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While in Huntsville, Alabama, President Trump said, ‘Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘get that son-of-a-b**** off the field right now, out. He’s fired.”
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Here’s to the fresh fuel for NFL players to engage in Colin Kaepernick-styled national anthem protests.

That would be black players, white players, superstars and third-stringers alike.

Go ahead, fellas. Make a statement.

When the President of the United States, in all of his ignorance, urges his base of supporters to walk out on your game, your livelihood, your principles — because a number of NFL players have exercised their right to express discontent with some major inequalities of the American way – it is way past time to provide a determined response.

Stick to sports? That won’t cut it now. As if the concept ever could.

Yet the divisive bashing of the protests coming from an intolerant Donald Trump just took NFL Blackball – not to be confused with NFL football – to another level.

Of course, many people who followed the still-unemployed Kaepernick’s lead with some sort of protest – and it’s not just NFL players, but some players on the high school level and in Pop Warner, and some outside of the sports realm entirely – have already been subjected to the type of backlash venom that spewed from Trump.

He managed, however, to draw a deeper line in the sand.

The rapid reactions from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith – who rarely agree on anything – was an encouraging sign of leadership that supplemented the voices from the players.

But now is clearly the time for some NFL owners to step up, as if they needed to wait until such a prominent figure trashed their business – mocking the declining TV ratings, deriding rules changes instituted in the name of safety amid increasing concern about the long-term impact of head trauma and yes, suggesting that people quit consuming the nation’s most popular sport.

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