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Trump's criticisms incite more national anthem protests at NFL games

As he prepared to board Air Force One to return to Washington from New Jersey on Sunday, Trump said the players protesting the anthem were "very disrespectful to our country" and called again on owners to stop what he considers unpatriotic displays in America's most popular sport.

Defensive star Von Miller was among the majority of Denver Broncos who took a knee in Buffalo on Sunday, where Bills running back LeSean McCoy stretched during "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Jets Chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson, whose brother, Woody, is the ambassador to England and one of Trump's most ardent supporters, called it "an honor and a privilege to stand arm-in-arm unified with our players during today's national anthem" in East Rutherford, N.J.

The movement started more than a year ago when former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand during the national anthem as a protest of police treatment of racial minorities.

The Associated Press's Dennis Waszak Jr., Steve Reed, Larry Lage, Teresa M. Walker, John Wawrow and Stephen Whyno and Zac Boyer contributed to this report.

READ MORE (Chicago Tribune)

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  • It's impossible for black athletes to leave politics off the fieldCNN International
  • Trump's Criticisms Incite More Protests at NFL GamesBloomberg
  • NFL rallies around protesting players denounced by TrumpYahoo Sports
  • NFL player protests increase after Trump's attacksPolitico
  • As Trump continues his attacks, NFL players protest by kneeling or locking armsLos Angeles Times
  • Trump urges fans to boycott NFL in ongoing criticism of flag-kneeling playersFox News
  • Donald Trump's words brought the sports world together for a dayMinneapolis Star Tribune

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