Aug 10, 2018

Trump's protest criticism tweet ignites NFL player backlash

New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan led the way in slamming President Trump after he criticized players on Twitter for protesting during the national anthem on Thursday during a preseason game.

Between the lines: Jordan is one of many who are angered by the fact that Trump is criticizing athletes once again for not standing for the National Anthem — but has yet to speak on the "Unite the Right" White Nationalist rally coming to Washington this weekend.

The big picture: Trump has frequently feuded with black athletes throughout his presidency, and as NFL season begins, his tweet this morning shows he's not about to let the issue go. Jordan's response, however, signals that athletes are ready to call him out when he's silent on the rise of hatred.

What's next: The NFL halted its National Anthem policy over the next several weeks until discussions between the NFL Players Association and the league hone in on an exact policy for every team.

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The race to catch Nike's Vaporfly shoe before the 2020 Olympics

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Four months ago, on the very same weekend, Eliud Kipchoge became the first human to run a marathon in under two hours, and fellow Kenyan Brigid Kosgei shattered the women's marathon record.

Why it matters: Kipchoge and Kosgei were both wearing Nike's controversial Vaporfly sneakers, which many believed would be banned because of the performance boost provided by a carbon-fiber plate in the midsole that acted as a spring and saved the runner energy.

Reassessing the global impact of the coronavirus

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Economists are rethinking projections about the broader economic consequences of the coronavirus outbreak after a surge of diagnoses and deaths outside Asia and an announcement from a top CDC official that Americans should be prepared for the virus to spread here.

What's happening: The coronavirus quickly went from an also-ran concern to the most talked-about issue at the National Association for Business Economics policy conference in Washington, D.C.

Tech can't remember what to do in a down market

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

Wall Street's two-day-old coronavirus crash is a wakeup alarm for Silicon Valley.

The big picture: Tech has been booming for so long the industry barely remembers what a down market feels like — and most companies are ill-prepared for one.