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Sports and Race (Part 2)

Jun 10, 2020
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National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell has now apologized for how it handled the player's protest over police abuse against African Americans. Mike Lurie is an east coast sports writer and a commentator of Delmarva Public Radio. He reflects on the issue of race and the world of sports. (Part 2)

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National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell offered an apology in how it has handled the protests of its players over racism and police abuse in the wake of the nationwide demonstrations over the death of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with east coast sports writer and commentator Mike Lurie about the turnabout. (Part 1)

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The combat veteran who sings the national anthem for the Baltimore Ravens has decided to step down.

The decision by Joey Odoms follows the decision by Ravens players and others on NFL teams around the country to take a knee during the playing of the anthem.

President Trump has called for the team owners to fire those players.

On his Facebook page Odoms said this was an ethical decision.

He told WJZ News that he was not offended by the player’s actions but did not want to get mixed up in the controversy.


NEW YORK (AP) - A former FBI director hired to look into how the NFL pursued evidence in the Ray Rice abuse case says the league should have investigated the incident more thoroughly before it initially punished the player.

Robert Mueller released the report Thursday, saying that the NFL had substantial information about the case and could have obtained more.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Saying the word "Redskins" on the air isn't obscene or profane - at least not according to the Federal Communications Commission.

The FCC on Thursday dismissed a petition that called for one of the team's flagship radio stations not to have its license renewed. The petition claimed repeated use of the word "Redskins" violates rules against indecent content.

But the FCC said that the law defines profanity as sexual or excretory in nature - meanings that don't relate to the name of the football team.

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NEW YORK (AP) - A hearing for former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice appealing his NFL suspension has concluded after two days and testimony from the former running back and the head of the league.

Rice and his wife Janay Rice left the hearing separately on Thursday about three hours apart, after each testified at the New York office of a neutral arbiter. The arbitration hearing will determine whether the NFL overstepped its authority in modifying a two-game suspension of Rice, making it indefinite after video of the running back hitting his wife was released by TMZ.

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) - The Baltimore Ravens have terminated the contract of running back Ray Rice.

The team made the move just hours after the release of a video that appears to show Rice striking his then-fiancee in February.

The NFL suspended Rice for two games in July for domestic violence. The league drew criticism that it wasn't tough enough. Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Monday that, based on the new video evidence, Rice has been suspended indefinitely.

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A new video has surfaced in the Ray Rice domestic violence incident.

TMZ has just posted a video of the punch that occurred just before the Raven’s football player was seen dragging his fiancé Janay Palmer out of an elevator at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City.

The video shows that Rice hit Palmer and she responded by striking back.

Then, Rice punches her knocking Palmer to the floor.  She hits her head on the hand rail rendering her unconscious.

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This month Ravens running back Ray Rice found himself apologizing after being given a two game suspension for an altercation with his fiance.  The incident has raised questions about whether the National Football League is doing enough to combat domestic violence and has led to criticism from several U.S. Senators. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talked with East Coast Sports writer Mike Lurie about the issue as well as the growing chorus calling for changing the name of the Washington Redskins.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says he believes it is "probably time" for the Washington Redskins football team to change its name.

O'Malley made the statement on his Facebook page Tuesday.

The Democratic governor who is mulling running for president posted: "I was asked earlier today and answered that I do believe it is probably time for the Washington Redskins to change their team name."

The team plays in Landover, Maryland, at FedEx Field.