Letter to the editor: Players disrespect flag, anthem with their protest

Ahead of NFL games, Trump again calls on players to stand during anthem

The Patriots stood at the sideline at attention several minutes before the national anthem and then put their hands over their hearts and each other.

Amid a series of tweets Saturday against criticism of the federal response to hurricane damage in Puerto Rico, the president returned to the world of sports and society: "Very important that NFL players STAND tomorrow, and always, for the playing of our National Anthem". The Republican president told "Fox & Friends" that he was friends with many National Football League team owners, and they were "in a box" over how to handle the kneeling protests.

Protests are expected to be at a minimum on Sunday however, with teams now calling for unity, and NFC North rivals Green Bay Packers chose to link arms with each other in a show of unity rather than protest, with fans in the stands putting their rivalry aside to do the same.

Julius Thomas, Michael Thomas and Kenny Stills all took a knee during the Star-Spangled Banner nine days after Trump said that those who fail to stand for the anthem should be "fired". Trump has said his comments have nothing to do with race but are about respecting the country and the flag.

Kaelin Clay, Cedric Thornton, Mike Tolbert, Shareece Wright, Taiwan Jones and Jerel Worthy were the Bills players who knelt during the national anthem.

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It seems Trump couldn't help himself by stoking further controversy around the American football players "taking a knee" in protest over police brutality and racial injustice. "I think you risk upsetting more people than it's worth".

Trump said he began criticizing the players because he has "so many friends that are owners". "He's going to say, 'That guy that disrespects our flag, he's fired.' And that owner, they don't know it [but] they'll be the most popular person in this country".

The NFL rejected the president's remarks as not factual. No Falcons players were kneeling during the national anthem.

"The owners are clearly united in a sense that the attacks on the game, on the NFL, on the players were unfair and unfounded, and that there was unity among the group", Lockhart said, noting that about two-thirds of the 32 team owners were at league headquarters this week for committee meetings. "And I think it's disgraceful", he said.

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