A number of NFL gamers who protested in the course of the US nationwide anthem earlier than pre-season video games have been criticised by President Donald Trump.
Ex-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the primary to protest in 2016 and a few gamers raised a fist and others kneeled at three video games on Thursday.
The NFL says plans to fine players for anthem protests have been placed on maintain.
“Discover one other approach to protest, stand proudly in your nationwide anthem or be suspended with out pay,” tweeted Trump.
“Quite a few gamers, from completely different groups, wished to point out their ‘outrage’ at one thing that almost all of them are unable to outline.
“Be completely satisfied, be cool! A soccer sport, that followers are paying soooo a lot cash to look at and luxuriate in, is not any place to protest. Most of that cash goes to the gamers anyway.”
Gamers who refused to face throughout The Star-Spangled Banner have mentioned the protests had been towards police brutality of African People and racial inequality, and the demonstrations have previously been criticised by Trump.
On Thursday, Philadelphia Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins and De’Vante Bausby, San Francisco 49ers’ Marquise Goodwin and Miami Dolphins’ Robert Quinn raised a fist, whereas his team-mates Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson kneeled.
“I simply suppose it is necessary to maintain this dialog going, that we do not let it get stagnant,” mentioned Jenkins after the Eagles’ 31-14 loss to Pittsburgh Steelers.
“All people’s type of ready to see what the league goes to do. It is simply my private choice to maintain this stuff on the forefront.”
The NFL says its anthem coverage is on maintain whereas it holds discussions with the NFL Gamers Affiliation.
It reiterated that gamers who don’t want to stand in the course of the anthem ought to keep within the altering room.
The governing physique mentioned: “The NFL has been engaged in constructive discussions with the NFL Gamers Affiliation concerning the anthem and problems with equality and social justice which might be of concern to many People.
“Whereas these discussions proceed, the NFL has agreed to delay implementing or implementing any membership work guidelines that might end in gamers being disciplined for his or her conduct in the course of the efficiency of the anthem.”