"The football players are savvy to be on the field when the camera is panning across you, when it's a time where there are scripted things that you're supposed to do and you deviate from that". If NFL players want to protest the president, they have plenty of other ways.
The President has refused to budge on the topic, urging owners to sack kneeling players and for the league to implement laws compelling people to stand during the anthem.
Davis said he would gladly meet with Trump, but only at "the right time", which he said would be outside of football season.
#TakeAKnee has, therefore, turned that paradigm on its head. Here's what it said: "Trump turns sports into political battleground".
The president on Tuesday reiterated his call for NFL officials to ban kneeling during the anthem.
"It's not a coincidence that the same week he did the DACA deal that he just flooded Twitter with a bunch of red meat for the base", Conant added.
It is this thought-lite, identity-politics-driven dynamic that has both inflamed American debate and made it so superficial and catty on both sides: a battle of the outraged and self-righteous. And in the absence of a proper understanding of contemporary problems, there is an absence of any kind of proper response.
"I think we believed for a while there were going to be some write downs on Puerto Rico because of the noise they've been making about how much money they have to pay bond holders back and because the PROMESA restructuring that allows them to do that", said Peter Bianchini, the executive director at Preston Hollow Capital.
The comedian Chris Rock said it best: There's not a white man in America who would trade places with him, and he's rich. The anthem was written by Francis Scott Key, an anti-abolitionist slave owner who viewed blacks "as a distinct and inferior race of people", and who appears in the third verse to celebrate the fact that slaves who sided with the British in the War of 1812 could find no refuge "from the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave".
"He doesn't understand the power that he has for being the leader of this beautiful country", James said of Trump.
Vernon Davis, the Washington Redskins tight end, said he had an idea for how to get beyond the bickering and properly engage on the real issues: Gather top players from each of the professional leagues and have them meet with Trump at the White House. "To me, the NFL situation is a very important situation", Trump said.
The performance of the 'A' team in India is not quelling those fears.
The five freedoms established by the First Amendment are just as critical to providing checks and balances on government as having three branches of government.
It's fair to ask what drove so many in the NFL to take an action that, up until Friday night, was treated as something akin to a cancer in the league. The NFL's anthem protests called for a full-throated, unequivocal condemnation, and that's exactly what they got.
No people wouldn't. Here's what people would be more likely to say: "Wow, I didn't see that coming".
LIASSON: Yes, he's going on Tuesday to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
So far as we know, no NFL players spat on or burned the flag this weekend.
Others, like former Army Ranger Alejandro Villanueva, were seen standing silently on the sidelines with their hands over their hearts.
Trump spoke after players of America's most popular sport took a defiant stand, in the largest such demonstration since former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the protests in 2016. Then came NFL owners, like Jaguars boss and Trump supporter Shad Khan, descending from luxury suites to stand with players, linking arms to show unity as the anthem played.
"The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race", he said. "We chose it because it's exactly the opposite".