Courageous Patriots have fought and died for our great American Flag --- we MUST honor and respect it! MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017
In the wake of President Trump calling for the firing of NFL players who protest during the national anthem, such protests increased by more than 2,000%. The AP reports more than 130 players sat, knelt, or raised fists for the national anthem during Sunday's day games; last week it was six players.
Players on numerous teams—including the Dolphins, Browns, Patriots, Broncos, Saints, Eagles, Giants, Chargers, and Jaguars—knelt, according to Deadspin. Protests came from stars like Travis Kelce, Von Miller, and Lesean McCoy (who called Trump an "asshole" a day earlier). "There ain't no dividing us," the Baltimore Ravens' Terrell Suggs said. "I guess we're all son-of-a-bitches." Protesting players were met with a mix of boos and applause from fans.
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