Yep, Some NFL Players Knelt Last Night...and Yep, Trump Responded

Yep, Some NFL Players Knelt Last Night...and Yep, Trump Responded

You now have two options. Do you think they are a peaceful and practical way to implement social justice or do you agree with President Trump that they are being conducted in a disrespectful manner?

The issue came to a head when Trump said in September that National Football League owners should tell protesting players, "Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, he's fired".

Roughly half of all Americans are against the protests in some form, according to multiple surveys, but it's worth noting that the protesters aren't a horde of unpatriotic malcontents looking to stir up trouble. Over the past year, he has tweeted about the NFL or the importance of standing during the national anthem a total of 38 times. They've had rules that are broken and there's no consequences for the players.

Michael Bennett, defensive end, reportedly walked out of the locker room and to his team's bench during the performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner".

"I love my team". I did what I did. I respect different views. "I'm not against the military".

He claimed Friday that the players were outraged against "something that majority are unable to define", however players have repeatedly said they are protesting disenfranchismenet of black people in the United States. He urged them to "be happy, be cool", and stand during the anthem.

On "Outnumbered", Katie Pavlich said it seems like the players who continue to protest during the anthem have no interest in coming to the middle or understanding why so many people find their demonstrations offensive. "In order to allow this constructive dialogue to continue, we have come to a standstill agreement on the NFLPA's grievance and on the NFL's anthem policy". The vast majority of the league's contracts are not guaranteed, which means teams can often release players without paying the balance of their remaining contract. This is simply not true. "They are eloquent and articulate, and they've explicitly said why they are protesting".

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U.S. President Donald Trump on field during the national anthem prior to the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.

The president believes those protests should happen elsewhere, though. And a protest done in a way that's comfortable for the intended audience is a protest that gets ignored.

Soon more players began to kneel during the anthem, and the controversy in the most popular sports league in America became a partisan talking point.

The NFL made a decision to put a temporary hold on the implementation of that policy while it meets with the players' union to find a solution.

League spokesperson Brian McCarthy told reporters yesterday that, in fact, the NFL's anti-protest-policy (in which players either must stand for the anthem or "demonstrate" inside the locker room) is still intact, even though the NFL put a hold on that policy just a few weeks ago.

"Players have to defend why we feel the need to fight for everyday Americans, but we're doing the right thing". The players aren't un-American; they want to be heard.

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