After Trump Blares N.F.L. Players Kneel and Lock Arms Unanimity

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Oh President Donald Trump.. What have you done to NFL players and owners?

Last Sunday, the NFL players across the country had protested and kneeled against President Donald Trump, who rebuked the league, players, and owners. President Donald Trump had created some statements against the football players for not showing their sense of pride for their country. For example, there are couple of tweets that he had posted through Twitter:

Sport fans should never condone players that do not stand proud for their National Anthems or their Country. NFL should change policy!” (Sept. 24, 2017)

Great solidarity for our National Anthem and for our Country. Standing with locked arms is good, kneeling is not acceptable. Bad ratings!” (Sept. 24, 2017)

If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!” (Sept. 24, 2017)

He has mentioned that NFL should change the policy for the football player to show their respect. However, after President Trump tweeted his comments, there were many players, owners, and NFL that have decided to turn against President Trump’s because of his comments. For instance, the Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans, and Pittsburgh Steelers were not present on the field to participate for the National Anthem. Additionally, the Oakland Raiders and Washington Redskins were either kneeling or sitting during the National Anthem before their game has begun. This kind of situation wasn’t the first time since Colin Kaepernick, a former quarterback for 49ers, has kneeled and protested the National Anthem in 2016. He had a reason to kneel during the National Anthem because he shared his voice for the people of color (POC) to be recognized and the issues that they have suffered from police brutality and the criminal justice system. These kind of messages can be quite immensely powerful for the player and the league to show their opinions against the President Trump. There were couple of star NFL players and coaches who expressed about their feeling toward President Trump. For example:

LeSean McCoy, a running back for the Buffalo Bills, said, “I can’t stand and support something where our leader of this country is just acting like a jerk, you know, angry about N.F.L. players protesting in a peaceful manner,” (Hoffman, Mather, & Fortin, 2017).

Drew Brees, quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, said, “I disagree with what the president said and how he said it. I think it’s very unbecoming of the office of President of the United States to talk like that to the great people like that. And obviously he’s disappointed a lot of people. But as it pertains to the national anthem, I will always feel that if you are an American that the national anthem is the opportunity for us all to stand up together, to be unified and show respect for our country,” (Hoffman, Mather, & Fortin, 2017).

Lastly, Mike Tomlin, coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers, made a few statements about Donald Trump before the game, “We’re not going to play politics. We’re football players, we’re football coaches. We’re not participating in the anthem today. Not to be disrespectful to the anthem, but to remove ourselves from this circumstance. People shouldn’t have to choose. If a guy wants to go about his normal business and participate in the anthem, he shouldn’t have to be forced to choose sides. If a guy feels the needs to do something, he shouldn’t be separated from his teammate who chooses not to. So we’re not participating today,” (Hoffman, Mather, & Fortin, 2017).

LeSean McCoy, Drew Brees, and Mike Tomlin had shared their consideration, opinion, and feeling against the President Trump’s decision to criticize the NFL and players for not showing the respect to their country. It is essential to allow their voices be heard by the fans and express their opinions and beliefs about the National Anthem. They have a right to express their feelings and they should not be bashed by President Trump because it isn’t relevant to his role as president to criticize the players for protesting. Our president should be taking care of other issues that might be more significant in our country, instead of being involved in the unnecessary dramatically situation.

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Reference:
Hoffman, B., Mather, V., Fortin, J. (Sept. 25, 2017). After trump blasts N.F.L., players kneel and lock arms in solidarity. The New York Times. Retrieved from: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/24/sports/nfl-trump-anthem-protests.html?mcubz=1

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