NFL’s ‘Sons of Bitches’ Band Together to Defy Forced Obedience

More than 200 players joined in solidarity Sunday to protest Trump’s assault on their right to protest racial injustices. 

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The response this weekend by NFL players and other professional athletes to President Trump’s attacks on their right to protest could best be summed up by a comment from a Twitter user going by the name of Frederick Douglass: “Sons of bitches join up with the nasty women and bad hombres and take back our country.”

Those “sons of bitches,” as referred to by Trump during a rally in Alabama on Friday, describe NFL players who kneel or sit during the national anthem prior to games, following the example of former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick who began the protest last year to highlight injustices and police brutality against minorities, including Black men callously killed by police.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said in 2016. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

But unlike the white supremacists and neo-Nazis who protested in Charlottesville and, according to the president, included some “very fine people,” any NFL player who dares protest is a “son of a bitch” who should be fired.

Beyond his statement, Trump later tweeted: “If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU’RE FIRED. Find something else to do!”

“I’m ok for being fired for what I believe in,” tweeted Green Bay Packers’ Martellus Bennett. “The idea of @realDonaldTrump thinking that suggesting firing me from football, confirms that he thinks that it’s all I can do as a Black man”

“What an emphatic response,” replied Denver Broncos’ Max Garcia. “Where was this passion in response to Charlottesville?”

Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy told radio station WKBW he “can’t stand and support something where our leader of this country is … acting like a jerk, angry and upset about NFL players protesting in a peaceful manner.”

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith questioned Trump’s motivations. “I don’t always feel comfortable talking about a lot of this stuff. We’re athletes, we’re playing football. But certainly I’d be lying if I said the comments didn’t upset me,” Smith said, according to the Kansas City Star. “It’s the same guy who couldn’t condemn violent neo-Nazis. And he’s condemning guys taking a knee during the anthem. The league’s not perfect. But … there are so many good things, great things that go on in this league. … It struck a chord a little bit to see guys get attacked for a peaceful protest.”

“There is inequality out there,” Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman told The Associated Press. “There isn’t liberty and justice for all, and I think guys for a while, at least a year now, have been protesting that by taking a knee, sitting down, putting up the fist … but their voices were watered down.”

“We will not stand for the injustice that has plagued people of color in this country,” the Seahawks players said in their statement. “Out of love for our country and in honor of the sacrifices made on our behalf, we unite to oppose those that would deny our most basic freedoms.”

Sunday’s first NFL game, between Jacksonville and Baltimore, was being played in London and by 9:30 am ET had the largest number of players to date kneeling during the anthem.

By the afternoon, more than 200 NFL players representing all 28 teams that played Sunday either sat or kneeled during the national anthem prior to their respective games.

The AP said its reporters and photographers counted the players kneeling or sitting at every game Sunday, estimating about one in eight players did not stand. Many others displayed some form of protest, including raising their fists or locking arms in solidarity. Last week, only six NFL players protested, the AP said.

Three teams chose to remain in their locker rooms during the Star Spangled Banner. Some of the protesting players were white, but the overwhelming majority were Black. According to the NFL, about 70 percent of the league’s players are Black.

“Me taking a knee doesn’t change the fact that I support our military, I’m a patriot and I love my country,” Buffalo Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander told the AP. “But I also recognize there are some social injustices in this country and today I wanted to take a knee in support of my brothers who have been doing it. … I just wanted to show them that I was with them today, especially in the backdrop of our president making the comments about our players, about their mothers. And then you put that in conjunction with how he tried to gray-area Nazism and KKK members as being fine people, I had to take a knee.”

“We stand with our brothers,” Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs said, according to the AP. “They have the right and we knelt with them today. To protest, non-violent protest, is as American as it gets, so we knelt with them today to let them know that we’re a unified front.”

In a statement, the Washington Redskins players said, “Football has always served as the great unifier, bringing people together to celebrate the values of courage, commitment and achievement.” Redskins tight-end Vernon Davis, told NBC News that, if invited, he would visit the White House and tell Trump: “We love the flag. Let’s focus on solutions rather than attack those protesting.”

Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Alejandro Villanueva, a former Army Ranger who did three tours in Afghanistan, stood in the tunnel with his hand over heart during the anthem while the rest of his team remained in the locker room. The Tennessee Titans and Seahawks were the other two teams to do so.

Player reactions ran the gamut from responding to Trump and calling for unity.

“More than ever we remain committed to advocacy 4 equality & social justice 4 all! @Eaglesfans Join us in locking arms 4 unity in our city!”  tweeted Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins.

“I’ve been raised the right way. I know what’s right and what’s wrong. Ain’t nobody ever going to scare me. I don’t care if he’s the president or not. You ain’t my president,” New York Giants’ Olivier Vernon told AP.

“There’s nothing that we’re saying we disrespect our country,” added teammate Landon Collins. “It hurt me to take a knee. I was about to break down in tears. I love this country. But at the same time we respect each other, and we have a family over here, and we’re gonna fight for each other.”

“We felt like President Trump’s speech was an assault on our most cherished right, freedom of speech,” said Denver Broncos’ Von Miller.

Detroit Lions’ Eric Ebron said, “Does anyone tell Trump to stick to politics like they tell us to stick to sports?”

“Shaking my head in awe because Kaepernick is exercising his right as an American citizen to protest,” said Minnesota Vikings’ Bishop Sankey.

New England Patriots quarterback and Trump friend Tom Brady finally weighed in on Monday. “I certainly disagree with what [Trump] said. I thought it was just divisive … Like I said, I just want to support my teammates. I am never one to say, ‘Oh, that is wrong. That is right.’ I do believe in what I believe in. I believe in bringing people together and respect and love and trust. Those are the values that my parents instilled in me,” he told Boston’s WEEI radio.

NFL players kneelFormer NFL player and CNN Sports anchor Coy Wire said players’ actions are making a difference. “I talked to Michael Bennett, he is a Seahawks player, he’s been on the forefront of players kneeling during national anthem and taking a stand against racial and social injustice. He told me this was never about disrespecting the military, he said his own father served in the U.S. Navy,” Wire said on CNN. “It’s not easy to kneel during the anthem he said, but it’s effective, the whole purpose he said was to spark conversation and shed light on the issue of racial and social injustice in America. He feels although it may be unpopular for some, it is effective and the conversations are being had.”

“I think the fact that a number of guys were immediately responsive to what the president said in Alabama on Friday night, shows you that players weren’t going to back down,” former NFL wide receiver Donte Stallworth said on CNN. “But when you look at the whole reason why this thing started from the very beginning is to bring forth a lot of attention to a situation in police communities — or communities, policing, that needs to be addressed.”

Stallworth said players now “have been galvanized, they’ve been inspired to do more now that they feel that the president of the United States is trying to bully them into silence.”

Asked if he felt Trump’s attack against the NFL is racist, Stallworth said: “I don’t sling that word around lightly. But I do think that when you look at the president’s own actions, not what we think of white supremacy or not what we think of racism, but you look at his own actions, his lack of condemnation to white supremacists in Charlottesville and Nazis marching, screaming Jews will not replace us. … I don’t need to say whether he’s a white supremacist or a racist, because his own actions speak for themselves.”

For his part, Trump told reporters on Sunday his comments were not about race. “I’ve never said anything about race,” he said. “This has nothing to do with race or anything else. This has to do with respect for our country and respect for our flag.”

But for many, it was all about race.

“[Trump] has used these issues to stir up his base, always reminding them with a figurative wink and a tweet that he has not forgotten them, and to take a stand against efforts to promote social equality that he dismisses as silly political correctness,” wrote Julian Zelizer, Princeton University professor and author, in a column.

“All of this dog whistling has barely enough wiggle room for people to say this isn’t about race, but of course it is,” wrote TV personality and writer Touré in The Daily Beast. “Trump’s comment that all this isn’t about race is laughable — he’s deliberately urging the NFL’s owners and fans, who are predominantly white, to take action that would punish protesting NFL players, who are overwhelmingly black.

“He’s trying to silence black players on behalf of offended whites. He’s pushing racial buttons and taking sides. When he says it isn’t about race you just have to wonder if he knows he’s lying or if he’s not consciously aware of what he’s doing. Is he being dishonest or completely incompetent? I’m really not sure.”

NFL players kneel

Eric Matthews, former wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers, told CNN, “I look at it as a hit to the NFL players. … What you’re seeing today, the players are coming together, showing what Trump was talking about, it doesn’t have anything to do with that. These are football players but at the end of the day they’re American citizens first. … Kaepernick was taking a knee not against the NFL but because of what’s going on in our neighborhoods with the injustices in Black communities. And that I think kind of got missed, the whole reason. It’s not about Kaepernick trying to get a job. It’s about what he was standing for. And I think you’ll see that more.”
Ron Brownstein, senior editor at The Atlantic, said Sunday on CNN: “Saying this is about the national anthem is like saying Charlottesville was fundamentally about a statue of Robert E. Lee. It’s simply the venue in which the underlying issue is being fought out. And from the point of view of the president and the kind of language he has used literally from the first day when he came down the escalator in Trump Tower and talked about Mexicans who are rapists and criminals, it is not a coincidence that he is attacking a series of prominent African American athletes.

“This is a continuation of what we saw with David Duke, what we saw with Charlottesville, what we see in his comments about Black Lives Matter. He has appealed, from the beginning, to the elements of White America that are most uneasy about racial and demographic change. From the beginning, the president has drawn his most support from the voters who are most uneasy about those changes.”

David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, on Saturday wrote that the president “is infinitely more offended by the sight of a black ballplayer quietly, peacefully protesting racism in the United States than he is by racism itself.” Remnick said Trump’s use of phrases such as “People like yourselves,” “Those people, ” and “Son of a bitch” “was the same sort of racial signalling that followed the Fascist and white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. It is no longer a matter of ‘dog whistling.’ This is a form of racial demagoguery broadcast at the volume of a klaxon.”

Meanwhile, beyond the NFL, Trump on Saturday morning rescinded a White House invitation to professional basketball star Steph Curry, whose Golden State Warriors were this year’s NBA champions. The Warriors later said in a statement they would not visit the White House and instead use the trip to Washington, D.C., to “celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion,” which they “embrace as an organization.”

“I don’t know, you know, why he feels he needs to target certain individuals rather than others,” Curry said on CNN. “I have an idea of why, but it’s kind of — just kind of beneath, I think, a leader of a country to go that route. It’s not what leaders do.”

Trump’s decision to revoke Curry’s invitation was likely due to Curry’s statement on Friday saying: “We don’t stand for basically what our president has said and the things that he hasn’t said and the right times that we won’t stand for it. And by acting, or not going, hopefully that will inspire some change when it comes to what we tolerate in this country and what is accepted and … what we turn a blind eye to.”

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr forcefully criticized Trump’s statements and stood up for NFL players. “No matter how many times a football player says, ‘I honor our military, but I’m protesting police brutality and racial inequality,’ it doesn’t matter,” Kerr said Saturday on ESPN. “Nationalists are saying, ‘You’re disrespecting our flag.’ Well, you know what else is disrespectful to our flag? Racism. And one’s way worse than the other.”

NBA star Lebron James also weighed in. “Obviously, we all know what happened with Charlottesville and the divide that that caused,” he said. “And now it’s even hitting more home for me now even more, because he’s now using sports as the platform to try to divide us.”

In Major League Baseball Saturday night Oakland A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell kneeled with his hand over his heart prior to the start of his game. The former Army Ranger said afterwards: “My hand over my heart symbolized the fact that I am and am forever an American citizen and more than grateful for being here. But my kneeling is getting the attention, because I’m kneeling for the people that don’t have a voice. And this goes beyond the Black community. This scope [is] beyond the Hispanic community because right now, we are having an indifference and racial divide in all types of people.”

“Our country has a rich history of athletes activism,” added CNN’s Wire. “I think these are significant times. You can go back to Tommy Smith, John Carlos, Jesse Owens, Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Ali, Kareem Abdul- Jabbar. And this feels like that, a momentous time in our country where athletes are using their voice, using their platform to try to create positive change where they think they can.”

DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, tweeted: “We will never back down. We can no longer afford to stick to sports.”

NFL owners contribute to Trump

Meanwhile, several NFL team owners have made financial contributions to Trump’s presidential campaign and/or his inaugural committee, according to published reports based on data from the Federal Election Commission:

Houston Texans owner Robert McNair: $2.4 million
New York Jets owner Woody Johnson: $1.105 million
Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder: $1.1 million
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft: $1 million
Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke: $1 million
Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan: $1 million
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones: $1 million
Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam: 400,000
Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Edward Glazer: $305,400

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56 comments


  • I’m proud of the teams taking a stand for the players’ freedom of expression, and hope that my town’s team — the Dallas Cowboys — does the same. This entire situation raises an interesting legal conundrum. If a team were to fire a player for exercising his freedom of expression, that player would not have a claim against the team for violation of his First Amendment rights, because the First Amendment only prohibits the Government from suppressing speech. However, if a player loses his job because of pressure from the President of the United States, would that player have a claim against the Government for denial of his Constitutional rights? Although the First Amendment — on its face — only limits Congress, the courts have always applied it to the entire Government. And a First Amendment violation can be found where governmental action merely “chills” freedom of expression; that is, makes it less likely for people to exercise their guaranteed rights.

  • This protest players and a few owners did is nothing but a publicity stunt and an opportunity to have a photo op. The decision to kneel should have never been about Trump’s comments. White oppression’s use of the police and laws they enforce are specifically designed to subjugate and denigrate Black people.

    I have zero admiration and definitely no love for Black football players who miraculously found their testicles and backbone once one of the most hated men in the world said something ignorant that in turn made it easier for them to protest through taking a knee while the anthem is played. Kaepernick and the very very few who exercised provocative, courageous and intellectual revolts against insidious oppression are the true heroes. They are emblematic of patriotic Americans.

    For me now that these Sambos are standing up, I demand they don’t participate in any other games for the rest of the season; the same way Kaepernick has been banned preventing his participation.

    Weak, pathetic, mentally enslaved Black men. All brawn with no courage and brains — AKA stupid negroes.

    • Who allowed this garbage in print in this forum?? Sambos?? Stupid Negroes??
      Sounds like the very things they’re protesting against are in your ignorant, racist, jealous rant! I don’t know what makes people think that professional sports is some sort of Privilege that’s handed down like candy; those athletes made sacrifices, worked hard, and went through hell to get where they’re at today…no one gave them anything to kow-towel to anyone about!

      Your drivel represents the hearts of those who can’t handle the truth! The days of White Supremacy and White privilege are over..plain and simple!! Get over it! A new day is here and the world is watching just how the United States of America really treats its own people. So keep spewing your venom and I hope it subsequently chokes the white supremacist life out of you and those who think (for lack of a better term) like you!

      The Constitution covers freedom of speech and peaceful assembly. If you don’t like it, find something else to watch on Sunday afternoon!! It looks like the number of knee benders, fist-holders, and locker-room-sitdowns are increasing every week and thanks to YOUR PRESIDENT, he only added gasoline to an already existing fire! May it burn all the disease of racism out of this country so we can really make America great again….

      • The merits of Black football players now protesting should be questioned and scrutinized when Kaepernick stood by himself as one against many. He truly prioritized the Black community needs and morality over his safety and career.

        Any Black football player doing it now to include White sports celebrities are doing so because everyone is now shouting. It’s easy to feel comfortable screaming when everyone around you is doing it. Not so easy when you’re the only one doing it.

        lol BTW, I’m Black!

        • I assumed that you were black when I first read your post. I understood what you were saying, even though I thought it was rather harsh. I saw your point., but with that said, I do think that it is better to get woke later, than not at all. Yes, I do think that people have kind of forgotten just why Kaepernick and other took that first knee. But just because you come late to the party, doesn’t mean that you are not welcome. We play right into the hand of the magician in chief, when we don’t stand together against his divisiveness.. It is better to be against the two faced owners, who take a knee with their players while calling 45 a friend and even giving money to his campaign , than the players who you feel are “uncle toms”. These owners are just doing this as a photo-op and publicity moments. No sincerity there.

          • I’ll cut no slack to Black NFL players straddling the fence. Black people have been doing this for far too long at the expense of Black suffering and their own personal comfort. There’s a word for late comer NFL players like this, “house negroes”.

            You’re either with the cause or against it. There is no middle ground.

          • That’s exactly right and why Trump hero Alejandro was very contrite on CNN earlier today. You’re either kneeling for justice or laying down…

            Trump has never been on a team but his own. Team narcissist. Team draft dodger. Team philander. Team contactor/bank/customer cheat. Team Russia.

        • You being black just puts a different name on your own prejudices. Calling your brothers “Sambos” and ” stupid negroes” only shows our lack of unity thanks to the doctrines of Willie Lynch. You can respectfully disagree without calling names. I don’t care if or when the players decided to take the knee, I’m just glad they did it. Do you see how many people are taking a stand now? Of course it would’ve been better if they did it the same time with Kapernick. But if you look at past history, only a few started and eventually it grew. Rosa Parks refused to give a seat on the bus BY HERSELF! Yes, it was a planned move, but she had to do it alone. Dr. King and Malcolm X knew they were targeted for death, but they did it anyway…alone. But many positive things have happened since because someone had to start it. So I don’t care when the players took the knee, now they’re taking it with their fellow white players and coaches. Now even team owners are getting it in because it’s not about them…it’s about the Constitutional right for freedom of speech and peaceful assembly…plain and simple.

        • Learn to express your thoughts better. And now they’ve joined him. So your point is they shouldn’t have because the POS draft dodger in the white house babbled something?

          That idiot babbles something every hour. I just learned Puerto Rico is an island surrounded by bigly water called an ocean.

          They don’t need to be any more grateful than white millionaires and billionaires are for being rich and white.

          Why do black people have to be more grateful than everyone else for being allowed to breathe in and out in a country to which they were born and died in every damned war this racist country ever had, including in a segregated military?

          They have a skill which they’ve capitalized on to get paid bigly. It’s the damned American way. It’s called capitalism. And if they weren’t making billions for white people, they wouldn’t be on the field.

          When trump and the rest of the 1 percent get on their knees thanking America for allowing them to rip everyone off for the Almighty – dollar…

          Until then, kudos for them using their money, power, celebrity, and public forum to take a stand for black people.

          White people are constantly screaming about their right to bear arms (Thank you white people. Because you’re terrified to go to the grocery store without bearing an AK47 – what crappy neighborhoods are you living in – 58 people are dead today from a sniper. But, wait, you’re all armed to the teeth, I guess you should fear your white neighbors), but when it comes to black people protesting to not be shot at a traffic stop, that’s a problem.

          How soon whites have forgotten they were calling the cops pigs back in the 60’s and 70’s when *they* were protesting the establishment. I guess they’ve conveniently forgotten Kent State. Someone should remind them, they were spitting on Viet Nan troops when they returned home. White people always get angry at what’s convenient at the moment. Really short memories.

          Turn in your black card. I call BS. Whites do that all the time on the internet, claim they’re black do they can call black people sambos.

    • Muirheadhere

      i like how you think you get to approve what all black people do. I doubt you’re black and if you are you colorful language is at best STUPID and embarrassing. Take a history lesson FFS. It’s quite common for a movement to “grow” otherwise it could never be classified as a movement in the first place. I guess anyone who did not switch seats on the bus with Parks had not right to join in the boycotts later? That’s how this works, man. Get a clue.

  • The players of the NFL and/or NBA are exercising their right to protest and they are doing so peacefully. I applaud them and those who support them. Yes, African American people have the same rights as other Americans. We, too, can protest. And, don’t get it twisted, many of us have also lost family and friends in all US wars so it’s not about disrespecting the flag or the country we live in. I would argue that, in many instances our country failed to respect us (ie: enslavement, police brutality / killings, discrimination, racism, unequal judicial system, etc). And we continue to carry the weight of this disrespect, daily. Kudos to the professional sports players and owners who have the courage to stand up for their own beliefs and not be intimidated by people who don’t share your values. The Divider in Chief said it’s not about racism – that he didn’t even mention race. Really? Taking of the knee has always about race and how African Americans are treated in this country. Lastly, it’s election time in Alabama so the Carnival Barker in Chief has to give his base something to cheer about; he sinks lower and lower in order to hold on to them so they will vote for the candidate(s) he’s supporting all while pumping up his bloated ego. It’s just another distraction from the Chaos in Chief to direct our attention away from his failures, his bullying and his ineptness, his layered connection to Russia. Let’s keep our head on a swivel. BLM

  • As a 26 year military retired Veteran, I am appalled by the disrespect these players are giving to the Flag. We are the ones who has enabled these athletes to make millions of dollars each year without fear of attack. They certainly cannot complain about wages earned and they choose to play a game they know will cause them injuries and possible disabilities. . Racial equality? African-American males are only six percent of the United States population, but comprise nearly 70 percent of the players in the National Football League.

    • The players are protesting the racist inequities in our criminal justice system, bigot. As far as your statistics – 70% of NFL players are black, 20% of quarterbacks, 10% of coaches and 0% of owners.

      Football ratings are not “way down.” Trump lied again. http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2017/sep/24/donald-trump/trumps-mostly-false-claim-nfl-ratings-are-way-down/

      The rest of your comment is a non sequitur and I deleted it.

      https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/06/23/opinion/trumps-lies.html

    • The flag??? What the hell is the American flag doing at a stupid sports game anyway?

      I don’t even stand half the time because, I’ve always wondered, what the hell is the flag and the national anthem doing at a damned game where someone is hitting a ball and everyone’s getting drunk?

      Why is that? That in and of itself has always seemed disrespectful. The damned flag doesn’t belong at a football game or a baseball game. Is it at a tennis game, the bowling alley, swim meets, golfing tournaments, before heavy weight boxing matches???

      What is it about football that the flag is there at all? Why? Who said so? Is the military there? Am I worshipping football? Is the American government there? Is this the funeral for a veteran?

      No, it’s damned football. A brutal game that causes brain damage. It shouldn’t be there in the first place. It should be in federal government and state government buildings and spaces. It should be displayed in the military, at veterans’ funeral, in the White House. The flag and the national anthem should be where Congress meets to remind that swamp who they work for.

      Football is nothing more than a profit making machine that uses up men’s bodies and then discards them like old race horses and greyhound dogs when they’re of no more use to make somebody even richer.

      The flag doesn’t belong in football. I don’t worship football. God isn’t watching over football and rooting for your team. Football has zero do with patriotism or God, but people act like it does. Players who kneel and thank God during games offend me.

      Yes, it’s a national past-time, but so is getting high and drunk and voting stupid. I can see the football league has done a masterful con job conflating a game with country. And everyone’s panties are all in a twist.

      Have some perspective. Be outraged because we’re so gun happy, 58 people are dead today and PR needs aid.

  • Can you print exactly what Trump said and not what was tweeted by other people?

  • Our potus is disgusting and totally incompetent…check out the video of him being interviewed as he was about to board his chopper …appears as though he was giving the “finger” as moving his hair out of the way… what an ass!

  • Greg Thrasher

    Where are our nation religious leaders on the most segregated and holiest day in America while mothers of athletes are called ‘Bitches ‘

    I have yet to read where Any Rabbi, Pastor Iman, Priest. Minister speak up for our mothers and reject this hate and bigotry of Trump

    Why not?????

    BLM

  • One Steeler saluted the flag and anthem – Offensive lineman Alejandro Villanueva. West Pointer, Army Ranger, Combat Infantry Badge and Bronze Star.

    His replica jersey’s selling well, I gather.

  • This whole protest nonsense is predicated on lies spewed by the anti-American Left and being eaten up by useful idiots.

    • Michael J. "Orange Mike" Lowrey

      Blayne: so unarmed minority men (and women, and children) are NOT killed in disproportionate numbers by cops, many of whom never pay any penalty for the killing? You really ARE living in some kind of Daily Stormer/WorldNetDaily/Alex Jones alternative reality, I guess. Meanwhile, in the real world, I applaud the courage of the athletes who exercise their sacred rights as free Americans.

    • This protest was predicated on the police who are supposed to protect and serve ALL OF US, using our black men and boys as target practice and getting away with it! They have night sticks, tazers, and guns but they are allowed to state that they were in fear of their lives??? Every last black man and boy that’s been killed has been unarmed, so what’s the excuse??

      I’m sick to death of hearing about disrespecting the flag! It’s an inanimate object people use to represent the USA and what it stands for. Patriotism used to be love of country, now it’s racism, sexism, and antisemitism wrapped up in red, white, and blue!! You need to accept the true history of this country and deal with the fact that they’ve built it on stolen land and slavery.

      Those athletes EARNED the right to play professional sports through hard work and sacrifice…no one gave them anything! If they choose to use that platform to bring attention to the atrocities that so many seem to ignore (or even justify), it’s the perfect place for it and it’s protected by the Constitution.

      The days of White Privilege and the doctrine of White Supremacy are over and the world gets to watch the real United States in real time!! You and those who think like you are embarrassed that the world can see that the Emperor has no clothes and the atrocities committed in the USA are being exposed for the world to see.

      In the words of Dr. Phil, “how’s that working for you???”

  • I do not understand why no one brings up the point that it is a legal right of an individual not to stand and/or put their hand over their heart during the National Anthem or the pledge of allegiance? This is a case that was settled decades ago when various religions sued and won. There is absolutely nothing, especially firing someone for not standing and saluting the flag of the US….it is simply that individuals legal right as an American to choose not to do so. Very simple. I guess out POTUS does not know the laws of the country he is the leader of.

  • I didn’t see/hear anything about race or color in the Presidents comments. For these big “tough guy” athletes to be ass hurt is ridiculous. I even heard something about white privilege. Ludacris…………….it’s nothing more than showing respect and honor for your country. He called them sob’s because he was frustrated by their ignorance and using their sports platform as another way to cry about something that happened 200 years ago. Wish they would get off that train. Lucky for most of them, they had someone do their homework for them in high school and college, cause most of them are dumber than a box of rocks.

    • The protest is NOT about something that happened 200 years ago. It’s about what’s happening now. Get over yourself.

    • Ludacris is an hip hop artist. Ludicrous is something laughable. Maybe someone did YOUR homework in high school or college.

    • Why should ANYONE respect a country that doesn’t respect them?? Or are we a sub-race to you?

    • Charity Dell

      DOGBONE–Who did Trump’s homework when he “went to” Fordham University?
      Who took his quizzes, tests and exams when he “graduated” from Wharton School of Business
      at UPENN, but WITHOUT AN MBA? Who goes to Wharton and DOES NOT GET AN MBA?

      If you’re going to call out the Box-Of-Rocks Crowd, you have to start with the Part-Time Resident
      of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, who:

      1.Never improved his brain since 1968;
      2. Failed to get ANY graduate education relevant
      to his current job;
      3. Never understood how constitutional government works;
      4. DOES NOT ACCEPT CURRENT INSTRUCTION ABOUT ANY TOPIC;
      5. Married only UNEDUCATED women with NO COLLEGE DEGREES;
      6. Failed to send ANY of his children to graduate school;

      in spite of his inherited $millions$.

  • Charity Dell

    All Americans have the right to protest injustice, discrimination and any form of disenfranchisement.
    The federal government should be more focused on helping Americans recover from disaster in:
    A. Texas;
    B. Florida;
    C.Puerto Rico;
    D. US Virgin Islands;

    instead of worrying about the flag.

  • It takes a SOB to know SOB’s, but he was in racist ‘Bamma speaking to his racist hillbilly audience of SOB’s.

    As a Black female former Army lieutenant, our military and flag are like our over-rated. As the late US Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall said about our hypocritical Constitution, “It’s not worth the paper it’s printed on!”

    My major accomplishment in the military was getting out and not being RAPED (as so many females and males have) by other military “p♡ssy-grabbers” like tRump and military SOB’s who, like AmeriKKKans, try to COVER UP these atrocities and injustices. With racist Reagan (tRUMP is his 21st century racist clone) like most African Americans, I was forced to join the military because RayGun infested the private sector with the same tRUMP racist venom, it was next to impossible to get a job, unless you were a black boot-licker like Omarosa, Uncle Ben Carson, Clarence ThomAss, Vernon “vermin” Jordan or Condaleeza “Aunt Jemima” Rice.

    An AmeriKKKan Black patriot should be an oxymoron [or a moronic ox]!! If AmeriKKKa had liberty and justice and equal opportunities for ALL, most of those Black male NFL players might have chosen to be CEO’s of corporations instead of getting their heads and bodies banged up before age 45. But we know how racist AmeriKKKan school systems deliberately sack young Black boys to keep them out of the end zone to score academic touchdowns.

    I guess that’s why the majority of white AmeriKKKans are SOB’s for protesting against “great” Britain for its injustices in the 1700’s (including the SOB Boston Tea Party protestors). Just like the white 21st Century Tea Party SOB’s who protested during O’Bamma’s reign; tRUMP was SILENT!

    tRUMP is a typical white racist telling white owners to put those protesting ni@@ers IN THEIR PLACE! Ever since Black players entered the NFL (NBA, MLB), they’ve broken almost every privileged white male’s so-called “record” because when blacks were excluded based on race, there was really NO Real competition!!

    Let’s see if NFL player Alejandro Villaneuva and Jacksonville Jaquars tRUMP campaign contributor, Shahid Khan (team owner) will be saluting the flag when their Mexican and Muslim relatives are being unjustly kicked out of or banned from AmeriKKKa!!

    • Alejandro was very contrite on CNN earlier today. My hunch is that he thought about team cohesion and the safety of being out on the field with 300 pounders from your team and the opponent team thinking ill of him.

      Same thing in the military, you don’t want to be in danger if your shipmates think you’re not a team player.

    • Charity Dell

      ZAZIJAMS–I “pity the fool” who would attempt to rape you–in the military or not! :-)
      Frankly, I have never understood why any idiot would start sexually harassing people
      WHO HAVE BEEN TRAINED TO HANDLE MILITARY WEAPONS. Why don’t more
      sexually harassed women in the military point those weapons and fire where the
      sun does not shine?

      1. At any rate, what REALLY scares the Dumpmeister is not that the “uppity Black athletes”
      are defying him, but the fact that WHITE MEN IN THE NFL ARE DEFYING HIM.
      He’s STILL OBSESSED with Obama and Hillary, who have been GONE since the
      November election. What’s THAT about?

      2. But this is what happens when illiterate people are elected to political office–
      people who have NOT ATTEMPTED TO ENLARGE THEIR COGNITIVE
      FUNCTIONS SINCE 1968, when the Dumpmeister “graduated” from a
      premier Ivy League business school WITHOUT A MBA. Orange45 cannot
      operate without Barbie and Ken–and Barbie also has NO GRADUATE EDUCATION
      and NO ORGANIZATIONAL EXPERIENCE, but she can be an “advisor.”

      • Affirmative Action if ever there was. No problem with old boys’ networks, legacies, nepotism, donations so my dumbass, draft-dodging, idiot progeny gets a seat.

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