NFL Owners Have Research Supporting Trump's Claims About Ratings Drop

  • NFL Owners Have Research Supporting Trump's Claims About Ratings Drop

NFL Owners Have Research Supporting Trump's Claims About Ratings Drop

"And there are few things that are more important to me than the honour that I feel we must bestow upon our military men and women - the honour we must show our flag - and standing at attention for our flag and our national anthem is a powerful symbol we must respect".

The protests seen across the game this season stem from former National Football League quarterback Colin Kaeperknick's stand against racial and social inequality last season, with the then-San Francisco 49ers star the first to kneel down in protest following a string of police incidents involving black citizens. "Respect our Flag and our Country!" I firmly believe it is an individual's right to protest in the way they choose to protest, as long as it's peaceful. No player kneeled. Every Jaguars player took a knee before the playing of the national anthem but stood during the song. The three players who had knelt stood for the British anthem "God Save the Queen", which was also performed before the game. Trump on the other hand, called the act of kneeling before the anthem "big progress". He says "most people agree" with him. However, Mark Dodson, an engineer, said the protests were "absolutely a global initiative" and "a sign of solidarity between different races, different backgrounds, different everything basically, which is great to see". "The only way out for them is to set a rule that you can't kneel during our National Anthem!"

Much like the league already does with breast cancer awareness and honoring military service, they would like the month of November to be the time to highlight the need to address social issues that affect our country.

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Most of the players who have knelt are African-American. He is fired. He's fired, ' Trump said to the mainly white crowd. He added: "I think they are afraid of their players, if you want to know the truth, and I think it's disgraceful".

The NFL rejected the president's remarks as not factual. Full teams, along with some team owners, linked arms either before or during the anthem. Later in the day, one notable exception came from the San Francisco 49ers. The protests culminated a week ago when scores of players, following calls by the president to fire protesting athletes, sat or knelt as the anthem was played.