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Spike Lee Thinks Even More NFL Players Plan to Kneel This Sunday: ‘It’s a Battle of Wills’

For nearly a week now, the issue of NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem to protest racial injustice has become the biggest cultural story in the country as President Donald Trump has obsessed on the issue, starting with his Friday night declaration that they should be fired by the owners. This was answered by widespread demonstrations during the Week 3 games.

During an appearance on CNN this evening before a town hall event called Patriotism, the Players, and the President, filmmaker Spike Lee said that not only will players continue to take a knee in coming weeks, even more will take part than this past Sunday.

After telling anchor Anderson Cooper that Colin Kaepernick — who started the gesture in the NFL last season — didn’t have an NFL job because of the silent protest, Lee explained that it is now not “deescalating” because the president is very “divisive.”

“There was 200 Sunday — it’s gonna to be more this Sunday,” Lee told Cooper when asked if the players can continue with these demonstrations.

“You think it’s going to be more people?” Cooper pressed.

“I think so,” Lee responded. “This is a battle of wills.”

Later in the interview, Lee noted that he felt the players weren’t just doing this now to be anti-Trump, but that they were taking offense to the president telling the NFL “plantation owners” how to handle them.

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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