Donald Trump’s war on American football, continued

This video from the USA about American football says about itself:

Philadelphia Eagles’ De’Vante Bausby discusses decision to demonstrate during national anthem

9 August 2018

Philadelphia Eagles defensive back De’Vante Bausby raised his right fist during the national anthem before the team’s preseason opener on Aug. 9, 2018. He explains his decision to demonstrate alongside teammate Malcolm Jenkins here. (Video by Daniel Gallen/PennLive)

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

American football players demonstrate again during national anthem

Players from American football competition NFL have demonstrated during the national anthem again already during the first exhibition games of the season. At least two players knelt and three stuck their fists in the air. Players also stayed in the dressing rooms during the national anthem.

The protests during the national anthem are sensitive in the US. In 2016, quarterback (playmaker) Colin Kaepernick of San Francisco 49ers started kneeling during the national anthem as a silent protest against the racial inequality in the country, in his view.

Angry Trump

Kaepernick got more and more acclaim from colleagues after his protest, but also the anger of American president Donald Trump.

Trump campaigned strongly against Kaepernick and other athletes during his election campaign. He reproached kneeling players for a lack of patriotism and advocated sacking the “sons of bitches”.

As president he continued to attack the kneeling players, especially via Twitter. The NFL and team owners were right behind their players first and thought that Trump had to keep politics and sport separate. Until it became clear that Trump’s protests and tweets hurt the richest and most popular sports competition in the country, resulting in image damage and diminished TV ratings.


Over the course of last season, the opinion of many clubs and league boss Roger Goodell flip-flopped. Three months ago, without consulting the players, the NFL introduced a new policy on protesting during the national anthem.

If players want to protest, then they must stay behind in the dressing rooms during the national anthem. Whoever protests on the field runs the risk of a fine.

The NFL thought it was the perfect compromise. Supporters and opponents of the protests have different views. The new policy is too vague. For example, clubs are free to decide how strongly they want to maintain or modify the new policy.

Trump came last month with his own proposals. …

“Everyone is waiting what the competition is going to do”, said Malcolm Jenkins, player of champions Philadelphia Eagles. He stuck his fist in the air during the national anthem. “But we will not stop making clear what we stand for.”

Colin Kaepernick, who still has no club after his departure from the 49ers, expressed his support for the demonstrating players via Twitter.

The National Football League preseason games began last week with many players resuming their protests over police killings and racism by kneeling, raising fists, or staying in their locker rooms during the playing of the national anthem: here.

DOLPHINS KNEEL FOR ANTHEM Miami Dolphins Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson have defied the football league’s new policy surrounding on-field protests by taking a knee during the national anthem at Thursday’s NFL preseason opener. [HuffPost]

POLICE UNION WANTS DOLPHINS BOYCOTT A Miami police union is urging its members to protest the Miami Dolphins after two players knelt during the national anthem ahead of their preseason opener last week. [HuffPost]

DOLPHINS WIDE RECEIVERS TAKE A KNEE Colin Kaepernick praised Miami Dolphins wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson after the pair took a knee during the national anthem prior to their game against the Tennessee Titans. Trump later raged about NFL ratings on Twitter. [HuffPost]

BETO’S NFL SPEECH GOES VIRAL This video of Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) defending NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem to protest racial injustice was viewed by thousands of people online. [HuffPost]

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