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Trump has had a history of engaging in racially fraught battles, from his promotion of the false story that the nation’s first black president, Barack Obama was not born in the United States, to his campaign proposal to temporarily ban Muslims from the United States. Kaepernick, whose protest was adopted by other players, said he knelt during the anthem to to call attention to racial inequality and police brutality. The games themselves were entertaining, and saw a ton of upsets, but the results took a backseat because of the national anthem. They could have ignored the demonstrations and plausibly claimed that they were not denying the players a platform – just doing what they usually do.
No drivers, crew or other team members protested during the national anthem before a race in New Hampshire, Sunday, the AP reported.
Before the next game, Kaepernick, did not stand again when the song was performed.
“Courageous Patriots have fought and died for our great American Flag – we MUST honor and respect it!” African American freshman have declined by 42 percent. Numerous shootings were caught on camera.
Many people are frustrated to see politics intrude on the world of sports, a form of entertainment that most of us regard as a safe haven from matters political. “The only way out for them is to set a rule that you can’t kneel during our National Anthem!” The Arizona Cardinals linked arms and stood for the “Star-Spangled Banner” along with the Dallas Cowboys, who knelt before the song.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders deflected questions Monday about the specific words employed by President Donald Trump to describe NFL players kneeling in protest during the national anthem, saying only that it’s “always appropriate” to defend the flag and national anthem. Some said they will boycott the National Football League, others said the players have the right to express themselves, because this is America. Kevin Seifert of ESPN received word that America First Policies – a pro-Trump political action committee – recently took to their Facebook page urging National Football League fans to stop watching games and opt for more patriotic programming as an alternative.
Several other teams, including the Broncos, responded by issuing their own statements.
The discontent over Trump’s comment spread into the Dolphins’ locker room and its players made a decision to take a stand, some by kneeling down.
Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks wrote: “The behavior of the President is unacceptable and needs to be addressed”.
Seahawks President Peter McLoughlin issued a statement backing players who stayed in the locker room during the anthem, instead of standing on the field.
Protests were sparked after former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem previous year, something Abdul Rahim Khalil called a stand for social injustice.