Donald Trump re-embraces anthem issue

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Giants co-owner Steve Tisch wishes that Donald Trump would leave the NFL alone. That wish won’t be coming true.

“The NFL National Anthem Debate is alive and well again — can’t believe it!” Trump said on Twitter. “Isn’t it in contract that players must stand at attention, hand on heart? The $40,000,000 Commissioner must now make a stand. First time kneeling, out for game. Second time kneeling, out for season/no pay!”

Of course, there’s nothing in any contract requiring any players to stand for the national anthem. The NFL had recognized the right of players to protest during the anthem, and the NFL has suspended the application of a new policy that would have required any player not in the locker room to stand for the anthem.

The NFL and NFL Players Association currently are trying to resolve the situation. It’s highly unlikely that the final outcome will reflect the wishes of the President. Which means that it’s highly unlikely that he’ll leave the issue alone.

Especially when it provides a welcome distraction to a week’s worth of not-so-flattering stories.

201 responses to “Donald Trump re-embraces anthem issue

  1. Ah, this is more entertaining than 99% of the games. These guys are pretty dumb not to just say “stand for the anthem or you’re unemployed”

  2. Heard yesterday on public radio that the Russians are also involved in Brexit, and the NFL anthem issue as part of their effort to divide the USA and the European Union.

  3. NIce. When you’re the greatest President of All time you lead Like a true American Should. This guy should be the NFL Commissioner and at least the ratings would come back up. I can’t wait for 2020.

  4. Every second Trump spends tweeting about the NFL is a second he’s not spending on getting a wall built, scrapping Obama’s Iran deal, enforcing immigration laws, and doing a myriad of other things to make America better.

    Let the fans impose the final judgement on the ungrateful NFL kneelers.

  5. Vladimir Trumpinski needs to worry about Cohen outing him way more than NFL players that hate him

  6. He doesn’t care about the issue and never has. The gullible god and country base eat it up though so there is no reason for him to be an adult about this.

    This is an easy win for him, he said so himself last year. Every time he mentions it, he get’s attention from his base.

  7. Go get em Donald. Players wouldn’t get away with that if I was a owner. It would be way worse the the Dolphins, they would be cut before the game even started!!!

  8. Did you ” Stand at attention , hand on heart ” when you dodged the draft , ” BONE SPURS ” ???

  9. Stupid is as stupid does. POTUS is right. Most NFL fans love America much more than they love the group of morons and their coaches on the field that are throwing their bodies around for multimillion dollar salaries. Most fans can’t even comprehend the insanity, the money involved, the life style of these drones, their fits of anger, their rotten personal lives, etc. What America does understand however is that when our National Anthem is played pre ‘any’ sporting event that it’s the proper thing for the players, coaches, fans, mascots, cheerleaders, stray animals in the stadium, even the homeless hanging out in the tunnels, to stand tall, place their hands over their hearts and thank God that they live in America. If the players can’t do that then they should be escorted from the field of play, the stadium, and permanently from the team. The spineless league officials and the even more spineless owners own this mess. Start with-holding game checks, or giving suspensions, or anything akin to saying ‘enough is enough’. Scru the NFL; a true lost cause!

  10. What’s unbelievable is that this president keeps injecting himself into how a private business does or doesn’t discipline it’s employees. Football players aren’t federal employees and the entire matter has nothing to do with “national security”. I wonder if Trump supporters would be OK with him telling their bosses how to administer discipline in their jobs.
    This man just can’t help himself. Doesn’t he have a Russian dictator to bow and scrape to?

  11. Comrade Bonespurs the draft dodger is a lying womanizer who cheated on his pregnant wife but he wants to take the moral high ground? Seems we have lots of dumb sheep who support this clown…… you should be embarrassed to say you support this clowns values…..comrade.

  12. Rule #1 of the internet is don’t feed the trolls. Trump is a master troll.

    He’s stunting all over the media and all the trump coverage is exhausting. But it’s not making his presidency feel threatened at all to the common man, like the media desperately wants, it’s making us laugh at all the media outlets constantly trying to bash him while he trolls you guys.

  13. Well Trump lost credibility in this convo when he sucked up to Putin. In front of the flag.

  14. ” when you dodged the draft”

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    I’m going to go out on a limb here and bet that the 106th president is going to be accused of this too.

  15. The Supreme Court has ruled several times that no elected official may pursue anyone to stand for the anthem or the pledge of allegiance. This is to protect our freedoms, freedoms the right has no problem trampling. People ask how dictators take over, this is usually the fist step. If you look at the countries that force this sort of thing you won’t find it in good places.

  16. Trump is a coward. He had a perfect opportunity to show the world, this great nation’s resolve by denouncing Russian meddling and direct attack on our democratic process, by directly confronting Putin and forcing him to answer for his country’s action. He would rather hide behind 140 characters and blame and confront other Americans for exercising their constitution rights. No matter your political leaning, every American should feel shame today for the actions of Our Commander in Chief.

  17. I like how President Trump says something, and makes grown men get on their knees to protest it. Can’t make this stuff up.

  18. If players wanted justice for african Americans they should be protesting the 93% of all black murders which are committed by other black people. If they did do that why do it at work and what does that even have to do with the anthem?

  19. Mr Trump is a great Patriot and one of the all-time best Presidents for facing a lying press, corrupt people in both parties and putting up with Mueller after Mueller has said, he’s not investigating Trump any longer. But the Prez should butt out of this deal. It’s none of his business.

  20. It’s funny that folks keep falling for the trump patriotism con. He yells America first but his family merchandise is manufactured overseas lol, think about that as you keep falling for the con, lol.

  21. Hes just a russian lover.he loves the fatherland and they would just shoot you there.He wishes he was four feet tall and had a pony as well.

  22. Time to put this “issue” to bed. Easy to do. Either (1) keep the players in the locker room during the anthem and flood the field with Purple Heart combat wounded military veterans holding a gigantic flag; or (2) stop playing the anthem altogether and just beat these “protestors” up verbally and make this an election-year issue. Simple. Next problem

  23. the real patriots join the corp army,navy air force coast guard. they dont dodge the draft.

  24. Is this the same president that was seriously considering handing over a former American ambassador to Putin and the Russians for interrogations? This Manchurian candidate us questioning someone else’s patriotism?

  25. If the cheeto in charge spent have as much time on foreign policy as he does on the NFL – we wouldn’t be the joke of the international community for falling for the same old North Korea bait-n-switch ploy and god-knows-what he gave Putin in Helsinki… I feel for that poor translator that had to be in the room… As others have said, he is a master troll and loves any diversion from what is really going on. The owners/players would be best served to just ignore the noise.

  26. I personally joined the corp for four years at the same time Our so called president dodged the draft.Now we got psudo patriots cowtowing with russians .Laughing my tail off at this nonsense.I like foot ball.I hate draft dodgers

  27. The same people who lose their minds if an NFL player takes a knee in protest are perfectly fine when their President kneels and grovels before Putin.

  28. Can we get on to football? Go to CNN to voice your political opinions. But NO, the liberals just can’t leave it alone.

  29. Registered republican here, lets be honest..he doesn’t care about this issue, he doesn’t care about the troops, he’s using it as a distraction from his lawyers private recordings that will expose him for what people fail to see today and it’s how he’s just another corrupt politician.

  30. guy who dodged the draft, doesn’t know the words to America the Beautiful… Takes orders from the Russian president, wants to lecture on patriotism. ok.

  31. Desperate to distract from his treason as Putin’s Poodle in front of the world. Nice job humiliating the United State on the world stage. “Maladets Donnie maladets”

    Maladets = good boy in Russian as equating to good job. That’s what Putin says about his poodle.

  32. Sounds like a good idea to me. Just remember the kind of people who play pro sports. The great Paul Brown said “Most of these players don’t know if the ball is inflated or stuffed.” lol. They are easily manipulated, especially by the media. Happens every day.

  33. Al Davis THEEEE Greatest Pro Football Commissioner of All Time…He basically forced the
    NFL’s hand to merge or be taken out by the AFL. Grow some massive ones Goddell and do the right thing, take the kneelers and protest out of the game. Mr. Davis gave minority’s a true platform to work and perform in the NFL whether a player, coach and/or management, that’s part of the reason his bust is in Canton. Roger and some of the NFL owners are in damage control again…XFL is coming soon.

    My hero Mr. Davis, RIP my friend…

    President Trump

  34. “NIce. When you’re the greatest President of All time you lead Like a true American Should. This guy should be the NFL Commissioner and at least the ratings would come back up. I can’t wait for 2020.”

    LOL

  35. It’s hard to take this dude seriously anymore, especially when he threw the American intelligence agencies under the bus. Let’s just forget this guy is even a legitimate president.

  36. Can we get Putin to put a muzzle on this guy?

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    Athough Putin could do it if he wanted, he’s enjoying the overall mess that Trump is for the US, so it isn’t going to happen.

  37. Sounds like a good idea to me. Just remember the kind of people who play pro sports. The great Paul Brown said “Most of these players don’t know if the ball is inflated or stuffed.” lol. They are easily manipulated, especially by the media. Happens every day.

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    As is evidenced by the support for trump

  38. “Donald Trump” Florio?

    Try ‘President” Trump…

    I doubt you would have written and referred to the former President as “Barack Obama” as if he had no standing or title…

    Un-Freaking-Believable that even my sports news has to be infused with a die-hard lefty lib slant.

    Disgusting..

  39. mandcdad says:
    July 20, 2018 at 6:47 pm
    What does Putin think on this?
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    Putin tells Trump what to think and say, so it’s pretty obvious what Putin thinks on this issue.

  40. It’s hard to take this dude seriously anymore, especially when he threw the American intelligence agencies under the bus. Let’s just forget this guy is even a legitimate president.

    Yeah Dude… that would be the same “intelligence agencies” working DIRECTLY with the Democrats to fight against his election, wire-tap the Whitehouse, and lie about connections to the Russians the never existed.

    Who is throwing Whom under the bus, genius?

  41. Sad that Comrade cant \keep his racist mouth shut, bu I guess his Bonespurs are bothering him from his draft dodging days… and the sheep just nod and say yes comrade.

  42. There goes Donnie, firing up those waterheads.

    It’s bizarre how many grown ups want an angry sixth grader for a President.

  43. The league should just tell the players, “fine, do what you want”. Not waste another breath engaging in that fight. Meanwhile take away their tv cameras. Tell the networks to never show the players similar to how they never show guys running on the field.

    Meanwhile some player can Kneel and then say he is showing his concern for the disrespect of the presidents office. And another can kneel saying he is protesting the Mueller investigation. And we can watch the same people taking about civil rights blah blah blah will suddenly be up in arms saying the league needs to put a stop to that. Some player has a maga hat and they will flip.

  44. This guy again?

    All the lemmings that choose to support a treasonous, wannabe dictator should convert their cherished tax refund into rubles and leave.

    America is for Americans who value a free press and democracy as it was intended.

    You fools voted for a bigger fool because he wanted to blow the whole thing up.

    Well done, comrades.

  45. Remind everyone again just which branch of government did your precious Obummer serve! Move along. Let’s talk about and play football. Thank you!

  46. mackcarrington says:
    July 20, 2018 at 6:56 pm
    What’s unbelievable is that this president keeps injecting himself into how a private business does or doesn’t discipline it’s employees. Football players aren’t federal employees

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    Correct….and the 1st amendment doesn’t apply to workers in a private business. The players wanted to play politics….well now they are getting it

  47. Awful lot of Anti-Americans out there today. They’re against Russia when the Media tells them they helped Trump but they believe in everything that Russia stands for. #BigLontheforehead

  48. Trump didn’t start this. It was the dominant news story a year before he ever said a word. He speaks for those of us the media ignores, the silent majority. If there was a true journalist left they would ask the players if they plan to continue this protest until the end of time. I mean it’s been two years now. They’ve brought “awareness”. Why it it continuing?

  49. Trump is right! Should be thankful for a country that let’s people who would otherwise be flipping burgers or slinging dope a job making multi million dollars a year.

  50. “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because the Cold War’s been over for 20 years.”

    – Barack Obama Oct. 22, 2012

  51. zeke2517 says:
    July 20, 2018 at 7:45 pm
    There goes Donnie, firing up those waterheads.

    It’s bizarre how many grown ups want an angry sixth grader for a President.

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    While at the same time, his opponents act like preschoolers. His opponents are worse than he is. They make his nutty moments look like child’s play.

  52. Donald Putin is just deflecting away from the fact that he’s in Russia’s pocket. Wannabe autocrat liar/divider and chief.

  53. Trump is right! Should be thankful for a country that allows people who would otherwise be flipping burgers or slinging dope a job making multi million dollars a year.

  54. Nofoolnodrool says:
    July 20, 2018 at 7:45 pm
    Sad that Comrade cant \keep his racist mouth shut, bu I guess his Bonespurs are bothering him from his draft dodging days… and the sheep just nod and say yes comrade.
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    Russia funneled $4 million to the Clinton foundation and paid Bill $500K to give a speech. Obama let Putin walk in to Crimea and get influence in the Middle East.
    I’m sure Putin loves seeing the US with a strong economy, drilling for fossil fuels, rebuilding the military, calling out a feckless EU to build up their military. I guess morons only believe what CNN tells them.

  55. John Wayne’s Brother’s Cousin’s Milk Man says:
    July 20, 2018 at 6:53 pm
    Squirrel!!!!

    And the dogs go wild.
    ___________________________________________

    So…you,essentially, are John Wayne’s cousin’s milk man?? Now that is much more interesting than the topic at hand!

  56. Unbelievable how many commenters believe in this man Trump. President yes, we saw him sworn in but to believe in him, astonishing.

  57. Michael E | Jul 20, 2018, 8:03 PM EDT
    Trump didn’t start this. It was the dominant news story a year before he ever said a word. He speaks for those of us the media ignores, the silent majority. If there was a true journalist left they would ask the players if they plan to continue this protest until the end of time. I mean it’s been two years now. They’ve brought “awareness”. Why it it continuing?

    Mike E
    Et me set you straight it’s the Silent Minority…..Comrade Bonespurs lost by 3,000,000 votes so you majority claim is just Fox News.

  58. How about this for a solution? Instead of kneeling for the anthem, each home team pick a spokesman that can make a 3 minute or less speech before or after the anthem to talk about what they are protesting. That way people don’t think they’re disrespecting the flag and they can actually express their thoughts in words instead of just kneeling. This will give people a chance to hear what the players actually think (and the people that don’t care will have time to go to the bathroom before the game starts).

  59. thereyougo2 says:

    Unbelievable how many commenters believe in this man Trump. President yes, we saw him sworn in but to believe in him, astonishing.
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    It was unbelievable to us how you believed in Obama or Hillary. As you get older you’ll learn not everyone thinks like you.

  60. “Remind everyone again just which branch of government did your precious Obummer serve!“

    Did you eat a lot of paint chips as a kid?

  61. FoozieGrooler says:
    July 20, 2018 at 8:23 pm
    Trump has now invited Putin to visit the White House in the fall.
    Is that the Fall of 2018 or the Fall of Democracy?
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    The US isn’t a Democracy it’s a Constitutional Republic. Congratulations, you learned something today.

  62. “Trump is right! Should be thankful for a country that let’s people who would otherwise be flipping burgers or slinging dope a job making multi million dollars a year.”

    —-

    Right. No other country has professional sports.

    You’re not smart.

  63. He’s talking about the Russian futbol team, right?
    The fake president needs to go away.

  64. It’s nice to see the Dotard found time for us after embracing a KGB agent over the US intelligence agencies, saluting a NK General, and raising the price of virtually all goods with a totally unnecessary and futike trade was

  65. After posting that ignorant tweet, Trump met with the kitchen and dining room staff to discuss Russian flag decor ideas for Putin’s upcoming visit to the White House. And, Trump reminded everyone in earshot that funny business (including “hair” jokes) from any of the staff, while Putin is in town, could result in their extradition to Russia for interrogation and sentencing by Putin and the Kremlin. He liked that last idea so much, he left the threat open-ended, whether Putin was in town or not.

  66. guadalahonky says:
    July 20, 2018 at 8:34 pm
    Wow. A fine for kneeling.

    What’s the punishment for colluding with the Russians?

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    Well if Hillary didn’t get away with every crime she committed, we would find out since she’s the one who actually bought fake information from them to make Trump look bad.

  67. Trump would be more believable as a patriot if he hadn’t dodged the draft five times and mocked our POWs for getting “captured”.

  68. How about this for a solution? Instead of kneeling for the anthem, each home team pick a spokesman that can make a 3 minute or less speech before or after the anthem to talk about what they are protesting. That way people don’t think they’re disrespecting the flag and they can actually express their thoughts in words instead of just kneeling. This will give people a chance to hear what the players actually think (and the people that don’t care will have time to go to the bathroom before the game starts).

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    All the boycotters, that don’t actually boycott, would probably boo them, even if they stood during the anthem.

  69. After posting that ignorant tweet, Trump met with the kitchen and dining room staff to discuss Russian flag decor ideas for Putin’s upcoming visit to the White House.

    —–

    Maybe, But it is more likely that they held a tribal council to see who was getting voted out of Survivor White House this week.

  70. FoozieGrooler says:
    July 20, 2018 at 8:32 pm
    I don’t a President who ran his entire campaign saying “America Sucks” is in any position to question the patriotism of anyone else.

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    You’re right. It was much better when the President went around the world apologizing for everything our country did.

    Trump didn’t say America sucks. He was saying he could undo all of the garbage that Obama did to make the country great like it was 8 years earlier. And since he actually keeps his promises, he’s done all of it, except the things Congress has blocked him on.

  71. Dennis Carson says:
    July 20, 2018 at 8:49 pm
    guadalahonky says:
    July 20, 2018 at 8:34 pm
    Wow. A fine for kneeling.

    What’s the punishment for colluding with the Russians?

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    Well if Hillary didn’t get away with every crime she committed, we would find out since she’s the one who actually bought fake information from them to make Trump look bad.

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    Thanks for the whataboutism. Did you get that from the Russians too?

  72. Russia funneled $4 million to the Clinton foundation and paid Bill $500K to give a speech. Obama let Putin walk in to Crimea and get influence in the Middle East.
    I’m sure Putin loves seeing the US with a strong economy, drilling for fossil fuels, rebuilding the military, calling out a feckless EU to build up their military. I guess morons only believe what CNN tells them.

    4

    So where are the Indictments of Clinton……Comrade Bonespurs……I know whatabout ism is all you got because you can stand hearing about your lying Comrade Trump the draft dodging traitor. He will sell you out but you are too dumb to see because your only source of news is FAKE=Fox. Sleep tight little Boris

    4

  73. Wow the lefty psychos are especially unhinged today. Keep believing in your own lies and pushing fake Russia theories. You’ve been wholly rejected by real America and have destroyed your own party for at least a generation. More good times coming this fall for you losers.

  74. Who doesnt love 4%+ GDP growth, all time stock records, all time unemployment records, de nuked north Korea, potential peace with Russia, destroyed ISIS, love for the men and women who protect our rights.

    Oh yea, some people here cant stand all that good stuff.

  75. At least this is now aimed at Goodell, where it should be. This is a no -issue if it weren’t for Goodell’s incompetence a few years ago with the original policy. So he tried to pawn it off on the individual teams, but now it came back to its rightful owner. Stay tuned for Roger Dodger’s next PR stunt….

  76. Wow the lefty psychos are especially unhinged today. Keep believing in your own lies and pushing fake Russia theories. You’ve been wholly rejected by real America and have destroyed your own party for at least a generation. More good times coming this fall for you losers.

    I ll translate this for you Comrade…..real American is not 60,000,000. Boris it’s the 63,000,000 that think you traitors are an embarrassment and your draft dodging Bone-spurious President is a joke. Comrade let your commissar get some sleep

  77. STOP with anthem already, they want to kneel let them kneel…if people find it disrespectful and offensive then don’t watch the games, but the jerseys oe support what gives them a platform.

    They have the right to protest and fans do as well.

  78. Anybody ever heard of freedom of speech? A person cannot be fired for expressing an opinion, thank heaven. Wake up folks…..

  79. Everyone on the planet slams him for his horrible summit with Putin, so he immediately goes to his bread and butter issue to change the narrative and rile up his base.

  80. Jrohinaz says:
    July 20, 2018 at 8:59 pm
    Who doesnt love 4%+ GDP growth, all time stock records, all time unemployment records, de nuked north Korea, potential peace with Russia, destroyed ISIS, love for the men and women who protect our rights.

    Oh yea, some people here cant stand all that good stuff.
    =====

    Too bad economy grew much more in Obama’s time and Russia is hardly friendly and NK is not denuked and Isis isn’t gone. There’s zero proof backing those claims. And Trump has been truly awful to the troops so far attacking gold star families, MCain and cutting benefits. Sad!

  81. Hey Donald…Remember when the NFL knelt to your whims and said they would suspend the players? Here is hoping that they meant WOULDN’T!!

  82. Leave the players alone … if they want to knee and pray to Allah before the game let him.

  83. The sky is falling from every possible direction on this treasonous orange turd this week, from siding with his boss Putin rather than OUR intelligence departments, Cohen producing a tape in regards to an affair and payment to cover it up 2 months before the election, to him inviting Putin to the WH!, to an arrested Russian spy who infiltrated the NRA and has a lot of dirt on a lot of people…he turns to his Greatest Hits Shiny Object, the NFL and Kneeling, to try to get his base to forget about the sh!tstorm raining on his head because they’re that dumb and gullible and fall for it every time!

  84. All the players who protest during the anthem should be fined, suspended, and banished from the NFL. These “protesters” are ruining the game. They are nothing but ingrates.. People are becoming turned off. The players have a six month offseason to fight for their causes. They have no right to do it on their “employers” time. The NFL is the employer.

  85. Trump followers are ill informed and complete idiots. They should be embarrassed for voting for this traitor. Guy only cares and thinks about himself and not the country.

    This anthem thing is a total side show cooked up to distract everyone from his russian collusion and campaign finance crimes. Joke of a President. Sad to hear people supporting him as makes this country seem like idiots….he did not win popular vote and got elected with the help of Russia!

  86. rohinaz says:
    July 20, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    Who doesnt love 4%+ GDP growth, all time stock records, all time unemployment records, de nuked north Korea, potential peace with Russia, destroyed ISIS, love for the men and women who protect our rights.

    Oh yea, some people here cant stand all that good stuff.
    ———————————–
    Obama had 4% in 2014, what’s your point? The tax cut for the top 1% (record debt, even higher than Obama’s), higher gas prices, tariffs and inflation are heading us towards a sure thing recession next year.

    What all time stock records, can you back this up with any actual facts?

    De-nuked NK, what are you talking about? There’s not a single ounce of proof or documentation that the photo opp last month with Kim did anything at all, not one single fact.

    Potential peace with Russia, after they attacked our democracy and made our liar in chief his whimpering little boy.
    Where do you get your info from, what color is the sky in your world?

  87. First time kneeling before hackers, impeach; second time kneeling before Putin, trial. Leave America’s passion to the Americans, not the Russian puppet.

  88. If one person knows how to successfully run a professional football league it’s Donald Trump. Just look at the great job he did with the USFL.

  89. The president is an unprincipled flailing populist who will say whatever he believes will make him popular. If it backfires, he just quits talking about it or just changes his tune. Like a less much sophisticated version of Bill Clinton.

  90. thefiesty1 says:
    July 20, 2018 at 7:22 pm
    Can we get on to football? Go to CNN to voice your political opinions. But NO, the liberals just can’t leave it alone.

    ______________

    WTF! Trump keeps bringing this up so you blame liberals? You’re the perfect example of the true Trump Derangement Syndrom! You’re sick in the head with your Trump worship and have no objectivity. You’re deranged!

  91. I am not paying $399 for NFL Sunday Ticket to watch coverage of players kneeling during anthem and disrespecting fans in the stadiums. Why would people pay for this?

  92. Solution:

    1. Ignore football. Concentrate on baseball and soccer instead. The second has the added bonus that it’ll make Ann Coulter sad.

    2. When Trump says something crowd-pleasing like this, don’t take the bait. Instead, go after him on something else that will undercut him to his base. Point out to his base that he supports amnesty. Be smarter than him, don’t fall into his trap.

  93. Unlike you, there are numerous Americans that agree with President Trump’s view that NFL players should show the appropriate respect to our flag and anthem. Our schools and parents are failing to teach appropriate behavior. No wonder the United States has produced so many rude and self-centered adults.

  94. I’m a veteran and don’t agree with these fools that kneel or protest our great national anthem. I served 4 tours in Iraq and 6 in Afghanistan, sacrificed my time away from my family and put my neck on the line for this great country, to see these f’n losers spit at my sacrifice really ticks me off. This is about respect to this great nation, it’s about being proud of where your from. If they continue with this nonsense I will tune out the nfl for good, oh and I’m a black originally from the mean streets of Compton and proud supporter of Donald Trump. God bless America! Oorah!

  95. People still care about this? How easily we Americans are distracted and made to argue with each other. Meanwhile, the government is pretty much FUBAR at this point, and we are taking political sides on this? Are people serious when they support either Democrats or Republicans?

    I really don’t get it, because all the crap we complain about hasn’t been solved, never has been, never will be. But y’all will continue to take sides, with neither doing anything. Has our attention span really been that deteriorated? Blind faith in government has really got this far?

    If so, really scary stuff…

  96. He’s deflecting again and his base is falling for it, again ! This joke of a President is an unabashed draft dodger, he’s the furthest thing from being patriotic. His base thinks it’s ok (now)to cozy up to Putin. Trump is still pissed about not getting an NFL franchise.Trump supporters,stop blindly following this person. He’s not that smart, he’s been a con man his entire life.

  97. So tired of all the Trumpsters touting the so-called record economy. Real wage growth is sliding behind at a faster rate. Adjusted for inflation, GDP growth is under 2%. The stock market (never a true indicator of economic health) is selling back any gains from the last 18 months. So what do we have? The healthcare system, our single most pressing economic challenge, is in far worse shape than it was in 2016 and there is no lucid plan to address it. We have a tax cut that will financially cripple our children and offers no tangible benefits in terms of economic growth for the vast majority of Americans. Oh and a trade war that will bankrupt our farmers and trade manufacturing of BMWs for mining of coal. Sounds like a great strategy.

    When in doubt, the president can always deflect and attack the NFL.

  98. Nofoolnodrool says:
    July 20, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    Wow the lefty psychos are especially unhinged today. Keep believing in your own lies and pushing fake Russia theories. You’ve been wholly rejected by real America and have destroyed your own party for at least a generation. More good times coming this fall for you losers.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    You are no real American. If you were, you’d understand this guy is a menace to all this country stands for. He’s doing his best to tear it down, take its founding principals along with him, and separate it and alienate it from longstanding friends and allies around the world.

    Under Tr&mp, to use Ronald Reagan’s metaphor, American is no longer the shining light on the hill.

    .

  99. This rodeo clown who is our (yikes), president is a master of deflection. He is a disgrace to the office and has no right to be there. A total ego maniac who is what he is, a billionaire landlord with a big mouth. History will look at this period and say, what were the voters thinking?

  100. Do away with playing the national anthem at ALL sporting events. Problem solved.
    Sporting events aren’t patriotic events anyway.

  101. What’s is sad is that free speach is being shouted down in this country. The negative comments and thumbs down 👎 far outway the comments supporting president Trump concerning the anthem protest. If you commented in opposition of the players, you’ll be labeled a racist, Nazi, etc….

    This type of shouting down doesn’t create dialogue to help weed out racist cops while showing support for the majority. Instead, a large number of Americans are going silent on public forums. Instead, they’re showing up at the ballet box where no one knows how they vote.

    SUCCESSFUL protests are based on truth and will pierce the hearts of those live their life by the golden rule. However, a large number of folks agree there are bad cops, but the protesters are painting all cops with the broad brush of being racist. At the same time, none of these multi-millionaires are going into the inner cities protesting the black and black killings. As a group, these players do nothing to address a heartbreaking issue. This contradiction is why the anthem kneeling is perceived by a lot of folks as a phony protest. However, if you disagree, you’ll publicly get vilified.

    Thus, a llarge number of folks who don’t feel comfortable in posting due to being shouted down or being called racists will make their opinions heard by not showing up on Sundays either by not watching on TV or sitting in a publicly funded stadium.

    You may not agree with President Trump, but through all the opposition, he is getting things done. Honest people recognize this, and they may not say it publicly, but it will show up in ratings, gate revenues, web clicks.

    This will be the second year I will not be watching football due to the anthem issue. I’ve found other enjoyable things to do. The NFL and entertainment industry in general is in for a rough ride as people’s habits change so will the younger generation within the same household, which means future growth is impacted by their support of a phoney protest.

    For being college educated, these players are really stupid. Killing their sport will not change a thing. They will loose the good will the could have if they chose to protest outside the field and if they really supported causes that would help stop the inner city violence.

    I’m sure this post will get more thumbs down than up, but remember this post when ratings keep going down and stadiums don’t sell out. Perhaps, one day, we’ll get to the point where free speech is embraced and societies ills are brought to the majorities attention not by vilification but in a similar manner how Norman Lear’s shows did in the 70’s.

  102. Didn’t Obama tell us during the election that Russia or no foreign power had the ability to impact and American election? Oh wait…that was when he believed Hillary had the election in the bag….

  103. Please Mr. President, just let this go. Many of us agree w/you, but in voicing your opinions, it just gives this site one more story & yet another way to bash you.

  104. Trump has now invited Putin to visit the White House in the fall.
    Is that the Fall of 2018 or the Fall of Democracy?
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    The US isn’t a Democracy it’s a Constitutional Republic. Congratulations, you learned something today.

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    Can we just say, all together now… Representative Republic. Congrats to you. …and then, there’s this: “Well if Hillary didn’t get away with every crime she committed, we would find out since she’s the one who actually bought fake information from them to make Trump look bad.”

    What crimes exactly? This Congress and SCOTUS would have been on ANYTHING they could prove and prosecute. This POTUS makes Bill and Hillary look morally upstanding and that’s no small fete. The Grant Administration is looking up at this Administration from hell and breathing a collective sigh of relief – they’ll no longer be considered the most corrupt and inept in history. The Republican Party now has it’s own Jimmy Carter Administration. Carter was inept but he wasn’t corrupt. I want to thank my fellow “Republicans” for putting this guy in office via choreographed gerrymandering.

  105. You may not agree with President Trump, but through all the opposition, he is getting things done. Honest people recognize this, and they may not say it publicly, but it will show up in ratings, gate revenues, web clicks.

    Honest people who have sold their soul, principles, honesty, and realism to a lying sexist racist traitor…….those people?
    People are tired of Trump supporters ignoring the truth about the man and his intentions…… I have lost friends because they won’t even listen to anything about Trump without immediately playing the whatabout card so I am no longer friendly with people who have lost a grasp of what is happening in front of them but because it’s not on Fox News it can’t be true. I have tried to see his accomplishments in a proper perspective, but are always turned off by his lying blatantly at every turn…..the price of my reality is much higher than the Trumpanzees.

  106. President Trump putting the NFL in a neat little box. Just like he does with rest of the anti American trash in this country.
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    You’re president cowered in front of the Russian dictator and instead of blaming Putin, he blamed our own intelligence agencies. Hate to tell you buddy, but if you support Trump, YOU’RE the anti-american piece of trash.

  107. This is going to be a losing argument for the NFL. There’s no way around it. Most of us don’t want to see anti-Americanism or perceived anti-Americanism during the anthem before games. It’s called imposing your views on others and most of us don’t like it. If the rest of us can’t do it at our jobs, why does the NFL allow their employees to do so?? The NFL is the one responsible for this turning into the clown show that it is, not the president. The NFL allowed this to take place and grow. Now they have to live with the political divide that has metastasized in its sport, and all the ratings drops that will keep coming from it.

  108. thegreatwallbestoffensivelineever says:
    July 21, 2018 at 9:51 am
    This is going to be a losing argument for the NFL. There’s no way around it. Most of us don’t want to see anti-Americanism or perceived anti-Americanism during the anthem before games. It’s called imposing your views on others and most of us don’t like it. If the rest of us can’t do it at our jobs, why does the NFL allow their employees to do so?? The NFL is the one responsible for this turning into the clown show that it is, not the president. The NFL allowed this to take place and grow. Now they have to live with the political divide that has metastasized in its sport, and all the ratings drops that will keep coming from it.

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    You are complaining about someone imposing their views but you want to force them to stand for the anthem? What a joke. Does your job force you to stand for the anthem when you start? I don’t think so. You are right about one thing, the NFL is responsible for this but it was in 2008 when they started making the players stand on the sideline. They used to be in the locker room and that is what they should go back to.

    As for the rating drop, it isn’t what you think. It is because people under 30 don’t watch on TV but the internet. The NFL has not seen a drop in revenue but facts, as I can see, don’t mean much to you.

  109. Every second Trump spends tweeting about the NFL is a second he’s not spending on getting a wall built, scrapping Obama’s Iran deal, enforcing immigration laws, and doing a myriad of other things to make America better.
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    Let’s see, Obama’s iran deal kept them from enriching uranium for 10 years. Trump’s deal allows them to start doing it now. Some of you people really need to turn off fox news.

  110. Players kneeling to the anthem pale in comparison to the president kneeling to Russia then having to do damage control. Dude acted like he didn’t know what was such a big deal until he read the transcription and realized he “misspoke”.

  111. Just have the refs eject any player kneeling during the anthem. Any player who doesn’t like it can stay in the locker room until the anthem is over.

    Problem solved.

  112. denverdave3 says:
    July 20, 2018 at 7:11 pm
    Mr Trump is a great Patriot and one of the all-time best Presidents for facing a lying press, corrupt people in both parties and putting up with Mueller after Mueller has said, he’s not investigating Trump any longer. But the Prez should butt out of this deal. It’s none of his business.

    61 361 Rate This

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    You need to stop getting your info from fake news sources like trump and Fox News.

    Oh, and Mueller just recently subpoenaed a whole bunch of stuff from Trump’s personal lawyer. He is absolutely still investigating trump!
    Anyone saying he isn’t is fake news.

  113. qball59 says:

    July 21, 2018 at 10:26 am

    “Any player who doesn’t like it can stay in the locker room until the anthem is over.

    Problem solved.
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    Isn’t this the current policy? On par for Trumpers to be misinformed.

  114. I say to the fans… kneel in the stands!! if they players can’t do it. Then sue the crap out of anyone who assaults you over your freedoms.

  115. If I were guilty of treason I would also try anything to divert attention from my crimes.

  116. Watching the demise of the National Protest League is much more entertaining then the game itself. Trust me you young whipper snappers, when you get s big boy job one day and see how the world really operates your going to laugh at the haters of the President.

  117. You can always tell when Trump has a bad week – he sleeks off and he tweets about the NFL or tweets more of his lies. The NFL should have left the policy alone since it hasn’t change. An owner always had the call on this issue.

  118. rcali says:
    July 21, 2018 at 1:35 pm
    Watching the demise of the National Protest League is much more entertaining then the game itself. Trust me you young whipper snappers, when you get s big boy job one day and see how the world really operates your going to laugh at the haters of the President.

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    Demise of a league that just saw their revenue go up? A Trump supporter would prefer drama over the game. In about a year when this country is hemorrhaging jobs (see Mid-Continent Nail Company, Harley Davidson and Huffy Bikes for current examples) because of these tariffs no one will be laughing.

  119. PLEASE, PLEASE ALL of you posting here or giving thumbs down to all the Pro-Trump nonsense you see spouted by the Trump-Russian sympathizers here…….Put your $where your mouth is….and VOTE November 6th! In the mean time get out and talk to all your friends and neighbors about taking our country back from Putin’s plan of conquest of the WEST.

    PLEASE!!! EVERY VOTE COUNTS! Trumpets ALL believe they outnumber us. PROVE THEM WRONG…..again, but by enough to take away the House & Senate from the madness currently taking place!

    PLEASE!!!

  120. Before listening to Trump’s opinions, owners should remember that he NEVER personally ran a company that didn’t go bankrupt.

    AND THAT INCLUDES CASINOS WHERE THE HOUSE ALWAYS WINS!

  121. I am done with the National Anthem Project. Post if you want to but I will not read it! This subject is an “energy sucker”. Have you ever had someone suck your energy out of you? This is one of the Classics.

  122. thegreatwallbestoffensivelineever says:
    July 21, 2018 at 9:51 am
    If the rest of us can’t do it at our jobs, why does the NFL allow their employees to do so??

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    I’m pretty sure that private industry is permitted to allow their employees to do as they choose, as long as they aren’t breaking some law. I’m also pretty sure that what you’re allowed to do at work has no bearing on it whatsoever. But continue to think you’ve got an argument here.

  123. guadalahonky says:
    July 21, 2018 at 10:42 am
    Kneeling to protest injustice is strength.

    Kneeling to sell your country out to Vladimir Putin is weakness.

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    What is kneeling to protest getting benched?

  124. I think the draft dodging, Russian mole does what he does best – try to deflect from his own troubles. Maybe America will enjoy a chuckle when someone releases his golden shower tape. Until then the Trump Dementia Syndrome will continue on Twitter. I bet you Baby Donnie would jump to attention in a nano-second if they played the anthem – the Russian version. What a laughing stock this dotard is. He and Rudy remind me of the spaz characters from Monsters Inc.

  125. johnnybuc says:
    July 21, 2018 at 2:22 pm
    PLEASE, PLEASE ALL of you posting here or giving thumbs down to all the Pro-Trump nonsense you see spouted by the Trump-Russian sympathizers here…….Put your $where your mouth is….and VOTE November 6th! In the mean time get out and talk to all your friends and neighbors about taking our country back from Putin’s plan of conquest of the WEST.

    PLEASE!!! EVERY VOTE COUNTS! Trumpets ALL believe they outnumber us. PROVE THEM WRONG…..again, but by enough to take away the House & Senate from the madness currently taking place!

    PLEASE!!!
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    Yes please run on open borders, abolishing ICE, more taxes, less jobs, bring back ISIS, and Trump is a mean Tweeter. Good luck with that.

  126. mikeinbrookline says:
    July 20, 2018 at 11:17 pm
    rohinaz says:
    July 20, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    Obama had 4% in 2014, what’s your point? The tax cut for the top 1% (record debt, even higher than Obama’s), higher gas prices, tariffs and inflation are heading us towards a sure thing recession next year.
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    Obama was the first President in history to never top 3% GDP. When he left office it was at 1.6%. Economists say we will be at 4% by the end of the year and the trajectory will take us further. Stick with the facts and you’ll have a happier life.

  127. Scalesofjustice says:
    July 20, 2018 at 6:46 pm
    NIce. When you’re the greatest President of All time you lead Like a true American Should. This guy should be the NFL Commissioner and at least the ratings would come back up. I can’t wait for 2020.
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    Well if he was NFL commisioner then he wouldn’t be president so there is that.

  128. PLEASE, PLEASE ALL of you posting here or giving thumbs down to all the Pro-Trump nonsense you see spouted by the Trump-Russian sympathizers here…….Put your $where your mouth is….and VOTE November 6th! In the mean time get out and talk to all your friends and neighbors about taking our country back from Putin’s plan of conquest of the WEST.

    PLEASE!!! EVERY VOTE COUNTS! Trumpets ALL believe they outnumber us. PROVE THEM WRONG…..again, but by enough to take away the House & Senate from the madness currently taking place!

    PLEASE!!!

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    Amen!!!

    Save what is left of this country and vote for candidates that will impeach and imprison Comrade Trump/aka Don the Con

  129. Trump’s business savvy & his political knowledge, not to mention his knowledge of the law aren’t equal nor even remotely close

    The National Anthem is tradition
    Never law nor mentioned in any CBA, NFLPA, agreement or contract

    Buy why would any President NOT know this
    Heck, he can’t even mouth the words to it, nor America the Beautiful
    Yet
    Children can

    Why won’t he lobby for prayer to be put back in place for schools?
    Why won’t he mandate the 10 commandments back in public places like courtrooms & government buildings?

    Our children aren’t even allowed to recite the Pledge Of Allegiance anymore
    Why won’t Trump fix this?

    Those are more American than the Anthem at NFL games

  130. I’m from Canada so be patient. I was under the impression America sells itself as the land of the free where you are free to express yourself in the manner you choose provided it doesnt harm others.

    Why or how is it that you have the leader of your nation dictating to “free” people what they have to do when the anthem is played?

    Didnt your armed forced battle in WW1 and WW2 to protect that freedom?

    Sitting down or linking arms doesnt physically harm anybody, doesnt cause financial or emotional hardship in any way or present a risk to national security.

    Im pretty sure when your leader removes freedom of choice and expression you no longer have a democracy, you have a dictatorship and you sure as hell arent “free”.

  131. Of course he’s embracing it. The NFL owners are the gift that keeps on giving to Trump. The owners are too busy tip toeing around the subject instead of taking the bull by the horns. It’s going to blow in their face once again, you’d think they would have learned by now…. but nooooo !

  132. Lovely. Totally didn’t see this coming.

    I’m not a raving liberal, but we all know that he’s grasping for the low-hanging fruit…and we’re all entertaining the scenario by paying it mind. He’s a citizen, and he can say what he wants. If he wants to focus on this, fine. But people will draw whatever their own conclusions are from him focusing on such a mundane topic. And it’s expected-whether you like Trump or dislike him you know that he’s made this a priority. Again, not advocating one side or the other, but we all already knew his stance on the subject. The story is more about the owners decided to do in response. They all “unanimously” voted on a policy for the anthem, but all were somehow against the policy (Dolphins, Jets, Giants, etc.)?

    Somebody is playing the media here. And the media will play, as they LOOOOVE this topic, but the owners seem to have voted on a policy to placate viewers while also speaking out individually to placate players. More owners have come out against the policy, and it seems like the teams being fined and the players not being fined was the overall goal. It makes the league look good by punishing kneelers, and the owners look good by paying the fines for the players. I don’t even think it was cowardly, or progressive, or disingenuous. It was just inevitable that one of the world’s most profitable oligarchies would find some way to turn this profitable. Let Goodell take the heat-that’s what he’s for-while the individual owners can spin it however they want. They pay the fines to themselves, no loss there.

    This anthem issue has become so bloated and twisted that noone is getting what they want and everyone is tired of it. It would be best for our collective consciousness to ignore it and let it die (as it almost did before they decided to kick the hornets’ nest with this dumb rule). Let the players do what they want-at worst it’s misguided and disrespectful, but you’re allowed to be those things in America. But that approach would be less profitable, for either side, I suppose.

  133. I feel kneeling is disrespectful to the flag and the people who gave their live for us. With that said, for a president to say it should be where everyone must stand for the national anthem puts us one step closer to being placed under a dictatorship. To say players don’t have that right goes again what being American is all about. Again, I don’t agree with it but it is with in their right to do so and the sooner we stop talking about it, the sooner it will stop.

  134. Not a coincidence that when the president has another bad week he goes back to the old standby issue that revs up his base…he couldn’t care less about the NFL and the player protests. Get a clue, folks…

  135. The anthem issue was resolving itself just fine until the NFL decided to rip the scab off and talk about it again. Now, of course, it’s not really about the anthem anymore – it’s about players feeling pushed around by management. Had the NFL just left well enough alone and not talked about it, you wouldn’t have seen anyone kneeling for the anthem this Fall. Now, of course, it’s a political free for all once again…

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