President Trump is Destroying the NFL Right Before "the owners eyes"

President Trump is Destroying the NFL Right Before

But then, about a year ago, this guy Colin Kaepernick comes along and quietly sits for the USA national anthem at several football games before someone finally notices and a reporter asks him about it. Kaepernick, disturbed by several cases of unarmed black men being killed with no repercussions, says he is protesting the oppression of people of colour in America and ongoing police brutality. "He's going to say, 'That guy that disrespects our flag, he's fired.' And that owner, they don't know it [but] they'll be the most popular person in this country".

Trump's comments came on the same day that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, NFL owners and the NFL Players Association announced they would meet next week in NY to decide what to do about anthem protests.

I'm not the biggest sports fan; in fact, I doubt I could name five National Football League teams off the top of my head. The point is that these athletes are standing up for the change they believe in and they're doing it the only way they can.

While speaking to Fox News' Sean Hannity on Wednesday night's episode, Trump called Kaepernick's protests "terrible", but claimed they could have been prevented.

Second however, the playing of the National Anthem before a game never has had anything to do with honoring the military.

I respect these protesters not only for embracing their constitutional rights, but also for using their platform to peacefully protest and bring attention to issues concerning social inequalities.

Days later, football players linked arms, knelt or didn't appear on the field during the national anthem. In November of 2016, he also took to Twitter to write that there should be a punishment for burning the American flag, even implying that the consequences could include removal of citizenship or jail time. And this has pissed off President Trump, because no week passes without him exploding in a litany of tweets, threatening the players. Many are billionaires. Even a few supported Trump during his presidential campaign, endorsing his brash, often offensive brand of politics.

Of course, the National Football League gave up its tax-exempt status in 2015 (for reasons that aren't entirely to do with their tax obligations), and the President is famously in favor of lowering tax rates for other big businesses.

Trump stuck to sports later that weekend, disinviting National Basketball Association superstar Steph Curry from a trip to the White House to commemorate the championship win for the Golden State Warriors. Although I don't particularly agree with kneeling during the anthem, and I absolutely do not agree with burning the American flag, banning these acts is simply unconstitutional. "But the idea behind it that our society is stronger when people are able to speak freely, to express themselves freely, it's a powerful thing". The NFL players are pleading for their country to keep that promise.

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