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President Trump says National Football League team owners are 'afraid' of their protesting players

29 September 2017

President Trump's comments about players taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem has caused an uproar from the media, NFL owners and players.

Desperate U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico are running out of water and food. "Don't let him be just one of Our Brave Boys from the old home town, to whom a marble monument is erected in the city park, and a civic-minded lady calls the newspaper 10 years later and want to know why that unsightly stone isn't removed". And now the debate has begun.

Stand up for those who have given their lives to make the US a free country and for those lost in the pursuit of equality.

The real question, however, is whether these highly paid football stars have the right to do so while on the team owners' payrolls. Meanwhile, more than 200 players knelt in protest during week three games, following in the path of a movement started by the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who protested police brutality and racial injustice against African Americans.

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President Trump commented on Kaepernick's protest early this month, saying "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-- off the field right now, out, he's fired!'" This came as quite a contrast to the remarks he made earlier this year about white supremacists, whom he called "very fine people". The tweets and comments ignited a firestorm of debate in the media and in the NFL.

That's precisely where these particular decisions belong.

Make no mistake the current "political activism" by these Millionaire players supported and permitted by Billionaire team owners will negatively affect their financial well being and your ratings. The Arizona Cardinals linked arms and stood for the "Star-Spangled Banner" along with the Dallas Cowboys, who knelt before the song.

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Several players have made similar gestures in what they said is a call for social justice, not a slight against the country or its flag.

The NFL is adamant about making people understand that the league is not reeling following the recent slew of national anthem protests, which have sparked an ongoing trend. And others are free to respond, as long as they do so peacefully. When the American national anthem was played, many of these American players took a knee. It says fines "may" be leveled for those not following this policy but does not require that they face consequences.

The protest is a paradigm change for the NFL.

"Politics and sports have always been intertwined".

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President Trump says National Football League team owners are 'afraid' of their protesting players