After player protests, 'I am done with the NFL' | Letters

Rosalie Stanley
Октября 3, 2017

Three members of the Miami Dolphins team were the first to take a knee during the anthem ahead of their team's game against the New Orleans Saints at Wembley in London.

More than half of Americans concur with President Trump's disapproval of ongoing NFL national anthem protests, according to the results of an ESPN poll released Friday.

Philadelphia Eagles player Malcolm Jenkins urged fans in a tweet before the game to join the team in locking arms to show unity.

But that did not mean that the network would not continue to be on the lookout for any newsworthy item related to the growing anti-racism protest movement in the country.

ESPN's Darren Rovell noted just 11 players from the early slate of games knelt or Saturday.

"You have someone like Colin or numerous other athletes who have knelt, especially athletes of colour, and if you're not respecting what they're saying, if you're not believing their charges of police brutality or racial inequality you're saying that they're lying". Last Sunday, hundreds of players locked arms, some taking a knee, while some teams stayed in the locker room, all in response to Trump's posture on the issue.

He added: "Respect our Flag and our Country!"

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Pastors in South Georgia have different opinions on the controversial protest of NFL teams against racial injustice, with some hoping that the issue sparks conversations and others the boycotting of games of players who knelt during the national anthem. "This came after he called NFL players who did not stand for the national anthem a 'son of a (expletive)".

There's more clarity over Trump's bitter criticism of the athletes participating in the silent protest, with 60 percent saying they think it's wrong for Trump to criticize the players and 34 percent saying he was right to do that, the poll showed.

"I think we should just have separate and distinct conversations".

During a wide-ranging speech at a political rally in Alabama on September 22, Trump called for National Football League owners to fire players who engaged in such a protest.

According to the poll, one-third of Trump backers now have a "very unfavorable" view of the National Football League, which tripled from the 11% mark registered last week.

"We're going to stand, we're going to stand and going to put our hand over our heart and we're going to do what we did before", Bryant said.

If these players want to make a difference, they should be using their money and resources to do something about it instead of showing disrespect for our country.

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