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Very important that NFL players stand for national anthem

02 Octobre 2017

On Saturday, Mr Trump had said on Twitter it was essential players stood for the national anthem, while he also said the linking of arms was "good".

Thomas started kneeling last Sunday, two days after President Donald Trump said during a political rally in Huntsville, Ala., that National Football League owners should fire the players who knelt during the anthem.

Many teams sparked the feud after kneeling or sitting during the anthem to symbolize social and racial injustices happening across the country.

There has been much discussion over the past week about players choosing to kneel during the anthem, with those in support of the peaceful protests arguing they are being misunderstood as protests against the anthem, flag, or military; which they are not. She has 125 caps for the United States and has won both the Olympics and the World Cup for her country. I'm not happy to see and hear the disrespect displayed by my fellow citizens. "He's fired. He's fired"!"

In its statement, the Colts claimed that its players' protests were not meant as "disrespect" for the flag or our soldiers.

But is it indeed about race and justice, protesters and their supporters say. I know I will continue watching the National Football League for the most part and cheering on Cooper Kupp, but I will not agree with the actions that the players are doing during the pregame ceremonies.

Kaepernick started the protests in the 2016 to raise awareness to inequality and police brutality. Everybody should be seen as equal.

"We decided we were going to talk about what we were going to do because we knew some guys wanted to take a knee, guys wanted to stand". The entire Seahawks team is boycotting the anthem.

Earnhardt also said in a podcast, "I've always stood for the anthem and I always will".

The US women's team will play South Korea in two friendlies in October, but Rapinoe isn't expecting any protests before those matches.

The stereotype that NASCAR has with its base is that it is largely conservative, and the ownership's response to the anthem protests further helps that stereotype, creating yet another divide in American sports.

"It is fair to say that, and it's something I think we have said, which is it's ultimately up to the players to figure out what's the best way to express this", Lockhart said in answer to a question from Postmedia. It has become all about them and the insult to their inflated egos.

Rapinoe tells BBC's World Football programme why she chose to speak out.

Very important that NFL players stand for national anthem