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Scrap the anthem? Allow kneeling? US sports are heading for one ALMIGHTY row in the wake of George Floyd’s death

Following George Floyd’s death, US sport is rumbling toward an increasingly inevitable row about how his memory should be honored.

When they do finally emerge from their coronavirus-enforced hiatus in the coming weeks and months, major US leagues will not only have to play a careful game with ensuring safety measures keep the deadly virus at bay.

After the death of Floyd in Minneapolis and ensuing unrest, they will now have to contend with a delicate balancing act over how and when players protest in his honor.

The distressing imagery of Floyd’s death at the knee of a police officer was all the more stark when juxtaposed with the actions of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, whose peaceful protests against police brutality in 2016 sparked a wave of similar steps, but also a vitriolic debate across swathes of US society.

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