Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes wasn’t happy about Jim Kelley’s public criticism of the team’s players who knelt during the national anthem Sunday. Indeed, Hughes criticized Kelly for criticizing the Bills. “I was very disappointed in him,” Hughes said, via quotes distributed by the team.
President Donald Trump caused controversy in the NFL after suggesting that owners fire players who protest against the national anthem on Friday, but this isn't the first time the 45th president of the United States has had a beef with the league. Trump's 1980s feud with the NFL Trump's long-standing beef with the NFL dates back to the 1980s, when he was the majority owner of the New Jersey Generals in the United States Football League. Trump acquired the New Jersey Generals after their 1983 inaugural season, and he soon went head to head with the NFL, poaching multiple top-ranked players from the dominant league. In 1985, less than two years after he became a team owner, he and a handful of
Following controversial statements by President Donald Trump condemning athletes that kneeled during the national anthem, the sports’ landscape was shaken to its core and just about every franchise in the league partook in some sort of demonstration to protest those comments in solidarity. Buffalo Bills’ veteran linebacker and team captain Lorenzo Alexander organized a team meeting on Saturday night which owners Terry and Kim Pegula along with general manager Brandon Beane attended, in order to share their views and discuss a potential protest. Prior to the Bills’ 26-16 victory against the Denver Broncos, several Bills’ players knelt during the national anthem while others stood and locked arms.