Donald Trump continues to berate NFL over 'taking the knee' protests

NASCAR Releases Statement After Trump Tweet

NASCAR Releases Statement After Trump Tweet

But a few players began to copy Colin and to "take a knee".

In fact, the NFL already has a policy.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., waves after speaking at a health care rally at the Convention of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee in San Francisco, on Sept. 22, 2017.

The email was sent out as Mr Trump and his Vice President Mike Pence leave Washington this week for a series of fundraising events. This kind of behavior is demeaning to him, and more importantly, to his office.

We have been here before. Do white players stand beside black teammates, if that means standing with them as they disrespect the flag under which hundreds of thousands of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines have died? In response, NFL players and even some team owners across the country knelt or linked arms during the anthem to protest racial inequality and police brutality. I'm equally horrified at the conservatives who don't see this. I salute them. They are affirming the sacrifice of soldiers by calling America and its leadership to fulfill the values it proclaims.

They remained connected as Jordin Sparks sang the national anthem. Whoever he is, he's not like Kaepernick - because he's like you and me. "Nobody is disturbing anybody, nobody is breaking anything or damaging anything". "Their business is going to go to hell".

Also gone are the days when you could turn to an NFL game to escape politics for an afternoon.

Jozy Altidore has been observing the anthem differently for years - the Toronto FC striker does not sing or put his right hand on his heart. Nielsen, which measures television viewership, said its data for Week 3 - the third week since football season officially kicked off - would not be available until Tuesday, when it usually releases audience sizes for the previous week. The arrow is pointing down on the NFL right now.

What the consequences of defying this policy would be have not been specified.

The missing ingredient seems to be leadership, say outside observers.

"I think that I can speak to what I've seen recently in the last month or so and the incredible nature of people coming together and the unity people showed in the midst of Hurricane Harvey, in the midst of Hurricane Irma, everybody in Puerto Rico helping out". Third, that the 'American people as a whole' i.e. the nation, is the sovereign. How dare they? Don't they understand the sacrifices that Colin Kaepernick has made against this country?

In MLS, unlike in Europe, the anthem is played before every club game. And in all the dreamy clamour about wondering whether Kaepernick will inspire other athletes, perhaps both the racist and the broad-minded Indian might do well to remember that the point of #TakeTheKnee wasn't to generate more on-field spectacle.

"You cannot have people disrespecting our national anthem, our flag, our country", Trump told reporters as he departed the White House for a trip to Indiana.

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