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Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh doesn’t agree with President Donald Trump’s belief that NFL players should lose their jobs if they refuse to stand for the national anthem.
Trump has been focused on going after NFL players who protest during the anthem since a rally he had in Alabama on Friday where he called an athlete who would kneel during the anthem a “son of a bitch.”
Harbaugh, who appeared at a rally for Hillary Clinton in 2016 and coached former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the first NFL player to protest the anthem, was asked about Trump’s comments after Michigan’s win over Purdue on Saturday.
Harbaugh on President Trump's NFL comments: "No, I don't agree with the president. That's ridiculous. Check the Constitution."
— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) September 24, 2017
One of the tenents of the Constitution is, of course, the First Amendment. In case you need a primer, it says “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
So players aren’t mandated to stand for the national anthem by law. If a team required players to stand and levied discipline, well that’s another matter entirely. But we’re pretty certain no NFL team would go to those lengths.
And anyway, the president should be worried about making healthcare accessible and affordable for the citizens of the United States, preventing a conflict with North Korea and working on any other number of issues that are paramount to the success of the United States instead of focusing on NFL players protesting. But lashing out about NFL player protests is easy. Everything else mentioned prior to that isn’t.
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