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NFL Responds To Trump As President Renews Debate Over National Anthem

26 Septembre 2017

Trump was condemned players who refused to stand during the national anthem as part of the "Take A Knee" movement, which began a year ago in the NFL in protest of police brutality against African Americans.

"It certainly is our hope that people stand during the national anthem, but we also respect their right to make a personal statement or expression of their personal beliefs", NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said in a conference call with reporters on Monday.

Houston Veterans have their own reactions on the recent controversy of NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem. That is, however, unless they agree with me politically.

There's no law that says players should not or can not silently protest by kneeling rather than standing for the National Anthem.

That protest had been started last season by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who started to kneel during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner before games.

Many players across the league, kneeled Sunday during the anthem in defiance of the President, some teams locked arms, and three teams stayed in the locker room.

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At her weekly news conference, Reynolds said she supports freedom of speech, but urges the players to respect the flag. "Honoring the flag, the national anthem, and the men and women who fought to defend it".

"The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race", Trump wrote. Also, it should be ILLEGAL to protest. It's something that I think we all expected to happen, and I think most of us tried to put it in that light that it was a show of solidarity.

"I wasn't really moved by that a great deal, just because what the President did was he attacked the business of football", he said. At Virginia Union University, where some Panther football players have previously taken a knee during the national anthem, Head Coach Mark James is seizing the moment.

During Sunday's slate of NFL games, players across the league, from teams across the country, joined in displays of opposition to Trump's comments.

Players have said that their decision to kneel or sit is not meant to disrespect the military or veterans, but instead to draw attention to police violence against black Americans and, more recently, issues with Trump's own behavior. "It truly seems to me and to those in my life that the President is not concerned with the people who feel less privileged in this country".