star Kawhi Leonard in last season's playoffs. Officials will also make sure jump shooters are in their upward shooting motion when determining if a perimeter foul is worthy of free throws, which could cut down on James Harden's attempts after he swings his arms into contact. The new rules interpretations are being unofficially called the "Harden Rule" and the "Zaza Rule". The Washington Wizards accused the Celtics' Al Horford of a dangerous closeout on Markieff Morris that injured Morris and knocked him out of Game 1 of their playoff series two weeks before the Pachulia-Leonard play.
It’s been a rough season for Shawn Kelley, who left Friday night’s series opener in Citi Field with an issue that sounded similar to the one the reliever dealt with late in the Washington Nationals’ Game 5 loss in the NLDS last October. Kelley was 19 pitches in when he felt something in his right forearm and called the trainer out to the mound. In 33 outings this season, after tonight, the 33-year-old right-hander has a 7.27 ERA, an 8.62 FIP, 11 walks (3.81 BB/9), 25 Ks (8.65 K/9) and 12 HRs allowed (4.15 HR/9) in 26 IP, after he gave up nine home runs total (1.40 HR/9) in 58 IP in 2016, over which he put up a 2.64 ERA, a 2.97 FIP, 11 walks (1.71 BB/9) and 80 Ks (12.41 K/9). In the second year