Trump puts NFL players on notice: Stand for national anthem

Trump puts NFL players on notice: Stand for national anthem

Trump puts NFL players on notice: Stand for national anthem

A week after almost 200 NFL players protested during the national anthem, fewer players on Sunday were not standing for the national anthem.

As the day went on, many teams followed this course of action, with various players choosing to continue their own protests.

Colin Kaepernick, a former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, started the form of protest previous year to draw attention to police killings of unarmed black people and the oppression of minorities.

The entire New Orleans Saints team took a knee in solidarity before the national anthem played at Wembley Stadium in London.

Three Miami Dolphins players defied United States president Donald Trump's fresh assertion that National Football League players should stand for the American anthem by kneeling at Wembley on Sunday.

On the opposite sideline, the Baltimore Ravens took a knee in protest before the national anthem began.

At a political rally two days before, he said owners should fire players who don't stand and called such players a "son of a bitch", angering many in the league. Full teams, along with some team owners, linked arms either before or during the anthem.

The Cowboys ultimately knelt as a team before the anthem and then stood during the "Star-Spangled Banner". Trump on the other hand, called the act of kneeling before the anthem "big progress".

"Very important that NFL players STAND tomorrow, and always, for the playing of our National Anthem". Dallas remains one of six teams not to kneel, sit or raise a fist during the national anthem.

On Saturday, he reiterated his stance on the protests.

Later Trump tweeted embedded video of fans and players standing at an NHL game, writing "19,000 RESPECTING our National Anthem!" Respect our Flag and our Country!' Like the protests that led to the Black Lives Matter movement, Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid were trying to bring attention the extra-judicial killings of unarmed black men, women, and children by police officers.

The symbolic gesture of protest during the anthem was adopted by some African-American players over the past year to protest against racism in the U.S. particularly within the police department. But the poll showed a difference of opinion based on race.

Trump also called on fans, again via Twitter, to boycott football games.

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