Trump v the NFL: the latest battle in a long war over sports, race and politics

Before the nation was introduced to Colin Kaepernick, a line of athletes embodied the struggle to overcome racial discrimination in American sports

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”

Those were the words of Colin Kaepernick, then the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, when his decision to kneel during the national anthem first drew widespread attention.

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