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Trump: Objection to NFL anthem boycotts 'has nothing to do with race'

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Orlondo Matamoros | Setiembre 25, 2017, 08:21

In the social media age, "Stick to sports" has become a common refrain from fans and some media members in regards to athletes. "Fire or suspend!" said Trump on Twitter.

Multiple NFL players took a knee or locked arms during the national anthem before games on Sunday. Out of love for our country and in honor of the sacrifices made on our behalf, we unite to oppose those that would deny our most basic freedoms. He's fired!' You know some owner is going to do that.

President Trump: This has nothing to do with race. "I've never said anything about race", Trump said to reporters in Bedminster, New Jersey, on Sunday afternoon. This has nothing to do with race or anything else. "You and me have the power to deny them our attention ($$ to them) until they make a wrong situation right".

He also called for people to leave football games if they see players participating in the protest.

The idea is to take the high road - avoiding any direct reference to Trump - by airing an inspirational message.

The online ad features an image of Trump with his hand over his heart and the hashtag #TakeAStandNotAKnee.

The Seattle Seahawks were among the teams that stayed in the locker room during the anthem.

NFL players began to kneel during the national anthem last year, when then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand during "The Star-Spangled Banner" before kickoff, sparking both support and backlash. "Thank you to our great Veterans!"

"It's very disrespectful to your flag and to our country, so I certainly think the owners should do something about it", Trump said, adding that there was also "great solidarity for our flag and for our country".

Sunday, players, coaches, and owners around the NFL stood against President Trump's comments.

Meanwhile, athletes' protests against Trump's comments spread to other sports.

Several Colts players kneel during the national anthem Sunday.

. It's because Kaepernick and others like him love this country and want it to live up to the ideals it was founded upon.

New England Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft, who has dined with Mr Trump and who the president considers a friend, criticised Mr Trump and defended players' right to protest.

With President Donald Trump taking aim at the NFL and its players who protest during the national anthem, the league is broadcasting a message of unity.