Kneeling during National Anthem equals peaceful social protest

23 October, 2017, 00:47 | Author: Andrea Terry
  • NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a news conference Wednesday Oct. 18 2017 in New York

Commissioner Roger Goodell is correct, of course, that Americans - NFL players included - should show proper respect during the playing of the national anthem, and salute the flag as appropriate.

The President also tweeted that he supports the NFL instituting a rule that players have to stand during the National Anthem.

It's been very clear on President Donald Trump's take on athletes kneeling during the national nnthem and on Thursday, he took another step to making sure everyone stands.

The US president criticized the National Football League in a Twitter post on Wednesday, accusing it of "too much talk, not enough action".


In a later tweet, Trump suggested action needed to be taken in response to the large number of players who continue to protest during the national anthem. Total disrespect for our great country!

"Today, owners and players had a productive meeting focused on how we can work together to promote positive social change and address inequality in our communities", the statement read.

Asked about owners who threatened discipline for players who didn't stand, Goodell said the owners didn't discuss it. However, the league said it will not mandate that players stand for the anthem. The demonstrations began past year with former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has been unable to find a new team after leaving the 49ers. The protests had mostly fizzled out until last month, when Trump reignited the issue by decrying any player who kneeled during the anthem as a "son of a bitch" who should be fired. Until people like Trump, who refused to condemn racists, white supremacists and KKK, begin a dialogue, protests will continue.

"I think most of us believe that attempting to force the players to do something that they don't want to do is not going to be effective in the long run", New York Giants co-owner John Mara told The Washington Post. Polls have found that a majority of Americans disapprove of the anthem protests but are unhappy with the way Trump has handled the issue.

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