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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees Apologizes for Criticizing National Anthem Kneeling Protests

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Drew Brees took to Instagram on Thursday night to expound on his apology from earlier in the day for his comments on protesting during the national anthem. Those comments were widely criticized throughout many corners of the sports world.

Said Brees in the video apology he posted:

“I know there’s not much I can say that would make things any better right now, but I just want you to see in my eyes how sorry I am for the comments that I made yesterday. I know that it hurt many people, especially friends, teammates, former teammates, loved ones, people that I care and respect deeply. That was never my intention.

“I wish I would have laid out what was on my heart in regards to the George Floyd murder, Ahmaud Arbery, the years and years of social injustice, police brutality and the need for so much reform and change in regards to legislation and so many other things to bring equality to our black communities.

“I am sorry. And I will do better. And I will be part of the solution. And I am your ally. And I know no words will do that justice. ”

Protests across the United States have erupted following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died while in police custody on May 25.

However, in an interview with Yahoo! Finance posted Wednesday, Brees was asked about the possibility of protests during the national anthem at NFL games this season.

“I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country, he said. “Is everything right with our country right now? No, it is not. We still have a long way to go. But I think what you do by standing there and showing respect to the flag with your hand over your heart, is it shows unity. It shows that we are all in this together, we can all do better and that we are all part of the solution.”

Former NFL QB Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the anthem in protest of police brutality and other social and racial injustices during the 2016 season. While Kaepernick has not played in the NFL since that season, several players have continued some type of protest or demonstration during the anthem since, and kneeling was widespread during part of the 2017 season after critical comments made by President Donald Trump about the practice.

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ഇംഗ്ലണ്ട് പര്യടനത്തിനുളള പാക് ടീമിലെ 7 താരങ്ങള്‍ക്ക് കൂടി കോവിഡ്

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പാകിസ്ഥാന്റെ ഏഴ് ക്രിക്കറ്റ് താരങ്ങള്‍ക്ക് കൂടി കോവിഡ് സ്ഥിരീകരിച്ചു.ഇംഗ്ലണ്ട് പര്യടനത്തിനായി വിമാനം കയറുന്നതിന് മുന്‍പ് നടത്തിയ പരിശോധനയിലാണ് ഏഴ് പാക് താരങ്ങള്‍ക്ക് കൂടി രോഗ ബാധ സ്ഥിരീകരിച്ചത്.ഇതോടെ പാക് ക്രിക്കറ്റ് ടീമിലെ പത്ത് താരങ്ങൾക്കാണ് കോവിഡ് ബാധിച്ചിരിക്കുന്നത്.

കഷീഫ് ഭാട്ടി, മുഹമ്മദ് ഹസ്നയ്ൻ, ഫഖർ സമാൻ, മുഹമ്മദ് റിസ്വാൻ, മുഹമ്മദ് ഹഫീസ്, വഹാബ് റിയാസ്, ഇമ്രാൻ ഖാൻ എന്നിവർക്കാണ് പുതുതായി കോവിഡ് സ്ഥിരീകരിച്ചത്. നേരത്തെ ഹൈദർ അലി, ഷതാബ് ഖാൻ, ഹാരിസ് റൗഫ് എന്നിവരുടെ പരിശോധനാഫലമാണ് പോസിറ്റീവായത്.

ഇവരില്‍ ആരും രോഗലക്ഷണങ്ങള്‍ പ്രകടിപ്പിച്ചിരുന്നില്ലെന്നും പാകിസ്ഥാന്‍ ക്രിക്കറ്റ് ബോര്‍ഡ് അറിയിച്ചു. രോഗ ബാധ സ്ഥിരീകരിച്ച പത്ത് താരങ്ങളോടും ഐസൊലേഷനില്‍ പ്രവേശിക്കാന്‍ നിരീക്ഷിച്ചതായി പാകിസ്ഥാന്‍ ക്രിക്കറ്റ് ബോര്‍ഡ് വ്യക്തമാക്കി.കോവിഡ് വ്യാപനത്തിന്റെ പശ്ചാത്തലത്തിൽ നിർത്തിവെച്ചിരുന്ന ക്രിക്കറ്റ് പരമ്പരകൾ വീണ്ടും തുടങ്ങുന്നതിന്റെ ഭാഗമായാണ് പാകിസ്താൻ ഇംഗ്ലണ്ട് പര്യടനത്തിന് ഒരുങ്ങിയത്.

ലാഹോറിൽ നിന്ന് ഈ മാസം 28-നാണ് പാക് ടീം മാഞ്ചസ്റ്ററിലേക്ക് വിമാനം കയറുന്നത്. മൂന്നു വീതം ടെസ്റ്റുകളും ട്വന്റി-20യുമാണ് പരമ്പരയിലുള്ളത്. എന്നാൽ ഇംഗ്ലണ്ട് പര്യടനം നിലവിൽ അനിശ്ചിതത്വത്തിലാണ്. വിമാനം കയറുന്നതിന് ഒരാഴ്ച്ച മുമ്പ് മാത്രം പത്ത് താരങ്ങളെ കോവിഡ് ബാധിച്ചത് വിമർശനങ്ങൾക്ക് വഴിയൊരുക്കും. അതേസമയം ഹാരിസ് സുഹൈൽ, മുഹമ്മദ് ആമിർ എന്നിവർ പര്യടനത്തിൽ നിന്ന് നേരത്തെ പിന്മാറിയിരുന്നു.

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Iraqi football star Ahmed Radi dies from COVID-19

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Bagdhad: Iraqi football legend Ahmed Radhi died Sunday from complications linked to COVID-19, the health ministry said, just hours before he was to be flown for treatment in Jordan.

Radhi, 56, scored what remains Iraq’s only World Cup finals goal in 1986 against Belgium.

He had been hospitalized last week in Baghdad after testing positive for coronavirus but had checked out on Thursday after his condition improved.
But he relapsed a few hours later and was readmitted but passed away early Sunday.

In a video reportedly from his hospital bed on Saturday, Radhi could be seen struggling to breathe as medics in full protective gear try to treat him.
“Sometimes it’s hard to breathe but that’s normal,” he could be heard telling the medical team, his voice strained.

Radhi, a striker, led Iraq to victory in the Gulf Cups of 1984 and 1988, when he was voted Asian footballer of the year.

In the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, he scored against Belgium but Iraq went on to lose the match 2-1 and exited the tournament in the group stage without a point.

He fled Iraq in 2006 after its Olympic Committee head was kidnapped during the height of the sectarian violence that followed the US-led invasion of 2003.

Radhi moved with his family to the Jordanian capital Amman but returned to Iraq in 2007 for a career in politics, replacing a member of parliament who defected to join the bloody insurgency raging across the country.

He was an unsuccessful candidate in the 2014 and 2018 elections with the National Alliance, a coalition of Sunni and Shiite figures.

When news of his death broke, football fans in Iraq exploded in grief.

“With great sadness and sorrow, we mourn our lifelong companion, our fans’ ardent star, the unrivalled athlete and son of Iraq, Ahmed Radhi,” said Iraq’s new sports minister Adnan Darjal, himself a former football star.

“Farewell, Abu Faisal, goodbye to my brother Ahmed Radhi,” wrote former star and Iraqi League President Hussein Saeed.

The director of Jordan’s Football Association Ali Al-Hussein said the world had lost “a sports star whom we cherish and are proud of.”

Iraq has registered nearly 30,000 cases of the coronavirus and deaths topped 1,000 earlier this week.

The country’s health system — worn down by years of conflict and insufficient maintenance — has been overwhelmed by the spiking numbers.

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