ESPN’s Seth Wickersham and Don Van Natta Jr. have a great track record of illuminating the shifting and engrossing dynamics among the NFL’s owners—it was they who reported on the revenge motive behind the Deflategate punishments, and they who explained how Jerry Jones was the driving force behind relocation—and they’re back at it today with a tick-tock of last week’s league meetings in New York on how to deal with the national anthem protests. It is, as always, supremely worth your time. The story is based on “nearly two dozen” interviews with owners, players, and executives, making it the most complete account of the meetings, and it’s filled with on-the-ground anecdotes like these: At one point, Buffalo Bills co-owner Terry Pegula, moved by Anquan Boldin’s story about his cousin being shot and killed by a police officer, complimented him on how impressive he was but kept calling him “Antwan.” Then Pegula suggested that Boldin would be the perfect NFL spokesman on social issues not only because he had walked away from the game to pursue causes but because, the owner said, it couldn’t be a “white owner but needs to be someone who’s black.” Some people quickly glanced at one… Read full this story
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