Update on the latest sports
Drew Brees’ wife apologizes for husband’s comments on flag
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – “We are the problem.” That’s what the wife of New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees says in an Instagram post, after her husband also apologized for his comments in an interview regarding his opposition to Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling during the national anthem.
Brittany Brees posted a Bible verse and two quotes from Martin Luther King Jr., including one that said, “In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
Drew Brees initially said, “I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States.” He later acknowledged his comments were “insensitive and completely missed the mark.”
Hamilton a big sporting voice in Black Lives Matter movement
UNDATED (AP) – Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has been campaigning passionately against racial injustice in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd.
The Mercedes driver took to Instagram today in support of demonstrators who toppled a statue of a 17th-century slave trader in the English city of Bristol during one of the many global protests in the Black Lives Matter movement.
Hamilton says all statues of racist men should be torn down.
Massive sports corruption case finally heard at Paris trial
PARIS (AP) – A sports corruption trial involving allegations of doping cover-ups and illicit payoffs at the top of track and field opened today in Paris.
The Paris court will weigh evidence that Russian athletes paid millions of dollars to hide their suspected doping so they could compete at the Olympics in 2012 and other competitions.
Lamine Diack, who served as president of the sport’s governing body for nearly 16 years, is one of the alleged recipients of the payments. The 87-year-old was in court today, wearing a white face mask.
As IAAF president, Diack was one of the most influential men in Olympic sports, presiding over an era when Usain Bolt made track and field wildly popular. But Diack’s legacy, and the IAAF’s credibility, took a beating after he stepped down in 2015. He was arrested in France and investigators revealed accusations of athletes being squeezed for payments to cover up their doping cases.
Brighton to have cardboard cutouts of fans
UNDATED (AP) – English soccer club Brighton is offering fans the chance to have cardboard cutouts of themselves in the stadium when the Premier League resumes.
Games in the league will be closed to spectators for the remainder of the season because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Five of Brighton’s nine remaining games are at home.
The first is on June 20 against Arsenal. Fans need to send in a photo wearing a Brighton jersey and pay $25.
In other coronavirus-related news:
UNDATED (AP) – Italy’s female soccer players are against the possibility of a playoff format to finish their season. A decision on whether and how the Serie A women’s league will resume is expected to be made during an Italian soccer federation meeting. One of the proposals is to have playoffs. That would involve half of the 12 Serie A teams. A statement by the Serie A women’s players says they are against it because “it doesn’t guarantee true fairness.”