What this means for the National Football League protests themselves is less clear.
And according to figures re-released by polling company Angus Reid ahead of this weekend of games, Canadians firmly support the players’ right to protest.
These protests follow former San Francisco 49er’s quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, who made a decision to take a knee in protest during the National Anthem last season. For comparison, the first 20 teams to play this week had 11 players combined take a knee.
As for Colin Kaepernick his message remains the same.
During the past week, Trump kept up a drumbeat of criticism of the protesting players.
Trump later tweeted video of fans and players standing at an NHL game and wrote: “19,000 RESPECTING our National Anthem!”
Sherwood Baptist Pastor Michel Catt, on the other hand, had different thoughts on the kneeling controversy.
If you don’t like what those kneeling football players are doing, then perhaps it’s you who is not standing with the troops.
“I think everyone has the right to protest, but I think you have to choose your stage wisely”, said Laura Williams, who works in healthcare.
The move drew criticism from Trump and fans, with accusations that the protesting players were disrespecting the national anthem and the U.S. military. Today, our team chose to publicly display our unity in a new way and, in turn, urge others do the same.
In a rare appearance on field, Jaguars owner Shahid Khan was seen entwined with his team’s players while Ravens Coach John Harbaugh was also spotted linking arms with players.
National Football League spokesman Joe Lockhart called the president’s statements “inaccurate”.
He added: “They say, ‘We are in a situation where we have to do something.’ I think they’re afraid of their players, you want to know the truth”.
Why did some teams remain in their locker rooms? .
NFL players have continued their protests before and during the National Anthem against perceived social injustice.
In its statement, the Colts claimed that its players’ protests were not meant as “disrespect” for the flag or our soldiers. “Until that happens. there is never going to be a change”, Seattle Seahawks player Michael Bennett said on CNN on Wednesday.
“Staying together as one unit, one group, one brotherhood, things like that”.
“We cannot continue to move forward as a community when we don’t want to deal with the elephant in the room, which is racial inequality, injustice, and racism”, Pastor Knighton said.