President’s remarks could cause protests to intensify, spread

AP

Is it possible that the President was trolling the NFL and its players on Friday night? If so, it’s entirely possible that it will work.

With many contending that anthem protests are causing NFL interest and ratings to diminish, and with the issue previously sliding toward the back burner, Trump’s rhetoric pulls it back to the front of the stove and cranks up the gas. Could his comments spark more players to use the platform provided by the anthem to protest, with the President himself possibly becoming the new target of the demonstrations?

Regardless of why players may choose to sit or kneel for the anthem on Sunday and Monday, does proliferation of protests play in to the President’s agenda? By potentially stirring up more sitting and kneeling, there will be more reaction to the sitting and kneeling, and in turn more calls from fans to “fire the sons of bitches” or to pay less attention to the NFL and more attention to politics.

Is that ultimately what the President wants? More people paying attention to him, and less people paying attention to anything else?

Then there’s the 30-year-old grudge he possibly holds against the NFL, which wouldn’t let him in the club then and didn’t grant him admission earlier this decade, when the Bills were for sale. Though he counts several owners as friends and supporters, he’s never been invited to join them.

And therein lies the NFL’s current conundrum. How should the league, teams, and players respond to what could be a cry for attention and potential disruption? The best approach for the league and the players could be to quickly craft a unified strategy for responding.

67 responses to “President’s remarks could cause protests to intensify, spread

  1. Teams protest and fans walk out. It sounds like owners will have to make a choice. If you think a half full Levi’s stadium is bad optics, wait until fans are leaving before a game has even started.

  2. Seeing half the NFL disrespecting the nation will have half the viewers enjoying the great outdoors with their kids. Each player sitting or kneeling will represent an extra 10,000 votes for trump in 2020

  3. As much as they have the right to protest, Trump has the right to do and say he wants as well. If they don’t like it, too bad. We aren’t just going to coddle to these multi million dollar athletes, who are more fortunate than the vast majority of people from all colors.

  4. Once the NFL alienates its fan base you can kiss $7 billion a year in broadcast revenue goodbye.

  5. If Trump had never had a twitter account he’d probably be twice as popular as he is. Im a true conservative but jeez, this guy needs to shut up already. He needs to get his own house in order and let the NFL deal with the NFL.

  6. Good let the protests continue. It’s not going to affect Trumps wallet any when more and more people continue to tune out of the NFL……I’ve already started brushing up on my CFL history

  7. It’s funny that people on this forum complain about coddling million dollar athletes while at the same time coddling president “billionaire” baby himself.

  8. These players don’t have a right. They are employees of the NFL during their work time. Businesses have policies for how their employees treat the customer. If a mcdonalds employee served you a burger and decided to burn a flag would they have “the right”? Their employer would fire them. Would anyone pay for any business much less an entertainment service to get a lecture from employees?

  9. The Autumn is a beautiful time of year. Time to start spending Sundays enjoying the Fall foliage, farmer’s markets and quality time with your family….just some of the many things that make America great.

  10. That’s what Trump does, stir the pot. He shoots off his mouth about things a real President shouldn’t even be talking about and in so doing creates greater divisions in this country.

  11. This could really go bad for a league on the downturn. The president goes off and says what majority of NFL fans are thinking…..and if it’s players take the kneeling to a whole new level, the Owners will actually have to do something about this….I would laugh if starting Sunday, not one player is on the field during the national anthem.

  12. The NFL doomed itself when it allowed politics to seep in. Viewers are abandoning it in droves. Trump may be a blowhard, but he’s just expressing what many (former) NFL fans are thinking. Good job, Kaepernick and all your enablers in the liberal sports media. You managed to kill the golden goose.

  13. Its simple, you don’t stand for the anthem to honor the president, any politician, or the government. You stand to honor the 1.3 million men and women who have died while wearing the uniform and the 1.5 million that have been wounded. To think that your personal issues with our country, govt, or whatever are bigger than that just say a lot about you. I won’t be spending any $ on NfL products until these guys wise up.

  14. The funniest part of this issue and all the media that bends over backwards to kiss the tush of these hypocritical athletes is that the guy who started this “protest” does not even vote or participate in the political realm and was just doing this to cover his idiocy for bowing out of his previous contract. Athletes who pick and choose their racial outrage and protest something held near and dear to most Americans deserve the economic punch they are about to receive. I was at a hockey game the other night and when they started the National anthem the entire place got silent, I was getting something to eat at the time, and everything stopped, people turned toward the closest TV and were quiet until it was over. That was respect and what everyone who enjoys the fruits of our society provide. Protest in an appropriate forum and protest all of the problems of the inner city, not just those that are weak on merit from the start but distract from the real issues.

  15. motasew111 says:
    September 23, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Its simple, you don’t stand for the anthem to honor the president, any politician, or the government.
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    I stand to honor the United States of America, which includes everybody, whether they were in the military or not.

  16. This seems like trolling by Trump; and the NFL will play into his hands. I think he does want to get back at the NFL for the past. I also think he plans to use increased political demonstrations as a reason to try and strip the NFL of it’s Anti-trust exemption.

  17. Florio nailed this one! there is almost no doubt in my mind that the protest will be 100 times more than what they have been, and it would not surprise me to see the entire NFLPA do some sort of something as a protest or demonstration. As far as the ratings and attendance go the NFL needs to look no further than the over saturation of the NFL on TV get rid of Thursday night football and Monday night football and you will see ratings increase. attendance is down in SF and LA because there teams suck. Its that Simple.

  18. So tell me why is sitting OK because of players Rights,
    Trump speaking his mind not OK?
    It’s because Black folk are used to getting unfair special treatment since the 60’s, and now they are expected to just be equal they don’t like it.
    On the other hand the Justice system needs to FRY Judges and Cops breaking Civil Rights and getting the slap on the back Buddy, Buddy treatment.

  19. Why not just keep the cameras off the disrespectful protesters? Taking a knee to promote change is BS it promotes nothing but more divide. You want to promote change? Go out into the community and teach ppl how to act, hop in a squad car and look at what our police are dealing with daily, visit ppl that have actually sacrificed that you so cluelessly continue to disrespect, educate yourselves and become productive rather than continuing to be a burden

  20. I just can’t believe all the inequality that has started in the US since January. I mean, before that, there were no murders, political agendas, racial issues, etc. It’s crazy how bad things have fallen in the past 9 months.

  21. Mike says:
    September 23, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    I don’t think he knows what he wants. I think people give him too much credit for thinking before he speaks.
    ________________
    He’s a master strategist and persuader that crushed 16 professional politicians before beating the corrupt Establishment choice for President that had the support of the entire MSMedia and also outspent him over two to one. People that write what you did are, in reality, admitting they are too dumb to understand what is occurring.

  22. If the players really believe they are protesting against SLAVERY and the treatment of black people by white people, then they should quit working for the “MAN”! Don’t allow some rich white man control you and tell you what to do! Just quit and go out and find a real job instead of disrespecting America and those whose have served!

  23. Remember when sports was the toy department of life? Personally if I could just once again get my sports without a side of politics that would just be great. I already know it’s too much to expect to ever again get my politics without EVERYTHING piled on it.

  24. “LSUStrong says:

    This seems like trolling by Trump; and the NFL will play into his hands. I think he does want to get back at the NFL for the past. I also think he plans to use increased political demonstrations as a reason to try and strip the NFL of it’s Anti-trust exemption.”

    I think you’re exactly right. Traitor Trump never, ever forgets a slight, perceived or otherwise, and he holds a grudge forever. I think he’d love to bring the NFL to its knees (so to speak) because that’s just how petty, small, and vindictive he truly is.

  25. It’s funny that people on this forum complain about coddling million dollar athletes while at the same time coddling president “billionaire” baby himself

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    Does coddling the President mean being under asham investigation and being called vicious names every day? What a joke

  26. cheetasnevaprospa says:
    September 23, 2017 at 5:18 pm
    All you bigots who are threatening to boycott the NFL, please stop whining about it and DO iT!
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    Typical liberal response, name calling, smear and fear. People like you are the reason Trump won. MAGA

  27. Why not just keep the cameras off the disrespectful protesters? Taking a knee to promote change is BS it promotes nothing but more divide. You want to promote change? Go out into the community and teach ppl how to act, hop in a squad car and look at what our police are dealing with daily, visit ppl that have actually sacrificed that you so cluelessly continue to disrespect, educate yourselves and become productive rather than continuing to be a burden

  28. There were days in my 20’s where I wouldn’t miss a Pats game or the NFL on Sunday/Monday/Thursday. Now in my early 30’s, I watch my Pats and go on with the rest of my week, football free. I also watch MUCH more college football than ever before.

  29. I hope players of every race #takeaknee tomorrow.

    We will be watching the Patriots closely, as we all know their Owner and QB are staunch supporters. I ask every #Patriot to #takeaknee tomorrow!

    This ridiculousness needs to stop.

  30. Comrade Trump should stay out if it. His comments do nothing but embolden knuckle-draggers. It would please me greatly if his supporters vacated the stadiums on gameday.

  31. Just seeing OVERWHELMING response to posts supporting our Pres and ridiculing these idiot athletes and their fake news agenda of equality, which is nothing more than the race baiting brilliance of the worst pres this country has ever seen in obama, only strengthens my belief that this country has had ENOUGH with the disease of liberal hate and division. Nothing would personify the complete rejection of their principles better than seeing the NFL wilt and fade away because of their enabling ways. Thankful for a Pres who is not afraid to call America haters exactly what they are, and hope the players respond in a way that ensure their own demise. Still not tired of winning!! MAGA

  32. Trump supporters who also love football and the NFL. He has put chaos into the international community, minority communities, gay community and so forth. Now he’s trying to destroy something you actually love….football. Is this enough to see the light? Or do we need nuclear option to occur first?

  33. Isn’t President Trump the guy that had Steve Bannon as his chief strategist, and gave Alex Jones praise?

  34. Any player on my team takes a knee and I’m out. Wake up NFL and make a stand against disrespecting this country- if you don’t we will. Liberals/Progressives will be the downfall of this country. What a shame.

  35. Funny how he only has a problem with black athletes, while he occasionally defends white supremacists. Imagine that! I wonder what one could possibly infer from that fact.

  36. This is what you get in a post Obama society. All this liberal hate has been there for decades. Remember spitting on returning vets? Yeah, it’s an illness that continues.

  37. “Isn’t President Trump the guy that had Steve Bannon as his chief strategist, and gave Alex Jones praise?”

    Trump called Alex Jones “amazing” and promised to return to his show. Jones is more recently known for inventing a theory about the “deep state” using their weather machine to create hurricanes, accusing the military of using a “gay bomb,” and saying that the Sandy Hook shooting is a lie. (You can easily find all these video clips online.)

    You know, normal run of the mill stuff that definitely is not fake news.

  38. “Remember spitting on returning vets? Yeah, it’s an illness that continues.”

    Yes, I do recall Trump saying that he does not like troops who are captured. Talk about a true patriot!

  39. The NFL continues to side against the hand that feeds them. Keep it up. Soon there will be SUBSTANTIAL efforts by fans to boycott the NFL.

    If the protests spread tomorrow, it’s time for fans to boycott. Just turn off the tv. I will find an odd pleasure in the NFL failing and these spoiled athletes being out of a job.

  40. I’m just waiting for when my white privilege kicks in! Is there a section in my taxes that I fill out to get it or can anybody help me out as to where I cash mine in?!

  41. gringersonisms: your white privilege kicks in when you don’t get pulled over 19 times in one year, you don’t get face planted on a sidewalk because you didn’t use your signals, and you don’t get double the jail time of others. Get it?

  42. JackedupBunny said:This could really go bad for a league on the downturn. The president goes off and says what majority of NFL fans are thinking…..and if it’s players take the kneeling to a whole new level, the Owners will actually have to do something about this….I would laugh if starting Sunday, not one player is on the field during the national anthem.

    -I agree with you in principle. Real NFL fans like us would like to avoid politics for a few hours a week and a majority of us support our Flag, Country and our troops so we naturally dislike these overpaid, entitled Millionaire Athletes disrespecting the flag/Troops(over a false narrative as well). It is not Trump’s place as POTUS to tell any type of business/industry/employer what to do with it’s labor force. Whether he has expressed what we feel or not he was wrong for saying it this way. This is not what we do as Americans…or Conservatives for that matter. Even if what someone says makes me sick I support their right to say it without Government intervention of any kind. All he is doing is giving this awful movement momentum moving forward. More players will kneel now, no doubt about it.

    Maybe the best course of action moving forward is to play the anthem before the Players hit the field for the games, except for the Super Bowl(and maybe the Playoffs). If any Owners have told their players this won’t be tolerated, good for them (whether it is punishable by fine, benching for a quarter/half etc…) That is their choice though, allowing the President or any other elected official dictate how we treat employees is a bad precedent to set. He should partially walk it back, claim he was stating an opinion and, despite him finding it distasteful, respects their right to protest. Maybe even try speaking to the Players directly; tell them to go on a ride along or view a self defense training course with their local Police force to gain a better understanding. I do lean right and,more often than not, support Trump; this accomplishes nothing except stirring the pot(and given his history with the NFL that may have been his goal)

  43. distracted9 says:
    September 23, 2017 at 5:18 pm
    Why not just keep the cameras off the disrespectful protesters?
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    You can’t. The national media is obligated to cover the President.

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