Gov. Dayton Opposes National Anthem Protests, Says MN Vikings Did the Right Thing

Minnesota Vikings players and management stood with locked arms before their game on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Gov. Dayton said he disagrees with professional athletes who sit or kneel during the national anthem.

Minnesota Vikings players and management stood with locked arms before their game on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Dayton called that the appropriate response.

Two Bucs players took a knee and at least 200 NFL players knelt, sat, stretched or prayed during the anthem Sunday after President Trump’s criticism of athletes who don’t stand for the pregame ritual.

Dayton said multi-million dollar athletes should focus their energy on fighting the cause of their protests rather than kneeling during the anthem, but he said players have that constitutional right.

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