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)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A bill proposed to the Maryland General Assembly would bar children from participating in tackle football and other contact sports on publicly funded fields until high school.

Sen. William C. Smith Jr., D-Montgomery County, who filed the bill, tells the Baltimore Sun it's not meant to undermine football. He says it's meant to show the state doesn't want to enable an activity that's developmentally detrimental.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Nearly 50,000 people have signed an online petition asking for the removal of a statute of retired Baltimore Ravens star Ray Lewis after he joined other NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.
The petition on says the anthem honors the United States and its veterans.  It reads: "To kneel during it is disrespectful, regardless of what you are protesting."
A Maryland Stadium Authority spokeswoman told The Baltimore Sun extra security has been added to M&T Bank Stadium, including the plaza where Lewis' statue is located.

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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.

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Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow may be coming to Perdue Stadium.

Of course, that would be as a New York Mets minor league baseball player.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that one of the team’s minor league teams is the South Carolina Fireflies who happens to be in the South Atlantic League with the Delmarva Shorebirds.

If it all comes together that means Tebow could be in Perdue stadium for game May 10 through the 12th.

The former Heisman Trophy winner was signed by the Mets shortly after he tried out in front of minor league teams in California.


MIAMI (AP) - Baltimore Ravens cornerback Tray Walker is in critical condition after police say he was involved in a dirt bike crash in Miami.

Miami-Dade Police say Walker was riding a Honda dirt bike with no lights and wearing dark clothing when he collided with a Ford Escape at about 8 p.m. Thursday.

The Ravens say Walker is at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Police are investigating.

Walker was selected in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL draft. He played in eight games last season, mostly on special teams.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's House of Delegates has failed to override Gov. Terry McAuliffe's veto of a bill that would allow home-school students to participate in public-school sports.

The Republican-controlled House voted 57-42 on Wednesday, falling several votes short of what's needed to overturn a veto. The so-called "Tebow bill" is named for Tim Tebow, the former NFL quarterback who was home-schooled and allowed to play football for his local high school.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed legislation that seeks to allow home-schooled students to participate in public-school sports.

The governor said in his veto message Monday that the measures would "disrupt the level playing field" of public school sports competitions. McAuliffe vetoed similar legislation last year.

The so-called "Tebow bill" is named for Tim Tebow, the former NFL quarterback who was home-schooled and allowed to play football for his local high school.


The Daytona 500 did not feature Kurt Busch this year. The NASCAR driver is the first to be suspended by the organization for domestic violence. The incident follows on the heels of the suspension of Ravens football player Ray Rice. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with East Coast sports writer Mike Lurie about why there appeared to be less outcry over Busch than Rice.


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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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.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House is eyeing a bill that authorizes online betting in Delaware and allows more venues for sports wagering and other gambling.

In addition to online slots and table games, the proposal by Gov. Jack Markell expands keno beyond Delaware's three existing casinos to at least 100 sites.

The bill to be voted on Tuesday also authorizes betting on NFL games in at least 20 more sites other than the casinos.