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Saints, Falcons Display Unity In Circle After National Anthem; NBA Players Mull Protests

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 09 / 27 / 16

The Saints and Falcons last night "came together for a display of unity" by joining hands in a circle on the field before their "MNF" game, according to Mike Triplett of ESPN.com. Saints coach Sean Payton and Falcons coach Dan Quinn "figured it was a great way for players to join the growing pr...

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