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Colin Kaepernick's story to be told in 6-part Netflix series produced by Ava DuVernay

Colin Kaepernick's story to be told in 6-part Netflix series produced by Ava DuVernay

Netflix is currently working on a 6-part series focused on former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the streaming service announced in a release on Monday.

The series, entitled “Colin in Black and White,” will focus on Kaepernick’s teenage years and how that time helped shape his world views in today’s society. Kaepernick will appear as a narrator for this scripted series, which will be produced by noted director Ava DuVernay. 

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“Too often we see race and Black stories portrayed through a white lens,” Kaepernick said in a statement. “We seek to give new perspective to the differing realities that Black people face. We explore the racial conflicts I faced as an adopted Black man in a white community during my high school years.” 

The 32-year-old Kaepernick, who’s last NFL appearance came at the end of the 2016 season, made headlines when he took a knee during the national anthem before games. He has remained outspoken about issues like police brutality and racial inequality despite being out of the league.

Kaepernick will also serve as an executive producer for the series, which will detail his experiences being a Black child in Northern California adopted into a white family. No release date has been set.

"With his act of protest, Colin Kaepernick ignited a national conversation about race and justice with far-reaching consequences for football, culture and for him, personally," DuVernay said in a release. "Colin's story has much to say about identity, sports and the enduring spirit of protest and resilience."
 

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Tom Brady quotes FDR while defending workout despite NFLPA's concerns

Tom Brady quotes FDR while defending workout despite NFLPA's concerns

Despite a recent surge in COVID-19 cases in the state of Florida, workouts led by new Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady have continued through objections from the NFL Players Association. 

The 6-time Super Bowl champion remains undeterred by critics questioning his offseason decisions, as he gets to know his new teammates through these workouts instead.

Brady posted a recent Instagram story with the famous Franklin D. Roosevelt quote, “Only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.”

However, his decision to spend this unique offseason on the practice fields of a local prep school in Tampa has recently come under fire. NFLPA medical director Dr. Thom Mayer recently released a statement recommending that NFL players stop practicing together after news broke of positive COVID-19 tests throughout several organizations (including the Buccaneers).

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"We are working on the best mitigation procedures at team facilities for both training camps and the upcoming season, and believe that it is in the best interest of all players that we advise against any voluntary joint practices before training camp commences,” Mayer wrote. 

The league’s medical staff appears to be in lockstep with that of the players association.

"The NFLPA and the NFL are in the same exact place," according to Dr. Alan Sills, the NFL’s chief medical officer, "which is we want whatever makes the safest possible environment for all of our constituents, whether they be players, coaches, trainers, medical staff or anyone in that team environment.” Team facilities remain closed to players until further notice.

Brady’s decision to continue these workouts has drawn criticism from various angles, including the media. ProFootballTalk.com’s Mike Florio weighed in recently on PFT Live.

"I think that you are basically giving your union the middle finger,” Florio said. “You are undermining your union. You are working against the group that is in place to advance your interests. You are hurting their credibility by flaunting it. That’s what bothers me the most about it.”

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According to NFL executive vice president/general counsel Jeff Pash, the league intends on opening training camps across the country on-time in late July. 

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2020 MLB win totals: Where the Nationals, Orioles stand going into shortened season

2020 MLB win totals: Where the Nationals, Orioles stand going into shortened season


After weeks of tense negotiations, Major League Baseball and its players’ union have agreed to a shortened, 60-game season set to begin in late July. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said players will report to “spring” training on July 1st, with real games beginning around July 23rd. So now, instead of counter proposals dominating the headlines, the focus is back on the field - much to the delight of many.

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Expected win totals have been released in advance of the upcoming season, and the defending World Series champion Washington Nationals find themselves with one of the league’s highest numbers. The over/under for Nats wins in 2020 is set at 33 ½, which is tied for the fifth-highest total in the league. Meanwhile, the Baltimore Orioles win total is set at 21 ½, tied for the lowest with the Detroit Tigers.

The Dodgers and Yankees are tied for the highest expected win total at 38 ½, followed by the Astros at 35 ½ and the Twins at 34 ½. An exact schedule has yet to be released, but reportedly could feature mostly games against divisional rivals, with the rest of the slate to be filled with regional opponents.

Last season, the Nationals finished with 93 wins, tied for eighth-best overall before going on a postseason run that culminated in the franchise’s first World Series title. Washington spent most of the offseason keeping their team intact, re-signing Stephen Strasburg to a new 7-year contract while keeping players like Ryan Zimmerman, Howie Kendrick and Yan Gomes around on shorter deals.

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The key will be replacing the production of Anthony Rendon, who inked a 7-year, $245 million deal with the Angels.

The Orioles find themselves in the early stages of a rebuild, finishing with 54 wins in 2019, a total that ranked 29th in all of baseball. Baltimore’s focus is clearly on the future, but a few O’s prospects could make their way to the Major Leagues in 2020. That includes Adley Rutschman, the first overall pick in the 2019 MLB draft.

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