In Miami, Dolphins defensive end Robert Quinn raised his right fist and teammates Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson took a knee during the song. He told them to show some respect, or risk suspension. Most of the money goes to the players anyway.
Contrary to Trump's claim that players receive most of the league's revenue, the terms of the most recent collective bargaining agreement cap the players' share of revenue at 48.5 percent. "Find another way to protest", he wrote.
Trump once warned players to "Stand proudly" for the National Anthem, or "be suspended Without Pay!"
Following Seattle's 17-19 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, Brown releaved he is "likely to stay in the locker room for the anthem all season".
Further undermining Trump's boldfaced lie that National Football League players don't know what they're protesting against, numerous players have worn warm-up shirts that-like Jenkins'-highlighted such issues as widespread voter disenfranchisement and lack of funding for education.
San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) and quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Santa Clara, California on September 12, 2016.
During Thursday's games, however, a few National Football League players knelt during the anthem. In a series of tweets, Trump advised the players to "be happy, be cool" and once again suggested that those who do not stand for the anthem should be suspended without pay.
According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Wilson said he joined the protest because he felt the Dolphins organization gave him the freedom to.
"The NFL is made up of 70 per cent African Americans".
- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2018....
President Trump was much less enthused in a couple of error-ridden tweets sent Friday morning. Yeldon, cornerback Jalen Ramsey and linebacker Telvin Smith were not on the field for the playing of the anthem before their game against the New Orleans Saints.
Trump has also condemned African-American players in other sports, spurring critics to say his comments are racially charged and meant to stoke his base ahead of the November 6 midterm congressional elections. "You can't say as a league you support the players and the protests, but blackball the players that initially started the protests". The rule, however, was put on hold shortly after its inception.