About 20 Giants knelt while the Steelers stood in unison and held an anti-racism banner during the playing of the national anthem before their “Monday Night Football” matchup.
Giants coach Joe Judge stood between co-captains Jabrill Peppers and Dalvin Tomlinson and put one hand on the shoulder of both kneeling players. The banner read “Steelers Against Racism” and was long enough to be held by about 25 players, some of whom raised fists.
Under New Jersey’s COVID-19 restrictions, there were no fans in MetLife Stadium to react, but Giants co-owner John Mara admitted earlier this summer he knew a segment of the fan base would be outraged by kneeling during the national anthem. Mara’s preference is for players to stand but vowed to support those who feel kneeling in protest of social injustice and racism is the way to be heard.
In 2017, only three Giants – the since-departed Damon Harrison, Landon Collins and Olivier Vernon – kneeled during the anthem.
The Giants stood spread across the goal line during the playing of “Lift every voice and sing” about 25 minutes before kickoff. That is a new addition to the pregame across the league this year. Giants linebacker Lorenzo Carter, one of the most spoken players on the topic, was in tears as the team returned to the locker room.
A video simultaneously played on the MetLife Stadium big screens showing highlights of Giants players’ community service work involved in the #TogetherBlue campaign to address areas such as poverty, homelessness, education, substance abuse, criminal justice and police-community relations. The Steelers remained in the locker room during that moment.
Hours before kickoff, several Giants, including quarterback Daniel Jones, warmed up in black T-shirts that read “Injustice against one of us is injustice against all of us” on the front and “End Racism” on the back. They were designed by former Giants captain Michael Thomas, now a safety for the Houston Texans.
LeBron James calls bubble ‘most challenging’ experience of career
LeBron James has made winning look easy inside the NBA bubble, but that doesn’t mean the experience has been a cakewalk.
Speaking to reporters ahead of a 10th trip to the NBA Finals — this time against his former team the Miami Heat — James admitted his nearly three-month stay inside the confines of Disney World in Orlando has been even harder than he imagined.
“This has probably been the most challenging thing I’ve ever done as far as a professional, as far as committing to something and actually making it through. But I knew what I was coming — what we were coming here for… I would be lying if I said I knew everything inside the bubble, the toll it would take on your mind and your body, and everything else.
“It’s been — it’s been extremely tough. But I’m here for one reason and one reason only, and that’s to compete for a championship, and that was my mindset once I entered the bubble, once I entered the quarantine process the first two days.”
The Lakers are 12-3 in the playoffs — winning each series in five games — and the 35-year-old James is averaging 26.7 points, 10.3 rebounds and 8.9 assists per contest. It’s his second-highest rebound and assist averages in his illustrious playoff career.
After arriving on July 10, the Lakers will be ending their bubble stay soon. The Finals tip off Wednesday night, and a potential Game 7 is slated for Oct. 13. James will be hoping to leave his lengthy trip with silverware in tow.
“Right from our first practice, my mindset was to — if imma’ be here, make the most of it, and see what you can do, and lock in on what the main thing is,” James said. “And the main thing was for us to finish the season and compete for a championship. So that’s just been my mindset throughout these, you know, I don’t even know how many days it’s been. Whatever how many days it is, it feels like five years.”
Albert Haynesworth, ex-NFL star, arrested on domestic assault charge
CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Former Tennessee Titans All-Pro defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth was arrested Monday after he was accused of threatening and yelling at his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend.
Cleveland, Tenn., police officers responded at 4:34 p.m. to a report that Haynesworth was yelling at his ex-girlfriend, according to a statement from the police. The woman told officers Haynesworth had driven there from his home in Franklin, Tenn., about 160 miles away, after making threats to physically harm her and her boyfriend. No physical assault was reported, according to the police statement.
“After being told multiple times to stop yelling and cursing, Haynesworth was taken into custody, charged with domestic assault and disorderly conduct and transported to the Bradley County Justice Center,” the statement reads.
A spokesman for the sheriff’s office said Tuesday that Haynesworth had been released on $1,500 bond. An email to a lawyer who has previously represented Haynesworth was not immediately returned Tuesday afternoon.
Haynesworth has been receiving dialysis since his kidneys failed. After he revealed the news last summer, Vanderbilt University Medical Center said it had more than 1,000 calls and offers to donate a kidney or ask about the process within a day. However, he has not yet received a transplant.
Haynesworth played 10 seasons in the NFL. He spent his first seven seasons with the Titans, who selected him No. 15 overall in the 2002 draft out of the University of Tennessee. Haynesworth also played for Washington, New England and Tampa Bay.
He was selected as an All-Pro after the 2007 and 2008 seasons and had 30½ sacks in 123 games.
Haynesworth had his greatest season in 2008, when he had 8½ sacks while leading the Titans to a 13-3 record and the No. 1 overall seed in the AFC before they lost to the Baltimore Ravens in the divisional playoffs.
WFAN is really close to a Craig Carton reunion
Talks between Craig Carton and WFAN have intensified to the point that a formal offer to host in the afternoons is expected to be extended by the end of the week, The Post has learned.
Carton, 51, has been off of FAN for three years ever since he was charged and convicted of fraud in a scheme in which he misallocated loans to repay gambling debts.
After serving a year in a federal prison, Carton was released this summer for what can be termed good behavior.
Carton to the afternoons is not a sure thing just yet, despite the industry-wide feeling it will happen. He has a legitimate offer to host mornings in Philadelphia at 97.5 The Fanatic, which The Post has previously reported.
FAN is also trying to figure out whom to pair Carton with if he goes head-to-head with the “Michael Kay Show.” An ex-athlete is the preferred choice. Carton worked well with Boomer Esiason for a decade. FAN may need to expand off that idea if it cannot find the right fit.
The idea of returning to mornings is not happening. Esiason and partner Gregg Giannotti continue to rate well. They were again No. 1 in the market this summer.
As for FAN’s current team of Evan Roberts and Joe Benigno, after excelling in middays, they have struggled against Kay and haven’t been helped by the pandemic limiting sports in recent months.
If Carton returns, Roberts could very well return to middays, replacing Marc Malusis and teaming with Maggie Gray. Gray’s contract is also up at the end of the year. FAN/CBS Sports Radio would likely find another spot for Malusis further down in the order.
Benigno, who turned 67 this week, has constantly talked about retirement. He could get his wish with Carton’s return.
Benigno would likely be offered to have some spot FAN appearances, if he wants it after he goes to Florida, where he has repeatedly said he will go after hanging up his headset.
Around the dial
ESPN/ABC are the broadcast home of seven of the eight first-round MLB playoff series. Its broadcasters will be calling the games from the Bristol studio or their homes.
Some teams, like its “Sunday Night Baseball” crew of Matt Vasgersian and Alex Rodriguez, will be doing two series. The duo is on the Yankees-Indians games, as well as the Reds-Braves series.
Meanwhile, TBS will have its team of Rich Waltz and Jimmy Rollins in Tampa for the Rays-Blue Jays series.
It is understandable during the pandemic for ESPN/ABC to do the first Fall Frenzy remotely, but it would be a mistake to make that the norm in future years.
In the divisional round and beyond, both Fox and TBS will have announcers on site.
…. Good idea by baseball and ESPN+ to have “Squeeze Play” on the service starting Wednesday. While the name is only OK — we’d go Fall Frenzy+ — the concept could have an old school March Madness feel. With four afternoon games on Wednesday, ESPN+ will have Jason Benetti, Kyle Peterson and Mike Petriello host a whip-around show. For the pure baseball fan, this could be nirvana because you can bounce to potential scoring opportunities.
With ABC broadcasting its first game in a quarter century, here’s a little free advice for the next TV deal between MLB/Disney. With Disney really only wanting premium baseball, the two sides should create a September Sprint/Monday Series for ABC. If you had two Yankees games among the five, it probably could rate pretty well; especially if it were an exclusive window, meaning no regional sports broadcasts. From what we’ve heard, this hasn’t come up yet, but might be worth a discussion.
Papa Clicker found “The Q Factor: The Elusive Search For The Next Great Quarterback” by Brian Billick and James Dale an interesting, quick read. Using the 2018 NFL Draft that featured Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold and Lamar Jackson, among others, the book broke down how success happens. There are some nuggets in there so it receives 4.4 out of 5 clickers.
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