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    Players Protest En Masse as Trump Takes on NFL, NBA

    He’s kicked something off. Friday, President Trump excoriated football players who’ve protested civil injustice by kneeling for the national anthem, suggesting in vulgar terms that NFL owners should fire them for peacefully demonstrating. Saturday, he withdrew the Golden State Warriors’ White House invitation. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell called it “divisive,” while LeBron James called Trump a “bum.” Yesterday, dozens of players, coaches and owners knelt, linked arms or remained in locker rooms during the anthem, while Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said free speech should stay “off the field.”

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