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Pac-12 commish OK with anthem protests

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott has no issue with players protesting during the national anthem long as it's done in a respectful way.

Athletes across the country have staged a variety of pregame protests after San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the anthem in protest of police violence against African-Americans and minorities.

"Very much believe in the idea of freedom of speech and individuals' right to express themselves," Scott said. "I've also always seen sport as a great platform for positive social change. To the extent that they're individuals that want to use their celebrity or use the platform to try to send a positive message and make a positive impact on society. I think that's great.

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