NFL: Donald Trump’s anthem tweet “is not accurate”

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The President’s attempt to paint the NFL into a corner may eventually work.

But they want to have a little paint on their hands if it does.

The league responded to Donald Trump’s latest morning salvo, which said he was glad “the NFL is finally demanding” that players stand for the national anthem.

“Commentary this morning about the commissioner’s position on the anthem is not accurate,” the league said in a statement. “As we said yesterday, there will be a discussion of these issues at the owners meeting next week. The NFL is doing the hard work of trying to move from protest to progress, working to bring people together.

“Commissioner Goodell spent yesterday with Miami Dolphins players, law enforcement and community leaders witnessing first-hand the outstanding work our players and clubs are doing to strengthen their communities. Players from around the league will be in New York next week to meet with owners to continue our work together.”

The NFL is in a tricky spot. They can save to public pressure, which the President continues to apply, and risk alienating their labor pool. Or they can straddle the line and risk alienating some of their hard-line customers. The plan at the moment seems to be to try to buy the players’ cooperation with some degree of public platform for social activism, though there’s no guarantee that’s going to work.

126 responses to “NFL: Donald Trump’s anthem tweet “is not accurate”

  1. It’s hard to take any talk of patriotism seriously from a guy who faked bone spurs to avoid a wartime draft.

  2. if only the NFL had it’s own network and some air time to fill so they could give players that want to get their message and information out to the public so they can push this issue further than the current protest.

  3. When the TV ratings hit the bottom line, the player’s salary pool will go down and hit them with a real fist.

  4. The NFL and owners are going to let Trump and the other simple-minded “Americans” win. They’ll puffing their chests out about it for years to come.

    What would be really funny is if ratings continue to drop, even after they implement a North Korea-esque anthem rule.

  5. The FANS won’t except anything less.

    Anyone else’s opinion doesn’t matter.

    The fans control the $$$$$$ therefore they will eventually win…

    Mondays viewership dropped in double digits, how about posting those numbers PFT?

  6. Like Stephen A Smith from ESPN was forced to admit yesterday, Trump has won already. But his flawed belief is that it was Trump who convinced the majority of fans to be mad, when actually we were mad pissed and he just became the one voice the media can’t ignore.

  7. skoobyfl says:
    October 11, 2017 at 9:46 am
    The viewership determines what they do, nothing else matters but ratings.
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    Not true. Ticket sales and merchandise sales matter as well. But your basic premise is correct. The NFL is a business, make no mistake about it. It’s not a cause or a charity. It exists to make money for the owners. And the ONLY way they do that is by giving fans what they want.

    So now you truly understand the people who have said all a long that the players are doing this AT WORK. They have cost their employers a serious amount of money. In the real world, they would most certainly have been fired for it.

  8. isn’t this the 2nd time in the last couple weeks that the NFL responded to Trump’s tweets with what is basically an “un unh, your lying”?

    Geesh, for so-called professional football men they sure play lousy defense.

  9. Just keep in mind that if Trump can apply enough pressure to take away the NFL players’ rights to free speech and peaceful protest, you’re next. If you ever say something or do something he doesn’t like, he gets to take away your right to free speech AND YOU SUPPORT HIM IN THAT ACTION. Freedom of speech is about the freedom to say something that isn’t popular.

  10. More likely the sponsors will back them into a corner. There are already a few local car dealerships and sponsors pulling out on the NFL. Even if they stand, its now a known issue, and its polarizing. No company wants to be associated with a polarizing issue.

  11. “the NFL is finally demanding” that players stand for the national anthem.

    This is straight talk and way too direct for the NFL.

    Isn’t it funny that the President speaks bluntly and the NFL acts like a government and talks in circles?

  12. This issue isn’t about honoring our military, the flag, or our country. It’s about accommodating the delusion of a narcissistic self-described demigod trying to transfer attention away from his inability to accomplish anything.

    Stop playing the Star Spangled Banner at sporting events. Play it at military events and political rallies. It’s military-centric. The national anthem should be America the Beautiful. Something we can all get behind.

    Stop the Trumping of America. If he told me I MUST believe in what he believes and I MUST do this and I MUST do that……….enough. He is not presidential material and never will be.

  13. Caving in to the pressure of the very loud minority will not only alienate the NFL labor pool. People who support freedom and equality can speak with our wallets, too. And there are more of us than there are fake patriots who focus on symbols like flags, songs, and statues rather than actual liberty.

  14. kcchefs58 says:
    October 11, 2017 at 9:48 am
    The NFL and owners are going to let Trump and the other simple-minded “Americans” win. They’ll puffing their chests out about it for years to come.

    What would be really funny is if ratings continue to drop, even after they implement a North Korea-esque anthem rule.
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    It’s comments like this that let us know that NOBODY involved in these protests actually wants unity. The goal is to divide, shame and get the government to give minorities even more preferential treatment.

    Not going to work. Call me whatever you want. I don’t care anymore. THAT is the impact you and the players have had with this ridiculous side show. Nothing more.

  15. Goodell was too late in nipping this protest bud.
    The Networks should not have televised the protests that occurred at stadiums
    Let them protest on the practice field.
    Millions of us are sick and tired of this continued coverage.

  16. factschecker says:

    if only the NFL had it’s own network and some air time to fill
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    Ummm. They do, man. It’s called the NFL Network lol

  17. 1) No one is “protesting the anthem, the troops, the flag, etc.”; they’re protesting racial inequality, more specifically police brutality against minorities.

    2) Since when is taking a knee a sign of disrespect? Quite the contrary: people kneel in church, in front of a tomb, in front of a monarch, to pray, to ask forgiveness, to ask for marriage, to pleasure a partner, etc. Wherever you go, taking a knee is a sign of respect and/or submission, but never a sign of disrespect.

  18. redlikethepig says:
    October 11, 2017 at 9:38 am
    It’s hard to take any talk of patriotism seriously from a guy who faked bone spurs to avoid a wartime draft.

    —————–
    It’s equally hard to take the protesters seriously when the guy who initiated this was merely pouting because he lost his starting position to Blaine Gabbert

  19. Its all a scam to keep people’s attention away from Trump’s massive corruption and stealing the what public wealth remains. Splitting up and selling off national parks and monuments, yesterday removing protections from the largest and most profitable salmon fishery in the world so big mining can come in, pollute and destroy the environment there, massive pollution for profit, no bid contracts steered to companies Trump owns or is heavily invested in and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

  20. When Trump had the chance to stand for country…..he knelt. He dodged the draft five times, then went on to disparage many of those who did serve, our POWs, for being “captured”. Now he is trying to say who is a good patriot and who isn’t. Riiiight.

  21. The NFL is the gift that keeps on giving….at least in Trump’s eye. Today’s wishy washy NFL response will be red meat for our President to devour. Goodell has allowed this issue to fester and grow and damage the “product….but lesson not learned….the league continues a failed strategy of placation and inaction. Fools

  22. Didn’t know he was in south Florida, that would explain all the confederate flags I saw driving around.

  23. Gentlemen… To put this comedy behind us… Stand, play football and let’s leave politics in the ballot box……

  24. It’s impossible to believe that the players don’t intend to disrespect the flag/anthem/veterans when the owners are offering alternative platforms as well as $$$ if they drop the kneeling. No platform really matters, it’s the $$$. If they are getting that and still won’t stop, it shows you where their hearts and minds really lie.

  25. Protesting during the anthem has not proven to be very effective. Most of the USA has no clue what is even being protested and the NFL is alienating a huge percentage of its fan base by allowing it. All that is being discussed is the kneeling itself, not the actual causes these players are standing up for, by kneeling down.

  26. Pretty pathetic how easily people can get distracted and riled up over something as ridiculous as this??? Trump needs something to win to please his supporters because everything else is failing (and failing badly). So while his supporters are fired up about “patriotism”, they aren’t paying attention to the real issues. People this is called wagging the dog, and you are all falling for it.

  27. “Alienating their labor pool”…..and? So what? If you have it so bad being 23 years old, and making 6 million a year to miss tackles, then go get another job. God, these players are literally coddled from the minute someone sees they’re good at football, they have no idea how jobs work in the real world.

  28. “Freedom of speech is about the freedom to say something that isn’t popular.”

    Agreed, but the players knowingly chose to crap on the anthem and the flag for their ‘free speech’ moment. The majority of fans will never forgive them for that.

  29. The Tweeter-in-Chief not accurate?! Shocking. Just a couple days after he claimed to have invented the word “fake”.

  30. It appears that NFL owners will be writing big checks to causes that are near and dear to the hearts of their flag protesting players. In the simple world of accounting, added costs reduce bottom lines and these owners will remember who damaged their business and cost them money. Be prepared to accept the future financial consequences

  31. I stand for the anthem.

    At every game or function I’ve ever attended there are at least a few guys who are eating hotdogs during the anthem, talking to their buddies, wearing their hats backward or just walking around and to the best of my recollection no one ever accused them of disrespecting the military or being unpatriotic. I just thought they were a-holes.

  32. I’d probably be more likely to boycott the NFL altogether if they are forced to do something that is unconstitutional, just because the president is mad that he lost a bunch of money in the usfl.

  33. smithdp says:

    When Trump had the chance to stand for country…..he knelt. He dodged the draft five times, then went on to disparage many of those who did serve, our POWs, for being “captured”. Now he is trying to say who is a good patriot and who isn’t. Riiiight.
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    Amen! I’d love to hear his spin on that one. The really alarming thing is that I think he actually believes what he’s saying.

  34. Forcing people to stand for the anthem/flag is the moment our democracy is gone. I have a simpler solution. Go back to when teams didn’t come out of the locker room before the game OR stop singing the anthem altogether before games.

  35. Trump has the freedom to say whatever he likes and so far he has been doing that even though his words can lead to all sort of consequences. Now, Trump is forcing the NFL to not allow NFL players to have that same freedom. It is so interesting, when Obama was president, it was the left this and the left that. Now you have conservatives been the speech police. So I guess this is a 2-way street when it comes to censorship.

    Either we like the constitution of this country or we don’t. The same conservatives that will cling to their guns after a mass murder and tell the country about the 2nd Amendment apparently forgot the Amendment that came before it. When the President of the United States says to the NFL, we might look at your tax breaks because the players who play in your league have the audacity to speak or kneel freely, then be careful. Liberal or Conservative, no one should be allowed to censor free speech.

  36. just fix the problems that cause players to protest. then everybody’s happy!
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    The only problem is its a media-driven false narrative…nothing to fix

  37. “Next up is this silly forced migration to Europe/Mexico/China. The time has come to keep our game here.”

    Why do you care if there are teams outside of the US? A real fan would want the NFL to continue being successful. Successfully expanding the product reach helps ensure continued viability.

    It is amazing how many people claiming to be fans are advocating for the game they allegedly love to fail.

  38. dsigrey says:
    October 11, 2017 at 10:28 am
    Pretty pathetic how easily people can get distracted and riled up over something as ridiculous as this??? Trump needs something to win to please his supporters because everything else is failing (and failing badly). So while his supporters are fired up about “patriotism”, they aren’t paying attention to the real issues. People this is called wagging the dog, and you are all falling for it.

    Exactly! It’s ridiculous that it’s gotten this far. I wonder if any of these so-called “patriots” go and talk smack to the hundreds of people that are walking around in the stadium, ordering concessions, etc. Do they stand when they’re watching at a bar? It’s just all ridiculous, and they’re falling for it.

  39. You are at work.
    Creating TV entertainment is the job.
    Show disrespect to the country and flag while an employee at work and you deserve to lose your job. Unless this is what your employer has hired you to do.
    In this case, I don;t think it is.
    If you do this, you should be benched with your game check being forfeited as part of the punishment.
    If you want to do that on TV, get your own TV show. Do not hi-jack some else’s.

  40. peytonwantsaflag says:
    October 11, 2017 at 9:55 am
    isn’t this the 2nd time in the last couple weeks that the NFL responded to Trump’s tweets with what is basically an “un unh, your lying”?

    Geesh, for so-called professional football men they sure play lousy defense.

    ____

    Um, what else can you possibly say when the president is lying? And when he has no business in NFL matters? Put yourself in their shoes. It’s a no-win situation for them, unless they erect a gold Trump statue and have everyone salute it at the games.

  41. kcchefs58 says:
    October 11, 2017 at 9:48 am
    The NFL and owners are going to let Trump and the other simple-minded “Americans” win. They’ll puffing their chests out about it for years to come.

    What would be really funny is if ratings continue to drop, even after they implement a North Korea-esque anthem rule.

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    I gotta tell ya kc, I think you’re right. If you ask me viewership is going to be far more affected by the squelching of peoples’ 1st-Amendment Rights! Several posters here above have already commented on the SUPPORTED squelching of our 1A Rights.

    What’s interesting is that I served in the military as well, but seemingly forgotten is the OATH that I took to DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION, not defend a POTUS that wants to tromp on it much less a business model that routinely steals (via taxpayers) expenses for THEIR OWN businesses!

    I don’t recall as part of that oath my having been given the right to impose as I see fit whose 1A rights I do or conversely DO NOT want to defend. The oath was to defend the premise.

    Seemingly long forgotten are two tenets:

    First, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words [aka free SPEECH] will never hurt me.”

    But more importantly, secondly, “I may not agree with what you say but I defend and agree with your right to say it.”

    Meanwhile, our own establishment has people spinning around so fast that they don’t even know which side their arse is on anymore as they are as confused as possible while deliberately giving away their own rights!

    Ben Franklin, not me, but Ben Franklin: Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

  42. The protests are about police brutality and the systemic racism that enables it. Our racist president and his supporters brought the flag and the military into this, the players didn’t.

  43. Patrioys123456,
    The reason viewership was down was because the Bikings versus the Bears is a poor draw.
    Weeks prior the Cowboys game was the highest MNF game in 3 years.

  44. sb44champs says:
    October 11, 2017 at 10:49 am
    just fix the problems that cause players to protest. then everybody’s happy!
    ============================================
    The only problem is its a media-driven false narrative…nothing to fix

    =================
    So police brutality and injustice is a false narrative?? That is exactly why they are protesting because people don’t understand the prevalence of injustice. SMH.

  45. So the choices are what again? Alienate the worker pool of football players that will drive your business or alienate the worst racists in this country…

    This is a tough call?

    What’s even more amazing is that the president is definitely pushing for the former…

    Amazing times we live in. I’m not going to lie though I really enjoy having the moral High Ground here. I will never shut up about it nor should I.

  46. bigt2017 says:
    October 11, 2017 at 10:04 am
    Want this clown (#45) just go away…
    ___________________________________________

    Then vote him out. In 7 years you may have a tiny chance…but I think that Pence will then take over for the next 8.

  47. More likely the sponsors will back them into a corner. There are already a few local car dealerships and sponsors pulling out on the NFL. Even if they stand, its now a known issue, and its polarizing. No company wants to be associated with a polarizing issue.

  48. orndorf2 says:
    October 11, 2017 at 11:01 am
    sb44champs says:
    October 11, 2017 at 10:49 am
    just fix the problems that cause players to protest. then everybody’s happy!
    ============================================
    The only problem is its a media-driven false narrative…nothing to fix

    =================
    So police brutality and injustice is a false narrative?? That is exactly why they are protesting because people don’t understand the prevalence of injustice. SMH.

    ————
    That’s not why Kaep was protesting. He was protesting because he lost his starting position to Blaine Gabbert. Don’t believe me? How many games did Kaep protest before he was benched?

  49. Fake patriotism needs a cause. We get that, but can’t this circus act find a ringleader who isn’t a known draft evader? Wave that flag, prez!

  50. henry53 says:
    October 11, 2017 at 10:34 am

    “Freedom of speech is about the freedom to say something that isn’t popular.”

    Agreed, but the players knowingly chose to crap on the anthem and the flag for their ‘free speech’ moment. The majority of fans will never forgive them for that.

    People keep using this term “majority” as if more than 50% of the NFL viewers feel this way. Ratings are not cut in half. Not even close. So if the majority of fans will never forgive the players but will continue to watch the games, does it matter?

  51. I did my 26 active Navy and hit my 30 before I was off the books. FCCS(SW/AW). The Flag is just a pretty piece of cloth, if it doesn’t represent the freedoms Americans fought for. Free speech and the right to a peaceful protest are guaranteed. There seems to be a ton of couch potato patriots up in arms. What do you do when it plays? Open beers, chat with buddies, take a piss before kickoff… Me, I pause and think for the 2:15 it takes to complete it. Do you?

  52. Trump still holds a grudge against the NFL for crushing him and the USFL back in the day.

    The President of the United States is a public servant not a ruler or dictator. He can not tell anyone what to do. He is to serve all US citizens even the ones that are kneeling.

  53. nhpats says:
    October 11, 2017 at 11:20 am
    orndorf2 says:
    October 11, 2017 at 11:01 am
    sb44champs says:
    October 11, 2017 at 10:49 am
    just fix the problems that cause players to protest. then everybody’s happy!
    ============================================
    The only problem is its a media-driven false narrative…nothing to fix

    =================
    So police brutality and injustice is a false narrative?? That is exactly why they are protesting because people don’t understand the prevalence of injustice. SMH.

    ————
    That’s not why Kaep was protesting. He was protesting because he lost his starting position to Blaine Gabbert. Don’t believe me? How many games did Kaep protest before he was benched?

    =====

    Kap sat for the anthem for a year before anybody noticed. Shows how much you actually know about ‘why’ he protested.

  54. People continue to make the mistake that this is the NFL vs. DT.
    It’s actually the NFL against it’s viewership ($$$ base)

    You don’t have to like DT, and a lot of people don’t, but he picked a fight that he can’t lose.

  55. “if the majority of fans will never forgive the players but will continue to watch the games, does it matter?”
    _______________________________________________

    It matters financially. If a minority of the fans, 20%, for example, quit watching, that is a hit of 20% in REVENUES. Last year the NFL grossed about $12 Billion. The players share was $6 Billion. 20% of that in lost revenue is #2.4 Billion and $1.2 Billion respectively. That amount of decrease in revenue bankrupts most businesses.
    To put it in more personal terms, you (if you have a job) would be hard pressed to make ends meet if you took a 20% cut in your pay.

  56. Keep your eye on the ball folks. As we spend so much time talking about this stuff, Trump is trying to sneak through a huge tax reform plan that will steal money from the hard working Americans, and give billions away to the billionaires who were born into wealth and never had to work a day in their lives. Trump couldn’t care less about the flag or our military. He was a draft dodger when it was his turn to show his patriotism. He ran like a chicken.

  57. I have to wonder if his supporters realize how seemingly every squabble Trump gets in, it always turns into an argument about who said what. Folks, what people say is in print, in quotes–this seems forever at odds with what Trump claims they said. This happens every single day, literally.

  58. charliecharger says:
    October 11, 2017 at 11:48 am
    Keep your eye on the ball folks. As we spend so much time talking about this stuff, Trump is trying to sneak through a huge tax reform plan that will steal money from the hard working Americans, and give billions away to the billionaires who were born into wealth and never had to work a day in their lives. Trump couldn’t care less about the flag or our military. He was a draft dodger when it was his turn to show his patriotism. He ran like a chicken.

    ————-

    How is cutting peoples’ taxes and letting them keep more of their own money “giving it away”? You do realize that the money is not the Government’s to begin with do you not? And when 50% of Americans pay zero Federal Income Taxes how would a tax cut give them anything back as they already contribute nothing to discretionary spending?

    The bottom lime is that our Government is far too expensive and involves itself in far too many areas of peoples’ lives.

  59. Trump is so lame. He knows he has all the leverage in the world because of the tax break. He rips the NFL. NFL works with him to keep the tax break, and he’ll call himself the great negotiator.

    I was sort of indifferent to the anthem protest…but now, I hope 100% of players protest. Just to annoy Trump.

  60. November is Salute to Service month. This controversy isn’t helping sales – justified or not. The NFL should have taken care of this ‘anthem controversy’ last off-season – not during the season.

    For what it’s worth, Trump is using the NFL and the Golden State Warriors to diffuse and misdirect attention from what an utter failure he’s doing on health care repeal/replace and managing through three hurricanes in several weeks.

    The NFL continues to be #1 in SNF ratings, and on cable ratings on Thursday and Monday nights.

  61. Make no mistake, this is not a Trump issue.

    This is a fan issue. The fans have spoken and will continue to speak with their $$$$$$$$

    The NFL is in panic mode. Monday Night Football viewership was down double digits. The networks have been refunding $$$$ to advertisers because of lost viewers.

    This will trickle down to a lower salary cap, so player salaries are going to tank.

    Wait until major networks start reporting quarterly loses. ESPN already lost its shirt had numerous layoffs etc. It’s all around the next corner.

    The problem for the NFL is most of the disgusted fans that left aren’t coming back. And more are leaving each week.

  62. What I find as amazing and comical is that the Tweeter In Chief is tweeting constantly about disrespect for the flag and the military, while being the same guy who weaseled his way out of military service in Vietnam and when confronted about it last year , kept flipping his story as to how he avoided it and is also the same guy who disrespected a war veteran and POW by saying he wasn’t a hero because he was a POW , and also disrespected another veterans family who was KIA . Now suddenly he’s this patriot . This guy never ceases to amaze and amuse .

  63. just fix the problems that cause players to protest. then everybody’s happy!

    That’s what this means…

    The NFL is doing the hard work of trying to move from protest to progress, working to bring people together

    But instead, you’re seeing a concerted effort to keep the focus on the where/how of the protest in order to avoid resolving the issues they’re protesting about.

  64. If the NFL had a rule to stand for the anthem, going back years and years, nobody would question it.

    But, to go and (potentially) change the rule because of the message being spread today is problematic. Now it just feels like trying to hold people down. Trying to silence voices that decided to use their platform to speak up and raise awareness.

    That’s the problem. That’s the hole that the NFL needs to avoid digging. This has come too far to be swept under the rug.

  65. The NFL’s Public Relations has suffered greatly under Goodell.

    With all the “gates”, lack of due process in discipline issues, stripping loyal Oakland and SD fan bases of their teams, CTE/Concussions, poor officiating, flip flopping on celebration rules, etc. And now the anthem debacle. He let it fester all last year and now because his lack of leadership and inaction, it’s gotten way out of control.

    Ratings are dropping because the accumulated affect of not focusing on their paying customers known as fans.

  66. “Commentary this morning about the commissioner’s position on the anthem is not accurate,” the league said in a statement. “As we said yesterday, there will be a discussion of these issues at the owners meeting next week. The NFL is doing the hard work of trying to move from protest to progress, working to bring people together.

    “Commissioner Goodell spent yesterday with Miami Dolphins players, law enforcement and community leaders witnessing first-hand the outstanding work our players and clubs are doing to strengthen their communities. Players from around the league will be in New York next week to meet with owners to continue our work together.”

    ——–

    if this is all true, and the League intends to explore avenues to support or provide player outreach and follows through on them, then in fact the protests will have succeeded in making a difference.

    That’s way more than Trump has done. He is not a problem solver, he is a dealmaker, and there is a big difference between the two.

  67. The reality is, if your AT a porting event, you stand and sing the anthem…but the millions and millions of fans at home don’t even see it and if they do, they are SITTING ON the COUCH waiting for the game to start. We all do it. Doesnt mean we’re not patriotic…just freaken lazy. This WHOLE thing is a big waste of time with the players, POTUS and the owners jawing back and forth with one another. Let’s move on……

  68. just fix the problems that cause players to protest. then everybody’s happy!
    ============================================
    The only problem is its a media-driven false narrative…nothing to fix
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    So police brutality and injustice is a false narrative??
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Compliance (not resisting arrest) is key to survival in those circumstances.

  69. To all the donkeys who voted for Drumph, read the truth posted by carloslassiter. Then read it again.

    You lemmings have fallen for the orange faced bait once again.

    The same delta bravos who were seated, milling around or kist notnpating attention are the same payasos who put this travesty of a human being in office.

    “At every game or function I’ve ever attended there are at least a few guys who are eating hotdogs during the anthem, talking to their buddies, wearing their hats backward or just walking around and to the best of my recollection no one ever accused them of disrespecting the military or being unpatriotic. I just thought they were a-holes.”

  70. Why is this still a story? Let them do whatever they want and move on. Way more bigger problems in our country to worry about.

  71. This whole thing is BS. Every court case has already been adjudicated in a law court. So trying to label, or stereotype, all law enforcement as racists is absolute BS. There is no method within the law to invalidate, every decision you don’t like. Imam Bozo tried it with DACA, and it didn’t work either.

  72. Trump is so 2 faced. He says some NFL players disrespect our military vets by kneeling for the anthem. And yet he disrespected one of our greatest heroes John McCain. John was tortured over a 5 year period Mr. Trump. Shame on your hypocrisy !

  73. eaglesw00t says:
    October 11, 2017 at 9:58 am
    More likely the sponsors will back them into a corner. There are already a few local car dealerships and sponsors pulling out on the NFL. Even if they stand, its now a known issue, and its polarizing. No company wants to be associated with a polarizing issue.

    **

    OH NO! NOT THE LOCAL CAR DEALERSHIPS! The NFL won’t be able to afford Bob and Todd’s Discount Auto to pull their funding!~

  74. At this point, the WH intentionally distorts or lies about something on a daily basis. These lies are so egregious and obvious that there is no way that a reasonable person can’t see it. A Jesus Christ Presidency would have toppled under the weight of it by now.

    This is ‘Murica, though, and maybe we deserve it. It has certainly escalated well beyond a Donald Trump problem.

    He is just a symptom of how ridiculous this society has become.

  75. “Liberals name call and insult. The conservatives just talk about the issues. ”

    This right here, that’s called confirmation bias. You only see what you wish to see. It would be kind of funny if the stakes weren’t so high.

  76. For all you FREEDOM OF SPEECH people learn what it means. It means our government can’t control our speech but a WORK PLACE can. Yes they have a right to kneel but owners have the right to fire, fine, bench them but even more important fans have a right to turn the channel and not buy anything NFL.

  77. Patriotism is the final refuge for scoundrels!

    There are six things that the LORD strongly dislikes, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one WHO SOWS DISCORD AMONG BROTHERS.

    -Proverbs 6:16-19
    If these passages from the Bible applied to one person, in this country right now, who is that person?

  78. The media refuses to ask, question or challenge half of the antics going on in this country. Which only silences half the people.

    Trump DOES challenge it through his Twitter account. And he gets people talking and gets the other side of the story out since the media is completely incapable of doing their jobs.

    What people hate about this, PFT included, is that they cannot single-jandesly control the narrative anymore.

  79. The NFL continues to be #1 in SNF ratings, and on cable ratings on Thursday and Monday nights….

    It’s down another 8 points total for the month of September. Bear in mind, each 10 percent drop equates to 200M of lost revenue for the NFL

  80. wetookavote says:
    October 11, 2017 at 10:59 am
    The protests are about police brutality and the systemic racism that enables it. Our racist president and his supporters brought the flag and the military into this, the players didn’t….

    The players have Tuesdays off and the entire offseason to protest. They could even find the time to drop off all these damning statics of police brutality to the President…If they actually find some……. NOT during the anthem

  81. The President of the United States is a public servant not a ruler or dictator. He can not tell anyone what to do….

    You are right. How can a President actually tell a business how much to pay his employee?
    How can a President possibly demand a business pay for healthcare they don’t want.
    How can a President possibly tell a baker he is under arrest for not baking for a client?
    How can a President possibily tell an NFL an owner will lose the franchise, merchandising money and exempt status over the name of his team.

    You are right Trump is absolutely terrible

  82. At this point, the WH intentionally distorts or lies about something on a daily basis. These lies are so egregious and obvious that there is no way that a reasonable person can’t see it. A Jesus Christ Presidency would have toppled under the weight of it by now….

    Yes…Those If you like your plan you can keep you plan lies, benghazi, plane tarmacs, FISA warrants..Jeez what Trump says gets himself in alot of trouble…He is baaad news

  83. nfl does not pay taxes. Lawmakers already said time to visit their situation. so yea donald did force them. TRUMP2020

  84. nfl does not pay taxes. Lawmakers already said time to visit their situation. so yea donald did force them. TRUMP2020…

    Add another 7 billion over the last 15 years the taxpayers have paid for their stadiums the NFL built and make the majority of the money from…

  85. This is incredible, not only is a sitting POTUS loudly calling for the 1st amendment rights of citizens to be completely ignored. There are brain-dead citizens who agree with him. You agree with a President that is actively–every day ranting, and raving against rights guaranteed in the constitution of this country. The very document he swore to uphold. Some of you love him for it. That is not Patriotism.

    “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”

    -Evelyn Beatrice Hall

  86. to the NFL, Donald (cabbage patch fatso) Trump, and to all who pretend to be patriots:

    Amendment I. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

    constitution before flag.

  87. Whether I watch again or not depends on whether or not the NFL continues to disrespect the flag. They continue to disrespect it, and I will continue to find other things to do.

  88. jetslakers says:
    October 11, 2017 at 2:06 pm
    For all you FREEDOM OF SPEECH people learn what it means. It means our government can’t control our speech but a WORK PLACE can. Yes they have a right to kneel but owners have the right to fire, fine, bench them but even more important fans have a right to turn the channel and not buy anything NFL.
    ____________________________________________________________________________
    No a work place doesn’t. There may be consequences as a private entity. Just because you’re at work DOES NOT MEAN the 1st Amendment ceases to exist when you walk through the door at work. They cannot “control our speech.” What planet are you from? Why don’t you learn what it means. The NFL doesn’t employ the players, the teams do. If an owner wants to fire a player he absolutely can, but he can’t tell him he cannot exercise his rights. Which by the way is what your president wants…to control, and block their rights. He’s concentrating on the NFL and the imbeciles who love him follow it like drones. You don’t care that he’s not doing his job, or lying, or hypocritical, ego maniacal, serves himself and not the people. That’s all good with you, but man that NFL…

  89. Should I Be Offended by Redskins? says:
    October 11, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    “Trump DOES challenge it through his Twitter account. And he gets people talking and gets the other side of the story out since the media is completely incapable of doing their jobs.”

    ____________________________
    The media IS capable of doing their jobs. They just don’t want to. They have been completely compromised by the Democrat party and are so one sided that they are no longer willing to tell the truth.

  90. For all of you Constitutional Scholars who think Trump is infringing on anyone’s freedom of speech you are honestly looking like unhinged fools.Arguing with liberals is always a good exercise in hypocrisy and insanity.

  91. The PFT community of shills and the NFL and the NBA are about to learn a valuable lesson in economics 101. Target and Starbucks are already learning what happens when you spit on the hand that feeds you.

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