President Trump Continues to Blast NFL 'Take a Knee' Protesters

President Donald Trump stirred a lot of controversy last year when he spoke out against NFL players who took a knee in protest during the 'Star-Spangled Banner'. Trump said that teams should fire any players who refused to stand for the anthem.

Many felt it wasn't the president's place to get involved, but not surprisingly, Trump is not backing down. He suggests those who refuse to stand might consider leaving the country.

The controversial protests started with San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick in 2016. The quarterback refused to stand for the national anthem because he says there is systemic racism in the U.S. and police murder black people. Kaepernick got a lot of attention and a few other athletes joined him in his protests.

A number of children on school football teams across the nation also began to emulate Kaepernick.

Kaepernick caused so much drama that when he left the 49ers, other teams refused to sign him.

President Trump stirred the pot at the start of the 2017 season when he suggested that the team managers fire any player who refuses to stand for the National Anthem. This sparked even more protests as players, who feel they are guaranteed a right to protest peacefully, were angered by the president's interloping.

Fans of the NFL who felt the protests were disrespectful and politicizing what is supposed to be a fun game began to boycott the league for allowing the protests to continue. They felt that, while people have the right to a peaceful protest, they don't have the right to do it while they're on the job. The NFL had its worst year in a long time, with viewership and ticket sales plummeting.

On Monday, the NFL announced that their new policy will prohibit players from kneeling for the anthem. Players will have the option to remain in the locker room, or some location off the field, during the anthem if they wish.

Trump somewhat approves the new policy. He doesn't believe players should be allowed to remain in the locker room, but he does agree that they be required to stand. He told Fox & Friends that he believes the NFL owners 'did the right thing'.

“I don’t think people should be staying in the locker rooms, but still I think it’s good,” he said. “You have to stand proudly for the National Anthem. You shouldn’t be playing, you shouldn’t be there. Maybe they shouldn’t be in the country.”

"You have to stand proudly for the national anthem, and the NFL owners did the right thing if that's what they've done," the president added.

Many people have blasted the NFL and Trump in the media and on social media, claiming that the decision is trampling on the players’ Constitutional rights. However, the NFL players still have a right to peaceful protest; no one can take that away from them. They can only be asked to do it on their own time, and not when they are on the clock.

While liberals on social media are in an angry uproar about the decision, conservatives don't appear to be swayed by the decision any more than Trump is. Right-wing actor James Woods tweeted, "So Goodell and the NFL figure if the troublemakers aren’t on camera, they’ll start getting fans back? #lol #BoycottNFL."

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