NFL Players Protest During National Anthem After Trump Demands They Be Fired

The Colts defeated the Browns 31-28 on Sunday

The Colts defeated the Browns 31-28 on Sunday

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who has said he considers the president a friend, on Monday said he disagreed with Trump's remarks.

However, despite getting cold in the NFL's shadow, the NBA didn't fail to make some noise.

His new target this past weekend was the National Football League (NFL). -Twenty-eight percent of respondents said seeing other people near them not stand for the national anthem upsets them "a lot"; 28 percent said it upsets them "a little;" and 40 percent said "not at all". And we are entitled to listen. But he has the time and the nerve to call out the Golden State Warriors, Stephen Curry, all of us in the NFL that took a knee out of protesting.

My father was an insatiable learner with intelligence that his baby brother once told me bordered on genius. Most were joined in standing shoulder-to-shoulder by coaches, staff and, in some cases, police officers. France's efforts to quell criticism over what he insisted was a "personal and private" decision were complicated by Trump's continued mentioning of how he received "NASCAR's endorsement".

Daddy was not one for self-reflection.

Yet, Trump's distaste for the way the NFL was being run didn't appear to quash his interest in buying an NFL team.

We watched a documentary years after he retired about the architects of American democracy. Now that the NFL has both pushed back against the profane remarks of the President and rallied together in an unprecedented display of unity, what happens next?

This man. This accountant, camera buff, would-be linguist, postal clerk, kite-maker, father of nine. So he buys into a spring league having every intention to move it to the fall to go head-to-head with the NFL, because that's the way he thinks.

And the rocket's red glare. And when it comes to speech they are entitled to speak.

Before the morning's first game, Ravens and Jaguars players and coaches locked arms on the sideline - some kneeling, others standing - as the anthem played.

"You know", Daddy would say, ostensibly to us but loud enough for the fan to hear, "you should take your HAT OFF when they play the national anthem". The flag and the anthem are, by nature, things that are supposed to unite us as a country.

Sunday's anthem protests seemed to be more about responding to the Commander-in-Chief's challenge than the issues that sparked kneeling and sitting in the first place (although concerns regarding racial equality and equal justice surely remain). A grandfather of four. Many other NFL players have since "taken a knee", as well as athletes in other American sports, in a show of solidarity with Kaepernick's cause.

I can't condemn him. "I guess we're all son-of-a-bitches". It's not that simple. Does that make him more or less like Kaepernick?

When President Trump lashed out at players who kneel during the national anthem, he took aim at an organization that he's clashed with on multiple occasions. Some players eventually may be inclined to resist, arguing that with the President no longer taking shots at the players, there's no reason for the players to continue to react. He's the son of a military family. Is it in business? "So many people gave their lives for it. This is America".

But I hold no grudge against Francis Scott Key.

Trump called for a boycott of games.

But it's with the NFL where this story will reside, for now.

"I'll tell you what I don't like".

Who am I to decide what it should mean to Colin Kaepernick? "When you hurt the pockets".

"@CNN is #FakeNews. Just reported COS (John Kelly) was opposed to my stance on NFL players disrespecting FLAG, ANTHEM, COUNTRY". I faced the flag, hand over heart. "He's galvanized the community to really sit down and really look at themselves and see how we contribute to it and how we can be a solution moving forward".

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