Sunday and Monday culminated in the largest NFL protests yet. Over 200 players protested during the national anthem, and their demonstrations drew a negative reaction from many.
While the Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos announced plans to stand for the anthem, it’s anyone’s guess what other teams might do.
President Donald Trump made a suggestion for the NFL, via Twitter, on Saturday night.
Very important that NFL players STAND tomorrow, and always, for the playing of our National Anthem. Respect our Flag and our Country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017
The president’s message for unity and country didn’t go over so well with some, though:
Very important that Donald Trump STOPS TWEETING AND RESIGNS tomorrow. Respect our flag and our country!
— David Putnam (@davidmputnam) September 30, 2017
While there were criticisms of Trump’s tweet, many were happy that he said it:
Yes sir mr. President! Agreed sir! as I stand here next to my family killed by terrorist, racism never crossed my mind one damn time. MAGA! pic.twitter.com/tHXwcmV70B
— james pennington jr. (@pennington_jr) September 30, 2017
There are fourteen NFL games on Sunday. Time will tell if players who planned to take a knee before decided to instead heed the president’s advice.