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Jackie Robinson's Wife Not Sure If He Would Kneel

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Jackie Robinson's widow says she's not sure her husband would have taken a knee during the national anthem.

"I have no idea, but I doubt it," replied Rachel Robinson when asked if her husband would have knelt, TMZ reports.

When asked if she thinks he would have stood, she responded, "I think so."

However, she then reiterated that she wasn't certain, adding that things are different now.

"I don't know, and it's not fair for me to even speak for him since he's been gone for quite a few years." she said.

Her response provoked controversy on social media, with some agreeing and praising her reply.

"Jackie Robinson was a class act, something the NFL goons have no concept of," commented one person on TMZ's story.

"Jackie Robinson played with class and respect, under circumstances that MOST of us could never endure," added another. "From everything that has been written about him....I believe he had too much dignity to take a knee."

Others disagreed with Rachel.

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"Jackie Robinson was a civil rights icon, of course he would've approved," said one.

A few argued that even if he stood, it wouldn't have been out of disapproval.

"Back then?" commented another on KFAN's Facebook post of Rachel's response. "When he was getting daily life threats with [people chanting] go home ... !? [Probably] wouldnt kneel cause theyd kill him right there."

"Well being that he was the first one of us allowed to play the game I’m sure he wouldn’t have screwed that up," added another.

This is just the latest development in the NFL's ongoing national anthem controversy.

In 2016, Colin Kaepernick sparked debate when he chose to kneel while the national anthem played before NFL games in protest of social injustice and police brutality.

"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," Kaepernick told NFL Media in August 2016. "To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."

Since then, Kaepernick has inspired hundreds of players to kneel in solidarity, upsetting many -- including President Donald Trump.

"Two dozen NFL players continue to kneel during the National Anthem, showing total disrespect to our Flag & Country," tweeted Trump on Oct. 23. "No leadership in NFL!"

Sources: TMZ , KFAN/FacebookNFL Media, Donald J. Trump/Twitter / Featured Image: Karsun Designs/Flickr / Embedded Images: Bob Sandberg/Wikimedia Commons, United States Information Agency/Wikimedia Commons

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