Bryant Gumbel, host of HBO’s “Real Sports” closed this week’s show by thanking President Donald Trump for causing athletes to “actually stand for something.”

During a speech in Alabama during the weekend, Trump called out the NFL to “fire” players who protest social injustice during the national anthem. He then followed up during the next few days with a series of tweets.

So in response, players, coaches and even owners joined together to take a knee or not even come on to the field during the national anthem.

Gumbel closed his show by giving credit to Trump for pushing the modern athlete to “follow in the giant footsteps of Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, Bill Russell, Billie Jean King, Roberto Clemente, Arthur Ashe and many others.”

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