Trump to avoid National Football League and United States soccer games if players kneel

Donald Trump

And I feel today no different than I felt then, which is if a player is looking to express their right to kneel during the national anthem, they should have the right to do so. That divisive issue may be at the center of the 2020 season as well if things continue.

President Trump said he will tune out the NFL and the United States national soccer team if their players take a knee during the national anthem.

This sort of situation is the last thing the National Football League wants.

Trump's decision to boycott watching U.S. soccer comes after the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors voted Wednesday to repeal Policy 604-1, which required all players to stand for the national anthem.

Republican congressman Matt Gaetz criticised US Soccer's decision on social media, and Trump responded to a news story of Gaetz's view by saying: "I won't be watching much any more".

The rule, passed in 2017 after Megan Rapinoe kneeled in support of Colin Kaepernick, is now gone, and those who refuse to understand that peaceful protest during the anthem isn't about disrespecting the flag, the military, or the country (and/or those who really don't care about the issue but think they can score points with their base by making an issue of it) are sounding off.

Several high-profile NFL players including Patrick Mahomes and Michael Thomas created a powerful video that asked the league to condemn racism and admit it was wrong for "silencing our players from peacefully protesting".

US Soccer overturned a ban on players kneeling during the anthem on Thursday.

"It has become clear that this policy was wrong and detracted from the important message of Black Lives Matter".

The ban was rescinded because of the nationwide protests that erupted in the wake of George Floyd's death by a Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee into Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes.