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Cruz: Boycott Protesting Sports Stars’ Merchandise

Ted Cruz said on Monday that sports fans should protest protesting athletes by boycotting their merchandise.

The Hill reports:

Multiple NFL players over the weekend showed solidarity with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s ongoing protest during the national anthem.

Kaepernick first remained seated during “The Star-Spangled Banner” late last month to protest police brutality against minorities. The NFL star has since knelt during the song before several games, sparking national debate over the meaning of patriotism.

Miami Dolphins running back Arian Foster, linebacker Jelani Jenkins, receiver Kenny Stills and safety Michael Thomas all knelt before their season opener against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

The team on Sunday said it values players’ rights, but hopes that they will ultimately stand for the national anthem.

“We encourage all members of our organization to stand at attention during the national anthem out of respect and appreciation for the freedoms we are afforded as Americans,” the Dolphins said in a statement.

“We also recognize that it’s an individual’s right to reflect during the anthem in different ways. We respect those liberties and appreciate the sacrifices that everyone has made for our country, especially on this day of remembrance.”

Kaepernick and other players’ demonstrations have inspired mixed reactions from political figures from both sides of the aisle.

Donald Trump, for example, suggested Kaepernick should leave the U.S.

“I think it’s a terrible thing, and, you know, maybe he should find a country that works better for him. Let him try; it’s not gonna happen,” the GOP presidential nominee told “The Dori Monson Show” in late August.

President Obama, in contrast, said last week that Kaepernick is “exercising his constitutional right to make a statement” like various sports figures before him.

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