Trump Fumes At New NFL Season As Players Continue To Take A Knee

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“If the players stood proudly for our Flag and Anthem, and it is all shown on broadcast, maybe ratings could come back? Otherwise worse!”

New NFL season, same old President Donald Trump.

As the latest season of the NFL commenced, Miami Dolphins’ Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson became one of the first players to take a knee during the national anthem against police brutality. Robert Quinn stood for the anthem but raised his fist.

The protests have been long-going and part of a huge controversy that instigated after the president infamously called any player taking a knee, “a son of a bitch.” He also said players should lose their jobs for “disrespecting the flag.”

The protest, which started with Colin Kaepernick, turned into an NFL-wide movement after Trump’s remarks.

However, that did not stop the president, who came back with a new incendiary attack on NFL and kneeling players.

Trump, in a tweet, lamented NFL’s declining viewership.

 

 

Although, what the POTUS seemed to have not known was that the ratings for NFL and other sports in general have gone down year-after-year and seemingly have nothing to do with the on-going protest.

Former player Donte’ Stallworth was sure to take the president to task for peddling false assertions.

 

 

The latest attack from Trump comes after Nike recently launched an ad campaign with Kaepernick as its face. Huge billboards bearing the former San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback’s face, adorn a message of doing what you believe in, no matter the consequences.

The ad campaign saw Nike’s sales rise to 31 percent, despite a lot a bashing from the president.

 

 

Kaepernick paid a hefty price for his stand against police brutality; he is yet to join a team since 2016. But along the way, he found many footballers, kneeling in solidarity, against the pandemic that is the unjust killing of black men at the hands of police officers.

As Stills and Wilson set the foundation for a new season of raising voice for the same cause, Kaepernick took it to Twitter to praise their “strength” amid threats of losing their jobs and getting penalized for speaking their minds.

 

 

The debate regarding the fate of kneeling NFL players is yet to reach a conclusion. While the league initially decided to fine players who knelt during the Star-Spangled Banner, ESPN reported “too many people have stances too strong to figure out a compromise.”

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