The controversy continues surrounding NFL players protesting racist police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem. Until now, it seemed management and team owners were presenting a united front in support of players choosing to #TakeAKnee.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who had previously said that players "had a right to voice their opinions," now seems to be buckling under pressure from the President.
Goodell: "The controversy over the Anthem is a barrier to having honest conversations and making real progress on the underlying issues."— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 10, 2017
Roger Goodell on anthem protests: "We need to move past this controversy, and we want to do that together with our players."— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 10, 2017
As the controversy continues to divide Americans, other NFL figures have broken ranks and spoken out against the protests. Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys and a vocal Trump supporter, has threatened to bench any player who kneels during the national anthem.
If we are disrespecting the flag, then we won’t play. Period.
I'm not impressed by Jerry Jones & Robert Goodell. They changed their stance only after their pocket was impacted.— 🌸Jillian 🇺🇸 💕 👢 (@Jillibean557) October 11, 2017
A big salute to Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, who will BENCH players who disrespect our Flag."Stand for Anthem or sit for game!"— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2017
No employer can take away your 1st Amendment rights. Period.— Balanced Dogs (@BalancedDogs) October 10, 2017
The players need to find another way to bring attention to racial inequity— Roland Jenkins (@Roland_Jenkins) October 10, 2017
One that does not make their cause look like a insult to America
No one should force anyone to stand, it's a violation of the 1st Amendment. If they FORCE players to stand I'm done with the NFL— Jag Rich (@Boldjrich19) October 10, 2017
"We also care deeply about our players and respect their opinions and concerns about critical social issues." BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA— Dan Frech (@casualbyfiat) October 10, 2017
Just wondering is there a correct way to do it say torches? Correct time & place maybe home where no one can see? With or w/out flag& song?— Donna 💍 (@palmeri_donna) October 10, 2017