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NFL players defy Trump with fresh protests

NFL players defy Trump with fresh protests

Washington, Aug 10 (IANS) Several players from the National Football League (NFL) defied US President Donald Trump by staging silent protests during the national anthem on the first day of pre-season gmaes.

In a repeat of scenes from last season, many players on Thursday night demonstrated against social injustice and police brutality meted out to the African Americans by kneeling, raising their fists, sitting on the bench or remaining in the locker room rather than standing during the national anthem, reports Efe news.

By protesting, the players defied Trump, who has strongly criticised the protests, as well as the NFL, which in May approved a new regulation to fine teams whose players kneel during the national anthem, although they are allowed to remain in the dressing rooms during the pre-game ceremonies.

 

Trump praised that decision and said athletes who do not stand up during the anthem "probably should not be in the country".

The President recently called on the NFL to suspend players for the entire season if they knelt during the anthem.

In June, the White House scrapped the traditional reception for the Super Bowl champions, the Philadelphia Eagles, after several players chose not to attend the event.

Trump also did not invite the NBA champions, the Golden State Warriors, who had also refused to attend the previous year's ceremony.

During this year's NBA Finals, LeBron James, at the time still a Cleveland Cavalier, announced that neither team would go to the White House.

Last season, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem to protest what he called police brutality against African Americans.

The NFL is the most popular sports league in the country and generates the most revenue, which in 2017 reached $14 billion.

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