Trump blasts athletes protesting national anthem -- here's what the NFL says

Donald Trump has unleashed a series of Twitter tackles against the NFL, American football's elite league, after a weekend of protests continued into Monday. "He's fired! He's fired!" the president said at a rally in Alabama. "Yeah, that's probably not going to happen".

Last season, free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the first to sit out the national anthem in protest of the treatment of African-Americans in America, especially at the hands of police officers.

The battle between the NFL and Trump began on Friday when Trump criticized NFL players who protest racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem.

He also urged the NFL to create a rule that would "not allow people" to kneel during the playing of the national anthem. Yes, it says players "must" be on the sidelines, but it only says that they "should" stand at attention. We have to respect our country.

"I think the National Football League is in a box; I think they're in a really bad box", he said to reporters while leaving the White House for a trip to Indiana.

When asked what changed for him, Thomas said, "to have the president trying to intimidate people - I wanted to send a message that I don't condone that".

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In the second half, wide receiver Sammy Watkins scored two more touchdowns, courtesy of quarterback Jared Goff . Gurley, who had a down year last season, exploded for 149 yards from scrimmage and three total touchdowns.

Trump says there are plenty of other places where players can protest.

"They were fighting for our country, they were fighting for our flag, they were fighting for our national anthem", he said, referring to injured soldiers he visited at Walter Reed.

A number of fans booed their players, with some even calling for them to "stand up", the Boston Herald reports. You can not have people disrespecting our national anthem, our flag and our country.

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with members of the House Ways and Means committee in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, in Washington.

On Sunday, some players kneeled during the national anthem, while others locked arms, or waited until the anthem was over before taking the field.

"So proud of NASCAR and its supporters and fans", Trump tweeted, according to CNN. Lately, President Trump has spent more public time on the controversy than other issues, but what he's saying is not completely accurate.


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