The protests came after Trump suggested that NFL team owners should fire players who refuse to stand during the anthem, telling a crowd in Alabama on Friday that “that’s a total disrespect for our heritage.”
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick first started kneeling during the anthem last year, to protest police violence against minorities. The protest got mixed reactions, but other NFL players -- and players in other sports -- have since followed Kaepernick’s lead to protest inequality.
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Former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick was the first NFL player to kneel during the national anthem last year in protest over racial injustice. Other teammates, like Eli Harold and Eric Reid soon joined him. Now dozens of players across the league are kneeling after President Donald Trump called on protesting players to be ‘fired.’