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Mid-Michigan weighs in on the National Anthem controversy

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Several New England Patriots players kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Houston Texans. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Several New England Patriots players kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Houston Texans. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

The ongoing Nation Anthem protests were already controversial, but things have gone to a new level after President Donald Trump said players who kneeled during the anthem deserved to be fired. 

"They have a right to express themselves however they want," Linda Long said. 

Long thinks kneeling for the National Anthem is just another way to exercise the First Amendment.

"President Donald Trump has a right to express himself. He of course is someone in power and what he says affects people," Long said. 

Long and Jim Maillous hashed out their thoughts on the recent controversy at 501 Bar and Grill in Flint. Trump recently tweeted "If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our flag & country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!" 

"These athletes are in a unique position because of their fame. They can get a word out," Maillous said. 

Many people said they want politics and sports to stay separate. Some sports fans in Flint, who didn't want to go on camera, said they believed players should stand up for the National Anthem as a sign of respect, while others had mixed feelings. 

"In terms of the national conversation, I can't see this helping the President in terms of his popularity, " Patrick McCarty said. 

"I think people have the right to voice their opinion. People have the right to freedom of speech," Doug Lynn said. 

Long believes standing up for what you believe in matters.

"If you didn't have people making a statement, nobody would talk about anything," Long said. 

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