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The Tim Graham Show: Lorenzo Alexander on why players are compelled to protest

I don't have intimate knowledge how each of the NFL's 32 clubs addressed anthem demonstrations this weekend, but if there was a more effective approach than what the Buffalo Bills did, then I'd love to hear more about it.

Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander joined ESPN's Mike Rodak and me on "The Tim Graham Show" Wednesday to remind listeners why players are compelled to raise awareness about minority oppression.

In the aftermath of President Trump's provocative remarks Friday night, Alexander recognized the need to convene a meeting Saturday, but the team went further, including owners Terry and Kim Pegula, General Manager Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott.

As organized and harmonized as the Bills were (aside from LeSean McCoy and Jim Kelly each doing his own thing), the league-wide movement has been controversial and misunderstood, the message derailed by red herrings and yeah-buts.

Alexander, an NFL Players Association executive committee member, explained why the cause is proper regardless.

 

"The Tim Graham Show" airs every Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. on 1270 The Fan. Listen to archived episodes and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

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Rundown

00:00-17:50: Sully in studio with Tim and Mike talking about national anthem demonstrations

22:40-33:30: Continued discussion of protests. Is this a moment, or a movement?

36:15-1:01:30: Interview with John Wooten, chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance

1:05:30-1:23:15: Interview with News Sports Columnist Kimberley A. Martin

1:27:35-1:44:15: Interview with Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander

1:47:30-1:58:23: Joel Staniszewski on the line from Vegas

The Bucky & Sully Show: Reaction to anthem protests, Jim Kelly comments

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