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FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2016, file photo, from left, San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Eli Harold, quarterback Colin Kaepernick, center, and safety Eric Reid kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Santa Clara, Calif. What started as a protest against police brutality has mushroomed a year later into a divisive debate over the future of Kaepernick who refused to stand for the national anthem and now faces what his fans see as blackballing for speaking out in a country roiled by racial strife. The once-rising star and Super Bowl quarterback has been unemployed since March, when he opted out of his contract and became a free agent who could sign with any team. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Protesters gathered to 'take a knee' outside the NFL Fall Meeting in New York City


Updated October 17, 2017 12:25 PM EDT

A coalition of advocacy groups on Tuesday greeted the start of the National Football League's (NFL) Fall Meeting with protests in New York City.

The "take a knee" demonstration urged NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and league team owners to "resist pressure from the Trump administration and defend players' right to protest.'"

Groups involved in the protest included PEN America, Rise and Resist, the Corrections Accountability Project, the African American Policy Forum and the March for Racial Justice.

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NFL.com on Monday reported that the league's owners and players are meeting in New York City amid ongoing controversy over the recurring national anthem protests.

Scores of NFL coaches, executives and players have knelt during the national anthem since President Trump said the league should fire employees who do so last month.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began performing the move in 2016 to protest America's racial injustice, and it has since become an ongoing phenomenon in the NFL.

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