The men whose respect he craves reject him time and time again. The service chiefs reaffirm their belief in non-discrimination after the President finds merit in neo-Nazi protesters.
In fact, Pentagon spokesman Army Major Dave Eastburn recently clarified the Defense Department's current relationship with professional sports.
How the NFL responds to Donald Trump's spit-foaming is hardly a test case for whether the republic will stand. Nevertheless, the league is a maker of manners in this country, so it means something that Commissioner Roger Goodell and others in the league are getting it right, striking the perfect calm but resistant tone in response to Trump's gutter-mouthing, a tone that says, "We're not your personal WrestleMania, and don't use us for your sham body slams".
What gives these physical mutants any more authority to comment on political matters than an eye-friendly actor who can memorize and recite scripted lines in a way that pleases people? Ravens Hall of Famer Ray Lewis also took a knee during the anthem..
Added Green Bay Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy: "We believe it is important to support any of our players who choose to peacefully express themselves with the hope of change for good".
Throughout the day, teams protested.
Their actions demonstrate a complete lack of respect for our country, their team and the fans. His teammates waited inside the tunnel until the anthem was over. On teams that did come out, some players stood linking arms, some knelt.
- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017...our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem.
Trump sought to unite his coalition by pitting the average guy versus the filthy rich football establishment made up of owners and spoiled and privileged athletes.
Kraft said: I am deeply disappointed by the tone of the comments made by the President on Friday.
Their efforts, both on and off the field, help bring people together and make our community stronger. He doesn't want his players to be divided between those who kneel and those who stand, he said.
Trump was asked at a news conference with the prime minister of Spain Tuesday if it is unfair to say he was preoccupied with the NFL instead of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, having tweeted far more about the protests during the NFL over the weekend than the devastation left by Hurricane Maria. "My great-uncle's bones are lying in the bottom of Pearl Harbor for this country, for this flag, for your freedom to play in the NFL". By the end of the day, several things were apparent.
"Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you'd say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out!" But it is not un-American. If sports is a metaphor for life, at least life in America, a good deal of America has decided that, in the words of James, the President is a bum who disgraces the office. He has shown, since the beginning, his dehumanised nature. He has surrounded himself with like-minded people and has removed anyone who challenges him.
An American Florida-Bar approved lawyer living in the UAE said the players were well within their rights to protest police brutality. And with as much influence as athletes have on the younger generation, this can be an opportunity for us to change the narrative of society and point to the President as a poor example of what you can become if you remain close-minded, ignorant and uneducated.
Until this past Sunday, the NFL and its teams have conspicuously wrapped their organizations with the U.S. flag and "The Star-Spangled Banner". Trump practically goaded the league and rest of the nation into that conversation this weekend. "He's fired, '" he said to loud applause.
Let's face it. NFL football is a big business. Them. You dont have to be a mind reader to see what is going on.
Free agent NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick was seen in New York City on Monday, less than 24 hours after a mass protest before Sunday's football games, reports TMZ. "And in that moment, I knew that I could no longer continue to stand by and not take a stance".
Trump did not tell anyone what to do, he just voiced his opinion.
Underneath the splintering violence of the NFL is an underpinning of discipline and intelligence.
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