GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Aaron Rodgers agrees with the idea that NFL players should speak out on social issues more often. But the Green Bay Packers quarterback believes the NFLs culture discourages its players from being more vocal.Speaking in an interview on ESPN Wisconsins Wilde & Tausch last week, Rodgers said he read a story in which Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett said NFL players need to speak out more often. Bennett also mentioned Rodgers by name in similar comments when he arrived at training camp.Rodgers was in the crowd at the ESPYS last month and praised NBA stars LeBron James, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade for opening the evening by calling on athletes to promote social change.Its got to be natural, its got to be authentic, and I think those guys did a really good job. It was a great message, Rodgers said. The thing Ill say in reference to speaking your mind, [I read] a piece on the Bennetts recently -- Michael and Martellus. And I turned to a friend and I said, Why do we have to say that its refreshing when someone speaks their mind? Or is honest now? I think thats kind of a societal issue that we have.We need more guys like that who feel comfortable speaking their mind.The interview with Rodgers was conducted before riots broke out in Milwaukee on Saturday night in the aftermath of a police-involved shooting. Six businesses on the citys north side were set on fire, four officers were injured and 17 people were arrested, according to the Milwaukee Police Department. More unrest followed Sunday night.Asked after Mondays practice about what had gone on in Milwaukee, which is less than two hours south of Green Bay, Rodgers replied, I dont know the specifics about it, but I do know that our heart goes out to those affected down there. This is a connected world. Anytime theres a disconnect like that, its disappointing to see. Our thoughts and our prayers go with all of those affected, and we hope that the violence doesnt continue down there.Speaking to reporters as the Seahawks arrived at training camp July 31, Bennett called on players to step forward on social issues.You dont see a lot of great players talking about things socially, whether its Peyton Manning or Aaron Rodgers. All of these guys, theyre white. They dont have to deal with the things that we deal with as black players, so its not as many, Bennett said.In the NBA, everybody is standing up for it, so the greatest players are in the forefront of the movement. Here in the NFL, the greatest players arent in the forefront of the movement. Whether its the [collective bargaining agreement], whether its things going on with trying to change the way -- concussions. The greatest players arent involved like LeBron James, Chris Paul and all these guys [in the NBA]. Our great players are sitting back just taking the dollars, whether its Cam Newton, all these guys. Theyre not really on the forefront of trying to change whats going on.Asked in the ESPN Wisconsin interview whether he believes the NBA culture allows players to speak their minds more readily than the NFL, Rodgers replied, One-hundred percent. And I think it starts with leadership. I think [NBA commissioner Adam Silver] has done a good job promoting that type of environment. And I think some guys in the NFL are probably worried about repercussions on speaking their mind from the league.Rodgers acknowledged that he has not been particularly outspoken.Those guys are doing it and they feel comfortable doing it, Rodgers said. I think if more guys maybe did in our league, it would create a domino effect possibly. Fred Lynn Jersey Large . - Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie never doubted he would bring back coach Dennis Allen for a third year despite back-to-back 4-12 records. 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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Skies and pools both darkened Wednesday as the sun-splashed Olympics in Rio de Janeiro gave way to gray clouds and murky green waters.The Rio Games were drenched in rain and continued questions about why the diving well and water polo pools look so much like neglected aquariums.The first American male basketball player to appear in four Olympics, Carmelo Anthony passed LeBron James as the national teams most prolific scorer. The U.S. mens basketball team needed every one of his 31 points as they got their first good test in fending off Australia 98-88.Katie Ledeckys strong final leg helped the U.S. women win the 4x200 freestyle relay over silver medalist Australia.Brazil finally found its scoring touch in the mens soccer tournament at the Olympics, the host country advancing to the quarterfinals by beating Denmark 4-0 and avoiding an embarrassing elimination in front of the home fans. Brazil plays Colombia in Sao Paulo on Saturday.The third day of the mens water polo tournament began in green-tinged water, though not nearly as dark as the neighboring diving pool at the aquatics center. It was crystal blue the day before.Water quality has been a major issue surrounding the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, but in the ocean and lagoons, not pools.A decrease in the alkaline level in the diving well Tuesday afternoon led to the green color, organizing committee spokesman Mario Andrada said. He added that the pool for water polo and synchronized swimming is being affected in the same way but we expect the color to be back to blue very shortly.Rio organizers insisted the athletes werent at risk in the green pools.They were on the waters and slippery roadways, though.Strong winds rattled palm trees along the coast and whipped up waves on the scenic lagoon where rowing was postponed for a full day for the second time this week. 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Yosuhiro Koseki of Japan went out fast and was more than a second under world-record pace at the final turn but faded to fifth. Josh Prenot of the United States claimed silver and Anton Chupkov of Russia landed the bronze.EBNER ELIMINATED : Nate Ebner, the safety for the New England Patriots who took a break from training camp to fulfill his Olympic dream, sprinted from almost halfway to score a try in the right corner against Fiji to make it 24-19, piling the pressure on Madison Hughes. But the U.S. captain and goal kicker missed the conversion from out wide, leaving the margin at five. Less than that and the Americans would have advanced.ROWING AT RISK : Twenty-two races, including the first two medal races, were postponed in the regatta but international rowing federation director Matt Smith said theres still room on the schedule without having to resort to drastic measures -- even if competition is also called off Thursday.LIFES A BEACH : The American beach volleyball team of Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson were eliminated from the Olympics on a tiebreaker. Thats the first U.S mens team to fail to advance out of pool play since the 2004 Athens Games. On the womens side, April Ross and Kerri Walsh Jennings defeated Switzerland and boisterously celebrated after the match. But the Americans lost a set -- something that has happened only once to Walsh Jennings in the last three Olympics.---AP Summer Games website: http://summergames.ap.org---Follow AP Sports Writer Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton ' ' '
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