National Football League players hit back at Donald Trump with fresh protests

Ruben Ruiz
September 25, 2017

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco said the players didn't practice like zombies after their overseas flight, but that's exactly what the team resembled in Sunday's 44-7 embarrassment against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

More than two dozen players between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Baltimore Ravens kneeled in protest during the national anthem before a game played in London on Sunday.

The gesture comes in the wake of Trump's comments and tweets on protests during the anthem, in which he called on National Football League owners to fire players who decide to kneel during the anthem.

On Saturday, standout Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan spoke out on Twitter, implying the movement's goal to bring social justice to light has been accomplished with Trump's comments. Perhaps even more importantly, Bortles didn't force any throws, and threw the ball away when there was no play to be made.

"I am deeply disappointed by the tone of the comments made by the President ...", Kraft said in a statement.

"Wouldn't you love to see one these National Football League owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he's fired".

High-profile players like Terrell Suggs, Malik Jackson and Calais Campbell were all on one knee as the American anthem played while Khan locked arms with Marcedes Lewis and Telvin Smith.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars had one of the most impressive wins in team history Sunday, but the real headlines were before the game. If they failed to do so, Trump suggested that the players should be cut from their respective teams.

Instead of kneeling, the Pittsburgh Stealers didn't take place in the national anthem. We're not participating in the anthem today.

Sister station WCPO reports that a number of Cincinnati Bengals players locked arms during the anthem in Green Bay, while WTMJ three Packers sat in protest.

In a second tweet, Trump, who is spending the weekend at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, said that the "league should back" fans who are upset about the protests.

"As a team, we wanted to be unified in our actions today".

The NFL Players' Association said the president had crossed a line by effectively telling players to just "shut up and play".

Trump told a Republican rally in Alabama on Friday that the protests showed "disrespect of our heritage". He then highlighted why Trump will lose on this issue.

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