NFL Defies President Trump, Fans Boo Players Who Knelt During National Anthem

NFL Defies President Trump, Fans Boo Players Who Knelt During National Anthem

Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
September 25, 2017

President Trump’s controversial remarks and tweet calling NFL players who kneel during the national anthem “sons of bitches,” continue to garner significant pushback around the league from both players and team owners.

During every single Sunday contest, both black and white player banded together to in show of unity, many (from the looks of it, only the black players) taking a knee in protest  to what Trump stated.

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Trump’s remarks was widely called divisive, but what the president stated was intended to call out the divisive and disrespectful action of sitting or kneeling during the salute to the US flag during each game.

Some teams like the Pittsburgh Steelers, chose to stay in the locker room during the singing of the national anthem. Former US Army combat veteran, Alejandro Villanueva, was the sole Steeler who came out and stood in respect of the flag.

Thousands of football fans in attendance at Sunday's games also showed their right to free speech and expression by booing the flag protestors, while others simply boycotted the contests.

During pre and post game interviews, players who knelt in defiance of the president, defended their actions by saying that they were merely expressing their right to free speech.

Reporters caught up with Trump on Sunday and asked him if the tweet was about race. Trump infatically denied that his remarks were about race, reiterating that they were simply about disrespecting what the US flag stands for-all the sacrifices Americans made to preserver the way of life we all enjoy.

The argument can be made that even though Trump is the President of the United States, he too is a US citizen, and  is privy to the same right of free speech and expression, regardless of whether the action is deemed controversial.

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Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres is a nationally renowned award-winning political journalist and Publisher of,,, and He enjoys traveling, playing soccer, mixed martial arts, weight-lifting, swimming, and biking. Javier is also a political consultant and has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Follow on Twitter: @JavManjarres Email him at

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