NFL: Message being lost in political firestorm over anthem

first_imgVarios jugadores de los Browns de Cleveland se arrodillan al escuchar el himno nacional de Estados Unidos en un partido de la NFL ante los Colts de Indianápolis, el domngo 24 de septiembre de 2017 (AP Foto/Michael Conroy, archivo)NEW YORK — The NFL says the message players and teams are trying to express is being lost in a political firestorm.The issues have been “overtaken by political forces,” NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said Thursday, referring to President Trump’s criticism of the league, team owners and players for kneeling during the national anthem.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Silver expects NBA players to stand during national anthem Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene The players knelt last weekend in response to social injustice. Full teams, along with some team owners, linked arms either before or during the anthem. Three teams — Pittsburgh, Seattle and Tennessee — did not take the field until after the anthem.“They are under attack now and the (original) lesson has been forgotten,” Lockhart said. “It is important for everyone to understand what they are talking about, to not see everything in terms of who is up or down politically.“The NFL players are men of character, many of whom are leaders in their community. They are patriotic, support the military. … They understand their platform can be used to make the country a better place.”Lockhart insisted there will be no “leaguewide directive” for future demonstrations.“This is an issue that should involve the owners of the 32 clubs, the coaches and players to work out together,” he said. “There is very regular dialogue going on between the players, coaches and owners. This is an issue that has sort of gripped the headlines. We all care very deeply about this.“All of our owners don’t always agree with even each other, and the players often have a position at odds with the league, and we work hard to resolve those,” he added. “We have been united on this issue. They are all pulling in the same direction, but we understand each locker room is different.”ADVERTISEMENT In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide How to help the Taal evacuees On Thursday, Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker said he and his family have received death threats since he told fans not to come to games if they felt disrespected by NFL players’ protests. The Pro Bowl tight end shared the “heartbreaking” threats in a social media post.“The racist and violent words directed at me and my son only serve as another reminder that our country remains divided and full of hateful rhetoric,” Walker wrote. “These words of hate will only fuel me in my efforts to continue my work reaching out to different community groups, listening to opposing voices, and honoring the men and women in the Armed Forces who risk their lives every day so that we may have this dialogue.”Detroit Lions defensive tackle Akeem Spence said on Twitter earlier Thursday that his father, a contractor, was denied a job on a house because of his protest.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next More than 200 players either knelt or used other means as expressions of unity last weekend. Lockhart said such actions are not a protest against the anthem or the flag.“One of the impacts is to distort the views of the NFL and particularly our players,” Lockhart said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogTrump said NFL owners fear their players, and he renewed calls for action against those who kneel duringthe anthem.“I think they are afraid of their players, if you want to know the truth, and I think it’s disgraceful,” he said in an interview that aired Thursday on “Fox and Friends.” He says “most people agree” with him. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson DAY6 is for everybody OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK – A T-shirt emblazoned with the Yosemite Mountaineering School’s slogan, “Go climb a rock” — a gift from a friend — inspired Cindy Shepherd of Newbury Park to try rock climbing. Now she’s honing her skills as a participant at the Go Climb a Rock program on the soaring granite walls of Yosemite Valley. The package combines lodging, food and a two-day climbing clinic. Climbing once was considered an alternative sport but, has it become more mainstream with the proliferation of indoor climbing gyms and climbing walls. According to Hope Wolf, a climbing guide at Yosemite, the increase in climbing facilities has motivated more people to try outdoor rock climbing. It’s important, she said, to learn the fundamentals before starting out on your own. Many people might think rock climbing takes a body builderesque upper body, but the key to successful climbing is the feet. The trick is to figure out where to put them. Wolf helps the students learn to keep the sticky rubber soles of their climbing shoes stuck to the rock. She tells them to maintain pressure on the rock by staying centered over their feet and not leaning too close to the rock in a “fear hug.” “Rock has a heart made of stone,” Wolf said. “When you hug the rock, you get rejected.” At first, climbers practice on a boulder without getting too high off the ground. Then it’s time to put on a climbing harness and go higher. The climbers are “free climbing,” which means they just use their hands and feet on the rock. They’re attached to a rope for protection only. New climbers can be nervous until they learn to trust the equipment. “Fear is healthy,” Wolf said. “It keeps you alive.” The guides at Yosemite help new climbers overcome their anxiety by teaching them proper safety procedures. “We don’t want you to get a nail-bent,” said Wolf, who double-checks every climber’s harness, no matter how many times the climber has gone climbing before. Many people take climbing classes to get over a fear of heights, said Dave Bengston, director of the Yosemite climbing school. Others take classes because they want to accompany friends or a spouse on climbs. Bengston calls climbing a team sport because a partner to needed to manage the rope while one climbs. Wolf doesn’t climb rocks just because they’re there. She loves the heightened perceptions she gets while climbing. She says the rock smells different in the sun than in the shade, and the click of a carabiner punctuates the sound of the wind through the trees. At the end of the second day of her latest climb, Shepherd reached the top of a climb called Bay Tree Flake with a stunning view of the Yosemite Valley floor and Half Dome in the distance. She was all smiles.— Bill Becher covers the outdoors for the Daily News. He can be reached at CLIMB YOSEMITE For more information about Yosemite Go Climb a Rock adventure vacations, call (559) 253-5670. Upcoming dates: Sept. 18-21, 25-28 and Oct. 2-5. The cost is $469 plus tax per person and includes three nights’ lodging in a canvas tent at Curry Village, meals, and two days’ rock-climbing instruction. For more information on classes, call the Yosemite Mountaineering School at (209) 372-8344. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more