It's not unusual for the NBA on TNT to swerve into the realm of politics, and Thursday night's show was no exception.
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A police officer on a bicycle was knocked to the ground and then attacked by several rioters as he got to his feet and attempted to get away.
LeBron James described himself as "devastated, hurt, sad and mad" when reacting to the Grand Jury indictment of former Louisville police officer Brett Hankison in connection with the shooting death of Breonna Taylor.
Former NFL quarterback and original anthem protester Colin Kaepernick, took to Twitter on Wednesday to call modern policing a "white supremacist institution" that needs to be "abolished.
WATCH: ESPN's Jalen Rose: 'It Would Be a Great Day to Arrest the Cops that Murdered Breonna Taylor!'
Sports were on ESPN Wednesday night, though, as usual, the network found a way to mix in some politics.
A large group of demonstrators set-up a roadblock in Denver on Wednesday night, as part of a wave of protests that swept over the country in wake of the Grand Jury decision in the Breonna Taylor case.
Rioters in Louisville attacked police officers by throwing projectiles at them and even knocked one of them to the ground, as the officers tried to extinguish fires in the city.
After two police officers were shot in the head and face as they sat in their cruiser nearly two weeks ago, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva challenged outspoken social justice advocate and NBA star LeBron James to match the reward for information leading to the arrest of the assailant.
Bubba Wallace turned heads recently, when he surprisingly announced that he was leaving Richard Petty Motorsports at the end of his contract.
Whoever advised the NFL that turning their games into a showcase for leftist activism was a good idea, should be probably be declared non-essential.
Colby Covington probably thought that his dominating victory over Tyron Woodley would be the highlight of his Saturday night, but he thought wrong.
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Colby Covington took care of business in a dominating performance over former UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley on Saturday night. And he wasted no time in prognosticating that President Trump will deal a similarly decisive defeat to Joe Biden in November.
Matthew Stafford has made a lot of money in the NFL. However, he also comes from a lot of money. A fact which has led the Lions signal-caller to label himself a person of "privilege," who now wants to get out of his "bubble.
Only one Cowboy who has knelt for the national anthem. However, Cowboys legend Emmitt Smith says that if he were still playing, there would be one more.
Report: Steelers Organization Chose to Put the Name of an Alleged Drive-By Shooter on Players Helmets
The Pittsburgh Steelers organization made the decision to put the name of Antwon Rose, an accused drive-by shooter, on their players helmets. That, according to Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick who says putting Rose's name on the helmets was not the players call.
Nike has decided to commemorate the four-year anniversary of when Colin Kaepernick first knelt during the national anthem, by releasing a special edition all-black jersey.
It's been a rough week or so, for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf. Not only did a federal judge rule portions of his coronavirus mitigation strategy unconstitutional, a high school in Western Pennsylvania have apparently ruled his limits on fan attendance, nonessential.
The ratings for ESPN's Monday Night Football are in, and they are not going to make the folks in Bristol very happy at all.
We've come a very long way from, if we don't stand, we won't play.
Over 30 players from the Denver Broncos and Tennessee Titans, knelt in protest during the playing of the national anthem prior to their Monday Night Football tilt.
In a continuation of the mass social justice protests that have become commonplace at NFL games in 2020, both the Giants and the Steelers made large social justice statements prior to the first of Monday Night Football's season-opening double-header.
The Sunday Night Football clash between the Rams and the Cowboys was supposed to halt the ratings crash the NFL has experienced so far in the 2020 season.
'It Was an Honor Wearing David Dorn's Name': Jags' Tyler Eifert Displays Name of Slain Retired Cop Killed by Looters
While nearly all NFL players chose to display the name of someone killed by police on the back of their helmets, Tyler Eifert went in a different direction.
The Minnesota Vikings used a portion of their pregame ceremony to pay tribute to George Floyd, a Minneapolis man killed in a police-involved incident in May, and honor his family.
The Raiders began their new era as the Las Vegas Raiders, by standing for the national anthem. The same cannot be said for their opponents.
The Miami Dolphins elected to remain in their locker room during the playing of the national anthem. And, as it turns out, they weren't the only AFC East team to no-show the playing of our nation's song.
Browns quarterback said not once, but twice, that he would kneel during the anthem this season. However, a message from the Miami Dolphins seems to have convinced the young signal-caller that the path to "real change," doesn't lie with on-the-field gestures.
The NFL has disclosed their list of approved names that they will allow players to wear on their helmet bumpers for social justice messaging. Among the names are Jacob Blake, who is accused of sexual assault.
The NFL had high hopes for its long awaited return on Thursday night. Though, the league's social justice themed season opener was evidently deemed non-essential as fans chose to quarantine themselves on other channels.
The Texans and Chiefs joined arms and stood in the middle of the field for a "Moment of Unity," prior to their season opening game on Thursday night.
The Houston Texans could not decide, as a team, how to handle the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner and the "Black National Anthem." Therefore, they decided as a team to remain in the locker room.
The players have said they will protest and, if they do, ESPN says they will televise it.
What do you do when all your rowdy friends don't show up for Monday Night Football? You cancel the song that says all your rowdy friends are here for Monday night, that's what you do.
A college football player in Pennsylvania has died of complications from the coronavirus.
Headlines were made on Tuesday after it was learned that Colin Kaepernick would be included in the Madden 21 NFL game from EA Sports. Well, get ready for more headlines.
It's possible that no one has done more of a turnaround on their anthem stance, than Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones. In 2017, Jones said that if any of his players protested, the Cowboys would not play.
Eric Trump gave a grim prognostication for the future of the NFL on Sunday night, after learning that the Dallas Cowboys gave their players the okay to protest.
Crossfit for me, but not for thee.
The flurry of reports from a few months ago about NFL teams having interest in signing the league's original anthem protester, appear to have been one giant virtue signal.
The man being investigated in the shooting death of a member of the conservative group Patriot Prayer, was killed Thursday night by police in Portland, according to a report from the New York Times.
The NFL has advised their players and staff to keep away from large crowds, so they don't contract the coronavirus. However, one crowded area the league will not try to keep them away from is the voting booth.
In case you were wondering what the NFL was doing to advance the cause of social justice and equality, the league and the league's players association are going on television to tell you all about it.
Jerry Jones has been searching for a "graceful" solution on the issue of whether the Cowboys kneel or stand during the national anthem. Though, if his starting quarterback has anything to say about it, players will be making up their own minds.
Just like most bold and fearless in the world today, Kirk Cousins assertion that he did not fear death from the coronavirus and doesn't believe that masks are effective, has been walked back a bit.
Many professional athletes have decided not to play this year for fear of contracting the potentially deadly coronavirus. Though, when it comes to Minnesota Vikings quarterback and preacher's son Kirk Cousins, if death comes he's ready for that.
It was reported last week that the NFL would allow social justice messaging on their helmets. Now, we learn that the NFL will put social justice messaging in the end zones as well.
A group of rioters got behind the wheel of a car and smashed it through a store window in Los Angeles on Monday night, in the wake of an officer-involved shooting of a black man.
Nick Saban leads the Alabama Crimson Tide onto the field on Saturdays during the fall, but on a Monday in August he led hundreds of Alabama athletes into the streets for a Black Lives Matter protest.
The thick white band at the rear base of an NFL helmet is known as the helmet padding and, up until now, has been a rather innocuous area of the helmet where the team name is normally displayed.
Packers CEO Mark Murphy issued a lengthy statement on Saturday, saying that one of the "keys" in the fight for social justice was for "white people" in "positions of power," to get more involved in making a "difference.
A turbulent day of riots and violence in Portland turned deadly Saturday night, as a man was shot and killed after an explosion of gunfire.
The Seattle Seahawks joined the long list of NFL teams who chose to cancel or postpone practices this week in protest of the officer-involved shooting of Jacob Blake.
A melee erupted after the fourth and final night of the Republican National Convention on Thursday, after a large group of rioters attacked police officers who were attempting to make an arrest.
While several NFL teams chose to cancel or postpone their practices out of protest in the wake of the shooting of Jacob Blake, the New Orleans Saints, decided to go a different route.
All eyes will be on the NFL in the coming days to see whether the league follows the NBA's lead, in canceling additional practices. If the actions and sentiment of one of their top executives is any indication, the league could take a strong indeed.
Former President Barack Obama heaped praise on NBA players for "standing up" for what they believe in on Wednesday. As the Association called-off three playoff games as a form of protest over the officer-involved shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin.
The NBA made their biggest social justice protest yet on Wednesday, when players decided to boycott three playoff games due to their frustrations over the police-involved shooting of Jacob Blake.
On Wednesday afternoon, NBA players decided to boycott their three scheduled playoff games and are considering ending their season, due to their frustration and anger over the police-involved shooting of Jacob Blake.
A man was shot in the head in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Tuesday night, as riots swept through the city for a third consecutive night.
Kenosha police units determined to enforce the city's curfew, fired tear gas into a large group of rioters and forced them to disperse after they had attempted to form a defensive shield wall.
Rioters in Kenosha set-up barricades and attacked armored police vehicles with bricks, rocks, and concrete, as rioting in the Wisconsin city entered its third night.
On Monday night, rioters in Kenosha, Wisconsin spread their civil unrest from primarily urban and commercial centers, to residential areas.
Rioters in Kenosha, Wisconsin shot industrial strength fireworks and hurled dozens of bottles and other objects at National Guard troops who were stationed in front of a courthouse.
Rampant arson and looting continued in Kenosha, Wisconsin for a second night, as rioters focused their destruction on small businesses in residential neighborhoods.
Kenosha, Wisconsin exploded in violence on Sunday evening when a black man named Jacob Blake was shot in the back seven times by a police officer after he refused an order to stop, and attempted to gain entry into a vehicle.
The Kenosha Professional Police Association ripped what it called the "irresponsible" comments from Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and issued a call for withholding judgment, in the wake of an officer-involved shooting on Sunday.
A lab contracted by the NFL to handle coronavirus testing for its players and personnel, returned 77 false positive tests over the weekend after the samples became contaminated.
Armed rioters shut down streets in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Sunday night as the city fell into chaos after a police-involved shooting earlier in the evening.
Jemele Hill: If You Thought the United States Wasn’t Nearly as Bad as Nazi Germany, How Wrong You Are
Former ESPN host and current Atlantic writer Jemele Hill, said that those who believe the United States isn't "nearly as bad as Nazi Germany," are mistaken.
There were plenty of sports on television this weekend: NASCAR, Stanley Cup Playoffs, MLB, all kinds of stuff. Though, nothing may have been as captivating as what happened on a West Virginia golf course.
The NBA's attempt to turn their sport into a platform for anti-racist imagery and symbolism took a turn on Friday night, when Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell appeared to call Mavericks guard Luka Doncic, a "B*tch Ass white boy.
LeBron James on Reading Malcolm X Autobiography: 'It's Him Understanding How Powerful the Negro Can Be'
Earlier this week, Lakers star LeBron James posted a picture of himself on Instagram in which he was reading a copy of the Autobiography of Malcolm X, while riding a stationary bike.
The Kansas City Chiefs have been in close consultation with Native American groups about their team name, and how the organization and fans represent themselves.
WATCH: NBA Star Steph Curry, Family Endorse Joe Biden: We Want the Country to Be Safe, Healthy, and Fair
Endorsing Joe Biden became a family affair on Thursday night, when Steph and Ayesha Curry officially gave Biden their support with their kids in attendance.
The Democrats are no stranger to playing the race card, and Herschel Walker is no stranger to calling liberals out. So, when fourth night of the Democratic National Convention turned into a marathon divisive racial demagoguery, Walker let them know.
A Georgia State quarterback has announced that he will miss the 2020 season, after being diagnosed with a heart condition related to his earlier COVID-19 diagnosis.
If you weren't a fan of sideline reporting at NFL games, well, this could be your year.
NBA star Chris Paul says that collecting NBA players in the lockdown bubble in Orlando, has actually helped their activism by giving players an opportunity to "educate" themselves.
LeBron James has never thought twice of using his sports platform as a platform for politics, and Tuesday night was certainly no exception.
Charlotte Hornets announcer John Focke intended to type the word "Nuggets," when posting to Twitter on Monday. Instead, well, a very different word appeared on the screens of his followers.
Under normal circumstances, hitting a 400-foot Grand slam would be a cause for celebration. Yet, that wasn't the case for Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis on Monday night.
The Portland Police Bureau released a statement on Monday, saying that the driver who was beaten unconscious by Portland rioters late Sunday night is "recovering" at a local hospital.
A motorist was dragged from his car, forced to the ground, and beaten unconscious by Portland rioters on Sunday night, as lawlessness continues to reign with no law enforcement in sight.
The Big 10 conference leadership may not want to play football this year. However, their players, fans, and families, have different ideas.
Narrative Buster: Nine Oklahoma Players Test Positive for Coronavirus After Players Return from Break
For those of you keeping track at home, the media narrative surrounding the return of college football has been that playing the season is way too dangerous and players would be much safer not practicing or playing football.
Fans were evidently displeased when two Major League Soccer clubs took a knee during the national anthem in Dallas on Wednesday. It also appears that one of the players was quite upset with the fans.
The NFL has not yet played a game, but if the first episode of the fan's first look at the league this season in any indication, fans are not anxiously anticipating its return.
If you are a Washington Football Team fan and you bought some Washington Football Team gear, you will be wearing said gear on your couch and not in the stands.
The Masters is a ways off, but that hasn't stopped those in charge from joining other sports and banning fans from their event.
LeBron James joined a host of celebrities on Tuesday, in hailing Joe Biden's selection of Senator Kamala Harris (D, CA) as his running mate.
The Big 10 will have some company in postponing the 2020 college football season. Shortly after the Big 10 announced their departure, the Pac-12 announced that they too will postpone their season.
Report: NFL to Ditch On-Field Anthem Singers This Season, Military/Police Honor Guards Could Also Be Limited
Many have speculated that television audiences will watch NFL players kneel in protest this season while the anthem singers sing and the colors are presented by military or police honor guards.
The commissioners of college football's Power 5 conferences held a meeting on Sunday to determine whether there would in fact be, a 2020 college football season.
It was widely believed that the Astros would have to fight this year due to other teams throwing at their hitters. Instead, the Stros first thing approaching a real scrap (we're not counting the non-fight against the Dodgers) came after an Astros pitcher hit an opposing hitter.
Deion Sanders has a message for the dozens of NFL players who have opted out of the 2020 season, citing concerns about contracting the coronavirus: The game will be fine without you.
Reports were rampant this weekend that the college football season is likely to be canceled, due to unrealistic and complicated NCAA safety requirements.
While it is likely that NBA superstar LeBron James meant to say "we couldn't care less" about President Trump saying he refuses to watch the NBA due to the league becoming a relentless social justice spectacle.
The Boston Bruins have publicly admitted to photoshopping a police logo off the shirt of one of their players. Moreover, the team gave a very bizarre reason for why they chose to do it.
A group of football players and staff at Colorado State University, have accused the athletic administration of a coronavirus testing cover-up.
San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has been an active supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement. Though, that doesn't mean he's not paying attention to other groups as well.