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More NFL players on knee after Trump urges firings

By Compiled by Democrat-Gazette staff from wire reports

This article was published September 25, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

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New England Patriots players kneel during the national anthem before their game Sunday with the Houston Texans in Foxborough, Mass. Other players stood and locked arms.

President Donald Trump, speaking with reporters Sunday in Morristown, N.J., before returning to Washington, again called on National Football League t...

Mark Canha of the Oakland Athletics puts his hand on the shoulder of teammate Bruce Maxwell as Maxwell kneels Sunday before a game against the Texas R...

NFL players across the country demonstrated during the national anthem Sunday in a show of defiance against President Donald Trump, who last week indicated a desire for owners to fire players who knelt in protest.

President Donald Trump, speaking with reporters Sunday in Morristown, N.J., before returning to Washington, again called on National Football League t...

Mark Canha of the Oakland Athletics puts his hand on the shoulder of teammate Bruce Maxwell as Maxwell kneels Sunday before a game against the Texas R...

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TimberTopper says... September 25, 2017 at 5:12 a.m.

Most people have enough sense to think before they speak, as there are results to and for the spoken word. However, this POTUS doesn't have that ability.

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Popsmith says... September 25, 2017 at 8:55 a.m.

I'm through watching NFL. These players don't represent my interests.

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glh05230944 says... September 25, 2017 at 9:16 a.m.

Trump's attempt to create new jobs.

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mrcharles says... September 25, 2017 at 11:12 a.m.

Steve King may be worst than trump. Huckabee has gone from a real jesus kind of christian to the fox & red state voter christian type. I would suggest to this person who now chases manna, that the deity should not be thanked for being born in USA as it was decided before their was a USA that the hominoid would be born on this soil . Just the way it is. Not a divine action , just an action.

Pop there is a new button on your remote that allows you to blot out heretics of your own choice [ you have to program that into the remote] that do not represent your interest. This way you can watch reruns of Tim Tebow.

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TravisBickle says... September 25, 2017 at 11:14 a.m.

I'm with you, Pop! The only thing I hate more than a whiner is a millionaire whiner! If they're so concerned about police let them put on a badge and hit the streets. They better be glad there's a thing called football, or else they'd be walking down the road shaking their heads. What do you suppose Pat Tillman would say about all this? George Foreman said it best, "they have all this money, but can't get any attention." Just because you protest that's not going to turn you into Muhammed Ali. I'm sick of watching these idiots, from now on I'll do something productive with my free time. The only game I'll watch will be the hapless Hogs, but only because I'll have a financial interest in their losing!!

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RBear says... September 25, 2017 at 11:40 a.m.

AMAZING how the right wingers get all up in arms over a simple expression of protest during a TINY portion of the game which most never even see. Of course, the only reason why they are ranting is because their leader decided it was time to get them riled up.
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With regards to representing your interests, when did they ever and is that really a requirement for you to watch sports? Dumbest comment in here.

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hah406 says... September 25, 2017 at 1:54 p.m.

Sports players have never represented me for anything. They put on a product that entertains me, but I certainly don't consult them for their opinions or politics, just as they don't care what I am upset with at the moment. This is just another Trump diversion tactic away from Muller's investigation, Jr.'s use of private email account, lack of ability to get ANY legislation passed, and the worst approval ratings for POTUS in the history of polling.

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gohogs17 says... September 25, 2017 at 2:27 p.m.

Regardless of what Trump says or does, I think it's appalling how these spoiled players show disrespect for the nation that gives them the right to do what they do.

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Delta123 says... September 25, 2017 at 2:33 p.m.

My advice to anyone put out by all these (millionaire) sheep taking a knee is the same as I would give to those who read a conservative newspaper and complain about the conservative content. Just stop watching. Just stop reading it. Watch and/or read something else. Change the channel and don't support it. Don't buy a jersey. Don't watch the Super Bowl. Go find something worthwhile to do with your Sunday afternoons. Deer season is upon us. Take to the field and put some organic meat in the freezer.

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DEE672 says... September 25, 2017 at 3:44 p.m.

Let us start at the beginning: since I am too old to be anything but ancient I recall the time when football did not begin games with any patriotic display so I went googling to see when and where it started. It appears to have begun in baseball in the WW1 time when we wanted more innocent farm boys to go overseas to become cannon fodder; that's when American's top sport was baseball. But it only started for football around 2009
"NO NFL PLAYER STOOD FOR THE NATIONAL ANTHEM UNTIL 2009—BEFORE THEN, THE PLAYERS STAYED IN THE LOCKER ROOM AS THE ANTHEM PLAYED. NFL TEAMS GOT PATRIOTIC IN RECENT YEARS BECAUSE IT WAS GOOD FOR BUSINESS. A 2015 CONGRESSIONAL REPORT REVEALED THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE HAD PAID $5.4 MILLION TO NFL TEAMS BETWEEN 2011 AND 2014 TO STAGE ON-FIELD PATRIOTIC CEREMONIES; THE NATIONAL GUARD SHELLED OUT $6.7 MILLION FOR SIMILAR DISPLAYS BETWEEN 2013 AND 2015." (Bilal Mustafa)
Surprising! I have always thought an appeal to patriotism at sports events was not appropriate ; what has one to do with the other ?? Having said all that I like the way the Steelers have handled it; they stay in the locker room until after the anthem as all used to do because the displays of "protest" divide the team and the fans and even worse fans the anger over race.

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