Trump Claims NFL Owners Are "Afraid Of Their Players" & Called It "Disgraceful"

Trump Claims NFL Owners Are

Trump Claims NFL Owners Are "Afraid Of Their Players" & Called It "Disgraceful"

NFL players protested during the USA national anthem for a second straight week on Sunday, ignoring a fresh demand from President Donald Trump to stand for the playing of The Star-Spangled Banner.

All Saints players stood locking arms, having knelt as a team shortly before the anthem in a pre-planned moment.

The gesture of kneeling in protest during the traditional playing of "The Star Spangled Banner" was adopted by some black American football players over the a year ago to protest against racial disparities in the criminal justice system.

Ignoring the players who dared to protest surely will please Trump, who tweeted Saturday, "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.

And last Thursday, he continued the crusade, drawing a rebuke from the NFL after he said football team owners are afraid of their players.

"It just amazes me with everything going on in this world, especially involving the United States, that's what you're concerned with, my man", Thomas had said in the locker room.

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross supported his players who chose to kneel previous year and said this week he will continue to do so this season.

USA 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.

There's more clarity over Trump's bitter criticism of the athletes participating in the silent protest, with 60 percent saying they think it's wrong for Trump to criticize the players and 34 percent saying he was right to do that, the poll showed.

A week after an unprecedented wave of racially-charged protests by players, smaller-scale, scattered demonstrations were seen across the league.

He added: "Respect our Flag and our Country!"

"Wouldn't you love to see one of these National Football League owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out!"

"So I think we're going to pay attention to events. He's fired. He's fired!'" said Trump.

The poll also found that almost one-in-four plan to boycott the NFL. Last weekend, I did not even turn on the television.

Watson says his team has not officially decided how they will show solidarity during Sundays game but he says they will exercise their right to peacefully protest. They then stood for the playing of the British national anthem.

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