Fire kneel­ers

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Amer­i­can Foot­ball: Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump says Na­tional Foot­ball League own­ers should fire play­ers who kneel dur­ing the na­tional an­them. And he’s en­cour­ag­ing spec­ta­tors to walk out in protest. In an ex­tended riff dur­ing a free­wheel­ing rally speech in Alabama yes­ter­day, Trump also be­moaned that foot­ball games have be­come less vi­o­lent. ‘‘They’re ru­in­ing the game,’’ he com­plained. Sev­eral ath­letes, in­clud­ing a hand­ful of NFL play­ers, have re­fused to stand dur­ing The Star-Span­gled Ban­ner to protest of the treat­ment of blacks by po­lice. Quar­ter­back Colin Kaeper­nick, who started the trend last year when he played for the San Francisco 49ers, hasn’t been signed by an NFL team for this sea­son.

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