LeBron James took down his tweet hours later, explaining his post was "being used to create more hate". Conservative pundits accused him of racism and irresponsible behaviour over the tweet which was about the shooting of 16-year-old Ma'Khia Bryant by a policeman.
US Soccer's board of directors repealed the policy last year but the decision required confirmation by the full membership of the ruling body.
Year in Review 2020: Firstpost’s sports writers pick their favourite sporting moment of 2020, what they hope for 2021
Firstpost's sports writers weighed in with their favourite sporting moment of 2020, and what they're looking forward to in 2021:
The killing of unarmed Black man George Floyd during his arrest by police in Minneapolis in May proved to be a catalyst for change, prompting athletes from multiple sports to speak out against systemic racism and police brutality.
Pat Cummins says Australian cricket team will form 'barefoot circle' to oppose racism ahead of India series
The Australian men's cricket team will form a "barefoot circle" before the upcoming series against India to demonstrate opposition to racism and celebrate Aboriginal culture, vice-captain Pat Cummins said.
World Athletics chief and newly enshrined IOC member Sebastian Coe has backed athletes' right to "take the knee" on the Olympic podium, as long as it was done with "complete respect" for other competitors.
The Colin Kaepernick-ESPN partnership will focus on telling scripted and unscripted stories that explore race, social injustice and the quest for equity.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, however, didn't reveal who stopped him from showing support to Colin Kaepernick
Netflix says it will allocate $100mn to financial institutions supporting African American community in the US
Netflix's initiative comes after US companies face increasing pressure from investors, consumers and workers to address widespread racial inequality.
Ava DeVernay to executive produce Netflix series on ex-NFL player turned civil rights activist Colin Kaepernick
Colin in Black & White, a six-episode limited series on Netflix, will examine Colin Kaepernick's high school years that shaped his activism
USA president Donald Trump says he will stop watching NFL, soccer matches if players continue to kneel during national anthem
Trump has been a vocal critic of players kneeling during the anthem, previously tweeting that NFL players who did so were “disrespecting our Country & our Flag”.
US Soccer Federation president Cindy Parlow Cone apologises for lack of leadership in fight against racism
US Soccer President Cindy Parlow Cone apologised for the federation's lack of leadership in the fight against racism as she addressed its decision to repeal a policy that required players to stand during the national anthem.
Premier League: Crystal Palace's Patrick van Aanholt to take knee before Bournemouth game, joining protests of George Floyd's killing
Van Aanholt echoed Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling’s call for increased representation of ethnic minorities in coaching positions,
The US Women's National Team Players Association also called for an apology from US Soccer and a plan to substantively address racial inequality.
'I’m vocal because I believe in the movement': Naomi Osaka in no mood to back down on support for Black Lives Matter
Naomi Osaka, the world’s highest paid sportswoman, says the voices of prominent athletes can be more influential than those of politicians and is determined that hers will be heard on the subject of racial injustice.
IOC confirms that its ban on protests remains after several sports federations allow athletes to show dissent: Report
IOC has confirmed that athletes are still banned from protesting at the Games after several sports moved to allow protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death in police custody.
The United States Soccer Federation (USSF) will hold a special meeting on Tuesday to consider repealing a policy requiring national team players to stand during the national anthem.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the league made mistakes in not listening to players, in a video on Friday denouncing racism in the United States amid widespread protests over police brutality against black people.
George Floyd murder: Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens says empathy means more than basketball right now
As protests rage in several US cities following the death of George Floyd, Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens believes the best way he can be helpful to his players right now is by listening to them.
As American athletes take to the streets and raise their voices on social media protesting the killing of George Floyd, a look at USA's long history of sportstars who refused to 'shut up and play'