If you were without access to the internet over the past day and a half, or you don't follow Trump's Twitter account for the sake of your sanity, you missed President Trump's tweetstorm attacking NFL players for kneeling during the playing of the national anthem.
If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL,or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
...our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU'RE FIRED. Find something else to do!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
The movement, started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, is a response to unfair treatment of African Americans and minorities in the United States.
While Kaepernick has yet to be signed by a NFL team this year, effectively curtailing his ability to peacefully protest, many players throughout the league have continued to kneel during the anthem.
Trump continued to attack the peaceful protests via Twitter on Sunday.
Roger Goodell of NFL just put out a statement trying to justify the total disrespect certain players show to our country.Tell them to stand!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
Goodell released a statement calling Trump's comments "divisive."
He went on to say the comments "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."
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017
...NFL attendance and ratings are WAY DOWN. Boring games yes, but many stay away because they love our country. League should back U.S.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017
Colts owner Jim Irsay was one of more than a dozen NFL owners who also released statements in response to Trump's tweets.
With Trump's comments and the rapid response from owners, coaches and players alike, many wondered what the on-field response would be from players.
Here in Indianapolis, the entire Colts team locked arms during the anthem while several players took a knee.
Bigger than football. pic.twitter.com/3nMzaCdOhx— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) September 24, 2017
The fans were not pleased.
Loud round of boos by Colts fans directed at Browns players kneeling.— Zac Jackson (@AkronJackson) September 24, 2017
The league-wide demonstrations, didn't deter Trump from continuing his attack of the peaceful protests and the NFL as a whole.
Great solidarity for our National Anthem and for our Country. Standing with locked arms is good, kneeling is not acceptable. Bad ratings!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017
Sports fans should never condone players that do not stand proud for their National Anthem or their Country. NFL should change policy!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017