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President Trump weighed in on the wave of national anthem protests in the NFL, saying owners should fire those who take a knee. CONNECT LINKEDIN EMAIL MORE. The head of the NFL players association, reacting to President Trump’s comments about player protests and safety, on Saturday morning vowed his union “will never back down” when challenged on those issues. “Whether or not Roger (Goodell) and the owners will speak for themselves about their views on player rights and their commitment to player safety remains to be seen,” DeMaurice Smith said in a statement on Twitter. “This union, however, will never back down when it comes to protecting the constitutional rights of our players as... Full story

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