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Bob Costas delivers powerful message on NFL protests and patriotism

Sporting News logo Sporting News 9/25/2017 Sara Harris

NBC Sports broadcaster Bob Costas was a guest on CNN's "New Day" Monday, to share his thoughts on Donald Trump's controversial remarks about NFL players.

Costas was asked if NFL players were disrespecting the military and first responders by kneeling during the national anthem.

He delivered a powerful response, saying sports, patriotism and the flag have become so conflated that other gestures are excluded or criticized as unpatriotic.

Bob Costas © (Getty Images) Bob Costas

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"This is no disrespect to the military," said Costas. “Martin Luther King was a patriot. Susan B. Anthony was a patriot. Dissidents are patriots. School teachers and social workers are patriots."

Costas says he believes patriotism has been associated with the military only, but argues that patriotism is about more than just our brave soldiers.

"Patriotism comes in many forms and what has happened is that it's been conflated with a bumper sticker-style kind of flag-waving and with the military only, so that people cannot see that in his own way Colin Kaepernick, however imperfectly, is doing a patriotic thing. And so too are some of these other players.”

Watch his entire interview on CNN's "New Day" in the video below.

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