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Trump steps up war of words with National Football League over anthem protests

Trump steps up war of words with National Football League over anthem protests”

President Donald Trump said that defending the American flag through tweets about National Football League players is an important part of his job as president, and has not distracted him the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico.

The Cowboys - including tough-talking owner Jerry Jones - took a knee and locked arms before the national anthem during "Monday Night Football" in what the boss of America's Team called a show of "unity". The Cowboys then stood in unison to link arms for Jordin Sparks' rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner". Neither team has had a player conspicuously kneel during the anthem.

Trump's latest volley came hours after Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones joined his team's players in kneeling before the national anthem at Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, where the Cowboys were taking on the host Cardinals. It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem.

Over 200 NFL players made a decision to not to stand for the national anthem over the weekend in response to Trump's comments in Alabama.

In Pittsburgh, offensive lineman Alejandro Villanueva, an Army veteran, stood alone outside his team's tunnel, hand over heart, while the rest of his squad was inside.

"I was proud of them for standing, but I'm still against the kneeling", said Fern Walls of Paris.

Following the game, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett issued high praise for his players and how they handled a "challenging issue". The protest began as a way to highlight police mistreatment of minorities but took on a new meaning last week when Trump referred to any player who took part in it as a "son of a bitch" who should be fired.

"It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. Big progress being made-we all love our country!"

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick first kneeled during the anthem a year ago to protest police shootings of unarmed black men.

"What do you think they're going to do?" The ratings appear to show that more fans are engaged than ever. Still, pro football games remain among the most-watched things on television.

"The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race". "It's our job at every level of the league to make sure that we use this for good". "They addressed it by kneeling before the anthem, and they all stood in unity during the anthem".

"These players, with all the assets they have, can express their political views without in effect denigrating the symbols of our nation, a nation that has provided our freedom to speak", Sessions said during an appearance at Georgetown University's law school.



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