Sports And Politics Are More Intertwined Than You Might Think

President Donald Trump reopened a dormant front in the culture wars over the weekend by weighing in on NFL players protesting during the national anthem.

Some fans say he’s politicizing the NFL and that they’d rather sports and politics were kept separate.

Trump suggested NFL owners should fire players who protest at games. He was likely alluding to Colin Kaepernick, the NFL player who has repeatedly kneeled during the playing of the national anthem at games in order to protest racial inequality. Trump reiterated his comments the next day on Twitter.

That prompted players and owners from nearly every NFL team to unite in protest Sunday.

The White House has defended Trump’s statements, saying the NFL isn’t the place for protests. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said players “can do…

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