Colin Kaepernick’s protest continues as more NFL players take a knee
18/10/2017 Daniela Pisciottano
NFL has communicated that they will allow players to kneel during the National Anthem as a form of protest. Donald Trump has soon commented the decision with a tweet, calling it “a total lack of respect towards the USA”.
Earlier last year, Colin Kaepernick refused to stand during the National Anthem, leading fans to believe that the controversy he created made the NFL avoid the player, who has not signed with any team for this season.
Kaepernick’s act came as a form of protest against police brutality and racial injustice towards black people in the USA and, a couple months back, more athletes have knelt during the National Anthem supporting Kaepernick’s protest.
The president of the USA has taken on twitter to express his feelings about the event, describing the players who kneeled as “sons of bi*****” and suggesting that these athletes should be fired due to their disrespect to the American flag.
His words sparked a bigger wave of protest at the NLF games in the USA and the UK, during which over 200 players knelt, sat or raised their fists during the anthem.
Baltimore Ravens’ player, Terrell Suggs, took a knee during The National Anthem at Wembley Stadium and then stated: "We stand with our brothers. They have the right and we knelt with them today”.
During a press conference in New York earlier this week, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has stated that, although “everyone should stand for the national anthem”, “players will state to you publicly they are not doing this in any way to be disrespectful to the flag”, therefore no player who will join the protest will be fired.