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FRANKFURT (AP):The German football federation will not punish players who protest against the killing of George Floyd and racism.Several players in Germany have made statements with gestures or messages on their clothing since Floyd died on May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee for several minutes on his neck.The federation, known as the DFB, said yesterday it opposed punishing any players because it believes their anti-racism messages match the federation’s own principles.“The DFB has made a strong stand against any form of racism, discrimination or violence and stands for tolerance, openness and diversity, values which are also anchored in the DFB’s statutes,” federation president Fritz Keller said in a statement. “Therefore, the players’ actions have our respect and our understanding.”The statement named four players who protested during last weekend’s games – Achraf Hakimi, Jadon Sancho, Weston McKennie and Marcus Thuram – but made clear the same approach would apply to any future protests.The federation has not revoked a yellow card given to Sancho. The federation said Monday that the Borussia Dortmund forward’s booking was for the act of removing his shirt, rather than for the ‘Justice for George Floyd’ message written on his undershirt during Sunday’s 5-0 win over Paderborn. DESERVE APPLAUSE Other players protested by kneeling, like Thuram, or by showing messages on an armband, like McKennie, or on boots, like Leipzig midfielder Tyler Adams. Only Sancho received a booking.Germany’s approach has the backing of FIFA. The governing body of world football said Tuesday that such demonstrations “deserve an applause and not a punishment”.UEFA, the governing body of European football, is also set to allow messages related to Floyd and anti-racism when the Champions League resumes.Players are normally prohibited from espousing their views during a match. The laws of the game state that “any political, religious or personal slogans, statements or images” on equipment is forbidden. read more
Last Updated: 20th May, 2020 11:24 IST Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Offered Contract To LeBron James To Play In The NFL LeBron James recalled the 2011 NBA lockout when he received a contract from Jerry Jones to play for the Cowboys. LeBron said he seriously considered the offer. Written By WATCH US LIVE COMMENT LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US Despite a chance to play for the Cowboys, LeBron James stuck around with the NBA after the lockout. Playing for Miami Heat, he ended his wait for an NBA championship in 2012 before winning it again in 2013 and 2016. While his NFL dream still yet to be fulfilled, LeBron James enjoyed a stellar high school football career playing for St. Vincent-St. Mary. Recently, LeBron James shared a small newspaper cutout from his junior year.At that time, LeBron was considered as one of the top football recruits in the state of Ohio, which was highlighted in the stats he mentioned. James wrote he caught 60 passes during his junior year for 1200 yards and 16 touchdowns, starting as a wide receiver. The 35-year-old was also a two-time all-state receiver in Ohio.Many expected LeBron James to excel in college football. However, the basketball prodigy ended up declaring for the NBA draft right after high school before being drafted as the No. 1 overall pick by the Cavaliers in 2003. Also Read | LeBron James Football Highlights James Would Have Been ‘greatest’ NFL Player Ever “We started to train to be a football player.”During the 2011 @NBA lockout, @KingJames thought about making those @NFL dreams come true 🏈Full story on #WRTS After Party with @pr_RWTW and @mavcarter📺: https://t.co/3JLpFUpAG8🎧: https://t.co/nEjQbbcMMG pic.twitter.com/XPWXjF93Ck— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) May 19, 2020 Sujay Chakraborty Also Read | Giants Offense Under Garrett Will Look A Lot Like CowboysLeBron James NFL dream: Contract to play for the CowboysLeBron James recently took part in a podcast on Uninterrupted with hosts Maverick Carter and Paul Rivera, where he revealed he seriously gave some thought to the offer he received from Jerry Jones to play for the Cowboys. “I had no idea how long the lockout was going to be,” LeBron James said explaining the 2011 NBA lockout. “Myself and my trainer, Mike Mancias, we really started to actually train to be a football player when it came to October or November.”James revealed he started incorporating for football-related workouts in his daily regimen as tried to gain some strength during the lockout. Exercises like bench presses, sleds and 40-yard dashes became a regular part of his training routine. This is when James revealed he had a mammoth offer from Jerry Jones to fulfil his NFL dreams and play for the Cowboys.Also Read | AP Sources: Cowboys Add QB Dalton As Prescott’s Backup”The thoughts came into my mind. But never having the ability to finish my high school career of playing like my senior year, I have dreams all the time about playing football,” explained LeBron James, who is a massive supporter of the Cowboys. “It’s crazy because I actually never run on the field in my dreams. It always gets to the point where I’m either in the locker room or getting dressed or talking about it or seeing the fans. As soon as I am about to run onto the field, something else happens in my dream. Something always happens like that.”Maverick Carter, who is also LeBron’s business partner, revealed that the Lakers star had the Cowboys contract from Jerry Jones framed and put in his office. Also Read | Cowboys Schedule 2020: Full List Of Fixtures, Tickets, Dates, Live Streaming DetailsLeBron James NFL: LeBron James football highlights First Published: 20th May, 2020 11:24 IST Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James’ love for football (American football) and the NFL is widely known. A talented wide receiver during his high school days, LeBron James is known to have harboured a dream to play in the NFL for quite some time. The 2011 NBA lockout had LeBron giving some serious thoughts into making a career in football after he received a contract offer from Jerry Jones to play for the Dallas Cowboys. FOLLOW US read more
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