Donald Trump Once Again Demands Players Stand Prior To Sunday's Games (TWEET)

Oct 02, 2017, 00:48
Donald Trump Once Again Demands Players Stand Prior To Sunday's Games (TWEET)

On the other sideline, several members of the Miami Dolphins knelt during the national anthem.

A week after almost 200 NFL players protested during the national anthem, fewer players on Sunday were not standing for the national anthem.

More than 200 players either knelt or used other means as expressions of unity last weekend. A week ago, coaches, support staff and even some owners joined team members in silent support by kneeling, linking arms or staying off the field during the anthem.

At a political rally two days before, he said owners should fire players who don't stand and called such players a "son of a bitch", angering many in the league. Trump has said his comments have nothing to do with race but are about respecting the country and the flag.

Protesting during the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" drew national attention last season when Colin Kaepernick, then a quarterback with the San Francisco 49ers, declined to stand as a way to bring attention to police treatment of blacks and to social injustice.

Taking time away from a Twitter rant against criticism of the federal response to hurricane damage in Puerto Rico, he tweeted: 'Very important that NFL players STAND tomorrow, and always, for the playing of our National Anthem.

Kaelin Clay, Cedric Thornton, Mike Tolbert, Shareece Wright, Taiwan Jones and Jerel Worthy were the Bills players who knelt during the national anthem.

Noah responded to Trump's tweet with one of his own.

"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".

National Football League spokesman Joe Lockhart called the president's statements "inaccurate".

Dan, who is white, also noted how Trump and his supporters missed the point by making this about the anthem and the flag, perhaps not by accident.

And on Thursday he continued the crusade, drawing a rebuke from the NFL after he said football team owners are afraid of their players.

"I do really believe his heart's in the right place", House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said on CBS' "Face the Nation". "I think they made it clear they support our players, but also support our country, the national anthem, the flag-all of the things some have suggested we don't".