The 2018 NFL season has already seen protests, and Trump says the players should be suspended.
The 2018 NFL preseason just began, and many players protested during the national anthem. Some players knelt, some raised their fists, and some decided to stay inside during the anthem.
Trump took to Twitter and demanded that players stand, stating, “Numerous players, from different teams, wanted to show their “outrage” at something that most of them are unable to define. They make a fortune doing what they love. Be happy, be cool! A football game, that fans are paying soooo much money to watch and enjoy, is no place for protest. Most of that money goes to the players anyway. Find another way to protest. Stand proudly for the National Anthem or be Suspended Without Pay!”
One of the more outspoken players, Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins, tweeted before the game to show why he protests, stating, “Before we enjoy this game let’s take some time to ponder that more than 60% of the prison population are people of color. The NFL is made up of 70% African Americans. What you witness of the field does not represent the reality of everyday America. We are the anomalies…”
The NFL backed down from a plan to fine players for kneeling after players and their union said it was a violation of their rights.