NFL Teams Respond to President Trump's Comments
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘get that son of a bitch off the field right now. He’s fired!’”
Yup, these were the words of President Trump a few days ago. He then took to Twitter to tell NFL fans to boycott games to get players to stop “disrespecting our Flag & Country”. Trump proceeded to say that NFL ratings are down due to players kneeling and that the NFL should back the US.
Now I’m in no way, shape or form a political scientist, so I’ll try to keep this as sports-oriented as I can. Many NFL teams, and executives, responded to the President’s comments by locking arms during the national anthem to show their loyalty to each other, as well as other NFL players. The Jaguars and Ravens made headlines first by doing so during the anthem for their game in London. Many players from both teams double protested by locking arms while kneeling and Jaguars owner, Shahid Khan, who donated $1M to Donald Trump, even joined his team. Later in the day, things started to get interesting. A few teams, including the Titans and Seahawks, chose not to participate in the national anthem at all and remained in their locker rooms. The Steelers also did the same but made headlines because Alejandro Villanueva, Steeler Offensive Lineman and former Army Ranger, stood at the end of the team’s tunnel during the anthem, and his jersey became the highest selling NFL jersey overnight. Finally, Monday night Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys chose to link arms and take a knee on the field after they came out of their tunnel but not during the national anthem.
Regardless of anyone’s political views it’s great to see so many players come together and make a stand against President Trump’s comments. While I can imagine the vast majority of fans and players would prefer to keep politics separate from sports, I think we can also all agree we love football and want to continue to enjoy the sport on Sundays.