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As Trump continues his attacks, NFL players protest by kneeling or locking arms

Watching the National Football League on weekend afternoons became the latest American tradition drawn into the relentless vortex of controversy that surrounds President Donald Trump, as players from London to New England to Carson, Calif., knelt or linked arms Sunday while others stayed in the locker room during the national anthem.

As Trump's opponents and allies publicly sparred over First Amendment rights and the reopening of racial wounds, football became the latest unwilling participant in the nation's culture wars.

Sunday's protests illustrated Trump's gift - or curse, depending on one's viewpoint - for generating an argument, putting himself at the center of it and forcing others to respond.

Protests during the national anthem to draw attention to racism and social injustice, which began during the summer

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