Two days after the White House canceled the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl victory celebration, safety Malcolm Jenkins used Wednesday’s media session to once again bring attention to issues of social injustice.
Silently standing before reporters, Jenkins responded to questions by holding up a series of signs pointing out player community work and various examples of social inequality.
Last month, Jenkins and several other NFL players hosted a forum in Oakland, California, to address criminal justice reform concerns — one of at least four forums the Players Coalition plans to host on the issue.
In addition to meeting with NFL team owners and league officials to address concerns involving social inequality issues affecting players, members of the Players Coalition have gone on police ride-alongs, met with legislators on Capitol Hill and visited with community leaders to address issues affecting people across the country.
Despite having the largest population in Europe and a rich football history, Russia remains a sleeping giant. Coach Stanislav Cherchesov is taking the blame for poor results.
I’m no psychologist, to go around calming people down, he said after another disappointing 1-1 friendly draw with Turkey. Instead the fans’ job is to believe in us.
Russia’s best chance of a first World Cup win since 2002 is in the opening game June 14 against Saudi Arabia_the second-lowest ranked team at the tournament. Mohamed Salah’s shoulder injury could help Russia’s chances in the second Group A game with Egypt, before Uruguay presents a tough test.
Even if Russia gets out of the group, Spain or Portugal are likely second-round opponents.
There will be plenty of attention on Russia off the pitch. At the 2016 European Championship, Russia was better known for its marauding hooligans than its defense-first approach in games, while the team has been embroiled in Russia’s doping scandals.
Defender Ruslan Kambolov was investigated by FIFA earlier this year over allegations he may have benefited from Russian doping cover-ups. Kambolov’s lawyers say the investigation was closed for lack of evidence, but FIFA didn’t confirm that