Trump is encouraging the idea that black players using the NFL's platform to speak out against injustice are inferior to white people's personal feelings. The divide was smaller among those who identified themselves as dedicated National Football League fans, with 48% saying they approved while 47% disapproved.
So that's it. The kneeling protest for the movement for black lives is over in Denver, and all players will stand during the national anthem Sunday when the Broncos take on the Oakland Raiders. That prompted scores of players, mostly African Americans, to sit or kneel on Sunday - with support from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and some team owners. Take the poll below and let us know. I understand the players and the way they felt from the comments that were made earlier in the week.
But is it indeed about race and justice, protesters and their supporters say.
"I have so many friends that are owners", Trump told Fox News in an interview broadcast yesterday.
Starn, meanwhile, was uncertain about the significance of the number of team owners who joined players linking arms, noting that there appeared to be a division on racial lines between players kneeling and those who chose to stand.
Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews meanwhile said he would continue to kneel "until the president apologises".
Trump has been known to be brash and someone who will not back down. In 2016, when Colin Kaepernick, an African-American quarterback then with San Francisco 49ers, began kneeling in silent protest of police killings in the USA, he quickly became a polarizing figure. This has to do with respect for our country and support for our flag.
When last weekend's games began, "Virtually all National Football League players on the sidelines before kickoff of Sunday's slate of 14 games locked arms with each other in response to President Trump's three-day campaign", The Washington Post reported. The action of taking a knee was to protest brutality and the other social issues that have divided the modern American society.
"I'm going to leave that all in the past", Bryant said.
Mr. Trump has dedicated a large amount of his time and energy to disparaging the protests in the last two weeks. "You all know what that was, that was just a response to Trump and that's all that that was".
Despite Trump's false claim that NFL ratings are way down because of the rule changes, more than 24 million watch "Sunday Night Football" each week, and games are broadcast nearly every night of the week.