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NFL players union unhappy at Brady, Wilson workouts

Jun 29, 2020 - 9:46 PM

Buccaneers star Brady and Seahawks signal-caller Wilson have both faced scrutiny recently after conducting throwing sessions with receivers

HIGH EXPECTATIONS. All eyes will be on Tom Brady when he debuts for the Buccaneers in the NFL. Photo from Instagram/@buccaneers

Patriots fined $1.1 million, lose pick over film furore

Jun 29, 2020 - 8:09 PM

The controversy revived memories of the Patriots' notorious 2007 'Spygate' scandal, when the team illegally filmed New York Jets coaching staff

PROBE. New England Patriots were put under investigation last December after it emerged that their TV crew had filmed the Cincinnati Bengals' sideline during a Week 14 game. Photo from Instagram/@patriots

Cam Newton joining Patriots on one-year deal – reports

Jun 29, 2020 - 3:00 PM

Released by the Panthers in March, former NFL MVP Cam Newton seeks to rebuild his career with the Patriots

NEW TEAM. Cam Newton ends a nine-season career with the Panthers. Photo from Instagram/@panthers

Vilified to vindicated: What next for Kaepernick?

Jun 19, 2020 - 3:08 PM

Controversial NFL star Colin Kaepernick took a knee on the right side of history

COMEBACK? It’s still uncertain if Colin Kaepernick (right) would get a chance to play again. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/AFP

Trump has change of heart, Kaepernick 'absolutely' deserves a shot

Jun 18, 2020 - 2:43 PM

US President Trump's latest comments come two days after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell encouraged teams to sign the controversial Colin Kaepernick

PEACEFUL PROTEST. Colin Kaepernick (center) and San Francisco 49ers teammate Eric Reid kneel in protest during the national anthem prior to their NFL game in 2016. Photo by Ezra Shaw/AFP

NFL chief Goodell encourages clubs to sign exiled Kaepernick

Jun 16, 2020 - 2:31 PM

After a kneeling protest kept Colin Kaepernick out of of the league, the NFL says it will 'support a club' that decides to welcome the controversial quarterback

SANTA CLARA, CA - OCTOBER 06: (L-R) Eli Harold #58, Colin Kaepernick #7, and Eric Reid #35 of the San Francisco 49ers kneel in protest during the national anthem prior to their NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi's Stadium on October 6, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFP

Browns' Mayfield, Texans' Watt support NFL kneel protest

Jun 15, 2020 - 5:46 PM

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield says he is 'absolutely' taking a knee during national anthems before NFL games

BEYOND FOOTBALL. Baker Mayfield has been supportive of the need for more social justice and a greater understanding of racial issues in the wake of the killing of George Floyd while in police custody. Photo from Instagram/@clevelandbrowns

Seahawks coach says team interested in Kaepernick

Jun 13, 2020 - 12:48 PM

Former NFL star and outspoken social justice advocate Colin Kaepernick may have a future in the league again

SILENT PROTEST. In 2016, Colin Kaepernick (center) sparked controversy for kneeling pregame as protest to racial injustice. Photo by Ezra Shaw/AFP

Kaepernick deserves apology, job – Jenkins

Jun 10, 2020 - 4:41 PM

Despite apologizing for its botched handling of players’ peaceful protests, the NFL has yet to directly address Colin Kaepernick's case

INJUSTICE. Colin Kaepernick (right) and Eric Reid of the San Francisco 49ers kneel in protest during the national anthem prior to playing the Los Angeles Rams in their NFL game in 2016. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images North America/AFP

Trump responds to NFL chief's protest statement

Jun 09, 2020 - 11:03 AM

Donald Trump asks whether the NFL would now allow players to kneel during the national anthem

PEACEFUL PROTESTS. US President Donald Trump continues to fire against the kneeling stance of athletes during the national anthem. File photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFP

Former NFL player Caldwell shot and killed in Florida

Jun 08, 2020 - 6:23 PM

TMZ reports Reche Caldwell was shot by a person or persons who jumped out of bushes and tried to rob him

VETERAN. Reche Caldwell played for the San Diego Chargers, New England Patriots, and Washington Redskins. Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images North America/AFP

Drew Brees 'received death threats' over flag comments

Jun 08, 2020 - 12:56 PM

NFL star quarterback Drew Brees has since changed his stance after saying he will 'never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag'

REALIZATION. Drew Brees joined the black community in its fight against racism and social injustice after his controversial flag comments drew flak. Photo from Instagram/@saints

Trump slams Brees apology over U.S. flag remarks

Jun 06, 2020 - 3:28 PM

US President Donald Trump says NFL star Drew Brees shouldn’t have apologized for criticizing kneeling protesters

SORRY. Drew Brees draws the ire of President Donald Trump for taking back his ‘hurtful and insensitive’ comments. Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images/AFP

NFL boss admits 'we were wrong' over player protests

Jun 06, 2020 - 10:54 AM

Criticized for its earlier statement, the NFL finally addresses its failure to listen to players protest on racism

BLACK LIVES MATTER. In 2017, NFL teams like the Indianapolis Colts kneel during the national anthem to protest racism and police brutality. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP

Brees sorry for 'hurtful, insensitive' kneeling remarks

Jun 04, 2020 - 10:09 PM

NFL star Drew Brees admits his comments on kneeling to protest racism and police brutality ’lacked awareness and any type of compassion or empathy’

CONTRITE. Drew Brees vows to stand with the black community. Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images/AFP

Fury as Saints ace Brees criticizes NFL kneeling protests

Jun 04, 2020 - 10:39 AM

The 'insensitive' remarks of NFL star Drew Brees draw an angry response from LeBron James and fellow athletes

CONTROVERSIAL. Drew Brees believes 'taking a knee' during the US national anthem means disrespecting flag and country.  Photo by Sean Gardner/AFP

Kaepernick defends protesters after police killing

May 29, 2020 - 12:03 PM

Controversial NFL star Colin Kaepernick supports the protest against the police killing of George Floyd

SILENT PROTEST. Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the US national anthem to draw attention to racial injustice sparked controversy in 2016. file photo

NFL players turn themselves in on robbery charges

May 18, 2020 - 3:10 PM

New York Giants' DeAndre Baker and Seattle Seahawks' Quinton Dunbar each face 4 counts of armed robbery

CAREER ON HOLD. DeAndre Baker has played one season for the New York Giants. Photo from Instagram/@drebaker1

Florida police seek NFL players in alleged armed robbery

May 15, 2020 - 10:46 AM

NFL players DeAndre Baker and Quinton Dunbar allegedly robbed party guests at gunpoint

WANTED. DeAndre Baker (left), a first-round pick in the NFL draft last year, started 15 games in his rookie season for the New York Giants. Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images/AFP

Police say arrested wife of NFL star held gun to his head

May 08, 2020 - 1:18 PM

Nina Thomas, who caught her husband and former Super Bowl champion Earl Thomas in bed with another woman, has posted bail

TOUGH TIMES. Ravens star Earl Thomas tries to address his domestic problem. Photo by Otoo Gruelle JR/AFP

NFL virtual draft sets viewer records

Apr 27, 2020 - 3:05 PM

According to Nielsen ratings, viewership increased by 16 percent overall from the 2019 draft and each day of the three-day spectacle set highs

WAITING GAME. The next NFL season is slated to come off the wraps in September. File photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images/AFP

NFL star Tom Brady enters wrong house in Florida mix-up

Apr 24, 2020 - 12:51 PM

New Bucs recruit Tom Brady laughs off another blunder as he walked into a neighboring house by mistake

NEW GUY. Tom Brady has just moved in Tampa Bay to join the Buccaneers after 20 seasons with the New England Patriots. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Bengals choose Burrow with first pick in virtual NFL draft

Apr 24, 2020 - 9:49 AM

‘To jump to No. 1 is crazy to me but it is a dream come true,’ says Joe Burrow, who had a historic collegiate campaign

HARD WORKER. Collegiate champion Joe Burrow says he worked on his game since he 'wasn’t very good' in his junior year. Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images/AFP

NFL superstar Tom Brady kicked out of park closed due to virus

Apr 21, 2020 - 6:16 PM

A warden spots the new Bucs recruit working out in a Florida city park closed due to the virus pandemic

STAY PUT. Tom Brady’s new home city reminds him to just stay home. Photo from Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Former NFL quarterback Tarvaris Jackson dies in road accident

Apr 14, 2020 - 6:32 PM

Former Seattle Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson passes away at 36 years old

ACCIDENT.  Tarvaris Jackson succumbs to injuries from a car crash in Alabama. Photo by Otto Greule Jr/ Getty Images North America/ AFP

NFL readies 'virtual draft' in April

Apr 07, 2020 - 7:42 PM

The NFL comes up with a virtual draft after it was forced to scrap out its Las Vegas event due to the coronavirus

TOP DRAFT PICK. Chase Young of Ohio State is slated to be the top pick of the NFL Draft 2020. Photo from Chase Young's Instagram

Legendary NFL kicker dies after coronavirus infection

Apr 06, 2020 - 2:48 PM

Saints kicker Tom Dempsey held the record for the longest field goal in NFL history for more than 4 decades

DEFYING ODDS. Born without toes on his right foot or fingers on his right hand, Tom Dempsey still managed to carve out a decade-long NFL career. Photo from

NFL star changes jersey to No. 24 in tribute to Kobe Bryant

Mar 23, 2020 - 4:42 PM

Defensive back Darius Slay will start his stint for the Philadelphia Eagles with a new jersey number after wearing No. 23 during his first 7 seasons in the NFL

HONORING A LEGEND. Darius Slay pays homage to the "greatest of all time" Kobe Bryant. Photo from Instagram/@bigplayslay23

Patriots owner says thank you to Brady in full-page Tampa ad

Mar 23, 2020 - 2:12 PM

NFL star Tom Brady ends a 20-year run with the New England Patriots to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

FAREWELL. Tom Brady will not play for the New England Patriots in the next NFL season. File photo from Twitter/@NFL

Tom Brady signs NFL contract with Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mar 20, 2020 - 9:52 PM

Three-time MVP Tom Brady joins a Buccaneers side that hasn't reached the NFL playoffs in 13 years

Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Tom Brady announces departure from New England Patriots

Mar 17, 2020 - 9:30 PM

Decorated quarterback Tom Brady leaves the New England Patriots after 20 years in the team

END OF AN ERA. Tom Brady announces his departure from the New England Patriots after 20 years. Photo from Twitter (@NFL)

Chiefs celebrate Super Bowl title with parade, rally

Feb 06, 2020 - 2:03 PM

'Next year, we're coming right back here,' coach Andy Reid promises as the Kansas City Chiefs celebrate their first Super Bowl title in 50 years

TOP OF THE WORLD. Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes (center) and the Kansas City Chiefs bask in championship glory. Photo by Ed Zurga/EPA-EFE

Trump misplaces Super Bowl champs Kansas City Chiefs

Feb 03, 2020 - 5:07 PM

US President Donald Trump commits another gaffe as he mentions the wrong state after the Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl

BLUNDER. Donald Trump draws laughter from social media after his Twitter blunder regarding the Kansas City Chiefs' Super Bowl win. Photos from Shutterstock (Trump) and Instagram/@chiefs (Damien Williams)

Comeback king Mahomes sparks Chiefs to Super Bowl win

Feb 03, 2020 - 11:58 AM

Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs erase a double-digit deficit to win for the third straight game as Kansas City ends a 50-year Super Bowl title drought

ALL SMILES. Patrick Mahomes (right) and Frank Clark celebrate as the Chiefs win their first Super Bowl since 1970. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP

New era beckons as Chiefs, 49ers clash in Super Bowl

Feb 02, 2020 - 8:35 PM

The Super Bowl could mark a changing of the guard for the NFL's quarterback hierarchy as the curtain comes down on the league's 100th season

HISTORY-SEEKING. The Kansas City Chiefs look to win their first Super Bowl title in 50 years. Photo from Instagram/@chiefs

Ravens ace Lamar Jackson unanimous pick for NFL MVP

Feb 02, 2020 - 3:18 PM

Lamar Jackson becomes only the second player in NFL history to be a unanimous pick for the MVP award after Tom Brady in 2010

BEAST. Lamar Jackson totalled 3,127 passing yards for a league-leading 36 touchdowns for the Ravens in the ongoing NFL season. Photo from Twitter/@Ravens

After 'Hustlers' and turning 50, Jennifer Lopez takes on Super Bowl

Jan 31, 2020 - 10:45 AM

The powerhouse performer and 'Hustlers' star is set to take on the Super Bowl halftime show with singer Shakira

NFL player Brown surrenders himself to Florida police

Jan 24, 2020 - 5:01 PM

Police say Antonio Brown allegedly refused to pay for the goods delivered to his home and threw a rock at the delivery vehicle

CONTROVERSIAL. Antonio Brown starts the new year on the wrong foot. File photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP

Patriots ace Edelman arrested for vandalism

Jan 13, 2020 - 2:33 PM

Julian Edelman, who won Super Bowl MVP in the NFL last season, was detained briefly by police

TOUGH BREAK. Julian Edelman is reportedly due to undergo knee and shoulder surgery during the offseason. Photo from Instagram/@patriots

NFL champions Brady, Patriots dethroned by upstart Titans

Jan 05, 2020 - 1:39 PM

The loss could spell the end of the storied career of Tom Brady, who won 6 Super Bowl championships

PLAYOFF EXIT. Tom Brady and the Patriots fail to defend their NFL throne. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Marshawn Lynch glad to be back in NFL after one-year retirement

Dec 25, 2019 - 7:09 PM

The Seahawks are gambling that Marshawn Lynch, who has not played in over a year, can still produce touchdowns

REUNION. Marshawn Lynch will play for the Seattle Seahawks for the first time since 2015. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFP

Injury-hit Seahawks poised to bring back Marshawn Lynch – reports

Dec 24, 2019 - 3:35 PM

Marshawn Lynch returns to the NFL after a one-year hiatus as he links up with the Seahawks, the team he played for 6 seasons

BEAST MODE BACK. Marshawn Lynch is set to reunite with the Seahawks. File photo by John G. Mabanglo/EPA

NFL bans Seattle receiver Gordon indefinitely for drugs

Dec 17, 2019 - 10:59 AM

NFL issues Seattle Seahawk's Josh Gordon his sixth suspension since the 2013 season

BANNED. Josh Gordon gets banned from the NFL indefinitely. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images North America/AFP

Myles Garrett slapped with record ban for helmet attack in NFL brawl

Nov 16, 2019 - 2:02 PM

The NFL hands the Cleveland Browns defensive end the longest ban in the history of the sport for a single on-field incident

STUNNING. The match between the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers turns into a full-blown brawl as Myles Garrett hits Mason Rudolph with his own helmet. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Patriots, Chiefs stay unbeaten with NFL road victories

Sep 30, 2019 - 3:28 PM

The New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs both improve to 4-0 with victories over the Buffalo Bills and the Detroit Lions, respectively

KINGS OF NFL. Defending Super Bowl champions New England Patriots continue to dominate. Photo from Twitter/@Patriots

Brown says he's done with NFL after Patriots drop him

Sep 23, 2019 - 12:37 PM

With rape and sexual assault allegations haunting him, Antonio Brown gets released by the Patriots after just one game into the new NFL season

SHORT-LIVED. Antonio Brown ends his stint with the New England Patriots after just one game. Photo from Twitter/@AB84

New England Patriots dump Brown amid NFL rape investigation

Sep 21, 2019 - 12:38 PM

Controversies continue to unfold as the Patriots release Antonio Brown after just 11 days

Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP

Patriots receiver Brown dropped by Nike, sidesteps questions

Sep 20, 2019 - 2:34 PM

'I'm just here to focus on ball and look forward to getting out there,' says Patriots star Antonio Brown amid a sexual assault case filed by his former trainer

EMBATTLED. The NFL launches an investigation on the allegations against Antonio Brown. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP

Brown scores in Pats debut as NFL champs thump Dolphins

Sep 16, 2019 - 1:23 PM

The Patriots waste no time in making use of Antonio Brown, who engineered his departure from the Oakland Raiders

WINNING DEBUT. Antonio Brown makes an immediate impact for the New England Patriots. Photo from