NFL players emphasize reasons for anthem demonstrations

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While the NFL continues discussions with the players' union regarding a national anthem policy, players who demonstrate are emphasizing they are protesting social injustice, racial inequality and systematic oppression. They are not against the country, military, flag or "The Star-Spangled Banner" itself. President Donald Trump wants players to "find another way to protest" and contended "most of them are unable to define" what they're demonstrating against. "I think part of the problem is that when you continue the rhetoric that this is controversial or this is somehow a negative thing, people treat it as such," Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said after resuming his demonstration before Thursday night's game.

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