To give credit where credit is due, Donald Trump Jr. skewered NFL head honcho Roger Goodell on Sunday, but Twitter got the last laugh. On a Sunday when many NFL players demonstrated to protest President Trump’s harsh criticism of athletes who kneel during the national anthem, his son attempted to snidely call out the NFL commissioner. If only Roger Goodell cared as much about domestic abuse and traumatic brain injury as he does about disrespecting America.
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
Shad Khan, the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars and a hefty Donald Trump donor, offered comments following his team’s demonstration during the “Star Spangled Banner” in London against the Baltimore Ravens. Khan gave a statement to ESPN’s Adam Schefter: His full comments are below: “It was a privilege to stand on the sidelines with the Jacksonville Jaguars today for the playing of the U.S. national anthem at Wembley Stadium. I met with our team captains prior to the game to express my support for them, all NFL players and the league following the divisive and contentious remarks made by President Trump, and was honored to be arm in arm with them, their teammates and our coaches during our anthem.