NFL owners to mull anthem rules as Donald Trump ups protest criticism

first_imgNFL team owners will consider requiring football players to stand for the U.S. national anthem after President Donald Trump on Tuesday suggested using tax laws to penalise the league for players who kneel in protest of racial injustice.Trump, a Republican, escalated his feud with the National Football League in a Twitter post asking if the league should get tax breaks while some athletes kneel in protest when the “Star-Spangled Banner” is played at the start of each game.”Why is the NFL getting massive tax breaks while at the same time disrespecting our Anthem, Flag and Country? Change tax law!” Trump wrote on Twitter.The world’s top-grossing sports league gave up its tax-free status two years ago. Its owners are preparing to address the anthem issue at their fall meeting in New York Oct. 17-18, NFL chief spokesman Joe Lockhart told reporters on a conference call on Tuesday.”Everyone at this point is frustrated by the situation,” Lockhart said. “The commissioner and the owners do want the players to stand. We think it is an important part of the game.”The protests, in a league where African-Americans make up the majority of players, have continued through the season, with some players taking a knee when the anthem is played and others standing arm-in-arm in solidarity.Current policy calls for players to stand for the anthem and face the flag, but no player has been disciplined for a protest, Lockhart said.”We need to move past this controversy, and we want to do that together with our players,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote in a memo to team owners.advertisementThe White House supported the idea of asking players to stand, said spokeswoman Sarah Sanders.”We are glad to see the NFL taking positive steps in that direction,” she said at a news briefing.Asked to explain Trump’s comment on the NFL and taxes, Sanders said, “The federal tax law doesn’t apply here, but certainly we know that they receive tax subsidies on a variety of different levels.”The NFL Players Association, when asked for a reaction to possible changes to anthem rules, said in an email “we do not have a response at this time.”Trump last month called on NFL team owners to fire players who kneel during the anthem to protest police violence against black Americans.Critics contend Trump is fanning the controversy to distract from issues including devastation in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, tensions with North Korea and difficulties in pushing healthcare and tax overhauls through the U.S. Congress.Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, speaking on KRLD-FM in Dallas on Tuesday, reiterated his stance that if any of his players chose to demonstrate during the anthem, they would not play.”If you do not honour and stand for the flag in the way that a lot of our fans feel that you should … if that’s not the case, then you won’t play,” said Jones.”That’s nothing new as far as that being my wish or the way I want the Cowboys. As far as whether or not I will basically institute or do what I said I would just say. … I would ask anybody to look at my record relative to what I say I’m going to do.”last_img read more

Stoke sign Wimmer for £18m

first_imgTransfers Wimmer completes £18m move to Stoke from Tottenham Last updated 2 years ago 17:10 8/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kevin Wimmer, Tottenham Getty Transfers Stoke City Tottenham Hotspur Premier League The 24-year-old centre-back has committed to a five-year deal with the Potters after two seasons with Mauricio Pochettino’s side Stoke City have signed Kevin Wimmer from Tottenham for £18 million.Wimmer, 24, sealed his move and signed a five-year contract with Mark Hughes’ side on Tuesday, having completed his medical on Monday.Stoke 6/1 to beat Man Utd Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina He becomes Stoke’s seventh signing of the transfer window and the fourth defender to come in after the arrivals of Bruno Martins Indi, Kurt Zouma and Josh Tymon.Stoke boss Hughes told his club’s official website: “Kevin is an undoubted talent and he will significantly add to the quality of the group of players that I already have at my disposal.”We put a real emphasis on trying to enhance the defensive areas of the squad this summer and we feel that we have been able to do that.”We brought Kurt Zouma in earlier in the window and managed to bring Bruno Martins Indi back to the club following his loan spell last season, so bringing Kevin here too, a player I admire greatly, gives me real strength in depth in those central positions.”Say hello to @kevinwimmer27, who has today joined #SCFC from @SpursOfficial on a five year deal for a fee worth £18mpic.twitter.com/4eeMYsSCvM— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) August 29, 2017Hughes added: “Obviously this deal was with a view to the future because we know that Kurt is a Chelsea player, but Kevin is our player now and we knew that this deal wouldn’t have been available to us this time next year.”There is a lot of money being spent this summer, so for us to get a player of Kevin’s calibre through the door for the price we have paid, in my opinion, is something we will really appreciate for years to come.”Wimmer joined Spurs from Cologne for £4.3m in 2015, but only started 13 Premier League games over his two at the club and did not feature in any of their three league matches to date in 2017-18.Tottenham’s club-record signing of defender Davinson Sanchez from Ajax last week pushed him further down the pecking order.The Austria international will compete for a starting spot with Martins Indi, on-loan Zouma, captain Ryan Shawcross and the versatile Geoff Cameron at bet365 Stadium.Stoke, like Spurs, have four points from their first three Premier League games.last_img read more