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Kaepernick Sacrifices Truth for Politics

Michael Brown, Townhall.com

'Sunday NFL Countdown' Gets Hipper

John Ourand, Sports Business Journal

49ers in Tough Spot Cutting Kaepernick

Charles Robinson, Yahoo Sports

The Vikings' season may already be over. That sounds like an overreaction -- and perhaps it is -- but anytime a team with playoff aspirations has its franchise quarterback collap...(full article)

Dear Colin, You’re obviously getting a ton of responses to your decision to sit during the national anthem, both negative and positive, but as I justread that you intend to cont...(full article)

Colin Kaepernick Day Five has now turned officially into a remote episode of Crazytown. Which, knowing our new bat-loony American landscape, is probably how this was meant to go. N...(full article)

The first on-air words out of Randy Moss’ mouth as ESPN’s newest NFL analyst was a call for heads to roll.“Someone needs to be fired,” Moss said early this month when he ...(full article)

A week ago, Colin Kaepernick’s future represented a football problem for the San Francisco 49ers. Today, it’s a little more difficult. The quarterback’s...(full article)

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