Tackling Fake Football Stories

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Q: Did the NFL fine players who protested during the national anthem? Was a player fired for it? Are some players asking the league to host a month of anti-police activism? Will Fox Sports stop airing NFL games?

A: No. Three of those stories were made-up, and one is a gross misrepresentation.

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Facebook has been flush with stories about the National Football League since President Donald Trump called on team owners to fire any player who “disrespects our flag” by making political demonstrations on the field during the national anthem.

The president’s appeal drew criticism from the league’s commissioner, Roger Goodell — who called for a “sense of unity” — and various teams and players, who mostly