3 Stories: No Rome 2024, NFL Authoritarianism, Football's Most Disliked Player

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According to a recent survey, Colin Kaepernick is the most disliked player in the NFL. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
According to a recent survey, Colin Kaepernick is the most disliked player in the NFL. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

According to a recent poll conducted by E-Poll Marketing Research, Colin Kaepernick is now the NFL's most disliked player. Of the 1,100 people polled, 29 percent said they dislike the 49ers backup quarterback "a lot," more than any of the other 350 players included in the survey. What are we to make of this news? That and more on this week's edition of “3 Stories You Should Know.”

Cindy Boren of The Washington Post and Vice Sports contributing editor Patrick Hruby join Bill Littlefield.

1. Rome Mayor Rejects Olympic Bid

On Wednesday, Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi rejected the city's bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, saying it would be "irresponsible" to hold the games there. Rome joins the growing list of places that have declined the opportunity to host the Olympics, indicating that more and more cities are unwilling to take on the stresses, financial and otherwise, that have historically plagued the Games. Patrick Hruby wonders what the future holds for the Olympics.

A lot of cities, like Rome, are starting to wake up to this. The bad news is that this isn't actually pressuring the International Olympic Committee to, you know, lessen the demands they place on host cities, or maybe even — God, forbid — pay for some of this themselves. Instead, you see the Olympics going to image-conscious, authoritarian regimes. Places like Russia and China.

2. A One-Week Pass On Uniform Rules?

Last year, multiple NFL players faced fines for deviating from the league's uniform policy, even if said deviations were in support of a good cause. This year, the league will reportedly give its athletes one week in December to promote charitable causes of their choice (subject to NFL approval, of course). Cindy Boren weighs in.

The NFL is trying to get its arms around this, optically, but they also wanna control it, because it's the NFL, and, you know, you don't wanna go too far. You may not have noticed this, but they're incredibly conservative...

3. Kaepernick Named NFL's Most Disliked Player

A new poll finds that Colin Kaepernick is the most disliked player in the NFL. This news comes as the quarterback and others continue to sit or kneel during the playing of the national anthem in order to draw attention to racial injustice in the United States. After looking at the list of other players who fall behind Kaepernick in the poll, Bill Littlefield is concerned.

Kaepernick is more disliked than Ben Roethlisberger, who was suspended several years ago after accusations that he had sexually assaulted a woman in a Georgia nightclub. Kaepernick is more disliked than Jameis Winston — allegedly a rapist, demonstrably a thief, and a guy dumb enough to shoot at squirrels with a pellet gun in a residential area and shout expletives in a cafeteria full of students. Maybe the 1,100 citizens who were polled are unrepresentative. Maybe they don't remember anything that hasn't happened within in the past couple weeks, and, if so, perhaps I shouldn't worry. But I do.

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This segment aired on September 24, 2016.


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