From the moment back in August past year that Colin Kaepernick knelt, he took pains to describe it as a respectful but pointed protest against police killings of African-American men, and the lack of accountability thereof.
Risking fury from fans and a potential boycott led by a mad tweeter, the National Football League took the moral high ground Wednesday - and defended the rights of players to peacefully protest during the national anthem. Thursday, Trump tweeted that the NFL's decision to stand by its players exhibits "total disrespect for our great country".
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In a brief press conference on Tuesday night at the NFL's headquarters, Goodell was asked whether players were told to stand during the anthem. "It's an important part of the game".
Donald Trump refuses to take a knee when it comes to countering the wave of national anthem protests across the NFL. I think we also have to keep focus on this - we have about six or seven players that are involved with this protest at this point.
Players across the league doubled down by kneeling, locking arms, and sometimes sitting for the anthem after the president called on owners to fire players who did so. "We hope and are going to try to get that to zero", Goodell said. "We want our players to stand".
Donald Trump is continuing his attack on players who protest during the national anthem.
He said the players "will state to you, and they have stated to everyone publicly, they are not doing this in any way to be disrespectful to the flag", Goodell said.