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NFL Players Association files grievance over anthem policy

The NFL Players Association announced Tuesday that it has filed a grievance against the league’s national anthem policy, which was put in place in May.

NFL owners approved the policy May 23. Under it, individual teams will have the ability to fine players and other personnel who do not stand and “show respect for the flag and the Anthem.”

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At the time of the policy’s approval, the NFLPA issued a statement against it, saying the owners did not consult the union.

“NFL players have shown their patriotism through their social activism, their community service, in support of our military and law enforcement and yes, through their protests to raise awareness about the issues they care about,” the union said in a statement. “The vote by NFL club CEOs (May 23) contradicts the statements made to our player leadership by Commissioner Roger Goodell and the Chairman of the NFL’s Management Council John Mara about the principals, values and patriotism of our League.

“Our union will review the new ‘policy’ and challenge any aspect of it that is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement.”

Related: NFL owners approve new national anthem policy, will fine teams that allow players to kneel

In the NFLPA’s announcement Tuesday, the union said the policy infringes on players’ rights:

“Our union filed its non-injury grievance today on behalf of all players challenging the NFL’s recently imposed anthem policy. The union’s claim is that this new policy, imposed by the NFL’s governing body without consultation with the NFLPA, is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement and infringes on player rights.

“In advance of our filing today, we proposed to the NFL to begin confidential discussions with the NFLPA Executive Committee to find a solution to this issue instead of immediately proceeding with litigation. The NFL has agreed to proceed with those discussions and we look forward to starting them soon.”

Ex-NFL player Brandon Browner arrested in felony investigation

Former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner was arrested Sunday afternoon near Azusa, California, according to the La Verne Police Department. 

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Browner was arrested in a felony investigation of kidnapping, burglary, false imprisonment, and violation of a restraining order in relation to an incident that took place earlier Sunday morning, according to NBC 4 Los Angeles.

Browner's background 

Browner, a Los Angeles native, played college football at Oregon State. After going undrafted in 2005, Browner spent the 2005 NFL season on injured reserve with the Denver Broncos. 

From 2007 to 2011, Browner played for the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League. 

In 2011, Browner returned to the NFL and signed with the Seattle Seahawks. Browner started 36 games for the Seahawks from 2011 to 2013. 

Browner left Seattle to join the New England Patriots, where he won Super Bowl XLIX over the Seattle Seahawks.

In 2015, Browner joined the New Orleans Saints, where he started 16 games at cornerback. 

Browner signed a one-year deal to return to Seattle in April of 2016, but he was released during training camp. 

Details on Browner's arrest

The La Verne Police Department says officers originally responded to reports of a male who broke into a residence through a locked window Sunday morning. 

The 33-year-old Browner was identified as the suspect, and police say he fled the scene before officers arrived. 

"The investigation determined Browner physically forced the victim back into her residence when she attempted to flee. He then physically harmed and made threats to kill the victim while in the residence," according to the La Verne Police Department. 

Police also said Browner took a Rolex watch, valued at approximately $20,000 from the victim, before fleeing the residence. 

According to the La Verne Police Department Browner was located within hours of the incident and was taken into custody without further incident. 

Browner is currently being held at the La Verne Police Department. 

– Visit KIRO7.com for the latest on this developing story.

Minnesota Vikings superfan Millie Wall turns 100

Minnesota Vikings superfan Millie Wall now can check another item off her bucket list. She attended her first NFL playoff game in January and saw the “Miracle in Minneapolis” when the Vikings defeated the New Orleans Saints 29-24 on the game’s final play to reach the NFC Championship Game.

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On July 4, Wall turned 100.

Now the only item left on her bucket list is for her beloved Vikings, whom she has rooted for since the team entered the NFL in 1961, to win the Super Bowl.

For now, however, Wall is content turning 100. She is not only older than the Vikings, but also predates the NFL.

“I’m trying to catch my breath,” Wall told the Star-Tribune of Minneapolis on Thursday, a day after friends and family celebrated her milestone birthday.

Wall received a telephone call Wednesday from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who also tweeted his best wishes, WCCO reported.

>> NFL commissioner gives 99-year-old Vikings fan tickets to Super Bowl

“I was so surprised,” Wall told the Star-Tribune. “But there was so much noise around I had to go in the closet to hear him. I told him I sure hope the Vikings do it this year because I don’t have much time left, you know.”

Wall also received best wishes from Vikings COO Kevin Warren, WCCO reported.

Wall suffered through the Vikings’ four Super Bowl losses in the 1970s, and agonized when Dallas’ Drew Pearson seemed to push off Vikings defender Nate Wright to catch a Hail Mary touchdown pass in a 1975 playoff game to give the Cowboys a shocking victory. She suffered again in January 1999 when the Vikings’ 15-1 regular season evaporated in an NFL Championship Game overtime loss when the Atlanta Falcons made a field goal after Gary Anderson missed a chip shot with 2:07 left in regulation that would have sealed a Minnesota victory.

“You just had to bear it,”Wall told WCCO in January.

Through the good times and bad, Wall followed the Vikings, toasting them with her signature screwdriver -- with a splash of cranberry -- or roasting them by throwing a yellow foam brick at her television set when Minnesota lost or made a bonehead play.

Wall’s fervor made her a media darling before this past season’s NFC playoffs, even though the Vikings once again failed to reach the Super Bowl.

A video of Wall opening a package that contained playoff tickets went viral.

“It just blew up,” Wall told the Star Tribune. “People are funny, don’t you think?”

In addition to Wednesday’s party, more than 400 people attended a service in Minneapolis at the Church of St. Charles Borromeo in her honor, the newspaper reported.

“They all have their smartphones,” she told the Star-Tribune. “I should have charged for every photo and I could be a millionaire.”

Wall said she had no secret formula for her longevity, although she conceded that age is catching up to her.

“I don’t jump rope anymore,” she told the Star-Tribune. “I still drive.”

She’s planning to drive for a while. She recently bought a new car.

“My son got me a warranty for three years,” Wall told the newspaper.

T.I. says he is boycotting the NFL, Super Bowl in Atlanta

Atlanta rapper and well-known Atlanta Falcons fan T.I. said he is boycotting the National Football League

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On BET’s Genius Talks with host Jemele Hill, the rapper explained why he is boycotting the NFL even though the Super Bowl will be played in Atlanta in 2019. 

>> On AJC.com: More coverage of Super Bowl 53

“I think there is a violation of constitutional rights being implemented to minority players who choose to have a peaceful, silent protest,” the Atlanta native said

>> Watch as T.I. discusses the NFL and his decision

Super Bowl LIII will be Feb. 3, 2019, at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the NFL announced in May 2017.

It will be the third Super Bowl played in Atlanta and the first since 2000.

Former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow II faces rape charges

Former NFL player Kellen Winslow II was arrested Thursday on suspicion of rape, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

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The charges against, Winslow, 34, include two counts of forcible rape, one count of forcible sodomy and one count of forcible oral copulation, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. Other charges include kidnapping with the intent to commit rape, residential burglary and indecent exposure, the sheriff’s department said.

Winslow will be arraigned Friday. 

He was arrested last week on suspicion of burglary, then posted a $50,000 bond, the Union-Tribune reported. Sheriff’s deputies arrested Winslow on his latest charges Thursday morning and searched his home, the newspaper said.

Winslow, the son of San Diego Chargers Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow, grew up in San Diego and attended high school there. He played college football at the University of Miami and was the sixth overall pick in the 2004 draft. 

He played in the NFL until 2013, playing tight end for Cleveland, Tampa Bay, New England and the New York Jets.

Man shot at Georgia mansion of former NFL player

A 23-year-old man was shot in the stomach late Sunday at the suburban Atlanta home of a former NFL player.

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The man was found with a gunshot wound around 11:15 p.m. Sunday when officers responded to a call. The home belongs to Eddie Drummond, according to Fulton County tax records.

Drummond was a wide receiver who played several seasons for the Detroit Lions, ending his career after the 2007 season with the Kansas City Chiefs.

He is known for hosting lavish celebrity pool parties at an undisclosed location described in previous event listings as the NFL Mansion.

Drummond recently promoted his April 28 birthday party at the mansion, for which tickets were as high as $260.

The man who was shot was taken to an area hospital for treatment. His condition was unknown Monday morning. 

“No further information in reference to this incident will be released at this time,” South Fulton police Detective Partrena Smith said. 

Kenny Chesney brings Super Bowl champion Eagles onstage during Philadelphia concert

Country music star Kenny Chesney surprised Philadelphia fans by bringing several members of the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles onstage during his concert at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday night, WPHT reported.

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Chesney introduced team owner Jeffrey Lurie, coach Doug Pederson and players Carson Wentz, Zach Ertz and other team members. The team members also brought the Vince Lombardi Trophy onstage, which signified their Super Bowl LII victory against the New England Patriots in February.

Pederson led the crowd in an E-A-G-L-E-S chant, WPHT reported.

With the Eagles onstage, Chesney played “Boys of Fall” to honor the Super Bowl champions.

“We have not done this song on tour until tonight,” Chesney told the audience. “Because we did it on purpose. Because, the first time I played ‘Boys of Fall’ I wanted it to be in the stadium where they won the Super Bowl.”

NFL owners approve new national anthem policy, will fine teams that allow players to kneel

Update 4:52 p.m. ET: U.S. vice president Mike Pence has responded to the NFL decision on Twitter, using the hashtag #winning.

Update 1:21 p.m. ET: The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) issued a statement on the new NFL policy:

“The NFL chose to not consult the union in the development of this new “policy.” NFL players have shown their patriotism through their social activism, their community service, in support of our military and law enforcement and yes, through their protests to raise awareness about the issues they care about.

“The vote by NFL club CEOs today contradicts the statements made to our player leadership by Commissioner Roger Goodell and the Chairman of the NFL’s Management Council John Mara about the principals, values and patriotism of our League.

Our union will review the new “policy” and challenge any aspect of it that is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement.”

Original story: NFL owners approved a new policy Wednesday regarding players who wish to kneel during the national anthem, according to a statement by the National Football League

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According to the NFL, individual teams will have the ability to fine players and other personnel who do not stand and, “show respect for the flag and the Anthem.”

The change will go into effect for the upcoming season, according to the Washington Post.

Players who choose not to stand during the national anthem may stay in the locker room or off-field while it is being played. 

The official statement from the National Football League states:

“The 32 member clubs of the National Football League have reaffirmed their strong commitment to work alongside our players to strengthen our communities and advance social justice. The unique platform that we have created is unprecedented in its scope, and will provide extraordinary resources in support of programs to promote positive social change in our communities. 

The membership also strongly believes that:

  1. All team and league personnel on the field shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.
  2. The Game Operations Manual will be revised to remove the requirement that all players be on the field for the Anthem.
  3. Personnel who choose not to stand for the Anthem may stay in the locker room or in a similar location off the field until after the Anthem has been performed.
  4. A club will be fined by the League if its personnel are on the field and do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.
  5. Each club may develop its own work rules, consistent with the above principles, regarding its personnel who do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.
  6. The Commissioner will impose appropriate discipline on league personnel who do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.”

In an official statement on the NFL website, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote:

“The policy adopted today was approved in concert with the NFL’s ongoing commitment to local communities and our country — one that is extraordinary in its scope, resources, and alignment with our players. We are dedicated to continuing our collaboration with players to advance the goals of justice and fairness in all corners of our society. 

The efforts by many of our players sparked awareness and action around issues of social justice that must be addressed. The platform that we have created together is certainly unique in professional sports and quite likely in American business. We are honored to work with our players to drive progress. 

It was unfortunate that on-field protests created a false perception among many that thousands of NFL players were unpatriotic. This is not and was never the case. 

This season, all league and team personnel shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem. Personnel who choose not to stand for the Anthem may stay in the locker room until after the Anthem has been performed.

We believe today’s decision will keep our focus on the game and the extraordinary athletes who play it—and on our fans who enjoy it.”

Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee Shayanna Jenkins announces pregnancy

The late Aaron Hernandez's fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, announced Tuesday that she's expecting another child.

Jenkins took to Instagram to announce the pregnancy and didn't reveal who the father of the baby is.

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"Many of you have had speculated that I may be expecting another miracle which is very accurate," Jenkins wrote in her Instagram post. "We are beyond excited about the new addition and chapter we will soon begin."

Jenkins revealed she'd be having another daughter, saying she "couldn’t be a luckier woman to have such a perfect little girl that’s prepared to become the best big sister, and even more blessed to welcome another baby girl to our home."

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The pregnancy comes just over a year after Hernandez's death, when he hanged himself in prison on April 19, 2017.

Hernandez's suicide note to Jenkins featured him calling her his "soul-mate" and saying she would be "rich" after his death.

Houston Texans star J.J. Watt visits Santa Fe High School shooting victims 

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt continues to make an impact in the wake of the mass shooting at a southeastern Texas high school, KTRK reported.

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Watt visited some of the victims injured in the deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School on Monday and took photographs with them and their nurses at the hospital. He also visited several victims at their homes, KHOU reported.

A gunman opened fire Friday at the high school in Santa Fe, Texas, killing 10 and wounding 13.

Among the students Watt visited Monday was Chase Yarborough, who he visited at home; and Clay Horn, who remains in the hospital after suffering a gunshot wound.

Horn could undergo more surgery Tuesday, KTRK reported.

>> J.J. Watt offers to pay for funerals of Santa Fe victims

Last week, Watt offered to pay the funeral expenses for the people who were killed.

>> Exchange student, substitute teacher among those killed

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