Donald Trump slams National Football League players for 'taking a knee' in protest

Donald Trump slams National Football League players for 'taking a knee' in protest

Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan responded to President Donald Trump's latest tweet about player protests during the national anthem in which the president again suggested players should be suspended without pay if they refuse to stand.

A Broward County police union is calling for its members to return their Miami Dolphins tickets after some players protested during the national anthem at a preseason game this week. But after teams actually began instituting policies to fine players for kneeling, outrage led to the NFL suspending that policy and they're still working with the NFL Player's Association to determine the best course or action.

"The NFL players are at it again - taking a knee when they should be standing proudly for the National Anthem", Trump tweeted on Friday, a day after several players kneeled or otherwise protested during the national anthem before preseason games.

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When a fan responded to Jordan explaining they felt the football field wasn't the place to speak out on social issues because a majority of fans didn't want to witness it, Jordan said he's "exploring other avenues to get my opinions across". Most of that money goes to the players anyway. Some players took a knee, while Malcolm Jenkins of the Eagles raised a fist.

As the peaceful protests, conducted predominantly by black athletes, expanded, Trump began lashing out, criticising the kneeling as "disgraceful". "Stand proudly for your National Anthem or be Suspended Without Pay!" he added.

"Before we enjoy this game let's take some time to ponder that more than 60 per cent of the prison population are people of colour", he tweeted ahead of the game.

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