Americans say Trump is wrong on National Football League protests — USA TODAY Poll

Americans say Trump is wrong on National Football League protests — USA TODAY Poll

A majority of Americans support NFL players' right to protest before and during the national anthem and think president Donald Trump's anti-protest rhetoric is inappropriate, according to a new poll. He's fired. He's fired!.

Well, somebody had to say it.

"I did it to. show black pride because I am an African-American", Newton said.

Spare me the selective concern about the children and what they heard.

"They have so much power".

I can not question his American right to kneel, protest or use his position of fame to present his views.

Keeping this simple, National Football League players are not taking a knee in protest of the flag, or at the fact that thousands of women and men have put their lives on the line and continue to put their lives on the line to protect the U.S. That is only surface level. The media milked it for all it was worth.

But Jim Littlejohn, 73, a retiree who lives in the Phoenix suburb of San Tan Valley, says the president has "done the right thing". I plan to discuss it in next month's "Rights Watch" column, when enough is known to do more than speculate.

Since when is kneeling considered disrespectful.

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"For more than a year, members of our team have protested the oppression and social injustices still present in our society". "Soldiers take a knee in front of a fallen brother's grave, you know, to show respect". It was a foolhardy move.

Moore said change will come over time and with support.

In the meantime, the NFL's approvals ratings and ticket sales continue to plummet amid on-going protests. All the faces, white, brown, black and yellow were beaming with wide smiles and the eyes full of joyful tears. Their actions are being read as something altogether different, a strong disapproval of the flag and the country itself.

The unbridled defiance in a moment that should be reserved for reverence can be perceived as intentional disrespect.

September 24 was an eventful day for the National Football League and, surprisingly, for President Donald Trump. "Personally, I have people who have been in the Army, that has been over to Iraq, so I have a great deal of respect for the flag". Not a song. And that same constitution guarantees freedom of speech. "Players in the bench areas should do the same, and should line themselves up evenly along the sidelines". Therefore, there is no First Amendment issue.

Players aren't disrespecting our anthem, flag or country. Where was the American flag when Americans slaughtered Native Americans by the thousands. Do they get mad when the National Football League displays the flag horizontally right above the ground?

Douglas County football coach Gene Hill said the issue can be used as a "teachable moment". Many players are more interested in causing injury to other players than playing the game as it should be played. With the exception of center Ryan Jensen and guard Matt Skura, the Ravens all took a knee on the field before the national anthem and received boos from many in the crowd. This was the day set aside by Congress to remember the families of military personnel killed in defense of our freedoms and lifestyle, a lifestyle that enables the players to make obscene amounts of money for playing a game.

Balkaran starts by attributing the kneeling during the National Anthem by NFL players to race and politics. These kinds of arguments ignore the fact that the USA has, from its inception, not only disrespected the lives of people of color, but has continued to actively abuse and exploit those lives.

The NFL has raised major controversy with their protest of the national anthem. "I understand they're trying to make a point ... but I think it's disrespectful". The flag represents everything in our country, not the police or the government or even the president. When the Dallas Cowboys wanted to wear police decals on their helmets to commemorate the fallen officers, they were threatened with a fine, but it is okay to kneel when it is clearly a political expression. Overwhelmingly, ill-advised actions usually lead to their deaths.

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