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NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick taking heat for national anthem protest

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is known for speaking his mind on Twitter, but now he’s taking his politics to the playing field.

>> Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protest ignites debate on social media

Kaepernick made waves after a reporter noticed that he was not standing during the national anthem Friday evening, in a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers.

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The quarterback later told NFL Media that the move was intentional. "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said.

Mike Garafolo of NFL Network tweeted that Kaepernick has sat during the national anthem before.

The 49ers released a statement about the incident:

The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony. It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose to participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.

The NFL also released a statement, saying that players are encouraged but not required to stand for the national anthem.

Tre Mason's mother says NFL player has mind of child due to concussions

The mother of NFL player Tre Mason told Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies last month that her 22-year-old son has “10-year-old’s mindset” as the result of head injuries sustained playing football.

“Tre is not himself at all,” Tina Mason said on audio recorded from a PBSO dashboard-camera video recorded July 27, when Tre Mason fled from a deputy while riding an ATV west of the city. “He’s not making good decisions.”

Mason had been “admitted for evaluation” to a hospital July 23, after his mother had called deputies to her home, saying Mason had been acting erratically. Officers found him with a cut hand that day, prompting his trip to the hospital.

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The deputy says in the July 27 video that Mason was traveling at speeds that reached 80 mph as he was chased.

The video shows Mason, dressed in white T-shirt and dark shorts, running into his mother’s home just before the deputy pulls into the residence’s driveway.

In the footage, a deputy attempts to coax Mason outside by saying he’s not going to arrest him, even though he could take him into custody for fleeing and eluding with sirens and lights activated, which is a felony.

Mason refuses to come outside, but the deputy eventually gives him citations and has the ATV towed.

While speaking outside the residence, one deputy tells another that Mason should be in training camp with the Los Angeles Rams, for whom he has played two seasons.

“But he’s (expletive) around over here,” the deputy says in the video. “His career is going down the tubes.”

Rams head coach Jeff Fisher has said the organization hasn’t heard from Mason since the end of the 2015 season. The Rams placed the running back on the reserve-did not report list when he didn’t show up at their training camp July 29.

As Mason’s ATV is being towed away, his mother tells deputies she’s glad they are taking the vehicle.

“To watch it ride away is a blessing, actually,” Tina Mason says.

A deputy tells Tina Mason her son should be playing football.

“No, actually he shouldn’t. … ,” Tina Mason says. “There’s CTE and this head-injury thing. You can say he should be playing football, but this is not what it is.”

CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in athletes with a history of repetitive brain trauma, including concussions. It was not known Thursday whether any clinical diagnosis has been made regarding Mason.

Tina Mason tells deputies that her son’s mental state took a turn for the worse after the 2015 season.

“Clearly, we could see the change,” Tina Mason says. “Like, completely.”

Mason rushed for a combined 972 yards for the Rams in his first two seasons after being drafted in the third round out of Auburn in the 2014 NFL Draft. At Auburn, Mason rushed for more than 1,000 yards as both a sophomore and junior and helped lead the Tigers to the 2013 national championship game against Florida State.

Since the end of the 2015 season, Tre Mason has had a series of run-ins with law enforcement, including a March 5 arrest in Hollywood during which he was Tased after refusing to exit his vehicle

On July 23, deputies went to Mason’s home after family members reported “bizarre and angry outbursts.” When deputies arrived, Mason threatened to call the White House and have them all fired and made comments regarding Al-Qaeda.

“As much as he’s accomplished, as hard as he’s worked, as much as he’s built his character, in record-breaking time it’s going downhill because of what’s going on,” Tina Mason says. “He doesn’t even know. He’s not conscious enough.”

Notre Dame dismisses starting safety, suspends cornerback after weekend arrests

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly announced Sunday that he had dismissed starting safety Max Redfield and suspended cornerback Devin Butler indefinitely after both were arrested in separate incidents in Indiana over the weekend.

Redfield was a two-year starter who was fourth on the team in tackles last season. He also faces an additional charge for possession of a handgun without a license.

Four other four players arrested with Redfield on misdemeanor possession of marijuana will be disciplined internally, Kelly announced. University officials could impose more penalties on top of what the athletic department decides.

In a separate incident, Butler was arrested during a bar fight between two women. According to police, Butler was asked to move back and the player “shouted profanities at the officers and starting swinging his fist.” One officer was taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries, including a sore wrist.

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Kelly issued a strongly worded statement on Sunday.

“There are times when a player’s conduct fails to meet the standards I have set for our football team that it is appropriate to take action independent of any decision that might be made by the Office of Community Standards,” Kelly said. “This is such an instance.”

From a football perspective, Kelly’s decision will hurt the Irish secondary. With Redfield now gone, freshman Devin Studstill is projected to start. His backup is also a freshman. Butler was still rehabilitating a broken foot injury suffered in June. He was not expected to play until October.

No. 10 Notre Dame opens the season against Texas on Sept. 4.

Tim Tebow pursuing professional baseball career, report says

Nearly a year after Tim Tebow last appeared on an NFL roster, the former quarterback is "actively pursuing a career in professional baseball," his agents told ESPN.

Jimmy Sexton and Nick Khan told the sports station that Tebow has been training in Arizona and Los Angeles for the last year and plans to hold a workout for Major League Baseball teams later this month.

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"Tim's athletic ability, his work ethic, his leadership and his competitiveness were evident in football and will show in baseball," Sexton told ESPN. "Knowing Tim's passion and desire, we won't be surprised by anything he accomplishes."

Although the report might sound like it's coming out of left field, Tebow actually came close to becoming a professional baseball player before he joined the NFL.

"We wanted to draft him but he never sent back his information card," Red Sox Florida area scout Tom Kotchman, who previously worked with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, told WEEI in 2013. "Either it never got to him or it's Tim Tebow. Who knows if it got to him, and if it did we just never got it back. Otherwise (the Angels) were going to take him."

Tebow played baseball while attending Nease High School in Ponte Vedra, Florida. He didn't play his senior year, but as a junior he hit .494, according to an NFL.com report. He earned all-state honors that year and led the team to the final four of the Florida state playoffs.

"I believe he could have played in the big leagues," Nease coach Greg "Boo" Mullins said, according to the report. Tebow went for football over baseball because "he just had a bigger fire" for the sport, Mullins said.

All 30 teams in Major League Baseball will be invited to his workout at the end of the month, according to ESPN.

NFL punts on Hall of Fame game because the field was 'like taffy'

If you're one of the millions of Americans anxiously awaiting the return of football, you're going to have to keep waiting.

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The NFL's Hall of Fame game, which is the official start of the NFL preseason, was canceled because the field is in such poor shape.

"From what I've been told, the wrong paint was used, and if you could get out there and see it, it had dried. It was very sticky. It was very gummy. It was almost like taffy," reporter Lisa Salters said on ESPN.

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That would be very unsafe. Cleats could get caught up in the gunk and cause a nasty leg injury, which is the last thing anyone wants in a preseason game.

The NFL issued a statement, saying, "We are very disappointed for our fans, but player safety is our primary concern, and as a result, we could not play an NFL game on this field tonight."

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The Hall of Fame's president said the fans who had hoped to attend will be given a refund. Football-starved fans will have to wait until Thursday for the preseason to actually start.

This video includes images from Getty Images. Music provided courtesy of APM Music.

Photos: NFL training camps begin

Former NFL coach Dennis Green dies at 67

Former Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals head coach Dennis Green has died. He was 67. 

ESPN first reported the news Friday morning. The cause of death was cardiac arrest.

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Green coached over 13 seasons in the NFL and made 8 playoff appearances. With Green as coach, the Vikings earned a 15-1 regular season in 1998.

Green's career record was 113-94.

Players and fans took to social media to pay respects.

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Tim Tebow the latest athlete to pass on Republican National Convention

On Wednesday, The New York Times reported Tim Tebow was slated to speak at the Republican National Convention. Now the Heisman-winning quarterback says that's just hearsay.

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"I wake up this morning to find out that I'm speaking at the Republican National Convention. It's amazing how fast rumors fly. And that's exactly what it is: a rumor," Tebow said in an Instagram video

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Before Tebow posted that video, Instagram users blasted him over his alleged political leanings.

In June, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump said an entire night of the convention might be dedicated to famous athletes speaking on his behalf. Now it's tough to nail down exactly which, if any, sports stars will attend.

So far, the only athletics-related speaker who's confirmed they'll speak at the convention is UFC President Dana White. 

Bloomberg reported boxer Mike Tyson might give a speech, which Trump denied. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said he was a friend of Trump's, but ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Brady won't be speaking, either.

Lots of major Republican politicians have passed on not only speaking at the convention but attending it altogether. Notable figures like Trey Gowdy, Sarah Palin and Marco Rubio will all be absent when the convention kicks off on July 18.

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Russell Wilson, Ciara married in England

Singer Ciara and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson tied the knot Wednesday in England.

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The couple wed at Peckforton Castle in Chesire, England, with 100 of their close friends and family, according to E! Online.

Wilson celebrated the occasion on social media.

We are The Wilsons!Posted by Russell Wilson on Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Photos surfaced on social media of the couple -- Wilson wearing a black tuxedo and Ciara in a white gown -- as they headed to a pre-wedding dinner on Tuesday.

On that same day, Wilson tweeted that there was an "overflow of blessings."

KIRO confirmed that Wilson's name is absent from the list of people scheduled to appear at the Richard Sherman Celebrity Softball Game this weekend. Both Wilson and Ciara attended the event last year.

>> Related: Seahawks' Russell Wilson, singer Ciara engaged: 'No greater feeling'

In March, the Seahawks quarterback took to Twitter to say, she said "yes."

Jaguars running back Denard Robinson found asleep in car sinking in pond

Action News Jax contributed to this report.

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Denard Robinson was found passed out behind the wheel of his Chevy Impala on Sunday while police said it was slipping into a pond.

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According to police, Robinson was found in the car around 4:20 a.m. while its front end sunk into a retention pond, The Washington Post reported. Police said they knocked on the window to try to wake Robinson up, but he only responded by opening his eyes for a moment and returning to his slumber.

Marissa Staples, the passenger in the car, woke up and said “what’s up” to police but attempted to roll it back up even after being informed of the situation. Police continued to knock on the vehicle’s windows and were able to unlock the passenger door. Staples had to be pulled from the car after refusing to leave, the arrest report stated.

"The driver was passed out during this whole process. I was able to wake the driver but had to turn the vehicle off and remove his seatbelt. The driver thought he was on a road and did not want to exit the vehicle," the report said.

Police said Robinson, 25, was woken up after the vehicle was turned off and Staples was pulled from the car, Action News Jax reported. Police said Robinson finally exited through the passenger window when his door was submerged.

"The driver tried about three times to open the driver’s door which was the side that was underwater," one officer stated in a police report. "I had to keep reminding the driver to climb out of the passenger side because his door was in the water. I had to tell the driver multiple times his car was in a pond and was sinking so he needed to hurry up and get out."

Robinson told police that he thought the vehicle was still on the road, which is why he didn’t exit.

Authorities said that Robinson was attempting to make a left turn and made a wide turn, "causing the vehicle to go over the sidewalk and down the embankment."

"There were no skid marks indicating the driver attempted to stop the vehicle before the crash," according to the report.

Robinson posted a note on Twitter saying that he was involved in a crash with no injuries, and the Jaguars issued a statement saying that they were aware of the incident.

A police officer determined that Robinson wasn't impaired, so no DUI charges were filed against him, according to ESPN.

Robinson's car was totaled.

Robinson was a fifth-round pick by the Jaguars in the 2013 NFL draft after playing at the University of Michigan, following a successful high school career at Deerfield Beach High School.

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