Rapper TI to boycott NFL over national anthem policy
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Atlanta rapper T.I. said he plans to boycott the NFL this season.

Although the next Super Bowl will be heading to Atlanta in 2019, the famed Falcons fan told ESPN’s Jemele Hill that he will be boycotting the league in response to its crackdown on protests during national anthem.

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“I think there’s a violation of constitutional rights being implemented to minority players who choose to have a peaceful silent protest,” T.I. said. 

“It’s really like you want us to shut up and take what we got coming to us in our communities, and that’s just not acceptable,” T.I. continued. “And if that’s what you think about us, why should we really spend our money and show our extreme support of your corporation?”

The 37-year-old, born Clifford Harris Jr., went on to say that NFL fans could accelerate change if they choose to follow his lead in efforts to hurt the league financially.

“We gotta go to the corporations,” T.I. added. “Stop spending our dollars with them until they press the politicians who press the police to do what we need to do until they respect our lives and consider us as equals or else they don’t deserve our dollars.”

The league announced a policy in late May barring players from kneeling during "The Star-Spangled Banner," though protesting players will be allowed to remain in the locker room while the anthem is played.

Though the new rule prompted considerable backlash from sports fans and well-known figures in the sports industry, President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Gillum and DeSantis’s first debate GOP warns economy will tank if Dems win Gorbachev calls Trump's withdrawal from arms treaty 'a mistake' MORE, a vocal opponent of the protests, hailed it, suggesting that those who can't "stand proudly" during the anthem “shouldn’t be in the country.”