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49ers' Lynch: Anthem protests 'divisive'

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(TSX / STATS) -- San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch told reporters that while he respects the decisions of NFL players that refuse to stand for the national anthem, he believes it also causes potential disagreements between players.

Lynch recalled a recent get-together involving Steve Young and Jerry Rice and how the legends talked about 'The 49er Way' as a means of player unity.

"I always thought that's one of the great things about this league," Lynch said. "As a matter of fact, I think it's a great beacon for the rest of culture, in terms of the way it should be. You strive for a common goal, and you have unity.

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