SOMERSET, N.J.,/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - NFL teams staged a show of solidarity with protesting players before Sunday's games by kneeling, linking arms or staying off the field during the U.S. national anthem, defying President Donald Trump's call for owners to fire those who refuse to stand. AlongRead More »
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
It was hard to miss. Bears players locked arms during the National Anthem. Steelers players stayed in their locker room, except one, a military veteran, who stood near the mouth of the tunnel. When the song was over and the Steelers took the field, a segment of Bears nation voiced their displeasure. “It was probably the loudest boos I’ve ever heard in my life,” said Serage Rahn, an MRI technologist from Burbank. Part of it might have been simple hatred of the opposition, but most felt there was more behind the boos. “I thought it was a little much, but I didn’t boo them,” Rahn said. “I think this country is founded on free speech and you get to do what you want.” Dan Conan, 53, a firefighter
More and more owners are responding to the comments from President Trump regarding anthem protests. “The NFL specifically, and football in general, has always unified our communities and families,” Texans owner Bob McNair, a Republican, said in a statement released by the team. Texans players are caring, intelligent men who do so much good, as was shown in the past month when our city was devastated by Hurricane Harvey.