NFL National Anthem Protests: Kneeling Players Win Kaepernick’s Approval On Instagram

NFL National Anthem Protests: Kneeling Players Win Kaepernick’s Approval On Instagram

Even though Colin Kaepernick would later join Trump in tweeting about the issue, however, it was a relatively quiet day as it pertained to the issue, with most of the discussion on the league's first Sunday focused on the action on the field.

Protesting during the anthem continue to be a flash point for the league; earlier Saturday, ESPN reported that it was unlikely there would be any new mandate from the league on whether to stand during the 2018 season.

In 2016, Kaepernick, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback was the first to take the stance during the national anthem, as a demonstration against the treatment of black Americans by authorities.

Dolphins receivers Albert Wilson and Kenny Stills were the only NFL players to kneel during the national anthem on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET, but they still received some noteworthy support.

"Wow, NFL first game ratings are way down over an already really bad a year ago comparison", the president said, referring to last Thursday night's matchup between the Falcons and Eagles. He also said he will not stand for the anthem until Kaepernick and Eric Reid, who protested with Kaepernick, are back. He noted Stills and Wilson "have not backed down, even when attacked and intimidated".

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Kaepernick has been making headlines lately, as Nike named him the face of their 30th anniversary "Just Do It" campaign.

President Donald Trump has been perhaps the loudest critic of Kaepernick and the protests he inspired. "Otherwise worse!" Trump said.

US President Donald Trump continues to speak up on his belief that all players should stand at attention during the anthem, including a tweet on Sunday morning saying ratings will continue to drop for the National Football League unless all players are shown standing for the anthem during broadcasts.

The NFL had passed a new anthem policy in May, but those rules were put on hold.

Kaepernick received both praise and criticism when he began sitting, and later kneeling, during the national anthem in 2016.

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