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Mace & Crown | April 29, 2017

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How NFL Players Are Going to Vote?

How NFL Players Are Going to Vote?
Harry Howard Jr
Sports Editor

Bleacher Report surveyed 43 NFL players about who they were voting for in the upcoming election with the results showing that the candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have split locker rooms among race. All of the 21 white players surveyed plan to vote for Republican nominee Donald Trump while only two out of 22 African-American players plan to do the same. The other 20 black players said that they would vote for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

With such a divide in locker rooms, there have been minor confrontations and friendships have ended. On April 18, Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan backed Trump at a rally in Buffalo, and it rubbed some of the African-American players on his team the wrong way.

“There’s so many things I admire about Mr. Trump, but one thing I really admire about him is you know what he’ll say what’s on his mind. So many times, you’ll see people a lot of people want to say the same thing. But there’s a big difference. They don’t have the courage to say it. They all think it, but they don’t have the courage to say it. And Donald Trump certainly has the courage to say it,” Ryan said at Trump’s rally.

Ryan has also been known as a person who speaks his mind, but this time, it may have cost him. The NFL is a predominately black league, and although anonymously, his players have let it be known that they no longer think of him them same.

“I see Trump as someone who is hostile to people of color, and the fact that Rex supports him made me look at him completely differently, and not in a positive way,” an anonymous African-American Bills player told Bleacher Report.

Another anonymous player stated,

“Rex is such an open-minded guy, a really good person. But the fact he could back someone as closed-minded as Trump genuinely shocked me.”