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Charles Barkley Doesn’t Want Players Vilified For Not Kneeling

“In addition to linking arms and kneeling during the anthem, players wore Black Lives Matter shirts for warmups and debuted jerseys featuring messages such as “Peace,” instead of their last name.”

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Never afraid to offer an opposing viewpoint, Charles Barkley reminded TNT’s audience that standing for the national anthem doesn’t make you a bad person. 

The NBA restart tipped off Thursday night, following a national anthem which saw players, coaches and referees take a knee, a unified statement in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. The first game featured the Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans kneeling, followed by the Lakers and Clippers doing the same, with LeBron James and Anthony Davis linking arms near midcourt as the national anthem was performed by the Compton Kidz Club. 

Teams have been given the go-ahead by the league to kneel during the anthem as a way of peacefully protesting social injustice. Previously, the NBA imposed a rule stating players must stand and line up in a “dignified posture” during the national anthem, but commissioner Adam Silver has made it clear he’s in support of peaceful protests. 

“I respect our teams’ unified act of peaceful protest for social justice and under these unique circumstances will not enforce our long-standing rule requiring standing during the playing of our national anthem,” Silver said Thursday.

While the NBA’s restart bubble in Orlando has become a platform for social justice and the league has so far been unified in their approach to the national anthem, Charles Barkley stated it should also be OK if someone wants to stand. 

“The thing is, the national anthem means different things to different people,” Barkley said Thursday on TNT’s Inside The NBA. “I’m glad these guys are all unified, but if people don’t kneel, they’re not a bad person. I want to make that perfectly clear.”

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“I’m glad they had unity, but if we have a guy that doesn’t want to kneel or the anthem means something to him, he should not be vilified,” Barkley added.

The NBA has supported its players in using their platform and voice to demand social justice and equality. In addition to linking arms and kneeling during the anthem, players wore Black Lives Matter shirts for warmups and debuted jerseys featuring messages such as “Peace,” instead of their last name. 

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Terry Bradshaw Is Cancer Free

Bradshaw’s candor comes after struggling through a sentence during the September 25th edition of the show, in which Howie Long helped finish his sentence.

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During FOX NFL Sunday, Terry Bradshaw revealed he was diagnosed with two different forms of cancer in the last year.

However, after surgeries and treatments, Bradshaw said he is now cancer free.

The Pro Football Hall of Famer said he was diagnosed with bladder cancer in November of last year and surgery and treatments removed the cancer. Then, in March of this year, a tumor was found on the left-side of his neck. Bradshaw called it a “Merkel cell tumor”, which he had removed.

Bradshaw’s candor comes after struggling through a sentence during the September 25th edition of the show, in which Howie Long helped finish his sentence.

The 74-year-old has worked on FOX NFL Sunday since its inception in 1994. He will be inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame later this year.

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Scott Van Pelt’s ‘Bad Beats’ Becoming 30-Minute Monthly Show

Van Pelt, alongside “Stanford Steve” Coughlin, recaps the toughest losses suffered by sports gamblers with unconventional final moments and unexpected outcomes as it pertains to the over/under or point spread.

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The popular “Bad Beats” segment from SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt is being turned into a monthly half-hour show on ESPN.

Van Pelt, alongside “Stanford Steve” Coughlin, recaps the toughest losses suffered by sports gamblers with unconventional final moments and unexpected outcomes as it pertains to the over/under or point spread, otherwise known as a “bad beat”. Generally, the segment lasts around 5-10 minutes. ESPN will repurpose the content from the show to package it into a half-hour edition.

The new monthly show debuted yesterday at 5:30 PM ET on ESPN.

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Sports Media Reacts To Rodney Harrison Concussion Plea On Football Night In America

“This isn’t the first time Harrison has spoken about his own experience with CTE”

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Everyone that covers the NFL has spent the better part of a week talking about Tua Tagovailoa. The Miami Dolphins quarterback’s health has been the subject of speculation after suffering two traumatic hits in the span of five days leading many to wonder if he was sent back onto the field after suffering a concussion.

Questions about the way the Dolphins and the NFL treated the quarterback are being asked all over TV and radio. There have already been consequences on the field too as the independent doctor that examined Tagovailoa has been fired for making “several mistakes” in his evaluation.

Sunday night, Rodney Harrison sounded off about what he saw and his own experience with head injuries. The former Patriots defensive back explained the lingering effects he has dealt with.

“I would implore these young men, don’t go back on the field if you get hurt,” he told Maria Taylor and Tony Dungy on Football Night in America. “Because I don’t want them to have to feel like me and so many other players that had to deal with concussions, whether it’s depression, anxiety, paranoia, broken relationships, not being able to communicate with your spouse. It’s a lot. CTE takes you to a dark place and I want these players to know it’s not worth it. Please take care of yourself.”

One of the most eyebrow raising moments of Harrison’s statement came from his blunt advice to players about the people evaluating them after big hits.

“Don’t depend on the NFL. Don’t depend on anybody. If something’s wrong with your head, report it!”

The clip was shared all over social media and drew praise and commentary from Rodney Harrison’s colleagues.

This isn’t the first time Harrison has spoken about his own experience with CTE. He was on The Dan Patrick Show on Friday to talk about the way Tagovailoa’s injury was handled. He said that he would regularly lie to doctors when he was being checked out after a big hit.

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