Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan: Taking a knee, standing for justice

03 October, 2017, 03:32 | Author: Anita Tucker
  • Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan: Taking a knee, standing for justice

Colin Kaepernick, a former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, started the form of protest past year to draw attention to police killings of unarmed black people and the oppression of minorities.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones confirmed Friday that he did speak with President Donald Trump after Monday night's NFL game at which the team and owner kneeled before the national anthem. Many players even locked arms with each other as a show of support for the statement their friends and colleagues were making, according to the Associated Press.

The 49ers played days before last week's protests so Sunday's game was their first opportunity to take part in the movement as a team.

"I believe there was a statement our owners are afraid of our players and owners requested intervention by political leaders to kick this off", Lockhart said.

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The protests were magnified last week after Trump said at an Alabama rally that each anthem protester is a "son of a b***t".

Three Miami Dolphins players, Kenny Stills, Julius Thomas and Michael Thomas, took a knee during the anthem before they faced off against the New Orleans Saints in London's Wembley Stadium. "They won't put up with disrespecting our Country or our Flag - they said it loud and clear!"

"I'm not against the military". The statement that set people off was, "Wouldn't you love to see one of these National Football League owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that SOB off the field right now?'"

There's more clarity over Trump's bitter criticism of the athletes participating in the silent protest, with 60 percent saying they think it's wrong for Trump to criticize the players and 34 percent saying he was right to do that, the poll showed. "He's fired. He's fired!'" said Trump. Oakland Athletics pitcher Bruce Maxwell became the first Major League Baseball player to kneel during the national anthem, according to SBNation.

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On Saturday, Trump again raised the issue on Twitter, demanding players stand for the anthem.

United States live television coverage of the Dolphins-Saints game on the Fox Sports network showed only one, fleeting wide-angle image of the kneeling Dolphins players. He sat on the bench during the national anthem before a preseason game.

"It was offensive to me because, historically, there was always a question of, 'What is it going to take in order for us to buy your voice of protest?' The problem with that is, No. 1, it assumes we are doing this because we want something from the owners", Smith said.

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