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Trump's spat with NFL, NBA players leads to massive backlash
U.S. President Donald Trump invited more anger from the sporting world on Saturday, intensifying his war of words with players protesting the national anthem. On Friday night, at a campaign rally in Alabama, Trump blasted NFL free agent Colin Kaepernick and said players who kneel during the national anthem should be fired and fans should leave games. Kaepernick had set off a growing movement of protest from NFL players during the anthem and is no longer on a team. Last year, Kaepernick drew national attention for refusing to stand during “The Star-Spangled Banner” prior to kickoff. In August 2016, Kaepernick told NFL Media, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” Previously, Trump took credit for his unemployment. On Friday, Trump told the raucous rally, “Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a b---- off the field right now. He is fired.’” Trump drew backlash from several NFL players, who fired back on Twitter. Later, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell issued a statement condemning Trump's "divisive" rhetoric. He said, “The NFL and our players are...Read more
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