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NFL commissioner says Trump's call for protesting players to be fired is disrespectful

NFL commissioner says Trump's call for protesting players to be fired is disrespectful

The National Football League and its players union on Saturday angrily denounced President Trump for suggesting that owners fire players who kneel during the national anthem and that fans consider walking out in protest “when somebody disrespects our flag.”

“Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players,” the league commissioner, Roger Goodell, said in a statement.

DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Assn., tweeted: “We will never back down. We no longer can afford to stick to sports.”

Trump, during a political rally in Alabama on Friday night, also blamed a drop in NFL...

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