President Trump says National Football League players who protest anthem should be fired

President Trump says National Football League players who protest anthem should be fired

President Trump says National Football League players who protest anthem should be fired

"When people like yourselves turn on television and you see those people taking the knee when they're playing our great national anthem".

"Trump stay in ur place. football have nothing to do wit u smh", Washington Redskins linebacker Zach Brown tweeted, using an acronym for "shaking my head".

The conversation then turned to NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who made headlines a year ago for protesting racial inequality by taking a knee during the National Anthem. Trump said during a rally for Republican Senate candidate Luther Strange in Alabama. "I guarantee things will stop".

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In particular, while discussing "American values", the president started off on a tangent about social activism in the NFL and how players' demonstrations during the national anthem before games are affecting television ratings and "ruining the game".

The president then went on to mock the National Football League and its TV ratings which are "down massively, massively".

"They're ruining the game, right?" he asked the crowd. They don't know it. Pick up and leave. Things will stop. Just pick up and leave.

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Kaepernick, who reached the Super Bowl in the 2012 season with the San Francisco 49ers, is now a free agent, and his supporters argue owners are staying away from signing him because of the controversy surrounding him. They'll be the most popular person, for a week.

This season, stars such as Marshawn Lynch, Marcus Peters and Michael Bennett have kneeled during the anthem.

"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color", Kaepernick told NFL.com in August 2016. "Not the same game anymore, anyway".

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Kaepernick, who at one time was San Francisco's pass-throwing wunderkind, was an injured backup player when he began his protests.

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