"But it's gone beyond that, to the point where I'm more worried about, and more confused by, the people around our president".
Sunday Night Football's decline was more drastic, as Sunday's game between the Redskins and the Oakland Raiders was the lowest-rated Week 3 game, from metered markets, since 2006.
And while private workplaces have latitude to restrict employees' political statements, it is out of a healthy respect for freedom of conscience that very few force routine recitations of pledges, salutes or songs. "When you truly make a stand, then what?" The White House has repeatedly attempted to rebrand the protest as a protest of the American flag instead of against police brutality and racism in the US. And the second thing, my wife's Puerto Rican and her family's in Puerto Rico. What is shocking is the NFL's jumping in to help with their own destruction. Question: Should the NFL fire a player who refuses to stand for the anthem before a game?
"It just amazes me with everything else going on in this world, especially involving the U.S., that's what you're concerned about, my man?" All others opposed it, producing an overall split of 38/61 against. He did so on the basis of his faith, he said, but did note the cruel irony of asking black men to fight in Vietnam for a country that has treated them as subhuman. They kneeled on the field before rising as a group for the playing of the national anthem. "He's going to say, 'That guy that disrespects our flag, he's fired.' And that owner, they don't know it [but] they'll be the most popular person in this country". But while Dallas dropped to its knees as a team, they all stood up for our National Anthem. If you want to discourage bad behavior, make it costly.
At their media days Monday, Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal said Trump is "a clown" and Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan called the president a "so-called leader".
The anthem protests originated with former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who opted to "take a knee" during the pre-game national anthem to highlight institutionalized police violence against minorities. If 65 percent of GOPers were in favor before he piped up, probably 80 percent will be soon.
"This has nothing to do with race". "It truly seems to me and to those in my life that the President is not concerned with the people who feel less privileged in this country". But it's hard to say whether that was due to Trump, the anthem protests, competition from other shows or the fact that the Redskins' lopsided victory over the Raiders made for a relatively unexciting match-up. NFL players are in it for the money.
What, no one is exactly sure yet.