Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors laughs during a photo shoot during the Golden States Warriors media day at Rakuten Performance Center on September 22, 2017 in Oakland, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP
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Donald Trump's feud with black athletes in the NBA and NFL has drawn attention to the racial fault lines which divide sport in the United States, analysts say. Trump triggered a firestorm of controversy last week after taking aim at American football players who knelt during the national anthem to draw attention to racial injustice. The U.S. president's tirade against NFL protesters culminated in an unprecedented show of defiance Sunday when a large number of mostly black players dropped to one knee during the national anthem.In the NFL, around 70 percent of players are black, compared with 75 percent in the NBA.According to Colorado academic Coakley, Trump's juxtaposition of praising ice hockey and NASCAR while simultaneously antagonizing the NFL and NBA is no coincidence.
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