NFL players protest inequality, not National Anthem

Charles RobinsonNFL columnist Yahoo Sports

Charles RobinsonNFL columnist Yahoo Sports

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"The Star-Spangled Banner" has been performed before all sporting event since World War I. But since then, the game has changed.

The NFL on Wednesday released a statement clarifying a proposal to have players stand for the national anthem that US President Donald Trump praised in a tweet.

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Kaepernick has faced adverse reactions from the government and critics who were disgusted with his action against the Nation Anthem. For initiating the #TakeAKnee protest, Kaepaernick was unable to find a team this season.

The president has been vocal about his belief that the NFL should discipline players who do not stand during the national anthem, even telling his supporters to boycott the games if players continue to kneel.

President Donald Trump appeared to conflate his ongoing battle with the NFL over national anthem protests with gang violence and killings in Chicago during an interview on Thursday. "We think it is an important part of the game". "He's going to say, 'That guy that disrespects our flag, he's fired.' And that owner, they don't know it [but] they'll be the most popular person in this country".

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"I personally don't put my hand over my heart during the national anthem", said Keyaira Stevenson, the head coach for the women's volleyball team at Columbia College. The NFL has seemingly begun shifting policy toward siding with the president, with commissioner Roger Goodell sending out a memo Tuesday saying the league wants players standing for the anthem. Half of those who approve of Trump's presidency said they planned to boycott the National Football League because of the protests.

"The endgame? My gut feeling is the league will start by offering to devote a week or weeks - the way the NFL does with cancer causes ('Crucial Catch') or the military ('Salute to Service') - to fund and partner with players to highlight and sponsor work on civil rights causes in NFL communities", he wrote.

The issue of players demonstrating during the national anthem hit its peak after the president said at a political rally in Alabama: "Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a b-- off the field right now. Out!"

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