Cardinals president: NFL players are free to speak out just not on game days

Michael Bidwill wants his players to follow a certain protocol when it comes to using their platforms.

During a Tuesday interview on The Mike Broomhead Show, the Cardinals president said he supports players speaking out on social issues but would prefer they keep quiet on games days.

Last year, the 102-win Cleveland Indians were one of the great teams of the modern era: Their starting pitchers had the American League’s lowest ERA, their offense scored more runs per game than all but two AL teams, and their defense was, by Defensive Runs Saved, the AL’s third best.

And their bullpen! Collectively, Cleveland’s relievers had the game’s lowest ERA. Their sOPS+ — OPS allowed, relative to the rest of the league’s relievers — was baseball’s 19th best since 1988, when the current era of bullpen usage more or less began. The Indians’ bullpen was so good and so deep that the club had to leave three relievers with ERAs in the 2s off the postseason roster.

Jerry Richardson has bid the Panthers farewell after the sale of the team was finalized Monday.

Richardson released a statement thanking the organization and saying he will always have the highest respect for the men who wear the Panthers jersey.

We are grateful to the Carolina community for the love and support you have shown your Panthers. Your enthusiasm for football and devotion to the team has been a source of strength for us and for everyone who calls the Carolinas home, the statement read, in part.

Richardson was accused of workplace misconduct in December, including subjecting employees to sexual harassment and racial slurs. Shortly afterward, he put the team up for sale.

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