U.S. President Donald Trump has tweeted against NFL officials for possibly having players and coaches stay in their locker rooms during the pre-game playing of the U.S. national anthem for the 2018 season. But that doesn't mean things won't be changing next year.
The Washington Post reported this week that NFL owners might consider keeping teams in the locker room during the national anthem next season if player protests continue. Trump wrote, "The NFL is now thinking about a new idea - keeping teams in the Locker Room during the National Anthem next season".
A Quinnipiac University national survey released Wednesday found that while voters oppose NFL players' kneeling during the National Anthem by a 52 to 42 percent margin, almost seven in 10 - 67 percent - believe they have a right to do so.
Reuters/ David BeckerDonald Trump conflict against the National Football League continues.
"This is nearly as worse than kneel!"
NFL players have protested social justice issues, such as police brutality, since the 2016 season and during each week of the 2017 season, either kneeling or raising a fist during the national anthem. "When will the highly paid Commissioner (Roger Goodell) finally get tough and smart?"
Goodell has not commented on Trump's latest statement against him and the NFL.
Democrats were most likely to say National Football League players had a right to kneel in protest, with 88 percent in agreement, while Republicans were most likely to argue that athletes do not have a right to protest in this fashion, with 58 percent in agreement. "We respect our flag", Trump said to loud applause at the campaign event in Alabama. "He's fired! He's fired!'"
The most recent protest was carried out by Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch. Trump criticized Lynch for his protest before the game against the New England Patriots, who went on to win 33-8. Great disrespect! Next time National Football League should suspend him for remainder of season.
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