National anthem protests have become such a divisive issue that the aim of Colin Kaepernick’s original protest has been lost on a lot of people. NFL on FOX analyst Howie Long took time to remind viewers that these players who decide to protest aren’t disrespecting the country, but instead fighting against racial inequality. Standing for the anthem is something I would not choose to do, but I fully support the right to do it. That being said, what’s being lost in the criticism of the form of the protest is the message of inequality. Put it in perspective: As a white father having raised three boys, there were a million things to worry about on a daily basis. But it’s impossible for me to understand
Terry Bradshaw came out firing against Donald Trump on FOX NFL Sunday. At the opening of the pregame show, Bradshaw said he didn't condone the anthem protests, but explained forceful that players have the freedom to exercise their rights.
Bashing the National Football League apparently is family, too. “Today if you hit too hard — 15 yards!” Trump Sr. said at a rally in Alabama. Apart from the inconsistency between the concerns stated by Trump Jr. and the lamentations of Trump Sr., Trump Jr. twists the league’s respect for those who choose to peacefully protest into a blanket allegation that Goodell and the NFL are “disrespecting America.” These words will do nothing to undermine the solidarity that the NFL and its players have shown since being challenged by the President, and the comments likewise will do little to end the protests.