Letter to the editor: Players disrespect flag, anthem with their protest

SANTA CLARA CA- SEPTEMBER 10 Head coach Kyle Shanahan of the San Francisco 49ers looks on from the sidelines against the Carolina Panthers during the third quarter of their NFL football game at Levi's Stadium

Some Arizona fans in attendance booed as the Niners knelt. Everything that we stand for'.

"But as I said in my Twitter post, it's bigger than me". A patriot can love their country but understand the need for change. That's not the way to approach something. They are trying to tell Trump that they will not stand for what he is saying. They were looking for a reaction, and they got one.

A handful of Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions players kneeled as the anthem played before their games against the Atlanta Falcons and Minnesota Vikings respectively. For example, what is the difference between Tim Tebow taking a knee in religious prayer on the field and Colin Kaepernick taking a knee in protest on the field?

The gesture of kneeling in protest during the traditional playing of "The Star Spangled Banner" was adopted by some black American football players over the a year ago to protest against racial disparities in the criminal justice system. "Today, our team chose to publicly display our unity in a new way and, in turn, urge others do the same". We hope others will pray along with us.

"Wouldn't you love to see one of these National Football League owners ... say, 'Get that SOB off the field right now?" Later in the day, one notable exception came from the San Francisco 49ers.

Some African-American players adopted the symbolic gesture of kneeling during the anthem over the past year to protest against racial disparities in the U.S. criminal justice system.

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The shirt Ajayi wore along with some Dolphins team-mates last weekend was in reference to quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Julius Thomas , Michael Thomas and Kenny Stills were the three Miami players to kneel down during the anthem.

Several players joined Kaepernick in the following weeks, including Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall, who took a knee for the anthem on the regular season opener. While some veterans' groups have questioned the mode of protest, some have come out openly in favour of the players. He refused to stand to raise awareness about social injustices that people of color face.

But is it indeed about race and justice, protesters and their supporters say.

"That's what we're working on", Reid said. "The narrative is that police brutality happens because they operate under a system that allows it to happen". It defied not only Trump with the kneeling, but America. I have done this out of respect for my country and I have shown the same respect for the foreign national anthems played in my presence. Another 650,000, including many black people, have died since the Civil War to protect the rights the flag represents. As a united front, Jones and the team took a knee in defiance of Trump's rhetoric that team owners should fire protesting players.

On Tuesday, Mr Trump called on the league to ban players from kneeling in protest at games while the national anthem is played, tweeting: "The NFL has all sorts of rules and regulations". Whether he does it on the field or protests in the streets, like many Americans have before, he has every right as an American citizen to do this. But, I believe that to not protest and to not speak out against grotesque injustices committed by government officials is an insult to the flag and to military service.

"Can we talk about what we did?" a heated Mularkey said. And I'm going to do whatever I have to do where she can look at her dad and be like, "Hey, you did something". Before the game, a plane flew over the stadium pulling a banner that read: "Stand and Respect Our Flag".

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