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Colts Take a Knee, Lock Arms in Pre-Game Protest

Owner Jim Irsay says he is troubled by Trump's rants against NFL players and encouragement for fans to stay away

INDIANAPOLIS--Locking arms, Colts players and managers joined in a statement of protest before Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns.

 
Colts owner Jim Irsay said he is troubled by Pres. Donald Trump's statements and Tweets suggesting fans stay away from NFL games where players take a knee during the national anthem and that players should be fired for doing so.
 
"Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he's fired. He’s fired!” Trump said at a rally in Alabama.
 
“I am troubled by the President’s recent comments about our league and our players. Sports in America have the unique ability to bring people from all walks of life and from different points of view together to work toward or root for a common goal, and the Indianapolis Colts are proud to be a part of that tradition in our home city and state," said Irsay, in a statement published in Colts.com.

"The vast majority of players in the NFL — especially those who have worn and continue to wear the Horseshoe — have donated millions of dollars to charities, raised money for those affected by recent hurricanes, created charitable foundations, visited schools, mentored students, worked in homeless shelters, cleaned up parks, and put in hours of their personal time toward improving their communities and the lives of those around them."
 
Players and management in the NFL how largely come out in opposition to Trump's comments.
 
The NFL Players Association released a video called "Unity", which stated players' First Amendment rights will not be sacrificed to play in the NFL.
 
PHOTO: Tweeted by the Colts
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