San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith warms up for the 49ers NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in San Francisco 10 November 2013

Professional football player Aldon Smith of the San Francisco 49ers is arrested at the Los Angeles airport after making a bomb threat, police say.

Michael Sam

Is the NFL ready for openly gay star?

Draft prospect Michael Sam's declaration that he is gay gives the NFL a big chance to tackle bigotry, writes Flinder Boyd

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins looks for an opening to pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Landover, Maryland, on 22 December 2013

US politicians: Rename NFL Redskins

Two members of the US Congress call on the National Football League to back demands the Washington Redskins team change its name, a "racial slur".