The anthem protests have always been about race. Period

The anthem protests have always been about race. Period

The Green Bay Packers President Mark Murphy had stated that the players have worked hard to get where they are and they will support a player and their beliefs.

The national anthem wasn't always played before sporting events.

Kaepernick - an African-American playing for the San Francisco 49ers at the time - wanted to call attention to police brutality in the U.S., particularly in communities of color.

So race team owner Richard Childress was likely within his rights when he warned employees considering an anthem protest: "It'll get you a ride on a Greyhound bus". But we're told there is nothing in it requiring players to stand.

It's no coincidence that its first surge in popularity came during wartime.

Trump was referencing recent protests by NFL players who have kneeled during the National Anthem. Over time, other sports began adopting the practice. "I agree that you should stand for the national anthem".

"It was tough, it was very emotional for me", he added.

That's called nuance. And reason.

Then on Saturday evening, Oakland As rookie Bruce Maxwell became the first Major League Baseball player to kneel for the national anthem in protest.

The demonstrations along the sidelines ahead of Sunday's early game triggered a fresh round of tweets by the president. We as American people need to come together even stronger.

Add to that Trumpism, and perhaps those who own teams might start listening to the president's angry tirades with a new appreciation for how players' - 70 percent of whom are black - attitudes toward the National Anthem and the national leader are politicizing the game. Notably, Alejandro Villanueva, an offensive tackle for the Steelers and a veteran who served three tours in Afghanistan, stood in the tunnel with his hand over his heart. "If you do not Condemn this divisive Rhetoric you are Condoning it!"

So far, though, her male counterparts have avoided becoming involved in the protests.

"While I do recognize the freedoms and right to protest as guaranteed by the United States Constitution, I believe to do so during the national anthem is counterproductive and sends mixed messages they may not intend". In fact, neither the anthem nor the flag are ever mentioned. Or maybe Colin Kaepernick's mute but unrepentant protest really arouses his spittle.

Since then, many other athletes have taken Kaepernick's cue. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition.It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country.

The Dallas Cowboys, led by owner Jerry Jones, center, take a knee prior to the national anthem prior to an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals on September 25 in Glendale, Ariz. "You can't go do it when somebody is in the hospital", Trump said, referencing GOP Sen.

The last time we checked the Constitution, professional athletes don't give up their free speech rights just because they're on a playing field.

Conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro writes in National Review that Trump's provocations, the outraged responses and the media's breathless coverage of the maelstrom are all part of the "culture-war political-entertainment complex".

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Richardson finished third in the 2011 Heisman Trophy voting while at Alabama, and he was the third overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns.

But the connection between "paid patriotism" and players being mandated to be present for the anthem is tenuous.

That was certainly never more true than on Sunday.

And within the NFL, President Trump actually became a uniter, as to be expected when a player's right to be employed is challenged, and made a simmering situation more tense.

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