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Trump Reignites Debate About NFL Anthem Protests

Trump Reignites Debate About NFL Anthem Protests
President Donald Trump leaves after the "Celebration of America" at the White House in Washington, D.C., on June 5, 2018. Trump's "The Celebration of America" honors football fans and not the NFL champions Philadelphia Eagles after he reignited his feud with the league by abruptly canceling a White House reception for the Super Bowl winners. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

By with Michael R. Shannon Tuesday, 14 August 2018 11:14 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Today I’m in complete agreement with President Trump. He recently tweeted, “NFL National Anthem Debate is alive and well again — can't believe it.”

Neither can I, but for a different reason.

I can’t believe the president is still harping on this controversy. I made a pretty good case that the protests were about to die out, until the president took aim at the kneelers during a rally. (Details here.)

This was followed by a decline in NFL ratings during the season and additional slaps to the face of patriotic Americans. (Ratings here; slap here.)

I thought the NFL did a good job of threading the needle last May when the league, according to Fox News, “stated it would penalize teams and league personnel who do not ‘stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem’ while on the field.” Players so blinded by ideology that they could not stand for the National Anthem had the option of staying in the locker room.

Problem solved as far as The Gipper’s Corner was concerned. Players on the field wouldn’t be poking their thumb in the viewer’s eye and the players distraught over “injustice” could maintain a snowy white conscience as they laced their cleats inside the stadium.

President Trump, unfortunately, was unable to declare victory and focus his Twitter finger on another target.

Staying in the locker room is ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’ as far as the nation’s #1 fan is concerned. He wants the entire team on the field: “The NFL National Anthem Debate is alive and well again - can’t believe it! Isn’t it in contract that players must stand at attention, hand on heart?”

Then the president helpfully suggested an escalating series of punishment for malefactors: “First time kneeling, out for game. Second time kneeling, out for season/no pay!”

For a man who can’t get his own attorney general to do as he wishes, when he wishes, this is probably a demand too far.

Besides, nothing is going to happen until the league and the player’s union conclude their “constructive dialogue” that is presently delaying any enforcement of the rule on kneeling.

In the meantime, individual team implementation of anthem policy threatens to make the Trump White House look organized.

The Miami Dolphins “issued a team policy that added anthem protests to a list of behaviors considered ‘detrimental to the club,’ all of which could lead to a paid or unpaid suspension, a fine or both.” Then the team reached out to area police organizations offering our boys in blue discounts to Miami games.

It looked like the coast, at least in Miami, was clear for both sides in contrast to what happened in Cleveland last season. (Details.) Unfortunately, players defied the team rules and, as USA Today reports, “wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson took a knee and defensive end Robert Quinn raised a fist.”

So much for that rapprochement.

Now the cops are joining the NFL boycott.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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Today I’m in complete agreement with President Trump. He recently tweeted, “NFL National Anthem Debate is alive and well again — can't believe it.”
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