Keeping players in locker room for anthem 'almost as bad as kneeling'

Trump: NFL players staying in locker room for anthem 'almost as bad as kneeling'

Although about half of American voters disapprove of some National Football League players' recent decisions to kneel during the National Anthem, more than two-thirds agree that athletes have a right to take a knee in protest, according to a new poll. "That's nearly as bad as kneeling!"

'When will the highly paid Commissioner finally get tough and smart? The issue could be explored at the league's annual meeting in March.

Trump was likely referring to The Washington Post report published Tuesday that said owners are mulling an offseason change to the league's anthem policy.

Dozens of National Football League teams, and sometimes coaches and owners, have either knelt this season during the "Star Spangled Banner" or stayed off of the field while it played to protest racist violence and police murders of Black people in the United States and subsequent impunity for perpetrators.

Trump had tweeted more than dozen times on the NFL and national anthem controversy.

The current policy that has players and coaches on the sidelines for the national anthem was implemented in 2009.

Colin Kaepernick began the movement to kneel during the anthem in 2016 when he was the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers team. But in today's often divisive political climate, more and more people are voicing their views when they don't agree with something - the national anthem protests by professional football players in the USA are an example. "He's fired!" Trump said in the Alabama speech. Attendance and ratings way down'.

Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters remained in the tunnel leading from the field to the locker rooms until the National Anthem concluded, and then joined his team on the field.

Following their release, LiAngelo Ball and his UCLA teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill have thanked Trump and the U.S. government, but LaVar Ball has played down the president's intervention.

Fans have reacted with literal fire and fury as the anthem protests have swept across the NFL.

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