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Olivier Vernon kneels, draws ire of president

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Giant’ DE appeared to be only NFL player to kneel on Thanksgiving Day

As he has done every since President Donald Trump said in September that any NFL player who kneels should be fired, Olivier Vernon of the New York Giants knelt for the national anthem before the Thanksgiving Day game against the Washington Redskins.

Vernon was the only player participating in any of the three Thanksgiving Day NFL games who knelt. That, of course, drew the ire of the Twitter-happy president.

Vernon recently explained his reason for kneeling this way:

“What it would take for me to stand is if people can understand what the whole message is behind it,” he told Newsday. “That would actually help a whole lot, but everybody doesn’t see things that way and tries to distort what the message was from the beginning, which is basically social injustice on African-Americans and police brutality.”

It’s apparent that Vernon is going to keep kneeling, and Trump is going to keep tweeting about disrespect from NFL players. Whether you like either of those things or not, the right to do both is part of what makes this a great country.

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