Trump's Bigotry Reaches a New Level and the NFL Takes a Knee

SANTA CLARA CA- SEPTEMBER 10 Head coach Kyle Shanahan of the San Francisco 49ers looks on from the sidelines against the Carolina Panthers during the third quarter of their NFL football game at Levi's Stadium

Here's the latest on what NFL teams are planning to do before and during the pre-game national anthem this weekend after many opted for some form of unity and/or protest last weekend in the wake of President Trump's critical and profane remarks about the NFL and players who protest during The Star-Spangled Banner.

Last month, Trump spoke at a political rally in Alabama and called on NFL owners to fire players who protest during the national anthem. Many players even locked arms with each other as a show of support for the statement their friends and colleagues were making, according to the Associated Press.

More and more National Football League players are kneeling during the pre-game playing of the Star-Spangled Banner, a movement started by quarterback Colin Kaepernick previous year.

Taking time away from a Twitter rant against criticism of the federal response to hurricane damage in Puerto Rico, he tweeted: 'Very important that NFL players STAND tomorrow, and always, for the playing of our National Anthem. Philadelphia defensive backs Rodney McLeod and Malcolm Jenkins raised their fists, but nobody else made a gesture.

It said most teams then linked arms or, in the case of the New England Patriots, put an arm on a teammate's shoulder.

"I do really believe his heart's in the right place", House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said on CBS' "Face the Nation".

Players are reacting strongly to Trump for what he said during and after a political rally (he knows the election is over, right?) in Huntsville, Alabama, on September 22.

US women's national team and Seattle Reign FC midfielder Megan Rapinoe opened up about protesting and kneeling during the national anthem in an interview with BBC's World Football show. I have done this out of respect for my country and I have shown the same respect for the foreign national anthems played in my presence.


"I'm not against the military". Said last week was about Trump.

Trump said he began criticizing the players because he has "so many friends that are owners".

U.S. live television coverage of the Dolphins-Saints game on the Fox Sports network showed only one, fleeting wide-angle image of the kneeling Dolphins players.

Half of their squad took a knee, with the other players standing directly behind them.

The decision to post the video begs the question of whether or not the president will post about the Blackhawks' national anthem tradition of fans cheering loudly throughout the song.

Trump escalated his demands the following Sunday morning by calling for fans to boycott the NFL.

Almost half of the 49ers' roster were kneeling during the national anthem, while the rest of the team stood behind.

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