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Dolphins safety Michael Thomas gets emotional while discussing Trump’s comments

Following his team’s two-touchdown loss to the New York Jets on Sunday, Miami Dolphins safety Michael Thomas was emotional while discussing Donald Trump’s recent comments and tweets regarding NFL players and those who have chosen to kneel during the national anthem. Thomas seemed on the verge of tears while saying “this is bigger than me” and “I got a daughter, she’s going to have to live in this world.”

Before the Dolphins-Jets game, four Dolphins players knelt and the rest of the team linked arms as a display of unity as the national anthem was performed.

Thomas’ full postgame comments were as follows: “It just amazes me with everything else that’s going on in this world, especially involving the U.S., that’s what you’re concerned about my man? You’re the leader of the free world, this is what you talking about? As a man, as a father, as an African American man, somebody in the NFL who is one of those sons of (expletive), yeah, I took it personally. But at the same time, like I said, like I said in my Twitter post, it’s bigger than me, man. It’s bigger than me. I got a daughter, she’s going to have to live in this world, you know what I’m saying? And I’m going to do whatever I gotta do to make sure she can look at her dad and be like, ‘Hey, we did something, we tried to make a change.’ You feel me?”

NFL anthem protests: Sunday brings a tidal wave of responses to President Trump

Sunday is seeing the strongest demonstrations yet by NFL players, directly responding to President Trump’s demand of NFL owners to “fire or suspend” players for protesting inequality and police brutality. Trump’s tweets brought comments from the league, the players’ association, stars such as Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady, and even some longtime Trump backers, including New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and former coach/ESPN analyst Rex Ryan.

Here is some of our coverage so far, and stay tuned as we keep you updated throughout the day:

Trump demands NFL teams ‘fire or suspend’ players or risk fan boycott

Jaguars owner joins players in demonstration before London game

NFL players, including Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady, weigh in

Patriots owner Robert Kraft ‘deeply disappointed by the tone’ of Trump’s NFL comments

Broncos’ Derek Wolfe says he stands during anthem for ‘the men who died in real battle’

London Fletcher: If I was still in the NFL, I would demonstrate

Jenkins: NFL shows restraint in the face of vulgarity — and gets it right

NFL owners, team presidents and chief executives react to President Trump’s comments

Donald Trump’s long, stormy and unrequited romance with the NFL

NFL Week 3: President Trump urges boycott over player protests, injury updates, scores, fantasy football tips

Trump turns sports into a political battleground with comments on NFL and Stephen Curry

Roger Goodell responds to Trump’s call to ‘fire’ NFL players protesting during national anthem

Group led by Dolphins owner wants to see every professional athlete registered to vote