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Derek Wolfe

Critics: NFL decision chooses mainstream appeal over players

With its decision to ban kneeling during the national anthem, critics are accusing the NFL of prioritizing being in the good financial graces of mainstream America over the social justice passions of its players trying to draw attention to the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of police.

Some opponents of the new policy now vow to never watch an NFL game again.

The NFL's new anthem policy — similar to NBA rules in place for decades — makes the athletes stand for "The Star-Spangled Banner" or be absent from the field while it's played.

Critics say the league acted without input from its majority-black players and buckled to pressure from some major...

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