President is still after anthem protest (singular)

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One player knelt during the three national anthems yesterday, with Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon continuing his protest of racial inequality and police brutality.

But that was enough to get President Donald Trump’s attention before a round of golf with Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson.

The President continued this morning his Twitter assault on the club which refused him admission (even though he shares the NFL’s penchant for excessive capitalization of proper nouns). Responding to a tweet by social media director Don Scavino which noted Vernon kneeling, Trump continued to take shots at the league.

Can you believe that the disrespect for our Country, our Flag, our Anthem continues without penalty to the players. The Commissioner has lost control of the hemorrhaging league. Players are the boss!”

While some Lions players have knelt or raised fists during the anthem in the past, there was no report of that yesterday prior to their game with the Vikings.

All players on both sides of the field stood during the anthem during the Chargers-Cowboys game, though Chargers left tackle Russell Okung and Cowboys defensive end David Irving raised their fists, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Other than Vernon, there was no reports of other player protests last night in the Washington-Giants game.

Vernon told Newsday’s Bob Glauber last week that he still wants people to understand his message has nothing to do with the military.

“What it would take for me to stand is if people can understand what the whole message is behind it,” Vernon said. “That would actually help a whole lot, but everybody doesn’t see things that way and tries to distort what the message was from the beginning, which is basically social injustice on African-Americans and police brutality.”

But even though that’s been explained a number of times, some are struggling with the message, and are using the image to rally their base before getting back to the business of the country, or something.

42 responses to “President is still after anthem protest (singular)

  1. Actually when kap started protesting, it was for all minorities being mistreated, not just african americans.

  2. Severely disappointed. He sold himself as a swamp draining, work alcoholic outsider. All he does is play golf, tweet and watch cable news. The people who can make serious positive changes will never get elected. The system wins.

  3. If the President orders you to use your Freedom of Speech the way he likes, the most patriotic and American thing you can do is disobey and resist. Reference: see Declaration of Independence, 1st Amendment, et al.

  4. There’s really only 1 reason that they should stop playing from kneeling, it’s hurting their brand. And the President is taking full advantage of it.

  5. It’s amazing that President Trump preaches patriotism when he himself chose to seek five draft deferments to avoid serving during the Viet Nam war. Then went on to trash those who did serve, our POWs, for getting “captured”. Those bone spurs he claimed don’t seem to keep him off the golf course 40 years later.

  6. There is absolutely noo problem with someone drawing attention to a cause. The issue lies with how it’s done. In this case,the means of protest overshadows the main focus, which is self defeating, so in the best interest of both sides to find another way.

  7. Thankful this pres has the tacks to stand up for this great country. These kneelers are doing it for attention to themselves. Not some great cause to benefit america. Way to go Trump!! MAGA!!

  8. This is what Kaepernick actually said: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,”. So it is about lack of respect for the country.

  9. The guys doing it already have got their big payday. THey aren’t worried about the newer players and how this “protest” will impact the future salary caps.

  10. The protest has taken its own path. There has been some great awareness and action because of it and now it’s moving into another phase. Most of the players feel like they have said their piece and it had a positive impact and it isn’t necessary to protest in this way anymore.

    It has nothing to do with these tweets.

  11. This is what Kaepernick actually said: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,”.
    ————————————

    That would also cover most of the flags of countries in the African continent and many in South American.

    Kap should visit some of those countries so he can realize what true “oppression” is.

  12. Resisters gonna resist, just keep your heads in the sand. The NFL’s an easy target for the foreseeable future. And like most of us, Trumps’s not surprised by the empty stadiums, understands the causes, and says what the majority are thinking. I just continue to shake my head at the never ending Goodell blunder, and am astounded at the lack of the fire suppression by the owners.

  13. just an FYI. your freedom of speech is not protected at your place of employment. Two, the BLM leaders refused a meeting with the white house. So do these people really want a change for the better? hmmmmm?

  14. I know this doesn’t fit the narrative but I find it strange that people don’t expect the President of the United States to encourage patriotism. This guy does not put our country down, I know that’s a big change for a lot of folks.

  15. “BLM leaders refused a meeting with the white house”.

    Regardless of what side you are on, everyone should be appalled when blatant falsehoods are stated. This never happened.

  16. Let’s try to teach the dumb millionaires how to protest. The point of protesting is to get ALL people to hear, see and believe in your cause. You want to get ALL people to see your side and understand it. Now when you take your protest and use something like the anthem that means a hell of a lot to people, your cause gets lost and gets a big FU. Gee all Martin Luther King had to do was burn some flags or something like that, but he didn’t. He did it in the most respected peaceful way and changes where made.

  17. mrbiggstuff says:
    November 24, 2017 at 11:05 am
    Focus on doing your job. You’re not very good at it
    ——————————————————————————
    $6 Trillion in new wealth, 1 Million new jobs, 3.8% GDP growth, $253 billion in new trade deals, thousands of child trafficking arrests, the ongoing collapse of the Hollywood/DC sexual assault culture.

    I do not think “not very good” means what you think it means

  18. NFL should institute a campaign to promote traditional family values and abstinence before marriage. This will help to prevent the plight of the inner cities and African American communities, which is the high incidence of children growing up without a Father in the home. This situation leads to children never being taught to respect authority, which leads to confrontation with the police.

  19. If you are wondering Which side to be on, consider this: 45 is against it. And we all know how history will judge 45.

    Do you want to be lumped with 45 when the history books are written? I sure as heck don’t.

    #imwithkap

  20. mbara33 says:
    November 24, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    mrbiggstuff says:
    November 24, 2017 at 11:05 am
    Focus on doing your job. You’re not very good at it
    ——————————————————————————
    $6 Trillion in new wealth, 1 Million new jobs, 3.8% GDP growth, $253 billion in new trade deals, thousands of child trafficking arrests, the ongoing collapse of the Hollywood/DC sexual assault culture.

    I do not think “not very good” means what you think it means
    ————————
    You should start reading nonfiction instead of alternative-nonfiction

  21. Nevermind the “African minority” that killed Trooper in cold blood in Texas on Thanksgiving. I guess that is too bad for his 3 kids huh? I guess the officer is a piece of crap and the black guy was oppressed and treated with less equality. I know all races have their warts but to preach unity in one microphone and to support something so decisive in the other is a strong example of who is missing the point.

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