NFL Players Demonstrate During National Anthem After Trump Demands They Be Fired

Steve Phelps
September 25, 2017

The show of unity came two days after Trump was critical of NFL players for protesting during the national anthem.

Jaguars' owner Shad Khan spent a million dollars supporting Trump's inaugural, but Trump's tempest was too much for him to support during the National Football League season.

USA Today reports Khan donated $1 million to Trump's presidential campaign.

Sunday was the NFL's first batch of games since President Donald Trump excoriated players kneeling during the anthem in protest of police brutality and racial inequality, a practice started last season by San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan joined his players on the sideline during their protest and clasped arms with them.

- Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 24, 2017#Jaguars owner Shad Khan locking arms with TE Marcedes Lewis and LB Telvin Smith.

Trump has doubled down on the attacks, tweeting Sunday morning that players who take part in the protests are "disrespecting our Flag & Country" and renewing calls for a boycott.

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At a political rally in Alabama on Friday, Trump suggested any protesting football player was a "son of a bitch" and should lose his job.

The 27 players is reportedly the highest number of players to protest the anthem during one single game.

Offensive lineman Terron Armstead joined Cameron Jordan in speaking out, saying, "The fact that Trump is actually the President of the U.S. is more of a disgrace than any protest could ever be!" All voices need to be heard. Boring games yes, but many stay away because they love our contry.

Donald Trump is trying to play to his base and deepen the divides in the country. "That's how they fought racism", the star said.

The response to Trump's comments- which were notably made between threats to North Korea, who has stated they would use weapons of mass destruction against the mainland US, and silence about the humanitarian crisis happening in Puerto Rico- was largely negative. On Sunday in London, Lewis took a knee along with multiple Ravens players during the national anthem.

Players, commissioners and owners from multiple sports lashed out against the President over the weekend. On Sunday he said, "If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast".

The President has also got involved in a row with the National Basketball Association champions Golden State Warriors, after announcing that star player Stephen Curry would not be welcome at the White House for the traditional visit made by championship teams, because he was "hesitating".

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