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Donald Trump Once Again Demands Players Stand Prior To Sunday's Games (TWEET)

02 October 2017
Donald Trump Once Again Demands Players Stand Prior To Sunday's Games (TWEET)

Bill Maher started his opening monologue for his show by taking a knee in support of NFL protest during that national anthem. National Football League spokesman Joe Lockhart said such actions are not a protest against the anthem or the flag. Trump has said his comments have nothing to do with race but are about respecting the country and the flag. Last Sunday, more than 100 NFL players sat, knelt or raised their fists in defiance during the national anthem.

The controversy - which has its origins with the then-San Francisco 49ers" quarterback Colin Kaepernick sitting during the anthem in 2016 - was escalated two weeks ago when Trump told a rally in Alabama on Friday, "Wouldn't you love to see one of these National Football League owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say: "Get that son of a b- off the field right now, out. This came after he called NFL players who did not stand for the national anthem a 'son of a (expletive)".

I can understand why national anthems are played at worldwide games. Though there are signs that at least some players are ready to take the ball and run.

The players knelt last weekend in response to social injustice.

Donald Trump Once Again Demands Players Stand Prior To Sunday's Games (TWEET)

Protests are expected to be at a minimum on Sunday however, with teams now calling for unity, and NFC North rivals Green Bay Packers chose to link arms with each other in a show of unity rather than protest, with fans in the stands putting their rivalry aside to do the same. "I think they made it clear they support our players, but also support our country, the national anthem, the flag-all of the things some have suggested we don't". Many anti-war protestors blamed them for the atrocities that had occurred as much as the government that ordered their deployment.

There were fewer players kneeling in London than there were a week ago when over 20 from the Jacksonville Jaguars and Baltimore Ravens did not stand. Trump, in effect, pulled the trigger on his criticisms as though the players were kneeling on top of a disabled veteran.

All Rams and Cowboys players stood during the national anthem.

After the Cowboys' decision to kneel before the anthem last week, many believed it neutered Kaepernick's original message - bringing more attention to police brutality and inequality people of color face across the criminal justice system.