Trump Defends Anthem Tweets: 'The NFL Situation Is a Very Important Situation'

If social media is any significant part of your online habit, your feeds have most likely become overwhelmed with posts about NFL protests in which players or entire teams took a knee or locked arms during the national anthem.

"They are basically disrespecting those who fight every day in the armed forces and those who have given their lives to defend those kneeling to have the right to do so", Cook said.

Nielsen said the games averaged 17.63 million viewers for the first three weeks of last season and have dipped to 15.65 million this year. "I think our NFL players are doing a great job of sending a great message, and we stand behind them as athletes, and we support them as well".

Friday the president had referred to NFL players who knelt in protest during the national anthem as "SOBs" who should be fired, also disinviting the NBA's Golden State Warriors to the White House.

"And so I feel strongly that everyone should stand. If you have that big of a problem with something that's going on in our country or feel so strongly that you need to protest in that way, then I would say don't come".

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Trump's comments in Alabama revealed an "unfortunate lack of respect" for the NFL and its players. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said the decision was made by the team "not to be disrespectful to the anthem but to remove ourselves from this circumstance".

Trump doubled-down on his stance on Twitter Sunday, calling for NFL owners to punish players who refuse to stand for the national anthem.

In exchange for the money, teams organized displays of national pride including flag presentations, the honoring of military members, reenlistment ceremonies, and even the most unassailable and uplifting of patriotic moments: surprise military homecomings. Brady placed one hand on his chest and used the other to link arms with his teammates. Thank you for speaking for the majority. A video of the incident later surfaced shedding light on the very issue Kaepernick has been protesting.

The other factor that makes it less probable is that a number of USMNT players are no longer based in the United States, instead playing their club soccer in Europe. On Saturday morning, Trump tweeted that he withdrew the invitation to Curry because the two-time NBA MVP hesitated to attend the traditional trip by the NBA champions. The Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans didn't take the field during the national anthem. To be clear, plenty of teams also do, and have done, such things with no compensation. "There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder".

However, the NFL's game operations manual requires that "all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem".

Local police and federal authorities worked Monday to determine why a man went on a deadly shooting spree at a Nashville-area church, while a shocked community prepared for prayer vigils for the victims and their families. "It's an outdated and wrongheaded position".

Tight end Julius Thomas was one of the players who took a knee Sunday.

There were exceptions, of course - players observed the anthem after 9/11, and during Super Bowl games. "I believe in the right to protest but not at a taxpayer subsidized sporting event".

Asked if he thought Trump's remarks were racially motivated, Lockhart responded: "Only he knows what's in his heart". De Blasio dismissed that statement in response to a question at an unrelated press conference in Manhattan on Monday afternoon.

Speaking with reporters outside the White House on Wednesday, the president mocked the league's television ratings.

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