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Ron Rivera will support Adrian Peterson, other Redskins players that kneel during National Anthem

Ron Rivera will support Adrian Peterson, other Redskins players that kneel during National Anthem

Redskins running back Adrian Peterson intends to kneel during the National Anthem before games this fall to protest police brutality and head coach Ron Rivera says he will support that decision.

"I am supportive of our players, I want our players to understand that," Rivera said on a conference call with reporters on Wednesday.

Rivera coached Eric Reid during his time in Carolina, an outspoken advocate in the fight against police brutality and an early ally of Colin Kaepernick. Before Rivera signed Reid, who knelt next to Kaepernick in 2016, the coach said that he read the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights to understand Reid's point of view and why that particular protest was so important. 

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"We should be supportive of people's rights, the right to free speech," Rivera said.

The tone around potential protests in 2020 comes in near stark contrast to the tone in 2016, when Kaepernick first took a knee during the National Anthem and ignited a national controversy. 

Asked specifically if Redskins owner Dan Snyder had given him instructions on the protests, Rivera said the owner was on board with the coach's decision to support his players. Snyder also donated $250,000 towards the fight for racial inequality and the Redskins organization is setting up a series of town hall meetings for open dialogue on the protests that reignited after George Floyd's death in Minnesota. 

Last week, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell apologized for not listening to players about the protests earlier and vowed to support peaceful protests.

After Peterson's comments last week it seems very clear that Redskins players will be protesting this fall. And after Rivera's comments, it's even more clear that the coach has his player's back. 

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Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury admits his iconic draft photo was staged

Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury admits his iconic draft photo was staged

Of all the moments that arose from the one-of-a-kind 2020 NFL Draft, the view inside Kliff Kingsbury’s house was easily the most memorable.

The Arizona Cardinals' head coach was pictured on draft night in an iconic photo at his insanely beautiful house, which quickly went viral. However, in a pre-camp interview on Wednesday, Kingsbury admitted that the photo was indeed staged.

"Going into it I knew I was going to be super extra in the picture," Kingsbury said. "I do think the fire –– it was 100 degrees and sunny –– was a bit much, but I laid four phones on the table because the NFL gave us a couple...all the screens, I just wanted to make it as extra as possible and it turned out good. It made for fun."

The photo featured Kingsbury lounging on his couch during the draft with four cell phones, a laptop and two computer screens on the table in front of him, which he later claimed he had “just in case” something went technologically wrong. The viral picture also showed a view of the coach’s backyard with a huge outdoor kitchen, firepit in the middle and stunning view of the mountains in the background.

While the photo was staged, his house is completely real. Kingsbury purchased the 7,000 square-foot house in Paradise Valley, Ariz. for $4.45 million in 2019 after joining the Cardinals. 

If he ever has to take part in a virtual draft again, Kingsbury has ideas for the next go-around. 

"The NFL only allowed us to have one person at the house or I might've had some people on the float swans in the back, or a DJ, really doing it big. There's always next year, hopefully."

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Twitter goes crazy for Washington Football Team's new helmet decals

Twitter goes crazy for Washington Football Team's new helmet decals

The Washington Football team on Wednesday released an up close and personal look of all angles of their new helmets set to debut this season, and let’s just say they received the stamp of approval by many.

We’re not the only ones that stan a classic, crisp, clean look of the burgundy and gold. Big time D.C. sports fan and rapper Wale retweeted the reveal with the caption “We love to see”, confirmation that the award-winning singer is on board with the new vision. Dale Earnhardt Jr. also kept his reaction short and sweet with a GIF, followed by a “they look amazing” tweet.

On the other hand, Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reacted by providing us with some bold predictions for the upcoming season. Ready for these hot takes? Florio’s first prediction is that “if Washington makes the playoffs in 2020, they'll remain the 'Washington Football Team' for at least two more years.” His second prediction reads “if they somehow make it to the Super Bowl (stranger things have happened), 'Washington Football Team' will become the new name.”

We don’t plan on ruling out any possibilities, but just know we have this one bookmarked. 

 

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