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Objection to protests "has nothing to do with race"

25 September 2017

Sunday saw the largest protest from NFL players yet, as some 24 players from the Baltimore Ravens took a knee at Wembley Stadium in London during the USA national anthem, while players from the Jacksonville Jaguars and other Ravens players, who did not kneel, locked arms throughout.

As he took the stage for the Global Citizen Festival, aimed at eliminating poverty, the blind singer knelt, joining the protest against racial injustice started by National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Plenty of people booed at the Alabama rally when Trump mentioned players taking the knee and cheered when he called for them to be fired.

Sunday's displays of protest were an unprecedented rebuke and show of solidarity, in a league with enforced conformity and short contracts, though Trump seemed fine with one form of protest against him.

"We're used to the demonization of those who take a stand only to discover that history vindicates their stand", Haynes said. "Fire or suspend!" Trump tweeted Sunday morning.

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Trump also got involved in another brouhaha on Saturday when he withdrew an invitation for Golden State Warriors NBA player Stephen Curry to visit the White House.

The protests began last season when 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand to protest the treatment of African Americans by police. "Thank you to our great Veterans!" In India, a Supreme Court order in November for the national anthem to be played in cinema halls before every film screening led to several instances of people being told to leave the country, attacked and even arrested for not standing up.

"When you get on your knee and you don't respect the American flag or the anthem that is not being treated with respect".

"My personal stance is I stand for the national anthem, I think people should stand but we also live in a country where I fully respect an individuals right to do what they want to do", said Marc Boerigter, former Chiefs receiver.

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There about two dozen players, including Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs and Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette, took a knee during the playing of the national anthem before the start of the game at Wembley Stadium.

National Basketball Association great LeBron James called the president a "bum" while Buffalo Bills NFL running back LeSean McCoy called him an "asshole".

In keeping with a theme of declining NFL ratings, Trump retweeted this tweet encouraging fans to boycott the league if protests continued.

The continuing protest by NFL players who are "taking a knee" during the playing of the national anthem has gone worldwide.

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Objection to protests