On Friday night, President Trump, stumping for Senate candidate Luther Strange, decided to make an issue of NFL players kneeling for the national anthem. I hate the phrase "broke the Internet" but this was darned close...
Many Denver Broncos kneeled for the national anthem, as did many of the opposing Buffalo Bills, in defiance of the president:
Pittsburgh Steelers' head coach Mike Tomlin thought he would avoid the fray by keeping his team in the locker room for the anthem. I don't think it was a great idea even though I understand his thought process.
This guy, who's already a hero to man, is now the biggest hero in Pittsburgh, I'm guessing. The only thing that would have been better is if the Steelers had won their game.
This was a fairly typical response from a team owner:
Rams owner E. Stanley Kroenke: pic.twitter.com/iHmL8ARSYv— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 24, 2017
One more, from an owner who is a friend of President Trump's:
On Sunday Night Football, the NFL ran an ad that they had created for the last Superbowl, entitled "Inside These Lines":
This is a fairly typical reaction of the left:
Trump's comments caused a tremendous amount of unity within the NFL...almost all of it opposed to the president, including team owners locking arms with players -- which is not the same as saying they are all in favor of kneeling for the anthem. And in what I believe is a first, a Major League Baseball player also took a knee -- a player who nobody can rightly call an unpatriotic person. (His father is career military.)
Eagles standing with arms locked during the Anthem, owner Jeff Lurie on the field. Some Giants are kneeling; arms also locked. pic.twitter.com/kYs7XF7cS3— Tom Namako (@TomNamako) September 24, 2017
Unfortunately, this is spreading to children, and I don't think their coach's explanation is sufficient.