This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 9 On the first day of classes at North Little Rock High, a crew-cut sophomore named Jerral Wayne Jones found his spot among a phalanx of White boys who stood at the front entrance and blocked the path of six Black students attempting to desegregate the school. In a photograph taken at the scene, Jones could be seen standing a few yards from where the six Black students were being jostled and repelled with snarling racial slurs by ringleaders of the mob. At one point, a Black student named Richard Lindsey recalled, someone in the crowd put a hand on the back of his neck. A voice behind him said, "I want to see how a nigger feels." The ruffian hostility succeeded in turning away the would-be new enrollees. The confrontation occurred 65 years ago, on Sept. 9, 1957, during the same month that a higher-profile integration effort was taking place at Little … [Read more...] about Jerry Jones helped transform the NFL, except when it comes to race
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ARLINGTON, Texas — Jerry Jones is a storyteller. Not in a fictional sense, though some of the stories Jones has told over the years might leave you saying, “Did this actually happen?” Jones’ stories come from 80 years worth of life experience. Many stories we know, like when Jones’ father persuaded him not to purchase the San Diego franchise of the American Football League. We know he was in Cabo on vacation when he discovered the Cowboys were for sale. We know his side of the story when it was time to part ways with Jimmy Johnson. We know why he stuck with Jason Garrett for nearly 10 years. We know the stories of when it was time to build AT&T Stadium. Jerry Jones has lived a public life, and it appears he’s embraced most of it. There is one story he hasn’t told enough, however, considering what he’s seen. It’s the one about the day he stood on the schoolhouse steps in North Little Rock, Ark., watching as six Black teenagers were denied entry into his high school. The … [Read more...] about What does uncovered Jerry Jones photo from Little Rock tell us about the Cowboys owner?
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 21 WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell were sued by the District of Columbia on Thursday, accused of colluding to deceive fans by lying about an inquiry into “sexual misconduct and a persistently hostile work environment” within the team. The individual club and the league as a whole were also named in the consumer protection civil lawsuit, which D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine said was based on his office's investigation that began in the fall of 2021. Racine said the defendants jointly “misled the public” about the contents of, and procedure surrounding lawyer Beth Wilkinson's examination of the team's workplace culture that began in 2020. His office seeks a court order that will force the league to release Wilkinson's … [Read more...] about Snyder, Commanders, NFL, Goodell sued by DC attorney general
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 11 Aaron Rodgers has hit the ground in every NFL stadium except one. And while the “frozen tundra” of Lambeau Field has delivered its share of bumps and bruises, the venues with artificial turf have been even rougher on Rodgers’ nearly 39-year-old body. “I do think it’s time to go all grass throughout the league,” the four-time MVP said Tuesday, echoing a growing sentiment that’s become a major talking point around the NFL. Players Association President JC Tretter called on six venues to immediately change their playing surfaces last weekend, saying the artificial turf in those stadiums results in higher injury rates when comparing non-contact injuries and lower extremity injuries like sprained ankles and torn knee ligaments. Players from Seattle to Miami, from New England to Los Angeles, have loudly backed Tretter. Rodgers, Green … [Read more...] about Aaron Rodgers, NFL players urge league to nix turf, go with grass
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 5 HOUSTON (AP) — Deshaun Watson was a star with the Houston Texans. Then he became disgruntled and later disgraced. After sitting out an entire season, he was traded to the Cleveland Browns. There, he has missed most of another as punishment amid sexual misconduct allegations. Come Sunday, he'll be back in H-Town, taking snaps in an NFL game for the first time in nearly two years. “I think this will probably be the final piece to that story,” Texans coach Lovie Smith said. Watson is set to return from an 11-game NFL suspension when the Browns visit the Texans on Sunday, an uncomfortable reunion with Houston after the team's acrimonious split with the former face of the franchise. “Deshaun is back. He’s playing football," Smith said. "The way things go, his first game would be back down here.” Sunday will be the first time Watson has played a regular-season game … [Read more...] about Texans brace for Deshaun Watson’s return with Browns
After a COVID-enforced two-year delay, Aston Martin ’s ground breaking ceremony last week to begin work on its new state-of-the-art Formula 1 factory and campus marks an important moment. With owner Lawrence Stroll making clear his lofty ambitions to be world championship winners in the next three to five years, he understands that the team could not keep going as it was. Still operating out of the Silverstone facilities that originally housed Jordan Grand Prix in 1991, Aston Martin’s increasing reliance on temporary offices has left it in a state where, if it is truly serious about winning world titles, it’s no longer fit for purpose. As a result, Stroll has signed off on an ambitious 400,000 square foot campus plan to be built on the land he has acquired around the current premises. This will include a factory, wind tunnel, conference centre, auditorium, heritage department and other offices. As well as being fully sustainable, it will feature state-of-the-art … [Read more...] about Why Aston Martin’s new F1 campus is a ‘reverse’ McLaren MTC
(Bloomberg) -- Jeff Bezos named Dolly Parton the latest recipient of his Courage and Civility award, handing the music legend $100 million to direct to any charities she chooses. “She gives with her heart. What she’s done for kids, and literacy, and so many other things, is just incredible,” Bezos, 58, said in a video posted on social media. “I’ve always said, I try to put my money where my heart is, and I think you do the same thing,” Parton said in the video. “I will do my best to do good things with this money. Thank you Jeff.” Parton, 76, has operated a foundation that’s distributed books to children globally. A strong advocate of vaccination, she supported Moderna Inc.’s shot through a $1 million donation to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for coronavirus research. Bezos has previously awarded $100 million apiece to chef Jose Andres, whose World Central Kitchen feeds people in disaster-stricken areas around the world, and Van Jones, the founder of Dream.Org. … [Read more...] about Jeff Bezos is giving Dolly Parton $100M to donate to charity
Having long beavered away after being serially rebuffed, Formula 1’s commercial rights holder Liberty Media has reached an “agreement in principle” for a grand prix in Miami . Advert | Become a Supporter & go ad-free If “in principle” gets transformed into practice, the 2021 F1 season will feature two rounds in America, which in itself is no given if the PR activity on the race’s social media feeds is any indication. Why, though, the insistence on Miami in the first place? After all, the Land of the Automobile offers numerous potential venues if the price fits, and the word is that the Miami Grand Prix attracts minimal hosting fees at best. Furthermore, why F1’s insistence on negotiating with the owners of the Miami Dolphins NFL franchise despite numerous setbacks? Finally, why a May date when that month is packed with European races – three in 2020? Ever since Miami was first mooted as F1’s second US host, folk have linked the Dolphins tie-up to a key date, … [Read more...] about The less obvious reasons why Miami matters so much to F1 · RaceFans
There's been a big push from some Texans for Twitter owner and CEO Elon Musk to open a headquarters for the social media service in the Lone Star State, and a new report says the world's richest man might actually be considering it. During an all-hands meeting with employees this week, Musk said there are currently "no plans" to fully move the company out of San Francisco, but that it could make sense for the company to be "dual-headquartered" in California and Texas, according to a report from The Verge. "If we want to move the headquarters to Texas I think it would play into the idea that Twitter has gone from being left-wing to right-wing, which is not the case," Musk told employees, according to a partial recording of the meeting obtained by The Verge. "This is not a right-wing takeover of Twitter. It is a moderate-wing takeover of Twitter." A separate article from Insider about the same meeting—during which Musk announced that Twitter was done with layoffs and would … [Read more...] about Dual Twitter headquarters in Texas and California? Elon Musk is considering it.