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NFL's protests are a slap in the face

01 October 2017

DONALD Trump tweeted that it is "very important" for NFL players to stand during the United States national anthem ahead of today's fixtures.

His latest tweets were made hours before the Miami Dolphins' clash with the New Orleans Saints at Wembley today.

Previously, Trump also said National Football League team owners are "afraid of their players".

"It actually causes ambivalent feelings, at best, among many people who are sympathetic to the issue, but see the anthem as representing a lot of different things including the country's ideals and aspirations". [NL2N1M40CQ] Some African-American players adopted the symbolic gesture of kneeling during the anthem over the a year ago to protest against racial disparities in the USA criminal justice system.

Response from fans have ranged from support to outright hostility to the protests.

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A Morning Consult survey said 17% more Americans view the league favorably than those who do not, which is down 13% from September 21, the day before Trump called on team owners to fire any "son of a b--h" who takes a knee during "The Star-Spangled Banner".

Brees tweeted Friday morning, "As a way to show respect to all, our #Saints team will kneel in solidarity prior to the national anthem & stand together during the anthem".

"I think there was also a sentiment. that the issues are being obscured and distorted by people with political agendas", Lockhart said. 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. He added: "I think they are afraid of their players, if you want to know the truth, and I think it's disgraceful".

The Jacksonville Jaguars announced on Saturday that the team will kneel before the national anthem, but then stand as a team for the anthem.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell pushed back on the president last the weekend, calling the president's words "divisive". Walker says he'll gladly protest with activists after the season is over. "Now more than ever we must find solutions that unite and don't divide us.Regarding the issues of social injustice, I stand ready to offer our organizations, our players, and our community meaningful support and resources to move from protest to solution".

NFL's protests are a slap in the face