NFL players should not protest during the national anthem: Fmr. Patriots owner

Thursday, 28 Sep, 2017

Trump on Tuesday started yet another morning with a Twitter rant about players and executives who took a knee in protest during this week's games, but he spared the Dallas Cowboys since they stood for the national anthem.

That increase includes a "Monday Night Football" game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Arizona Cardinals that nabbed a 9.3 overnight rating for ESPN, up a whopping 63% over last year's New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons game, which brought in a 5.7.

"Many people have died".

Trump has spent the last four days railing against NFL players for protesting by kneeling during the national anthem.

In response to Sunday's clear anti-Trump sentiments, the president tweeted: "Great solidarity for our National Anthem and for our Country".

Trump has been bashing the league since a Friday campaign rally in Alabama, when he called on NFL owners to fire any players who protest during the national anthem. But it's hard to say whether that was due to Trump, the anthem protests, competition from other shows or the fact that the Redskins' lopsided victory over the Raiders made for a relatively unexciting match-up.

I think it's important that we respect the flag. (AAP) Oakland Athletics' Mark Canha (20) places his hand on the shoulder of Bruce Maxwell as Maxwell kneels during the national anthem for the third consecutive day, prior to the team's baseball game against the Seattle Mariners. A football player kneels during the anthem in support of those who have suffered racial discrimination.

That speech led to dozen of any players and owners to speak out against Trump, including Kraft, who is considered an ally of Trump and even gave him a Super Bowl LI ring.

'I've seen people turn this into some sort of disrespect towards soldiers which I believe is an excuse not to hear or talk about what's really wrong with our country.

In a tweet sent right before Sunday's games, the president said "NFL attendance and ratings are way down".

While the NFL's players haven't been fully united in their forms of expression, or even in their stance on standing for the flag, Thomas doubts division will filter in and poison teams. After the Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry told reporters he didn't want to go to the White House for political reasons, Trump said he rescinded his invitation. Yes, it says players "must" be on the sidelines, but it only says that they "should" stand at attention.