A late-night counter-proposal from the players to the league opens the door for the option.
The sports world reacts to the nationwide protests following the death of George Floyd: former NBA player Stephen Jackson made an impassioned plea in memory of his friend, Jaylen Brown of the Celtics drove through the night to lead a peaceful protest, Lonnie Walker of the Spurs helped clean his city after a night of vandalism, a former NFL executive admitted that Colin Kaepernick was blackballed for kneeling, and 49ers owner Jed York pledged $1 million to organizations that create change, leading to a Twitter feud between Torrey Smith and Eric Reid. PLUS: Marcus Smart, Serena Williams, Coco Gauff, DK Metcalf and others weigh in on history in the making.
Major League Baseball players ignored claims by clubs that they need to take additional pay cuts, instead proposing they receive a far higher percentage of salaries and a commit to a longer schedule as part of a counteroffer to start the coronavirus-delayed season. Players proposed a 114-game regular season Sunday, up from 82 in management's offer, a person familiar with the plan told The Associated Press. Opening day would be June 30 and the regular season would end Oct. 31, nearly five weeks after the Sept. 27 conclusion that MLB's proposal stuck to from the season's original schedule.
Michael Jordan is “deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry.” With protesters taking to the streets across the United States again Sunday, Jordan released a statement on George Floyd and the killings of black people at the hands of police. “I am deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry,” the former NBA star and current Charlotte Hornets owner said in the statement posted on the Jordan brand’s social media accounts and the team's Twitter account.
NFL players aren't just speaking out. They're also helping out. Three NFL players who live in Tampa in the offseason but do not play for the Buccaneers helped cleanup efforts in the city Sunday, a day after looters damaged businesses in a strip mall. Grace Remington of WTSP posted video of Bengals receiver Auden Tate, [more]