Unless O.J. Simpson wants to talk about running a football in the ’70s, or how he handled himself in prison, or how he fooled everyone into thinking he was black during the trial of the century, I’m going to need him to shut the fuck up about the work that Colin Kaepernick is doing.
The Super Bowl may have been noticeably devoid of on-field protests, but the multiple “head injuries” within the game itself were a not-so-subtle reminder of the controversies that led to the low ratings of the 2017 NFL season.
Because I decided long ago not to watch the NFL this season, not watching the Super Bowl was an easy, if annoying, decision. I love the Super Bowl. I love how we pretend that it truly matters in the grand scheme of things. I love the commercials and the halftime shows and all that jazz. I even love that Justin…
The accounting has been done—at least in part—and unsurprisingly, ratings were down for Super Bowl LII, in which Philadelphia bested those annoying New England Patriots 41-33 for its first-ever Super Bowl win.
If you know like I know, bow your heads.
Football is still America’s most popular sport. And the NFL our biggest and most popular sports league. But while the NFL’s status as the king of America’s sports hill remains, I don’t remember its position ever being as precarious. To wit, each of the biggest NFL-related stories of the year has been extremely…
Other than keeping the few black and brown workers at KFC busy filling his order for a bucket of chicken and employing the once-great-and-now-fallen Dr. Ben Carson, what has President Supremacy von AgentOrangeFace done for black America—or, more importantly, for the black America that isn’t among the 1 percent?
With everything—and everyone—we lost in this past year, there were some big wins. Black women showed up and showed out in various ways. Black men put their careers and livelihoods on the line to speak out against racial injustice, police violence, and sexual assault and harassment. Creative artists experienced amazing…
This year, for each day of Kwanzaa, The Root is highlighting one person from the community who exemplifies the principle of the day.
The gig is up, the NFL is trash and they can blame the drop in ratings on whatever they’d like, but the reality is that the treatment of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the realization that NFL owners have an unshakable plantation-owner ethos now has the league canceling the final Sunday-night game.
2017 has been, how do I put this succinctly, a fucking shit year.
Perhaps a black man (or men) owning an NFL team may soon be a reality. Golden State Warrior Steph Curry recently said that he was quite serious about being interested in owning the Carolina Panthers, now that owner Jerry Richardson is selling the team after finding himself caught up in a sexual-misconduct scandal in…
Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and Colin Kaepernick’s interest in purchasing the Carolina Panthers appears to be far more legitimate than a couple of boastful tweets. Kaepernick and Combs have already discussed the role that the former quarterback might play in Combs’ new-look NFL team. And Combs has also begun reaching out to…
Updated Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, 11:21 a.m. EST: Colin Kaepernick wants in on Diddy’s scheme to buy the Carolina Panthers—and not just to play quarterback.
You might remember Alyssa Parker. She’s the Buena Vista University cheerleader who took a stand for racial injustice and quit her cheerleading squad after the school issued a policy mandating that players and cheerleaders stand during the national anthem.
I pray that when my infant son is old enough to attend college, there are courses devoted to the historical lineage inside Colin Kaepernick’s Afro. In the history of Afros, Kaepernick’s falls somewhere between Angela Davis and all of the men from the grossly underrated family soul group the Sylvers.
Even those infected with the deadliest strain of toxic masculinity know that there are four times when it is acceptable for a man to cry:
Talking to CNBC today, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell maintained that former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was not being blackballed, despite all evidence to the contrary.
In eighth grade, I was a starting wideout and cornerback for my middle school football team, the St. Bartholomew Bruins. Our team that year went undefeated and won the Pittsburgh Diocese, and our only close game that season came during the championship, which we won on a last-second touchdown caught by yours truly—a…
On Tuesday night, activist and professional football player Colin Kaepernick was presented with the Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award, and the person to present that prestigious award to him was none other than superstar Beyoncé, who made a surprise appearance to praise Kaepernick for his accomplishments.