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As I participated in WIU's Homecoming this weekend, tailgating and watching the football game, I continued to return to the reaction to the NFL athletes, coaches, and owners kneeling during the National Anthem as a protest to the racial injustices in our country. The rhetoric that these athletes, starting with Colin Kaepernick and now the NFL, are un-American and unpatriotic shows the changes in the way we define patriotism and the fact that we refuse to listen to why these athletes are protesting.

The NFL team told credentialed reporters they are no longer allowed to report on what they see during training camp.  They also cannot talk to players after practice without having submitted a request for approval 24 hours prior.

The Shop Talk panelists discuss why ESPN decided to withdraw from a project it was working on with PBS.