Donald Trump on NFL players who take a knee: A game is ‘no place to protest’

August 10, 2018

President Trump on Friday criticized NFL players that take a knee, telling them to “find another way to protest” or “be suspended without pay!”

The president argued the athletes should “be happy, be cool” because they make thousands of dollars doing what they’re passionate about. He said that a game is no place to protest.

The NFL players are at it again - taking a knee when they should be standing proudly for the National Anthem. Numerous players, from different teams, wanted to show their outrage at something that most of them are unable to define. They make a fortune doing what they love...... Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2018

.....Be happy, be cool! A football game, that fans are paying soooo much money to watch and enjoy, is no place to protest. Most of that money goes to the players anyway. Find another way to protest. Stand proudly for your National Anthem or be Suspended Without Pay! Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2018

On Thursday, at least 13 players across several teams including the Eagles, Dolphins and Seahawks protested during the anthems.

In July, the NFL stopped its policy that required players to stand for the anthem.

“No new rules relating to the anthem will be issued or enforced for the next several weeks while these confidential discussions are ongoing,” the league said in a statement.

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