This Day In Sport – August 26

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They say we should use this time to learn something new – so we thought we’d offer up a history lesson free of charge!

We’re going to be recapping all the important sporting moments each and every day on the Ladbrokes Blog.

So if it’s AFL, NRL, Basketball, Cricket, Golf or even Wrestling, be sure to return each morning as we take a trip back through the history books to relive some of the great sporting moments in This Day In Sport!

2016 – Kaepernick Sits Out National Anthem

In a pre-season NFL game, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kapernick opted to sit on the bench to protest against police brutailty and racism.

At the time Kapernick said “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of colour.”

Kapernick’s actions caused a stir with some fans unhappy and venting their anger on his actions calling him unpatriotic and accused him of disrespecting the flag.

The then US President, Barack Obama defended the player’s constitutional right to make such a statement and pointed out sports long history of atheletes engaging in protest.

A week later, Kapernick made the switch from sitting on the bench to kneeling on one knee, which created mass-attention for his cause.

While Kaepernick has not played for the 49ers since 2017 and not had a contract since his initial actions of sitting on the bench to taking a knee during the US National anthem has become a powerful statement for the Black Lives Matter movement.

2005 – A-League Of Our Own

The first match of the brand new A-League got underway as the Newcastle Jets played host to Adelaide United in the first ever match of Australia’s new domestic Football competition.

While there was a parochial Newcastle crowd in the stands, it would be Adelaide United that opened the scoring at the 18-minute mark when Carl Veart taking the honours as the League’s first goalscorer.

The home team had several chances to equalisie with the likes of Richard Johnson anad Allan Picken leaving the home crowd gasping in the stands but to no avail.

Travis Dodd had his chances in injury time to rescue a point for the Newcastle Jets, but couldn’t convert.

Adelaide United would collect the first three points on offer in the brand new A-League competition.

Newcastle United 0 – Adelaide United 1.

The A-League had arrived.

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