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Simone Biles Bothered By New USA Gymnastics CEO’s Anti-Nike Tweet

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Olympic champion Simone Biles is upset about an anti-Nike tweet from USA Gymnastics interim president and CEO Mary Bono.

Bono was appointed Friday to hold the position while USA Gymnastics searches for a permanent successor to Kerry Perry, who resigned under pressure from the United States Olympic Committee in September after spending nine months on the job.

Biles responded Saturday to a tweet from Bono last month criticizing Nike following the release of its advertising campaign featuring former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Bono, a former Republican congresswoman, had posted a photo of herself drawing over a Nike logo on a golf shoe.

Biles quote-tweeted Bono’s photo and wrote: “(asterisk)mouth drop(asterisk) don’t worry, it’s not like we needed a smarter usa gymnastics president or any sponsors or anything.”

Bono deleted her tweet about five hours later, saying she regretted the post and respects “everyone’s views & fundamental right to express them.”

Nike is one of Biles’ sponsors.

Biles is among the more than 200 women who have come forward over the last two years claiming they were sexually abused by former team doctor Larry Nassar under the guise of treatment. Biles was critical of Perry for not being vocal enough in support of the survivors.

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Colin Kaepernick gets Harvard black culture award

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP/KSAZ) – Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and comedian Dave Chappelle were among eight people who were saluted by Harvard University for their contributions to black history and culture.

The eight recipients of the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal were honored Thursday afternoon by the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard.

Kaepernick, formerly of the San Francisco 49ers, created a firestorm when he began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 to protest police brutality and social injustice.

The other honorees are Kenneth Chenault, chairman and a managing director of General Catalyst; Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Pamela Joyner, founder of Avid Partners, LLC; psychologist and author Florence Ladd; Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative; and artist Kehinde Wiley.

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What rock Colby Covington crawl out from under? Calls Colin Kaepernick ‘a spineless sack of sh-t’, disses Nike

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A couple of days ago, athletic brand Nike announced that they had signed up controversial football player Colin Kaepernick to a deal to front the 30th anniversary of their “Just Do It” campaign. The news got heavy media attention due to Kaepernick’s current status as a divisive figure and the fact that he is currently involved in a lawsuit against the NFL, claiming collusion to keep him from playing in the league.

This entire situation really had little to do with MMA, at least until UFC interim welterweight champion and noted troll Colby Covington got a hold of the news. Covington took to social media to skewer Nike and Kaepernick, calling him a “spineless sack of sh-t” and praising former NFL player Pat Tillman, who quit the NFL in 2002 to sign up for the American Armed Forces following the 9/11 attacks and lost his life in Afghanistan in 2004:

 

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NFL orders Jerry Jones to stop talking anthem, cancels interview

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is now suddenly listening to the NFL.

Four days after seemingly defying the NFL and letting the world know about his team’s zero-tolerance policy regarding standing for the national anthem, Jones is now not talking about the issue because he has been told not to by the league.

Jones informed several local television stations who had booked him for interviews on their Sunday night show from training camp in Oxnard, Calif., that questions about the national anthem and his team’s policy were not permitted because the NFL had told him to stop speaking on the matter.

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