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Football player stuns fans by retiring from the entire sport at halftime

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It might be only two games into the NFL season, but it’s been a sorry affair for the Buffalo Bills already.

After losing their first game 47-3 against the Baltimore Ravens in the first week, the Bills were pummeled by the Los Angeles Chargers 28-6 at halftime on Sunday.

Cornerback Vontae Davis, who signed a one-year, $5 million deal with Bills earlier this year, did something most only dream about. Then and there, midway through the game, Davis decided to quit and retire. Even his teammates had no idea.

“I’ve never seen it ever … it’s completely disrespectful to all his teammates,” Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander told reporters. Read more…

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Trump cancels visit for the few Philadelphia Eagles who actually wanted to visit the White House

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President Donald Trump didn’t want to play with the Philadelphia Eagles, anyway. He canceled the White House visit from the Super Bowl champs — after most of the team said they weren’t going to show up.

The sudden, perplexing cancellation follows a proposed boycott from some members of the team over the president’s insistence that players and coaches stand during the national anthem.

According to The New York Times, White House officials noted that fewer than 10 team members were locked in to attend the event on the South Lawn on Tuesday. So, Trump decided to ditch the whole thing. Read more…

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NFL star has last laugh on Twitter after once being hated on after Draft

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It’s hard to believe it now, but Houston Texans fans once hated on J.J. Watt.

That was all the way back after the 2011 NFL Draft, when the player was selected by the Texans as its 11th overall pick. 

The now-beloved NFL star, one of Time‘s 100 most influential people of 2018, hasn’t forgotten the bad times. In a caption-less tweet on Thursday, coinciding with this year’s NFL Draft, he reminded everyone about the hate he received online at the time.

Watt also retweeted a video of fans booing him in 2011, right after he was picked by the Texans in the NFL Draft. Read more…

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NFL players slam Donald Trump for rant against protests

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Football players are lashing out at Donald Trump after the president went on an extended rant about athlete activism at a rally Friday night.

Trump called on NFL owners to fire players who kneel or otherwise protest during the national anthem and encouraged fans to boycott the league.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He’s fired! He’s fired!” Trump said.

Read the transcript from Trump’s racist rant on Black players in the NFL

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Yeah, so here's Lil Wayne's weird cover of the 'Friends' theme

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Feel free to file this in the “unlikeliest covers ever” folder.

Lil Wayne covered the Friends theme song, poking fun at the San Francisco 49ers’ poor start to the NFL season in a promotion for the league’s second week on Fox.

Well, as fans would know the 49ers did indeed go 0-2 with their loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, but the upshot is that we’ve got this utterly bizarre Lil Wayne cover to store in our minds forever.  Read more…

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Why can't Colin Kaepernick get a job?

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Why can’t Colin Kaepernick get a job? He apparently can’t get so much as an interview. 

Even Spike Lee or all people smells something “fishy” about the the stone-cold reception Kaepernick’s talents are receiving in the NFL world. 

A post-brunch Instagram post by Lee that made headlines Monday could initially be dismissed as just another bizarro bubble in the celebrity fishbowl. But it actually illuminates one of the football world’s most fascinating and controversial spring storylines. 

In an Instagram post Sunday, the director and sports fan implored his hometown New York Jets to sign Kaepernick, who’s currently an NFL free agent. But Lee also wrote something more. His caption read in part: “How Is It That There Are 32 NFL Teams And Kap Is Still A Free Agent? WTF. Smells MAD Fishy To Me,Stinks To The High Heavens.” Read more…

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What this NFL player put on Facebook Live cost him $10,000 and now he's very sorry

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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is back with his latest Facebook Live video, but it likely won’t cause an uproar like his last one.

After Pittsburgh’s NFL Divisional Playoff win early this month, Brown used Facebook to livestream the team’s locker room post-game celebration, which included head coach Mike Tomlin calling the New England Patriots “those assholes.”

Tomlin apologized, the Steelers fined Brown $10,000, and now, he’s trying to clear the air. 

“I apologize sincerely that I caught an awkward moment when my coach was talking,” Brown said in the video, posted Wednesday. “I didn’t mean no harm.” Read more…

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Tom Brady finally opens up about his relationship with Donald Trump. Kind of.

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Donald Trump confirmed his ongoing bromance with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady last week, while Brady has generally played the coy card when recently discussing the nation’s 45th president.

That changed Monday, when the two-time NFL MVP appeared on a Boston radio show and opened up on the nature of his relationship with Trump.

But if you’re expecting some riveting details, don’t hold your breath. The media-savvy Brady still kept things pretty vague. 

Their friendship goes back a long way, with Brady judging one of Trump’s beauty pageants in 2002 to Trump’s vehement support for Brady during the “Deflategate” scandal.   Read more…

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An NFL player went on Facebook Live from the locker room and nothing good happened

KANSAS CITY, MP - JANUARY 15: Wide receiver Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is tackled by cornerback Marcus Peters #22 of the Kansas City Chiefs during the second half in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 15, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) Yesterday after the Steelers upset the Chiefs in an AFC playoff game, Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown decided to go on Facebook Live from the locker room to celebrate with his fans. And the fans loved it – he went live for 17 minutes and had almost 900,000 views within just a few hours, before the video was deleted. A player using technology to celebrate directly with his fans… Read More

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Yes, the new Rams coach is old enough to drink

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On a day when LA’s newest football team — the Chargers — stole most NFL headlines, the Los Angeles Rams made a big announcement of their own. 

The team hired 30-year-old Sean McVay as their new head coach, the youngest in NFL history. 

McVay, who turns 31 in a couple weeks, barely surpasses Alabama head coach Lane Kiffin as the youngest NFL head coach to date. Kiffin was 31 when the Raiders hired him in 2007. 

McVay spent seven seasons on Washington’s coaching staff, most recently as offensive coordinator. Given his age and boyish charm, Twitter had some pretty great jokes to accompany the Rams’ new hire.  Read more…

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The San Diego, er, Los Angeles Chargers epitomize the rotten scam that is pro sports

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As with most everything these days, internet jokes provide thin cover for a darker truth. 

Yes, the Los Angeles Chargers’ new logo is lame. Yes, it deserves the online roasting it got Thursday. But beneath the derisive laughter is the despair of thousands upon thousands of San Diego Chargers fans who just got told that they — and their treasured memories and shared traditions — mean nothing in face of dollars and cents. 

The Chargers officially announced a move to Los Angeles Thursday after 56 years as San Diego’s NFL team. Owner Dean Spanos decided to move the team after the San Diego voters reasonably declined to give the Chargers millions in public funds to build a new stadium. Public money, voters commendably decided, should fund social programs and infrastructure rather than a professional sports team that exists to turn a profit. Read more…

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How a 23-year-old kid suddenly became the Oakland Raiders' best shot at a championship

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For a moment, the Raiders had it all.

Their best record in 16 years, a ticket to the postseason, a homegrown quarterback having an MVP-calibre season. Oakland’s 2016 season was surreal for a franchise that had only seen one Super Bowl in the past three decades.

In theory, Saturday’s wild card playoff game against Texas should be cause for celebration, seeing as Oakland hadn’t seen the postseason since 2002. 

Instead, Oakland’s storybook season hangs in the balance. 

A season-ending injury to quarterback Derek Carr — and an injury to the guy who replaced him —  leaves the Raiders offense in the hands of a 23-year-old kid named Connor Cook, Oakland’s third-string quarterback, who is suddenly the NFL’s most intriguing figure as the path to the Super Bowl begins.  Read more…

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