Throughout the weekend we’ve been hearing of the clash between President Donald Trump and the NFL. Most of it started when Mr. Trump called out Colin Kaepernick and the likes of him who refused to stand for the national anthem, via foxbusiness.com.
Following Trump’s statement, used an expletive to condemn these non-protesters, many athletes and owners across the country displayed unity in protesting the President’s comments and the racial inequities against black Americans.
The president said, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these N.F.L. owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he’s fired!.’” “You know, some owner is going to do that. He’s gonna say, ‘That guy disrespects our flag, he’s fired.’ And that owner, they don’t know it. They don’t know it. They’re friends of mine, many of them. They don’t know it. They’ll be the most popular person, for a week. They’ll be the most popular person in the country.”
The Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans refused to appear on the field while the anthem was being played, with all Pittsburgh Steelers players remaining in the locker room before their games on Sunday, all but one.
Earlier that day, at a game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Baltimore Rovers in London, players knelt for the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ but did stand for ‘God Save the Queen,’ the national anthem of Britain.
“I do not think the place to express yourself in society is as we recognize the American flag,” said Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones for FOX Business News last week at a gala celebrating the 100-year anniversary of Forbes magazine. “So that’s not the place to do anything other than honor the flag and everybody that’s given up a little bit for it.”
“I do not think the place to express yourself in society is as we recognize the American flag.” – Jerry Jones on National Anthem protests pic.twitter.com/3JkrdMhwWy
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) September 24, 2017
Arthur Blank, the owner of the Atlanta Falcons, who also co-founded Home Depot (HD), said something different, suggesting Casone players should still be free to express their convictions.
“I think we have to celebrate their right to express themselves, as every American does,” Blank told Casone at the event.
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