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Trump Urges NFL Boycott Due to Knee Taking During National Anthem


September 24, 2017

When President Trump's recent tweets encouraged NFL owners to suspend of fire players who take a knee during the National Anthem, even more players and owners decided to take a knee as well. The Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars — the first teams to play on Sunday — linked arms or took a knee during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the teams 9:30 a.m.

The anthem protests began with former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and have now spread throughout the league, seem to be affecting NFL ratings. Last week, with the 2017 season barely started, ratings were down 15% year over year, according to the Hollywood Reporter – an 8% slide last year.

Today, Robert McNair, the owner of the Houston Texans called President Trump's tweets surrounding NFL players who kneel during the National Anthem "divisive and counterproductive".


A STATEMENT FROM HOUTON TEXANS' OWNER - ROBERT McNair "The NFL specifically, and football in general, has always unified our communities and families. The comments made by the president were divisive and counterproductive to what our country needs right now. I hope the reaction from our players results in positive action for our league, our communities and our country as a whole to make a positive difference in our society. Texans players are caring, intelligent men who do so much good, as was shown in the past month when our city was devastated by Hurricane Harvey. I have never been more proud of our players and our team than during this time. It was a display of what is truly possible when we all work together. We will continue to support our players to work together to promote the values of respect and unity."

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