Anthem Protest Strike Nerves Around the US

Staff Writer: Ramon Elortondo  

As hundreds of NFL players puff themselves up as political activists, many fans are responding, but not how the “social justice” activists had hoped. Fans were already abandoning the NFL in videos of them burning their favorite team’s jersey, but now they are responding in anger in a myriad of ways. 

President Trump spoke his opinion on the harmless protest which NFL players were taking part of as the right of freedom of speech. He said, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, Get that son of a ***** off the field right now. Out. He’s fired. He’s fired! You know, some owner is going to do that. He’s going to say, “That guy that disrespects our flag, he’s fired.” The people of Huntsville, Alabama, erupted in cheers, while the POTUS knew he had a safe haven in the Trump rally with all his supporters. 


President of the United States, Donald Trump, rallies and speaks on the peaceful protest. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons. Gathered by Paityn Waller. 

Many thought Trump sounded like a hypocrite. Time and again, Trump has publicly extolled the significance and relevance of the First Amendment. In the past, Trump has informed the press of his supposedly never-ending love for the speech by saying, “I love the First Amendment — nobody loves it more than me.” Yet, observers note that Trump’s words on the First Amendment and his actions on free speech are somewhat in contrast to each other.  

NFL players erupted with anger and were completely offended. Not only them but also athletes around the world such as LeBron James. Tweets came out in hundreds voicing their hatred for their president’s comments.  

It’s a shame and disgrace when you have the President of the US calling citizens of the country sons of a ******* 

— Bishop Sankey (@BishopSankeySeptember 23, 2017 

The behavior of the President is unacceptable and needs to be addressed. If you do not Condemn this divisive Rhetoric you are Condoning it!! 

— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) September 23, 2017 

I can’t take anything our Celebrity in Chief says seriously. He’s a real life clown/troll 🤡 

— George Iloka (@George_ilokaSeptember 23, 2017 

Others such as Reggie Bush tweeted at the man who started it all, saying that he stood with him and had his back.  

#Kaepernick we riding with you bro ✊🏾 

— Reggie Bush (@ReggieBushSeptember 23, 2017 

The race for equality is what we all want. If it takes not standing up for the anthem, so be it is what the players say. It is not the military they are protesting, it is the unfairness that has gone on in this country that face black people everyday.  

After Trump’s comments, the NFL was upset, but as they always do, they came together as one in unity. All 32 teams showed forms of unity. They stood together with locked arms, players, coaches, owners and staff as the National Anthem of the US was sung gracefully.  


The Green Bay Packers stand with locked arms on week three of the NFL season. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons. Gathered by Paityn Waller. 

It’s impossible for anyone outside the league office, to truly know what kind of public reaction the NFL believed their day of protest would receive. However, judging by the early returns, it’s clear that things are less than good. 





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