In 2016, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick chose to kneel during the national anthem to protest the rash of police brutality, police-involved shootings, and oppression of black people. He received a wave of backlash that ultimately led to death threats and being released from the 49ers.
The most damaging criticism, however, came from President Donald Trump, who called for NFL players to be fired or suspended if they didn’t stand up for the national anthem.
Fast forward two years and the President’s stance on the issue is still a matter of discussion. During a press briefing at the White House, CNN contributor April Ryan pressed Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on whether or not Trump understood the reason for the protest. The answer she received was likely expected, but not what she wanted.