N.F.L. Players Association Opposes Trump’s Immigration Order

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Falcons receiver Mohamed Sanu is one of the N.F.L.’s few Muslim players. “Our Muslim brothers in this league, we got their backs,” said Eric Winston, the president of the players’ union.

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HOUSTON — The N.F.L. Players Association said Thursday that it was opposed to President Trump’s temporary ban on refugees and on immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries.

“Our Muslim brothers in this league, we got their backs,” said Eric Winston, the union’s president. “These guys are players in the National Football League; their families are our families.”

There are believed to be only a handful of Muslim players in the league.

Mohamed Sanu, a wide receiver on the Atlanta Falcons who is Muslim, was one of the few players this week who expressed an opinion to reporters about the ban.

“It’s a very tough situation, and I just pray that us as a country and a world can be united as one,” he said Monday. “It’s really hard for me to talk about this right now. It would take a lot of time, so I just want to focus on the game…

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