A strange set of events and circumstances, informed by a tortured history, has thrust the bucolic and peaceful Lexington Cemetery into the fray surrounding the two Confederate statues in Cheapside Park.
During President Donald Trump's speech at a rally in Huntsville, Ala. on Sept. 22, 2017, he said any player that sits during the national anthem is a "son of a bitch." The president also rescinded NBA champ Stephen Curry's invitation to the White House. Trump's comments ultimately led to more protests by NFL players, coaches and owners during the national anthem on Sept. 24, 2017.
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