President Trump’s National Football League comments were, and continue to be, in countless headlines this week.
The provocation started with a speech on Friday at a rally for Alabama Republican Senate Candidate Luther Strange. In his off-script style, Trump, referring to former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, started riffing about how NFL team owners should fire players who take a knee during the National Anthem. In response, 200 NFL players chose to stay in the locker room, sit, kneel or raise their fists during the national anthem before each game.
Some critics called it unpatriotic, others were upset at how it politicized the game. Supporters lauded protest to the president’s remarks. But with any protest, one question looms: what does it accomplish? It’s tough to say whether kneeling during the anthem will continue this Sunday, and if it does, how many weeks it will be sustained. And if players and their supporters are sending a message, it’s unlikely that Trump will tone down his future comments or apologize for what was said or tweeted.
But protest isn’t always about getting a reaction out of the person you oppose, sometimes it’s just about protesters expressing their feelings. If you were a player, how would you handle Trump’s comments? Would you stay in the locker room, kneel, lock arms or stand with your hand over your heart, as you normally would?
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