National Football League players protest injustice

SEATTLE WA- OCTOBER 1 Members of the Seahawks sit on the bench during the national anthem before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Century Link Field

Each team took a different approach on how they wanted to handle the situation.

President Trump even jumped on Twitter to express his disgust by saying, "This issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race".

The protests picked up steam after President Donald Trump said that any player who participated should be fired.

He said that for the 2018-2019 season, advertising will be considered. "He's fired, '" Trump said.

We were already a week removed from what was nearly a leaguewide decision to kneel for the national anthem following President Donald Trump's criticism of NFL players who choose to kneel as a protest. Although I understand Mike Tomlin's way of thinking, I don't really agree with taking your team off the field to "not give them the choice" as I think every American has the choice stand or sit for the anthem. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Instead, he just stood there, fixing his right glove.

Trump's comments took the risk out of protesting for many players, but also gave the National Football League the chance to appease communities of color by emulating Kaepernick's approach, while echoing recent rallies from the alt-right that have defended free speech.

On the latest cover of Sports Illustrated, one can see a handful of athletes with the title "A nation divided, sports united". It should never be that way. There was no need to call any of them that. He did this to bring attention to the racial inequality and police brutality in our country.

Many people believe that players should be able to protest during the National Anthem, as freedom of expression is included in their first Amendment rights. Other teams such as the Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans have chose to not enter the stadium altogether while the national anthem plays.

Much like us, he has family who served also. This community sees the worst of this country and has few options left but to protest. Kneeling is less about actually trying to solve problems and more about complaining about them. But at the same time, a supermajority of Americans themselves stand for the anthem. Therefore, the owners have the right to demand that all their employees must stand and honor our flag and our National Anthem.

Though players have continuously stated this is not a disrespectful gesture toward the men and women in the armed forces, fans who disagree with the protest still voice their opinion using that reason as a means to shame protesters. There are no words needed when not standing or paying your respects during the national anthem.

The players are disrespecting the troops who have fought and now are fighting for that player's right to peacefully protest.

"I don't think any of the protests are a stab at the troops", Townsend said.

Some teams have military veterans on their team.

"Whatever my guys choose, I'll stand by them, right next to them", Swanstrom said.

Townsend said taking a knee during the national anthem is controversial but necessary. This is evidence that National Football League fans support Villanueva's decision to break away from his teammates and be present for the anthem. Fans want to see the sport be played because that is why they pay money to go to the games and watch the sport. "We're not living up to what we say we want to do, so I have to support Colin Kaepernick". Players can do that in their free time. She is an opinions columnist who writes about politics for The Maneater. The NFL has also fined players for dancing in the end zone, criticizing referees, and raising awareness for domestic violence and breast cancer.