Jerry Jones: Yes, Trump called; no, Cowboys didn't disrespect flag with demonstration

Marshall NFL teams can show support by hiring Kaepernick

Sports have always somehow managed to remain above politics, socio-economic circumstances or personal views and philosophies.

"We come from different backgrounds but we don't hate each other".

If the president continues to make social commentary about what's going on in the world of sports, it's going to be increasingly more hard for players to stick to them as they're often asked to do.

Before battling in game one of the WNBA Finals, the Minnesota Lynx linked arms and the L.A. Sparks stayed in the locker room until the Star Spangled Banner was finished. Specifically, Kaepernick was fed up with how unarmed black men were continuously being shot and killed by police officers, and how nothing was being done to bring those officers to justice.

"Our players are intelligent, thoughtful and care deeply about our community and I support their right to peacefully affect social change and raise awareness in a manner that they feel is most impactful", said Kraft.

Coaches and owners of teams also protested, linking arms with players.

"That was huge. I was thinking about not protesting anymore before Charlottesville happened. I don't think that was the appropriate time". Reid said Wednesday he wants to have better control of the narrative. "And it's not happening for all right now".


Several teams, like the Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers, the Dallas Cowboys, and New England Patriots, said that they'll stand for the anthem from now on. The coach said it's about more than that.

People are talking about racial injustice in America again. "I think that's kind of the time that you do need to address it with the whole team, because I think the whole National Football League felt like we were all called out".

Those comments caught Shanahan off guard, though he said he wasn't surprised by the response from around the league. But even Reid, the 49ers' fifth-year safety, doesn't know when or if Kaepernick will come out and discuss the surge of national anthem protests throughout the NFL. And if you read some of the recent literature, you'll see that there really is no such thing as whiteness, we made it up. In fact is what makes sports so unique and empowering. I get that. Hopefully, we all do. "And that owner, they don't know it".

"The idea of linking protests, no matter how legitimate the issue you are protesting, directly to the National Anthem is not just offensive to the "love it or leave it" crowd", he said. However, our actions also have implicit effects, and one of the consequences of kneeling for the national anthem is that many Americans interpret this act as disrespectful.

The Pittsburgh Steelers were nowhere to be seen as the anthem began to play at Soldier Field before their game against the Chicago Bears. 1, 2016, Kaepernick, along with teammate Eric Reid, made a decision to kneel during the national anthem.

As an Oregonian, a sports fanatic and a woman who loves this country and what it stands for, I believe that if we truly are a state where equality and civil rights are important, should any athlete or official make the decision to kneel down, not come out or lock arms during the national anthem, or fans, athletes (high school, college or professional) including officials should stand and support them as they would any other.

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