December 16 2017

Fake photo of National Football League star burning American flag spreads on social media

December 16 2017, 04:49 | Frederick Owens

Headlines West Point Cadet Sparks Social Media Storm After Voicing Support for Colin Kaepernick by Inside Edition 4

Headlines     West Point Cadet Sparks Social Media Storm After Voicing Support for Colin Kaepernick                         by Inside Edition                  4

Ninety-four per cent of the black voters in a Quinnipiac University poll published Wednesday said they believed Trump is not fit to serve as president. The reaction also included an array of disapproving comments, including from National Football League owners who know President Trump and had generously supported his 2016 presidential campaign. Several of the student-athletes will likely be not just standing for the National Anthem, but holding the flag on the field. This caused players to rally in droves and kneel during the national anthem, and the rhetoric changed from talking about equality to an attack on President Trump.

The means of protest was started past year by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who said that he would not stand "to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color". They then stood for the anthem still linked arm in arm before the Cowboys' 28-17 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.

In response, players and teams held widespread protests in Week 3 that saw more than 200 players push back by sitting or kneeling during the pregame playing of the national anthem.

This protest came after Browns coach Hue Jackson said, "I would hope that we don't have those issues".

Saints coach Sean Payton said he wasn't aware of any requirements passed down to the players, but he expected the team to have a "more organized plan" this time.

"The racist and violent words directed at me and my son only serve as another reminder that our country remains divided and full of hateful rhetoric", Walker wrote. "And I saw this a year ago with [then-San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin] Kaepernick and I said, 'That's a bad thing'".

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell rejected the president's remarks as "divisive" and showing "an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players". He said he was protesting wrongdoings against African Americans and minorities in the United States.

I don't know if there is really a solution to this problem in the near future but I do find it ironic that the man who really started all of this, Colin Kaepernick, is still without a job in the NFL.

It appears to me that timing isn't the issue, but rather that they want to disrespect the flag, national anthem, servicemen and women, police officers and country.

The President followed up on his comments with over two dozen tweets linking professional sports to politics and patriotism. To me, this is bigger than football, and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way.

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