Before kick off, the Miami Dolphins organization released a statement regarding any actions their players might take. "We encourage all members of our organization to stand at attention during the national anthem out of respect and appreciation for the freedoms we are afforded as Americans. We also recognize that it's an individual's right to reflect during the anthem in different ways. We respect these liberties and appreciate the sacrifices that everyone has made for our country, especially on this day of remembrance. We hope today’s events will continue a respectful and thoughtful dialogue in our community on unity, inclusiveness and togetherness." Four of the teams athlete's took a knee during the anthem.
The female athlete triad refers to three distinct and interrelated health concerns sometimes seen in women driven to excel in athletics. Those health concerns include disordered eating of some sort (such as eating far too little or binging and purging), amenorrhea (irregular menstrual periods or lack of menstruation) and osteoporosis (low bone density due to excessive exercise and lack of nutrients like calcium and vitamin D). Women that participate in activities like gymnastics, ballet and figuring skating are at increased risk for the female athlete triad, just as they are at increased risk for eating disorders like anorexia nervosa. Early recognition and treatment is imperative to prevent life-threatening complications.
Both men played professional football briefly. Then Carlos worked at a series of dead-end jobs before becoming a counselor at Palm Springs High School, where he has been for the past 20 years. Now 63 and remarried, he has four living children (a stepson died in 1998). Smith earned a bachelor's degree in social science from San Jose State in 1969 and a master's in sociology from the Goddard-Cambridge Graduate Program in Social Change in Boston in 1976. After teaching and coaching at Oberlin College in Ohio, he settled in Southern California, where he taught sociology and health and coached track at Santa Monica College. Now 64 and retired, he lives with his third wife, Delois, outside Atlanta. He has nine children and stepchildren.