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Trump's new message to NFL: Change or business is 'going to hell'

Trump's new message to NFL: Change or business is 'going to hell'

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump has a new message for the NFL: Change or business is "going to go to hell."

Trump said Wednesday that the NFL is in a "really bad box" over the issue of players kneeling in protest during the national anthem. He said ratings are falling, and the only thing doing well is the NFL pregame show.

Beginning with a rally last Friday in Alabama, Trump has been criticizing players who kneel during the "The Star-Spangled Banner" to protest racial injustice. He has said the NFL should require that players stand during the anthem.

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Trump said Wednesday there are other places during a game where players can protest "but they cannot do it during the national anthem."

"You cannot have people disrespecting our national anthem, our flag, our country," Trump told reporters as he departed the White House for a trip to Indiana. "In my opinion, the NFL has to change. Or you know what's going to happen. Their business is going to go to hell."

Earlier on Twitter, Trump said he had spoken Tuesday with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

"Jerry is a winner who knows how to get things done. Players will stand for Country!" Trump tweeted.

On Monday night, Jones — a Trump supporter — and his players knelt arm-in-arm before the anthem, then rose for the playing of the anthem before the team's victory in Arizona over Cardinals.

Trump has spent several days lashing out at players who kneel, a practice that started with a handful of players to protest racial issues, including police brutality.

Responding to Trump, hundreds of players have been sitting, kneeling, locking arms or remaining in locker rooms.

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Quick Slants the Podcast: Is WKU QB Mike White's big arm a good fit for the Patriots?

Quick Slants the Podcast: Is WKU QB Mike White's big arm a good fit for the Patriots?

Phil Perry talks with WKU QB Mike White and his coach Mike Sanford about the WKU offense, White's special trait as a QB, and how he translates to the next level. Could Mike White have what the Patriots need? Take a listen and get to know all you need to about WKU QB Mike White.

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Rob Gronkowski: I met with Bill Belichick to tell him I'm in for 2018

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Rob Gronkowski: I met with Bill Belichick to tell him I'm in for 2018

Rob Gronkowski is just days removed from one of the strangest press conferences in the history of Gillette Stadium. First he said he wasn't sure if he was playing for the Patriots in 2018, then he said he wasn't sure when he would decide, then he said he'd be a "freek-a-leek" when he comes back . . .

On Tuesday he washed away any uncertainty about his future with one Instagram post. 

"I met with coach today," he wrote, "and informed him I will be back for the 2018 season with the Pats. I have been working out, staying in shape and feel great. Looking forward to another championship run."

Staying consistent with his social-media posts from this offseason, Gronkowski finished off the caption with "#bandsamakeherdance."

During Gronkowski's Monster Energy appearance on Saturday, he said he did not plan to attend optional Patriots workouts. It remains to be seen as to whether or not Bill Belichick, during their meeting, encouraged him to be present for those moving forward this offseason. 

Even if Gronkowski doesn't work out at Gillette with his teammates before mandatory minicamp, it seems as though if there was any friction between the tight end and the coach, that has been smoothed over to the point that Gronkowski is comortable announcing publicly that he'll be in New England for next season. 

More to come . . .