Mothers of NFL Players Pen an Open Letter to Donald Trump

News 2nd Lt. Spenser Rapone

News 2nd Lt. Spenser Rapone

Jones, who donated $1 million to Trump's campaign, came up with the idea for the team's organized, coordinated and unified response to Trump's attacks on NFL players for protesting racial inequality during the national anthem. "I've spoken to a couple of them they said we are in a situation where we have to do something. And I think it's disgraceful", he said.

However, NFL spokesperson Joel Lockhart believes that Trump's statements are "inaccurate".

NFL players, coaches and owners have the right to protest by kneeling down during the national anthem. For example, before their game against the Arizona Cardinals, the Dallas Cowboys knelt during the playing of the National Anthem.

Prince said, "I am all for respecting the flag and the soldiers that fought for it".

"The NFL is in a box and they have to do something about it", Trump told Fox News' Pete Hegseth, in the interview aired Thursday morning.

Trump has fanned anger over that symbolic protest by claiming it disrespects America and veterans.

On Sept. 28, Trump asserted that National Football League team owners were being intimidated by their players during an interview on Fox News' "Fox & Friends". I mean, OK. Bye.

When former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started kneeling on the sidelines during the national anthem in 2016, high school athletes around the country were inspired to join him.

While watching the NFL this weekend to check on my fantasy football team, I couldn't help but notice the continuing debate explode all over the television and social media over the players kneeling, sitting or standing for our anthem.

Watson says his team has not officially decided how they will show solidarity during Sundays game but he says they will exercise their right to peacefully protest.

Everyone who has a pair of eyes in this country understands the racial tensions and the issues we have are very serious and they're not going away. It is about respect for our Country, Flag, and National Anthem.

"You can not have people disrespecting our National Anthem, our flag, our country, and that's what they're doing", he said. "They have rules for everything: You can't dance in the end zone".

CNN political commentator Marc Lamont Hill responded to those who considered the protest unpatriotic by saying, "You don't get to define patriotism for everybody else".

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