Trump Says 'Very Important' NFL Players Stand For Anthem Sunday

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 1, 2017

These are things that have been taught because of the First Amendment For someone that's in the military to be able to say I fought for your rights to do this, why are we so upset?

During a wide-ranging speech at a political rally in Alabama on September 22, Trump called for National Football League owners to fire players who engaged in such a protest. "He wants to keep them in line, and he's gonna be saying even more extreme things to do that".

Roughly 200 players responded to the President's remarks by kneeling or raising a fist during the anthem Sunday, while many more locked arms with their teammates, coaches and, in some cases, owners.

"Wouldn't you love to see one of these National Football League owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a b-ch off the field right now, '" Trump told a crowd in Huntsville, Alabama.

This weekend's big matchup, National Football League v. Trump, was not so much a new development as a painful illustration of an existing truth: the American socioeconomic map is an invitation for bad actors with political ambitions.

The Jacksonville Jaguars announced on Saturday that the team will kneel before the national anthem, but then stand as a team for the anthem.

If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. They won't necessarily reflect every player on the team.

Forty-eight percent of those polled by CBS News said they disapprove of Trump's comments on the protests while 38 percent said they approve. "What they're interested in is getting a little bit lost in all this".

Trump has spent days attacking players who kneel during the anthem.

"I don't mind locking the arms at all". It was the hate-filled and divisive rhetoric of the commander-in-chief that spurned the players into action with one Cowboys player telling the newspaper, "We have to do something". History will prove that what Kaepernick started a year ago is just the start of a national conversation about who we are as a people, the struggles that remain to be endured, and a president - and some of his followers - who struggle to understand what it means to be an American -and what it means to be a Black American and this is what I wish the conversation would shift to.

Colin Kaepernick began the protest last season to bring attention to the number of people killed by police and racism.

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