National Football League owners are afraid of their players
- Author: Leroy Wright Sep 29, 2017,
Sep 29, 2017, 14:29
In response, hundreds of National Football League players kneeled during games Sunday and Monday. And yet they stood when the British national anthem was played.
"I have spoken to a couple of them", said Trump.
If fans don't like the team owner's decisions, they're free to stop watching - and according to TV ratings from this weekend, many have done just that.
"I think there was also a sentiment. that the issues are being obscured and distorted by people with political agendas".
The top Republican in Congress, House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, did not address Trump's latest comment on Thursday but said he believed NFL players' decision to kneel while the national anthem played at games was misguided.
At Anheuser-Busch we have a long heritage of supporting the institutions and values that have made America so strong.
And that was what President Trump tapped into during his rally. Thankfully, Fox Sports 1 and First Things First host Nick Wright has given what is perhaps the best distillation of the topic I have seen on television.
Trump also suggested a solution to end the movement, which encouraged NFL fans to leave the game entirely when players took a knee during the national anthem.
Bill Mauldin, who was a WWII veteran and a cartoonist for Stars and Stripes during the war, wrote the following in his book "Up Front": "When you lose a friend you have an overpowering desire to go back home and yell in everybody's ear, "This guy was killed fighting for you". "I said what millions of Americans were thinking".
Yes, President Trump said what so many of us are feeling.
So, we now have this entire dialogue pertaining to players' participation in the national anthem, all while just 8 years ago, players did not participate in the anthem at all during prime time games. Anyone with two neurons to rub together should be able to understand that making a decent salary and living a comfortable life doesn't relieve one of the responsibility to think about other people or the ability to object when one sees injustice.
On the other hand, it is not hard to see why Florida Congressman Brian Mast, a double-leg amputee from his service in Afghanistan, is upset by players who take a knee to protest the national anthem and feel that they "should already be gone". It is about respect for our Country, Flag, and National Anthem. He was the only member of his team who came out of the tunnel for the anthem to stand while the rest of the team remained in the lockerroom.