So it’s now very clear what President Donald Trump thinks of NFL players protesting the national anthem by taking a knee.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners when somebody disrespects our flag... To say get that son of a b off the field right now, he’s fired?”
He wants them out.
But some players see it as their basic right, a cry to action for racial equality. And hearing the president denounce that-- is making more players speak up.
“It’s sad,” said DJ Humphries of the Arizona Cardinals. “I hate that it’s happening. I’m just trying to figure out how I can help my people and help the people that are on this side of the spectrum.”
“It’s a shame that were still dealing with these issues and over and over and over you somehow gets a pass to say these things.”
Several team owners also took it upon themselves to say the remarks by the president just weren't right.
Like Dolphins owner Stephen Ross where part of his statement reads:
“I know our players who kneeled for the anthem and these are very smart young men of character who want to make our world a better place for everyone.”
“We can’t let one single person even though it’s the president dictate how we feel.”
But the polarizing national debate continues: Is it ok for players to refuse to stand during pregame renditions of the national anthem?
Some NFL fans still say no.
“Make a difference without doing something symbolically disrespectful to our veterans and to others.”