National Football League in a 'really bad box' after criticism


This was what happened when I first saw Colin Kaepernick kneel instead of standing when the national anthem was played.

At said time, his actions were seen not only as disrespectful but anti-patriotic.

Many Steelers fans watching the game were irate when their team failed to come out of the tunnel for the anthem they revere.

Redshirt sophomore linebacker Kyle Pugh said it's "cool to see" players express their beliefs through peaceful protest, and it should send a message.

But all that has for sure changed since Saturday.

The last week has been one for the history books, as dozens of NFL players made a decision to take a knee during their respective game's national anthem. National Basketball Association players and one Major League Baseball player joined as well.

Many players from the Chiefs and Saints protested by sitting on the bench.

"I understand that there are injustices in our country and across the world".

Historically protests in the field, arena or stadium are rare. Will this usher in a new era of political awareness in sports, or greater support for civil liberties?

"We've got to keep talking about it".

The Golden State Warriors said the team had clearly understood "that we are not invited" to the White House but would visit Washington DC on its own "to celebrate equality, diversity, and inclusion". The kneelers surely unified with the like-minded, but one presumes there were players who were embarrassed by the entire spectacle. From Jackie Robinson, to Muhammad Ali, to Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Olympics, African-American protests have occurred in sports for quite some time.

For the record, all pampered millionaires are free to register whatever distaste they wish for America or any president of their choosing, on their own time. As part of our basketball team, when you put the OR jersey on, it's a little different. Among those who find it inappropriate, 8 percent think the players should find a different way to protest during games, 76 percent that they should only protest in private life, and 13 percent that they should not protest at all.

"I think he has to get rid of the filibuster rule", Trump argued that McConnell needs to of the Senate rule for a 60-vote majority needed to pass legislation, adding that it's a "disaster for the Republican party".

Said statement certainly reflected where the support or perhaps "lack of" Benjamin and Bell had within their team. Not my business and not my right to demand that they be grateful. It appears to me that timing isn't the issue, but rather that they want to disrespect the flag, national anthem, servicemen and women, police officers and country.

Kaepernick drew criticism from some fans and conservative pundits, who accused him of disrespecting the police, the flag or people in military service - or some combination of all three.

"We've talked about it as a team".

"The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race".

Hillary Clinton, Trump's Democratic rival in the 2016 presidential election, called Trump's comments "a huge, loud dog whistle to his supporters" in an interview with CBS earlier this week.

This of course highlights how times have changed, how the U.S. has changed!

Before I dive in and offer my take, it is important to understand two main focal points of these National Football League protests. "They traditionally want to shy away from political controversy, and this controversy has been thrust into the national debate here around the NFL". "The only way [to stop the protests] is to set a rule that you can't kneel during our National Anthem".

The president's criticism sparked a massive response from almost every NFL team during football games on Sunday and Monday, with more players choosing to kneel and players, owners and coaches linking arms during or before the National Anthem in response to Trumps' comments.

Athletes have the power to be forces of change using sport as their vehicle.