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Miss America prelim winner asked about NFL protests during anthem


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Published 10:45 p.m. ET Sept. 6, 2018 | Updated 11:10 p.m. ET Sept. 6, 2018

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A question about the propriety of NFL players kneeling in protest during the national anthem helped select one of Thursday’s preliminary winners in the Miss America competition.

Miss Virginia Emili McPhail was asked what advice she would give to players about whether to stand or kneel for the anthem.

She said not standing during the anthem “is a right you have. But it’s also not about kneeling; it is absolutely about police brutality.”

Speaking with reporters afterward, McPhail was asked if she was worried about alienating people who feel differently about the anthem protests, an issue that has deeply divided the country. Some NFL players say they kneel during the anthem to protest societal injustices and to push for change, but opponents, including President Trump, consider the gesture disrespectful.

“You’re entitled to your own opinion, but I stood up for what I believed was right,” McPhail said.

In the talent competition, Miss Louisiana Holli’ Conway won for a vocal performance, singing “I Believe.”

“It is something that would push me through when I had bad days,” she said.

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