The week before said game, West Seattle High (Garfield's opponent) had some of its players kneel during the national anthem but with approval from the school's administration. "88% did. Still after all this fuss, 88% of players wanted to stand for the national anthem".
Of course, this all began last season, when Colin Kaepernick, a former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, took the first knee.
"You tell me which of those children's mothers are a son of a b". Throw him out of the game. I will say I do not think these players were not SOBs, I wish the President hadn't used those remarks. Two guys, just really, attractive tackle. They will be inspiring citizens, both here and overseas, long after you and I are gone. This is the best platform for players to express themselves because of the backlash they could receive for speaking their minds in a media conference or a post-game interview. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell issued an official statement condemning Trump's Alabama speech. Trump said. In fact, there is no rule requiring players to stand during the anthem.
President Trump continues to criticize NFL players who take a knee in protest during the national anthem and believes the reason why NFL team owners are not punishing players is because they are afraid of them.
Americans dislike the recent protests by National Football League players, but disapprove even more solidly of President Donald Trump's response, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov survey ― which finds the nation split deeply along racial lines, but even more severely along political ones.
"Most fans accepted me as a veteran, former 911 operator, patriot and singer of the anthem, but far too many fans seemed to reject issues that affect not just me, a black veteran and an American, but all of us", said Odoms, who left the military previous year as a sergeant.
On Sunday, almost the whole league - including owners and coaches - was united in protest and solidarity.
That weekend's over, but what we had was 200 of some 1,600 professional football players kneeling during the playing of "The Star Spangled Banner". The first public manifestation of dissent took place before the game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Baltimore Ravens in London. They blasted Trump's words as divisive, contentious, misguided, uninformed, disappointing, inappropriate and offensive.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Democrat representing Texas and member of the Congressional Black Caucus, on Monday night knelt on the House floor to stand in solidarity with the men of the NFL.
Pulling a page from messages delivered by religious, social and even sports leaders in the Civil Rights Movement - such as Martin Luther King Jr. and National Basketball Association player Bill Russell - Sherman suggested if the protests make some people feel a little, or a lot, uncomfortable, then good.
The events are a continuation of the social commentary of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, which started last fall when he made a decision to take a knee during the National Anthem. A combat veteran having to apologize for showing respect for the flag further stoked them. Benjamin and Bell chose to exercise their freedom of expression in protest of a federal grand jury's decision not to indict police officers who had slain two African-American men, Michael Brown in Ferguson, and Eric Garner in NY.
Please, Mr. Trump, I'm on bended knee.
Reacting in anger to Trump's tweets is a losing game.
The sad irony is that the vast majority of fans would be more than tolerant of the players' views on both of those subjects if their method of expression did not involve gestures that disparage the nation they should thank for their blessings.
"I believe that the athletes who were protesting are just as patriotic and feel as strongly about our country, the flag and what it means as much as anyone else".
Football is a sport, but it is also a business. Broad sections of people are horrified by Trump's tone and language. If you don't want to honor the flag in the traditional way, that's between you and the flag.