Morning sports update: Chris Long on the new NFL anthem rules: ‘This is not patriotism’

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Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long celebrates his teams victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII. –Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The Celtics kept their perfect postseason record in Boston intact with a 96-83 win in Game 5. Jayson Tatum had 24 points as his team moved within one victory of the NBA Finals. David Price struck out nine over six innings for the Red Sox, who beat the Rays 4-1 in Tampa Bay.

Chris Long on the new NFL anthem rules: ‘This is not patriotism’

On Monday, the NFL announced a new national anthem policy that allows players to stay in the locker room but leaves open the possibility of fines for players who choose not to stand during the anthem. Former Patriots defensive end Chris Long said that the new rules reflect the owners’ fear of their bottom line, as well as President Donald Trump, not concerns about patriotism.


“Don’t get it confused,” Long wrote on Twitter. “These owners don’t love America more than the players demonstrating and taking real action to improve it.”

Long, who won a Super Bowl in New England before doing the same with the Philadelphia Eagles, has not kneeled during the anthem. However, he has demonstrated his support for the players who are doing so to protest police brutality and racial injustice.

The NFL’s new policy states that all league personnel on the field “shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.” Players are permitted to stay in the locker room for the anthem, but if they do not stand, their team will be fined. The policy also allows for commissioner Roger Goodell to discipline anyone who does not stand.

Long wrote that he remains committed to affecting change with his platform. When the Patriots won Super Bowl LI, he elected not to visit Trump’s White House. He said before the Super Bowl in February that he would make the same choice if the Eagles won.

Rob Gronkowski and the Patriots are reportedly close to a new deal

According to The Athletic’s Jeff Howe, the Patriots tight end will likely play next season under new terms. The sides are working towards a contract resolution that can’t be officially signed until Thursday, per NFL rules.


Gronkowski and the organization have been working towards a restructured deal since Gronkowski told Bill Belichick he plans to return in 2018. The tight end has not reported to OTAs but will attend the mandatory minicamp when it begins on June 5.

‘I can’t say that on the camera. I definitely can’t say that on the camera’: After Marcus Morris blocked Larry Nance Jr in the second quarter of Game 5, the Celtics forward stood over Nance Jr. and appeared to tell him something. Morris said the words weren’t fit for public consumption, but whatever it was it sparked a shoving match and resulted in three technical fouls. (

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5 pivotal plays from the Celtics’ Game 5 victory: A late three-pointer for Jayson Tatum capped an incredible night for the rookie, one that included seven rebounds and four steals. The Morris-Nance Jr. scuffle and an Al Horford slam were also important in pushing the Cavaliers to the brink of elimination. (

Tyronn Lue said Brad Stevens ‘threw us for a loop’ with rotation switch: Cleveland’s head coach admitted his opposite number had outfoxed him by not playing Semi Ojeleye in the first quarter. Because Kyle Korver was supposed to match up with Ojeleye, Lue never inserted Korver into the game in the opening 12 minutes. (

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