Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Before Super Bowl, Trump renews disdain for kneeling players

Before Super Bowl, Trump renews disdain for kneeling players Before Super Bowl, Trump renews disdain for kneeling players
Melissa Porter | 05 February, 2018, 05:24

None of the half-dozen teams with active kneelers qualified for this season's playoffs, increasing the likelihood that the would avoid a resurgence of the national anthem flap in the weeks before Super Bowl LII - until now.

That has changed for the playoffs.

The outcry over the take-a-knee protests surged in late September after President Trump suggested firing players who refused to stand for "The Star-Spangled Banner", but the number of players still participating by the end of the season had dwindled to fewer than 20.

Somehow, some conservatives have painted kneeling during the national anthem in protest of injustices minorities face in the criminal justice system as blatant disrespect to our nation's veterans and the flag.

"I was skeptical when National Football League officials tried to justify the organized disrespect for our flag by citing free speech", Shafer said.

"They are going against everything we stand for and so that's why we boycotted it", said James Koch, Commander for the VFW Post 1634, "We just chose to let it come back the last few weeks. they weren't showing the national anthem on TV anymore and they weren't showing people what they were doing, whether they were kneeling standing".

"In its rejection of the ad, the NFL said the Super Bowl is not the venue for "political" expressions, but the league has consistently defended the rights of its players to free expression when kneeling in protest during the anthem", said Mr. Rokita. "It's never been a place for advertising that could be considered by some as a political statement".

"Many members of the body had concerns about this issue and how it was rushed to a vote without notice", Henson said. "But imposing corporate censorship to deny the same rights to those veterans who have have secured it for us all is reprehensible and totally beyond the pale".

"After Veterans Day, we put it back on because our patrons kinda demanded it", the man said. "The Super Bowl, watched by millions around the world, exhibits American principles and national character, and free speech is one of our most important ideals".

It features an image of a military honor guard holding the flag on a staff, along with the message, "Please Stand", and a request for donations.

AMVETS pointed out that the same ad rejected by the has been approved to run in the National Basketball Association and NHL program guides for their all-star games. Last year's Super Bowl featured commercials on "the usual feminist myths about the pay gap" and "two immigration lectures", as The Daily Wire put it. "Week after week, the National Football League allowed its players to disrespect our veterans".