Donald Trump attacked NFL players for taking a knee during the National Anthem in protest of social injustice toward African-Americans in the United States. "Numerous players, from different teams, wanted to show their "outrage" at something that majority are unable to define", Trump wrote on Twitter.
Trump is claiming that the players' issues with the justice system are "undefinable" despite the fact that activists' demands are extremely clear and can be distilled in plain-English bullet points.
The anthem protests - meant to draw attention to racial injustice - have happened with varying participation since 2016, pulling the National Football League into a public debate that has seen President Donald Trump call on team owners to stem them.
Thirteen percent said they are more likely to watch a game because of the protests. "I thought I was going to be by myself out there", Stills told the sports news outlet. "There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder". The players did this before the anthem was played and may not have been protesting the anthem. I don't know if it's gonna be every week.
We'll doubtless return to this exact storyline many, many times this season - remember, you had the chance to bail out of this article ten paragraphs ago - and each time, we'll return to the same themes. "Stand proudly for your National Anthem or be Suspended Without Pay!" he said. "I'm grateful he sees what's happening, and he wants to do stand up and do something about it as well".
The NFL television ratings dropped almost 10 percent in the 2017-18 season, attributed in part to people upset that players were choosing to kneel during the anthem. What you witness on the field does not represent the reality of everyday America. However, the league froze the policy after public criticism from the players' union, which said it was not consulted.
National Football League players, in fact, do not take home a majority of the revenue from games.
Brooke Singman is a Politics Reporter for Fox News. At this moment in time, we felt like, as a team, we had to do something. "But that doesn't mean we stop what we've been standing up for, so that's just my personal decision to make sure that we keep these things in the forefront". "It kind of radicalizes you, in a sense: 'OK this line is being drawn in the sand".
The president's second tweet advocated that players who kneel during the anthem should "be Suspended Without Pay!" "It's love and we're just going to move forward, and move forward in the preseason".
He wrote that he did not intend his protest to disrespect the flag or military personnel.