“Disrespecting our National Flag,” When Donald Trump was against kneeling during the anthem after Colin Kaepernick’s outburst
Former US President Donald Trump was once against the NFL players kneeling during the national anthems.
Donald Trump and Collin Kaepernick (via Twitter)
The NFL has seen numerous controversies over the years, but none more bigger than the racial discrimination issue, that has plagued the NFL and infact the whole world. The controversy reached its zenith in 2020, after the death of George Floyd, who was killed by a US cop.
Thus began the Black Lives Matter movement all over the world, including the NFL. The act of taking a knee or kneeling in protest of the killing of an innocent Black man, became a customary feature in almost every sport. However, if remembered correctly, the act of taking a knee which later became immensely popular was started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
The now estranged NFL star, kneeled during the US National anthem throughout the 2016 season starting with the 49ers’ third preseason game. Colin Kaepernick received plenty of flak for doing so, as it was seen as an act of disrespecting the National anthem, with former US President Donald Trump leading the way.
Donald Trump wasn’t an endorser of players kneeling during the national anthem in the NFL
The killing of George Floyd, which sparked one of the biggest protests in US history took place during the controversial tenure of Donald Trump. The 46th US President, who did all he could to suppress the movement, was also against players kneeling to support the Black Lives Matter movement, and took to Twitter to portray his frustrations.
Trump vented out his anger on NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell who had put out a heartfelt statement after the death of George Floyd. Goodell admitted the league’s guilt, in not hearing to the players’ concerns regarding racial discrimination before the incident came to light in 2020.
Following Goodell’s statement, Donald Trump pointed out the fact that the NFL commissioner did not ban players’ kneeling during the national anthem.
Donald Trump wrote,“Could it be even remotely possible that in Roger Goodell’s rather interesting statement of peace and reconciliation, he was intimating that it would now be O.K. for the players to KNEEL, or not to stand, for the National Anthem, thereby disrespecting our Country & our Flag?”
All said and done, the Black Lives Matter movement became a huge success all over the world and continues to be a iconic phase in the fight against racial discrimination.