Former Giants player George Martin: We have every right to protest

Former New York Giants player George Martin said in an interview early Monday that National Football League (NFL) players have every right to protest.

Martin was asked on CNN's "New Day" about President Trump's comments attacking players who refuse to stand during the national anthem.

Martin said he took issue with the way Trump characterized the act of kneeling during the anthem.

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"He said this is an assault on our flag and our country, as if though we are some outside transient indigents coming through," Martin said.

"This is our country as well, and we have every right, which is guaranteed under the Constitution, to protest under those circumstances, a peaceful protest."

He also said a lot of his former teammates are upset over the president's comments.

Trump late last week targeted player who kneel during the national anthem.

On Sunday, NFL players across the country knelt or locked arms during the national anthem in their first games since Trump's comments.

Trump continued his attacks on Monday, tweeting that those fans who booed players who knelt during the national anthem were demanding respect for the country's flag.

"The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. NFL must respect this!" Trump tweeted.