26 September 2017 - Trump Blasts National Football League for Anthem Protest
During a week in which a crucial Senate health care vote, his tax plan, the North Korean nuclear threat and Puerto Rico's post-hurricane suffering vied for attention, President Donald Trump carried his feud with the NFL over players who kneel in protest into the new week with a fresh volley of tweets.
But for some, Trump's argument with professional athletes had everything to do with race.
NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart defended players' rights to peacefully protest what they view as racial inequality and police mistreatment of black males.
Suzanne Moore (The Guardian, 25/09/2017)
The challenge comes from the image of American football players kneeling in protest during the anthem before matches. Their “taking a knee” action has fired the imagination and spread beyond football to baseball and even the world of showbiz, with Stevie Wonder among many stars seen following suit in solidarity. I don’t pretend for one minute to understand American football though I have been to several matches. It looks like rugby with crash helmets. But what I do know is a powerful symbol when I see one.
Facing "Tremendous Backlash"
(USA Today, 25/09/2017)
President Trump was back on Twitter early Monday morning, and he's still talking sports.
Trump's tweets touched on race, fans booing NFL players and his support for the NASCAR community.
Trump said that kneeling "has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem."
Jeff Pearlman (CNN, 25/09/2017)
There was Pete Rozelle, the NFL's longtime commissioner.
There was Donald Trump, Manhattan-based real estate mogul and owner of the New Jersey Generals of the United States Football League, which was in its second year.
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