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Trump’s rhetoric forces NFL teams to take stand as owners, players unite

Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY Sports

They stood in a single line, side by side, their arms locked for unity in a dramatic demonstration during the national anthem.

These were the Los Angeles Chargers and until Sunday — with no Michael Bennetts or Colin Kaepernicks in their midst — they barely registered a blip on the NFL Protest Meter.

But things have changed, thanks to the incendiary bashing from an intolerant Donald Trump — who called protesting players “sons of b——” and urged NFL owners to fire those who demonstrate during the anthem — at a campaign rally in Alabama on Friday night.


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