NFL Team Owners Still Flounder As 'Taking a Knee' Controversy Continues

Miami Dolphin's owner Stephen Ross said, "All our players will be standing." Later, he backtracked and said he has 'no intention of forcing our players to stand during the anthem'.

The flip-flopping shows that the controversy over NFL players 'taking a knee' during the National Anthem is far from over.

The man who started it all, Colin Kaepernick, filed grievances against the NFL over the issue of kneeling. Kaepernick got national attention when he started kneeling on one knee for the National Anthem as a way of protesting what he perceives to be systemic injustices and police brutality against people of color.

After landing on the cover of Time Magazine, Kaepernick found himself a free agent without a team willing to sign him. No team wanted to touch the drama with a ten foot pole.

Then, President Donald Trump stirred the pot when he said the NFL should fire any members who refuse to stand for the anthem. Protests spread with more taking a knee than ever. The NFL saw all-time low ratings as angry fans boycotted the league.

Some were furious that the NFL was allowing the protests to go on, while others were furious that the league didn't openly stand with or support the players who opted to protest. The league was stuck between a rock and a hard place. It was a no-win situation.

Kaepernick isn't ready to hang up his helmet yet. He filed grievances with the NFL over the issue. Now Ross has been added to the deposition list.

Ross made the list by Kaepernick's lawyers after his comment on Monday that the Dolphins will all be standing. Ross went on to say, “[President Donald Trump's] message became what kneeling was all about,” Ross told the Daily News.

“From that standpoint, that’s the way the public is interpreting it. So I think that’s really incumbent upon us to adopt that, because that’s how I think the country is now interpreting the kneeling issue.”

Invoking the name of Trump put Ross in the hot seat. Trump resisters, who support the take a knee protests, were livid. Ross backtracked, and now he's being slammed by those who oppose the form of protest.

Ross admits he's been floundering over the issue.

“I think initially I totally supported the players in what they were doing, because it’s America – people should be able to really speak about their choices and show them [in] doing that,” he said.

“But I think when you change the message, about, is it support of our country or the military, it’s a different message. When that message changed, and everybody was interpreting it as that was the reason, then I was against the kneeling.”

Ross isn't the only one going back and forth like a duck in a shooting gallery. On Saturday, The Houston Chronicle reported that the Houston Texans wouldn't be signing free agents who take a knee during the National Anthem.

Shortly after that, a statement from the team denied the report. They called the report 'categorically false and without merit'.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has also been doing a tailspin over the issue. After Trump's comments before the 2017 season, he said, "The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture... Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players."

After a backlash from conservative football fans, many of whom began burning their team souvenirs in protest, he said, "Like many of our fans we believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem.

It is an important moment in our game. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us."

Source: Yahoo
Photos: Chat Sports, Keith Allison, You Tube

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