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Friday, 13 October 2017 07:30

The NFL has the most protests. It is also the most American sports league.

Written by  Callum Borchers

For the second consecutive Sunday, several NFL players took a knee during the national anthem or raised their fist. (Amber Ferguson/The Washington Post)

From Da Coach, Mike Ditka, to Da President, Donald Trump, fired-up critics of kneeling and fist-raising during the national anthem have suggested that protesting NFL players are un-American.

“That's a total disrespect of our heritage,” Trump told a crowd in Alabama last month.

“If you don't respect our country, you shouldn't be in this country playing football,” Ditka said in a radio interview Monday.

Strictly speaking, the NFL is actually the most American of the four major sports leagues in the United States.

Among the vast records maintained by Sports Reference are the birthplaces of virtually every athlete ever to play in the National Football League, Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League and the National Basketball Association (and, pre-merger, the American Basketball Association). A Fix review of the data shows that the overwhelming majority, 84.5 percent, of hockey players who have appeared in NHL games were foreign-born. Additionally, 1 in 9 MLB players was foreign-born, and the rate in pro basketball is 1 in 10.

Just 1 in 39 NFL players was born in a foreign country.

It turns out that the league with the most native-born players is also the league with the most protests.

Read more at WashingtonPost

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