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MSU football players react to National Anthem protests

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Lucia Summers | 10 October, 2017, 06:30

After Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told reporters on Sunday that if his players didn't stand during the anthem, they won't play, the NFLPA released a statement defending players' decision to protest.

According to Harriot, one player said that his team's coach told players they were allowed to make one gesture after Trump's comments and that would be it.

On Sunday, following a loss to the Green Bay Packers, Jones said that any Cowboys player who disrespected the flag would not play. Yes, America is imperfect, but if perfection is the standard required to end the protests, then we ought to apply that standard to professional athletes whenever they stumble.

Speaking about the issue on First Take, Smith, argued that President Donald Trump has diverted attention away from the National Football League protesters' cause - fighting racial and social oppression - and turned the protests into a referendum on patriotism.

Trump began attacking players who kneel during the national anthem last month, calling for NFL owners to fire players who take part in the demonstrations and for people to walk out of games where players are kneeling.

"I left today's Colts game because [POTUS] and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem", Pence wrote in a series of tweets.

According to Van Natta and Wickersham, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, a Trump donor, said during a meeting that kneeling had to end, but that owners also had to find a honest way to listen to players' concerns.

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While many teams have resumed standing for the anthem and making gestures like placing their hands on their shoulders or linking arms, kneeling hasn't stopped altogether.

NBC News reported Sunday that reporters were told before the game there could be "an early departure" by Pence.

Last month, National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell sat with National Football League owners, players and members of the player's association regarding the protests.

"No player is disrespecting our Country or our Flag", Smith said.

Although more and more teams are using their right to kneel during the National Anthem, many MSU players said has never been a topic of discussion within the team.

Fifteen players from the 49ers were seen kneeling during the anthem, protesting for racial inequality.

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