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NBA Players, Coaches Use MLK Day To Speak About Race Relations, President Trump

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 01 / 16 / 18

Cavaliers F LeBron James used Martin Luther King Jr. Day to "not only again voice his criticism" of President Trump, but to "express his fear of what the current leadership" in DC is inviting in America, according to a front-page piece by Marla Ridenour of the AKRON BEACON JOURNAL. James: "The state...

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Teams Educating MLBers On Talking Politics

Political discussion was "prominent among the topics" in the Yankees' annual media training for players this year, and several other clubs have "made a point this spring of giving their players the same sort of 'advice,'" according to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com. Yankees Senior VP & GM Brian C ...

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Orioles Exec VP Wouldn't Want A Trump First Pitch

Orioles Exec VP John Angelos said it "wouldn't be my preference" to have President Trump throw a first pitch at Camden Yards this season, according to Dan Steinberg of the WASHINGTON POST. Angelos was asked during an appearance on the B-More Opinionated podcast "about the idea of inviting Presiden ...

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Texas Gov. Slams NFL Over Bathroom Stance

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is "blasting the NFL for raising the prospect that Texas' so-called 'bathroom bill' could impact future events in the state -- wading into a debate he has so far mostly steered clear of," according to Patrick Svitek of the TEXAS TRIBUNE. Abbott yesterday said, "The NFL is wa ...

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Curry Speaks Out On Plank's Trump Comments

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North Carolina Could Lose More Events Over HB2

The North Carolina Sports Association yesterday sent a letter to the state's House of Representatives and General Assembly "urging an immediate repeal" of HB2, according to Scott Gleeson of USA TODAY. The law "led to the removal of all the NCAA's championship events" in '17 and prompted the NBA ...

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Sports Figures Opine On Trump Immigration Order

Falcons Owner Arthur Blank yesterday addressed President Trump's executive order suspending immigration into the U.S. from seven predominantly Muslim countries, offering "some poignant commentary on what he sees as a troubled dynamic that runs counter to what he sees as the country's cultural and po ...

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Trump's Executive Order Has Sports World In Flux

The NBA has contacted the U.S. State Department to "try to determine" how President Trump's executive order suspending immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries could "potentially impact the league," according to Tim Bontemps of the WASHINGTON POST. Two NBA players -- Bucks F T ...

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Jed York Helps Fund New Athlete Activism Institute

The 49ers and CEO Jed York have "helped to fund the new San Jose State Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change, which will look at issues such as athlete activism" and actions like QB Colin Kaepernick's kneeling during the national anthem, according to Ann Killion of the S.F. CHR ...

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Gregg Popovich Rebukes Trump

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich on Saturday did not "mince words" about his feelings toward President Trump, who was inaugurated on Friday, according to Nicholas Parco of the N.Y. DAILY NEWS. Popovich said, "You really can’t believe anything that comes out of his mouth." He added, "There&rsquo ...

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Trump Began With Sports Long Before Politics

President Trump took the oath of office on Friday, but "long before there was politics, there was sports," according to ESPN's Chris Connelly. After Trump entered the "family real estate business, Trump would ever after be drawn to sports’ strong personalities." In the '70s an "eager, younger ...

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