Members of the Cleveland Browns take a knee during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Indianapolis, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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National Football League players sat out, knelt and linked arms during pregame national anthems played across the country and in London Sunday, hours after U.S. President Donald Trump called on fans to boycott teams that do not discipline players who protest.In the first few games since Trump stepped up his criticism of NFL players, dozens of players and coaches of teams including the Baltimore Ravens, Jacksonville Jaguars, Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins did not stand for the anthem and took a knee, a gesture that began last year as a protest over police treatment of African-Americans and other minorities.New England Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft, who has dined with Trump and who the president considers a friend, criticized Trump and defended players' right to protest.McNair also donated $1 million to Trump.National Basketball Association players also struck back against comments by the president Saturday after Trump clashed with one of the biggest stars in the NBA, Stephen Curry.
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