Trump says 'very important' NFL players stand for national anthem Sunday

Trump says 'very important' NFL players stand for national anthem Sunday

Trump says 'very important' NFL players stand for national anthem Sunday

Several Buffalo Bills players took a knee during the anthem before the game against the Atlanta Falcons; most Bills players stood with their arms linked.

Sunday Night Football is a tradition upheld in many American households.

A good example was the 1968 Summer Olympics, where two African-American sportsmen, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, used a raised fist gesture to signify support for the Black Freedom Movement in the United States.

We respect the players who have chosen to kneel and those who have stood - because it is their platform, and they choose how to use it. From September 21 to 28, the National Football League saw its favorability rating drop by almost half, from 30 percent to 17 percent, according to a Morning Consult poll that surveyed 5,000 adults in the United States.

That must be why the policy also says "Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice (s) for violations of the above, including first offenses". What does it matter if a player stretches through it?

Fast forward to 2017 and national anthem protests have become a regular occurrence. We stand for what it symbolizes. They stand for the rights we have in this country, rights that give us opportunities available nowhere else on Earth. Both failing to stand and burning the flag in protest are legal. So is the right of anyone's reaction to that exercise of free speech. There truly is a time and place for everything.

Because of this and because of Trump's lack of criticism for the Charlottesville white nationalist protest in August, many suggest the president's objection to the National Football League protests is about race, the very issue the protesters hope to bring to light.

Curry and Durant were not the only National Basketball Association players and coaches to speak out against Trump. "If the protests start, we'll have to address it". What has changed since August 2016?

"We were talking to [Boyer] about how can we get the message back on track and not take away from the military, not take away from fighting for our country, but keep the focus on what the issues really are", SBNation reported Kaepernick as saying.

"The country is waking up and seeing that our president is trying to divide us even more by making negative comments about the NFL", Rudolph said during a Monday afternoon phone interview. So, he is not playing this year, and not earning his $14 million salary. By the way, all those fake patriots out there who claim that the flag and anthem are what the soldiers fought for, they should educate themselves as to the oath every soldier takes to uphold the Constitution of the United States. Very few of them have to do with police unjustly shooting or killing black males. During Breast Cancer Awareness month, everyone wears pink as part of their uniforms. USA Today maintains an NFL Arrest Database giving credence to the meme-maker's wry observation.

Whether or not the protests have any meaning to us, the players do have a right to make whatever statements they desire, and no institution or government should be allowed to restrain them. There are others who do not stand. It is pretty sad that these same men are now standing down due to what they see as injustice. You have a right to protest; however, this manner is entirely disrespectful.

Is kneeling during the National Anthem disrespectful to the flag and America, or is it just an American practicing their right to Freedom of Speech?

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