The NFL Players' Association president Eric Winston said Mr Trump's comments were "a slap in the face to the civil rights heroes of the past and present". On Sunday, over 200 players representing all 28 NFL teams either sat or knelt during the national anthem prior to their respective games.
The Golden State Warriors said the team had clearly understood "that we are not invited" to the White House but would visit Washington DC on its own "to celebrate equality, diversity, and inclusion".
As an Oregonian, a sports fanatic and a woman who loves this country and what it stands for, I believe that if we truly are a state where equality and civil rights are important, should any athlete or official make the decision to kneel down, not come out or lock arms during the national anthem, or fans, athletes (high school, college or professional) including officials should stand and support them as they would any other.
"I've grown to love and appreciate my country even more because of that experience", he said, explaining that as a soldier he always chooses to "stand and render a salute" during the anthem.
But I'm exhausted of hearing him sound more like Jimmy Kimmel than the president. They died for the right of these highly compensated National Football League players to exercise their right to disrespect the flag, but they also died for the right of those to not buy their product.
Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat and also a CBC member, used the president's favorite communication platform to show that the National Football League players' protests are not unprecedented.
"But while Dallas dropped to its knees as a team, they all stood up for our National Anthem".
Lockhart did not identify U.S. President Donald Trump by name. "He's fired, '" Trump said to a chorus of cheers and yahoos. "But like I said, we can't let that take away from our focus this week on the football game". Sunday's widespread kneeling was referred to as "unity", when a majority of players did not participate. Nearly 90 percent of those players protesting are black players.
If they don't like it here, they can git their pampered, overpaid carcasses out of this country.
BATTLE LINES are being drawn as more media attention and celebrity support is given to the show of solidarity by NFL players "taking a knee" (not standing) during the National Anthem. Some teams stayed in the locker room. But more important, where do I stand in all of this? But over this weekend, when dozens of players took a knee to defy the openly racebaiting president of their country, they reminded their viewers that black footballers are also black men.
He also said that President Trump's comments have unified players and owners, even those who supported Trump's campaign, saying he "created a whole lot more kneelers". DirecTV has even offered a refund of the NFL Network to those who do not wish to watch it anymore because of the protests. "As a matter of fact, he said, there were some good people in that group". "For the president to ask sports figures to honor the flag seems like an [unusual practice] but is not particularly controversial".
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