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Donald Trump: NFL should have suspended Colin Kaepernick for kneeling

13 October 2017, 12:03 | Andy Ferguson

Regulating Speech at Work

OPINION: Athletes taking knees are exercising their freedom of speech

"The NFL is doing the hard work of trying to move from protest to progress, working to bring people together.Players from around the league will be in NY next week to meet with owners to continue our work together". I do, however, care a lot about being able to freely express oneself through free speech or the right to voice one's opinion.

"Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice (s) for violations of the above, including first offenses".

Now, a year later in week five of the 2017 National Football League season, more and more players have begun peacefully protesting during the anthem; whether it be interlocking arms, raising a fist in the air, taking a knee, sitting down or not even showing up onto the field.

Meanwhile, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who gave $1 million to Trump's inauguration festivities, said this week that that any player who disrespects the flag will not be allowed to play for the Cowboys.

On Sept. 25th, Donald Trump wrote a tweet calling out the players for their protest and how it disrespects veterans and the U.S. This tweet help acted like a catalyst and motivated some players to protest less, but others protested more than ever. He has repeatedly suggested that the players that are kneeling during the national anthem should be fired for their actions.

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In truth, Trump was only articulating how a lot of National Football League fans felt about the protesting players. But despite that, I've been side-eyed for kneeling.

In addition to how strongly Trump is criticizing this issue, the amount of time he has spent tweeting about it is alarming.

Trump never fails to change the story to fit his ignorant venom and this interview is another example of this fact. Puerto Rico is still devastated and victims in Las Vegas are still hurting.

It is hard to dismiss the issue when the President of The United States has even chimed in on the subject. Trump makes a habit of bashing reporters and media outlets on Twitter, dismissing reports that reflect negatively on him as nothing more than "fake news". Mr. President, it is time to stop worrying about athletes kneeling during the anthem. However, after both instances, sports and politics have started to mix, bringing about the controversial question of whether or not politics and sports should be intertwined, as well as if athletes have a certain responsibility to use their platforms to speak up for their beliefs.



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