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This NFL player called out his colleagues' social justice stances as 'a marketing tool

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Former Green Bay Packer Jermichael Finley made some choice statements to TMZ about fellow players in the National Football League who sit out the National Anthem. Just when you thought it was safe to watch football again -- now that Colin Kaepernick's poor performance sees him out of a job -- the Raiders' Marshawn Lynch and the Seahawks' Michael Bennett did the same thing during last weekend's pre-season games.

Finley did not mince words when he said, "It's not really in their heart that they really want to do that," and that "It’s for selfish reasons ... a marketing tool."

“It’s going to keep you relevant; it’s going to keep you hot,” he added.

He advised players who participate in such statements, "Do what you’re supposed to do, and don’t worry about the worldly things that’s going on."

Mike Opelka wondered on today's "Pure Opelka" what it would be like if we all made political statements at work, and how the companies paying these athletes' massive endorsement deals feel about disrespect toward the United States.

As players "representing an entire business" run by the "biggest billionaire boys' club," he wondered how far ratings need to sink before this behavior is addressed.

To see more from Mike, visit his channel on TheBlaze and listen live to “Pure Opelka” weekdays noon--3 p.m. ET, "Pure Opelka Replay" weekdays midnight--3 a.m. ET & “Pure Opelka” Saturdays 6–9 a.m. ET, only on TheBlaze Radio Network.

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