Numerous NFL players for the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars showed an incredible amount of disrespect for the American flag and national anthem on Sunday by kneeling at the start of their game being played in London.
Those who were not kneeling, including the coaches on both teams and Jaguars owner Shahid Khan, locked arms during the national anthem at the game in London’s Wembley Stadium. The Jaguars tweeted a photo of the defiant message shortly after with the caption: “Unity.” The players then stood up for “God Save the Queen,” the British anthem. (see tweet below)
The ugly event on foreign soil comes on the heels of a two-day battle between Trump and the NFL after the president said the team owners should fire and or suspend players who take a knee during the anthem.
Trump doubled down on his message Sunday morning, tweeting: “If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!” In a second tweet, he wrote: “NFL attendance and ratings are WAY DOWN. Boring games yes, but many stay away because they love our country. League should back U.S.”
His criticism began on Friday during a political rally in Alabama when he called for players to be fired who disrespect the American flag.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say ‘get that son of a b —- off the field right now? He’s fired,'” Trump said to the crowd.
His comments drew sharp criticism among professional athletes and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who called Trump’s remarks “divisive.”
“Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities,” Goodell said.
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Here is the cover page from the UK based Daily Mail
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