Skip to comments.No NFL players visibly kneel during season opener
Posted on 09/06/2018 7:59:30 PM PDT by yesthatjallen
There were no visible demonstrations by NFL players during the national anthem before the season opener on Thursday night.
All of the Atlanta Falcons and most of the Philadelphia Eagles stood throughout the anthem, including players who have previously demonstrated, such as Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins.
Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett wandered around the bench throughout the anthem and sat down near the end, but he did not kneel.
Most of the players reportedly had their hands over the chests throughout the anthem.
Last month, several Eagles players, including Jenkins, did not take the field during the national anthem at a preseason game, extending the ongoing protests by NFL players. Jenkins also raised his fist during the national anthem at a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Players have stated the protests are a stand against racial inequality and police brutality.
President Trump has taken on the NFL protests as a lightning-rod political and cultural issue, claiming the NFL demonstrators are unpatriotic.
Trump on Wednesday slammed the NFL and Nike after Nike featured free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick as the face of its latest ad campaign.
Kaepernick was the first to kneel during the national anthem to protest the treatment of people of color in the U.S. in 2016.
"Just like the NFL, whose ratings have gone WAY DOWN, Nike is getting absolutely killed with anger and boycotts," Trump tweeted on Wednesday. "As far as the NFL is concerned, I just find it hard to watch, and always will, until they stand for the FLAG!"
Trump also briefly mentioned support for the flag during a rally in Billings, Mont., on Thursday night.
The NFL sought to end the controversy earlier this year with a policy that prevented players from protesting during the anthem. The policy was later frozen after the league fielded criticism from supporters and players.
Was this planned or did 'the movement' just burn out?
NFL not welcome here.
Gotta be racism. Everything else is.
Nikes doing their bidding now
Nobody knelt at the Trump rally, which is what I watched.
“Just Do It” has now become “Just Doo Doo”
Wouldn’t know, didn’t watch, don’t care.
Instead they threw the American Flag on the ground in the locker room and pissed on it.
Too little, too late.
surrendered to the anti-American thugs.
Wandering around, not standing for the entire Anthem. All signs of disrespect.
How many stayed back in the tunnel? How many actually on the field?
Were “hands over their chest” clenched fists or a proper rendering of respect?
did they stay inside and hide? It doesn’t matter if some teams don’t kneel. The league is complicit. I don’t watch so they can fly around the stadium with flag poles in their asses for all i care.
The NFL is no longer welcome here.
Ho hum. Didnt watch. Who cares?
Was there a football game on tonight? Sorry I missed it! /s
I watched the Germany-France soccer game in the UEFA Nations League.
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