Gubernatorial candidate Diane Black addresses the Williamson County Republican Party's annual Reagan Day Dinner on Feb. 23, 2018. WASHINGTON – Don't look for Rep. Diane Black in the stands at Tennessee Titans games anymore. The Republican congresswoman and candidate for governor says she and her husband Dave have canceled their season tickets because of the national anthem protests by some players last season. Black says she and her husband didn't attend or watch a single game last season because the NFL and its players disrespected the flag and the national anthem. Their boycott will continue next season, she wrote in an opinion article that appeared last week on Outkick the Coverage, the website
On the uncomfortable question of player protests during the national anthem, Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien finds himself stuck between the comments of owner Bob McNair and many of his players. O'Brien was on center stage during the AFC coaches breakfast at the NFL owners meetings in Orlando, Florida. When asked about McNair's assertion this week that the playing field is “not the place for political statements,” O'Brien tried to strike a conciliatory tone. “I believe all of us can come together — owners, coaches and players — to put out a better message,” O'Brien said. “This thing is running down the tracks right now, and we're all having a hard time getting a handle on it.” All but a few
Before the Cardinals released Tyrann Mathieu earlier this week, Reid, 26, was considered the best available safety.
Papa Johns has ended its sponsorship deal with the NFL three months after founder and former CEO John Schnatter blamed player protests during the national anthem for declining sales. The company’s current CEO Steve Ritchie announce the news on the earnings call on Tuesday, saying the company will shift its marketing to focus on individual deals with teams and players. “The NFL and Papa John’s have made a mutual decision to shift from their official league sponsorship to a focus on partnerships with 22 local NFL teams, presence in broadcast and digital media, and key personalities in the sport,” the two entities said in a joint statement.