NFL Fights Back With Powerful Protest

Jake Silvey, Student Journalist

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On Sunday, September 24th, NFL fans around the world turned on their TVs to watch their favorite teams fight it out on the field. Instead, they saw something different as hundreds of NFL athletes and coaches kneeled, sat, stretched, and stayed back during the national anthem in protest. These protests were all in response to Donald Trump’s statements on the players who have not been participating during the national anthem. Donald Trump encouraged NFL owners to take charge and do something about the players who do not participate during the national anthem, and he also encouraged fans to not go to games until things change.

This bold statement put the NFL into a great deal of turmoil, but the games were still played. After becoming aware of the situation on Sunday, Trump tweeted, “The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. NFL must respect this!” Neither side will back down as they keep pushing for their opinions.

Most NFL players took part in this protest, but the majority of the players did not sit or kneel; they instead stood as a team in locked arms. One player and former Army Ranger, Alejandro Villanueva, took part in the national anthem as the rest of his team stayed inside the tunnel. Considering the tension between the NFL and the president, it seems like these protests are far from over.

 

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