Dave Gettleman, who rejoined the New York Giants as their general manager in December, announced Tuesday that he has lymphoma, a cancer of the white blood cells. He said he is weighing his treatment options but that doctors have told him the prognosis is positive.
Ertz and his Eagles teammates were shown kneeling in several photos during the Fox News segment, but Ertz said the players were kneeling in prayer, not to raise awareness of social injustice and police brutality issues, as other players have done. Trump has used the pregame demonstrations as a rallying point, and Vice President Pence departed early from an Indianapolis Colts game last fall when members of the San Francisco 49ers took a knee.
Ertz spotted the photos in the Fox report, tweeting Tuesday morning, This can’t be serious. … Praying before games with my teammates, well before the anthem, is being used for your propaganda?! Just sad. I feel like you guys should have to be better than this. Ertz’s tweet quickly was shared on social media, gathering more than 83,000 likes and 33,000 retweets within six hours. And by midmorning, the network had apologized for the report on Fox News at Night with Shannon Bream.
Luck has considerable sports-executive experience, in other words, and his hiring shows that XFL founder Vince McMahon is taking things a little more seriously this time around. The pro-wrestling overlord’s first attempt at an alternative to the NFL, in 2001, was marked by slapdash preparation and terrible football, dooming it to a lone year of existence.
In announcing the new XFL earlier this year — the league is scheduled to launch in January 2020 — McMahon promised shorter, faster-paced games than the NFL. He also said players with any sort of criminal record would be prohibited from joining the league and that players would be required to stand for the national anthem.
Luck reiterated that last part Tuesday.
We respect individual freedoms, Luck told Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman. But we will require players to stand for the national anthem.