NFL fans split over US anthem demonstrations

NFL fans split over US anthem demonstrations

NFL fans split over US anthem demonstrations

The means of protest was started past year by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who said that he would not stand "to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color".

On Sept. 22 at a rally for Senate candidate Luther Strange in Alabama, Trump said NFL owners should not tolerate players who refuse to stand during the national anthem. Players on other teams-such as the Green Bay Packers, Oakland Raiders and Cleveland Browns-took the same position as the Bears and locked arms with their teammates during the anthem.

Since Colin Kaepernick first launched these kinds of demonstrations previous year, there has been a lot of criticism that this style of protest is a particularly bad way to stand up against systemic racism and police brutality.

In a show of support to NFL athletes Trump targeted, Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell became the first Major League Baseball player to take a knee during the national anthem. Philadelphia defensive backs Rodney McLeod and Malcolm Jenkins raised their fists, but nobody else made a gesture. Other teams, such as the Dallas Cowboys and the Minnesota Vikings, stood as one with players and team executives linking arms. Doing so makes me feel like we are all together, if only for those few minutes it takes to sing along.

Three Dolphins knelt for the national anthem before their game against New Orleans in London, a fact that would be lost on the viewers who watched on TV.

It is meant to call attention to what the protesting players see as a pattern of racism in the treatment of African-Americans by US police.


ESPN's Darren Rovell noted just 11 players from the early slate of games knelt or Saturday.

Albert says in the end there's a reason behind why trump chose the National Football League as his target.

However, 73% of Canadians polled said that athletes voicing political views by not standing during the national anthem was "inappropriate/annoying". "I don't like to brag, but we're kinda proud of that ragged old flag". That request came after some football players were seen kneeling during the national anthem. "Respect our Flag and our Country".

President Trump has been engaged in an open war with the NFL, and the league recently saw its favorability rating get cut in almost half after all the protests.

And before the games this weekend, Trump once again took to Twitter to encourage people not to take a knee during the anthem.

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