'You have to stand': US President Donald Trump on NFL players

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Trump's comments amplified the scale of the movement like pouring gasoline on a campfire. "I ask! Ask ... not tell". We want positivity to come out of this.

"I didn't really understand why he said what he said".

I know this is not the objective of their actions - it is a means to shed light on civil injustice. "When we did this previous year I think people were so shocked at the gesture, there were so many narratives swirling about disrespect of this and disrespecting that, that nobody could get past that and hear about why we were doing it". National Football League spokesman Joe Lockhart said such actions are not a protest against the anthem or the flag.

This protest came after Browns coach Hue Jackson said, "I would hope that we don't have those issues". "It's given us that ear to why we're doing it". He said that Trump's remarks, however, breathed new life into the anthem protests.

When Kaepernick first began his protests and was joined by some fellow athletes last season (though nowhere near the number who protested this past weekend), polling by Quinnipiac University found a huge racial divide in Americans' feelings about it. Nate Boyer says he respects Kaep and says, 'Hey, it would sit better with us if you kneel.' Kaep says, 'No problem. Let's see what the sponsors have to say about money wasted. No team offered him a contract during the offseason.

York also told Reid that he stands ready to assist with anything that can help address the issues that prompted the protests.

Response from fans have ranged from support to outright hostility to the protests. Trump tweeted Wednesday. "The NFL has all sorts of rules and regulations". Where else could majority earn that kind of money? They'll be the most popular person, for a week. Moreover, the NFL's commissioner, Roger Goodell, issued a statement saying he was proud of the league and, among other things, calling the president divisive. "As a team, we have decided. we will not stand for the injustice that has plagued people of colour in this country", it said. This study found that 58% of adults said professional athletes should be required to stand during the national anthem at sporting events, but there is increasing support for those athletes who do not.

In response over the September 23-24 weekend, many NFL players, coaches and team owners showed signs of solidarity by taking a knee during the National Anthem.

"This week has demonstrated there are very sensitive, hard and emotional matters affecting this country", Benson said in a statement. "The callous and offensive comments made by the President are contradictory to what this great country stands for". I don't desecrate my flag and my national anthem.

Controversial debates are useless if they do not inspire change. "The San Francisco 49ers will continue to work toward bringing communities, and those who serve them, closer together". Just last weekend, hundreds of NFL players hit the ground when the National Anthem hit the speakers.

Many fans, it might be noted, are seeking an occasional retreat from politics and other entanglements through the drama of the field that makes hand-holders of people about as diverse as diversity gets. Once the media propped Kaepernick's protests up, he had little choice but to kneel before the liberal echo chamber and accept their agenda serving praise. The stuff that's gone on in the country, going back to the last few years, has a bothered a lot of people for good reason.