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Tyron Woodley quotes MLK in response to NFL protests: ‘The time is always right to do what is right’

As support and outrage over NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem continues to boil, the UFC’s fighters are taking to social media to give their thoughts.

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The latest wave of controversy to sweep the nation is one that has been bubbling away for months before it finally began boiling over, with the start of the 2017-18 NFL season. During the 2016 pre-season, San Francisco 49er’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat down during the national anthem – played before NFL games across the league – in protest of police violence toward black communities.

Eventually, Kaepernick began kneeling – in deference to military service members and veterans. At the end of the year, he opted out of his contract with the 49ers, electing to enter free agency instead. And while he has been unable to find a position with another NFL team since the end of the 2016-17 season, his protest has gained a groundswell of support from other players and athletes to start this football season.

Among the athletes showing their support is current UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley:

“The time is always right to do what is right.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.

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And he’s joined by fighters like Leslie Smith and Corey Anderson.

Of course, the whole thing has brought out its fair share of dissenters as well.

Not that everyone is taking it all that seriously...

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