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President Trump: NFL Should Fire Players Who Kneel During National Anthem

Posted by on Sep. 23, 2017 at 1:51 PM
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (CBS/AP) — President Donald Trump has some advice for National Football League owners: Fire players who kneel during the national anthem. He’s also encouraging fans to walk out in protest.

Related: Patriots’ Devin McCourty Fires Back After President Trump’s Anthem Comments

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And the president is bemoaning what he describes as a decline in violence in the sport.

“They’re ruining the game,” he said during a political rally in Alabama on Friday night that veered beyond politics.

Several athletes, including a handful of NFL players, have refused to stand during “The Star-Spangled Banner” to protest of the treatment of blacks by police. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who started the trend last year when he played for the San Francisco 49ers, hasn’t been signed by an NFL team for this season.

Though he did not mention President Trump by name, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed the comments in a Saturday statement.

The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture. There is no better example than the amazing response from our clubs and players to the terrible natural disasters we’ve experienced over the last month. Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.

In a statement of his own on Saturday, recently reelected NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith reacted to Trump’s comments, saying “We will never back down. We no longer can afford to stick to sports.”

Trump, who once owned the New Jersey Generals of the U.S. Football League, says those players are disrespecting the American flag and deserve to lose their jobs.

“That’s a total disrespect of our heritage. That’s a total disrespect of everything that we stand for,” Trump said, encouraging owners to act.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired,” Trump said to loud applause.

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Eric Reid and Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers kneel in protest during the national anthem prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2016. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Trump also predicted that any owner who followed the presidential encouragement would become “the most popular person in this country” — at least for a week.

Trump, who was in Alabama campaigning for Sen. Luther Strange, also blamed a drop in NFL ratings on the nation’s interest in “yours truly” as well as what he contended was a decline in violence in the game.

He said players are being thrown out for aggressive tackles, and it’s “not the same game.”

Over the past several seasons, the NFL and college football have increased penalties and enforcement for illegal hits to the head and for hitting defenseless players. A July report on 202 former football players found evidence of a debilitating brain disease linked to repeated head blows in nearly all of them. The league has agreed to pay $1 billion to retired players who claimed it misled them about the concussion dangers of playing football.

During his campaign, Trump often expressed nostalgia for the “old days” — claiming, for example, that protesters at his rallies would have been carried out on stretchers back then. He recently suggested police officers should be rougher with criminals and shouldn’t protect their heads when pushing them into squad cars.

It’s also not the first time he’s raised the kneeling issue. Earlier this year he took credit for the fact that Kaepernick hadn’t been signed.

Television ratings for the NFL have been slipping since the beginning of the 2016 season. The league and observers have blamed a combination of factors, including competing coverage of last year’s presidential election, more viewers dropping cable television, fans’ discomfort with the reports of head trauma and the anthem protests.

Ratings have been down even more in the early 2017 season, though broadcasters and the league have blamed the hurricanes that hit Florida and Texas. Still, the NFL remains by far the most popular televised sport in the United States.

Trump said the anthem protest was the top reason NFL viewership had waned.

“You know what’s hurting the game?” he asked. “When people like yourselves turn on television and you see those people taking the knee when they’re playing our great national anthem,” he said.

Trump encouraged his supporters to pick up and leave the stadium next time they spot a player failing to stand.

“I guarantee things will stop,” he said.



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owl0210
by Silver Member on Sep. 23, 2017 at 2:19 PM
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Spoken like a true dictator.
Hottmomma607
by NOLA T. on Sep. 23, 2017 at 2:33 PM
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Should fire someone refuses to speak like a grown up to others and someone who whines on Tweeter.
First world problems, Colin K.? Good grief, who gives a shit?
SeanandNoahsmom
by Dawn on Sep. 23, 2017 at 2:35 PM
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Although I believe there are better ways to stand up for racial inequality, it is there right to protest however they wish. Clearly our POTUS shamefully doesn’t believe in our constitution’s first amendment.

I also don’t think that people who pay hundreds, or thousands of dollars for tickets are going to just walk out if players kneel, they simply won’t go in the first place. And though ratings are down, ticket sales are not.
jessilin0113
by Ruby Member on Sep. 23, 2017 at 2:37 PM
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18 U.S. Code § 227 - Wrongfully influencing a private entity’s employment decisions by a Member of Congress or an officer or employee of the legislative or executive branch

(a) Whoever, being a covered government person, with the intent to influence, solely on the basis of partisan political affiliation, an employment decision or employment practice of any private entity—
(1)
takes or withholds, or offers or threatens to take or withhold, an official act, or
(2)
influences, or offers or threatens to influence, the official act of another,
shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for not more than 15 years, or both, and may be disqualified from holding any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States.
(b) In this section, the term “covered government person” means—
(1)
a Senator or Representative in, or a Delegate or Resident Commissioner to, the Congress;
(2)
an employee of either House of Congress; or
(3)
the President, Vice President, an employee of the United States Postal Service or the Postal Regulatory Commission, or any other executive branch employee (as such term is defined under section 2105 of title 5, United States Code).

Step lightly, dude, your press secretary just got hit with an ethics complaint because of this. 
KaleaLani
by Gold Member on Sep. 23, 2017 at 2:43 PM
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The NFL encourages, but does not require, athletes to stand for the National Anthem. It is not a fireable offence.

36 U.S. Code § 301 does not assign criminality to non adherence to Anthem etiquette. It is not a punishable offence.

Trump can fuck right off.
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by Pepperlynn on Sep. 23, 2017 at 2:46 PM
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by Pepperlynn on Sep. 23, 2017 at 2:46 PM
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joyfree
by Ruby Member on Sep. 23, 2017 at 2:57 PM
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I wager you're bursting with pride as the Tangerine Nightmare spews this nonsense, OP.

Will you be laughing when the bombs start exploding around you?

elle7777
by Member on Sep. 23, 2017 at 2:59 PM
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He's crazy.
joyfree
by Ruby Member on Sep. 23, 2017 at 3:02 PM
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For those who will say," What does football have to do with bombs?" I reply that the blooming IDIOT that you elected can't shut his mouth about this, and has no problem inflaming the equally blooming IDIOT in South Korea, and no Iran is flexing its muscles.

I hope you will be thrilled with the results if he stays in office.

Quoting joyfree:

I wager you're bursting with pride as the Tangerine Nightmare spews this nonsense, OP.

Will you be laughing when the bombs start exploding around you?


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