How Did Trump Affect NFL Ratings? It Depends on Who You Ask

Fan Paul Beaudette, of Rhode Island, said he found the protest disrespectful.

It states: 'The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem. Many players took a knee, and some, including the entire starting offensive line from the Oakland Raiders, the only all-black line in the National Football League, chose to sit. "I love this country - just a tough situation where we felt like we needed to come together for issues like this", Bushrod said. Over the weekend, NFL teams, players and owners from across the league protested peacefully by kneeling, locking arms or skipping the national anthem in response to his criticism of players he says are disrespecting the US with their protests.

But as popular as Trump's comments were among the crowd in Alabama, his comments have stoked controversy across the country.

Several NFL owners criticized Trump's suggestion that players who kneel for the national anthem be fired.

Kneeling during the national anthem in protest over perceived social injustices against African-Americans began previous year.

Facing a backlash, Trump has denied that his condemnation has anything to do with race.

Prior to Trump's decision to attack prominent African Americans who decline to stand for the national anthem, he had personally attacked an African-American sports anchor for calling him a white supremacist. The language that's been going around as being part of the Rulebook is in the Operations Manual, but the notion that this means players absolutely must stand on the field is an overstatement.

Trump described McCain, who said he won't support the latest GOP effort on health care, as a "disgrace" on the issue, the attendee said.

Since then, National Football League teams released statements supporting the players.

She subsequently explained that remark: "I was kind of pointing out the hypocrisy", she said.

Trump tweeted early Saturday morning: "Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team". Perhaps he's too busy saving the entire country in honor of the flag as North Korea threatens to wage war against America with nuclear weapons.

  • Julie Sanders