At the first game since Trump stepped up his criticism of National Football League players, dozens of members of the Jaguars and Ravens did not stand for the anthem and took a knee, a form of protest that began previous year over excessive use of force by police against African-Americans.
- Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 24, 2017#Jaguars owner Shad Khan locking arms with TE Marcedes Lewis and LB Telvin Smith.
During a speech and - shock horror - in several tweets this week, Trump called upon NFL owners to fire players who refuse to stand for the national anthem, and suggested that they should "find something else to do". So the pertinent question for Lewis is, if he didn't totally agree with Kapernick's form of protest, why did he mimic that exact same form of protest Sunday? We have a lot of work to do and we can do it, but comments like the President's make it harder.
Much of the conversation surrounding the game, however, will involve the national anthem played before the contest, as members of both teams locked arms on their respective sidelines and some players knelt. We respect their determination and support them 100 percent. All voices need to be heard.
That wasn't the end of Trump's freaky attack on professional athletes, however. The results are promising for anyone who thinks racism, white supremacy, and police brutality are bad. "Boring games yes, but many stay away because they love our country".
"My decision has been coming for a long time", Maxwell, the son of a U.S. Army veteran, said after the game to ESPN.
The entire offensive line of the Oakland Raiders, which is the only unit in the league composed entirely of African-American players, plans to protest during the national anthem prior to Sunday night's game against the Washington Redskins, according to reports.
That, combined with Trump attacking National Basketball Association star Stephen Curry on Twitter on Saturday, lead to condemnation of Trump on social media, including from National Basketball Association star LeBron James.
Players, commissioners and owners from multiple sports lashed out against the President over the weekend. The Seattle Seahawks refused to come out of their locker room during the anthem, releasing a statement that said the players "will not stand for the injustice that has plagued people of color in our country".
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