Instead, this weekend, our president made a decision to lead us into a divisive debate over how a few professional athletes observe a pregame ceremony, pushing politics further into a place where many of us prefer they not intrude. "As far as I am concerned nearly the entire league disrespected every veteran that ever fought or died for this Country".
Debate over the national anthem was "a side issue" that's likely to boost ratings for sports talks shows or pre-game shows, but not affect whether people watch the actual games, said Lee Berke, president of consultant LHB Sports Entertainment & Media Inc.
With that, Trump showed yet again that in a divided America, he will use fiery rhetoric to drive the wedge deeper if it suits his purposes. "I guess we're all son-of-a-bitches".
"Why is he singling out athletes?"
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders defended the President's comments from the briefing room podium Monday, saying they were not meant to be divisive.
"I have too often seen our efforts belittled with statements like "He should have listened to the officer, ' after watching an unarmed black person get shot, or 'There is no such thing as white privilege" and 'Racism ended years ago.' We know that racism and white privilege are both very much alive today", he wrote in a New York Timesop-ed. But he has the time and the nerve to call out the Golden State Warriors, Stephen Curry, all of us in the National Football League that took a knee out of protesting. It's called respect for our country.
"Anybody that don't stand up for that ought to be out of the country. I think it was a classy way to demonstrate your dissent".
"The president is doing his job by putting them on notice that we want people who when they attend these functions, these games and that's what they are is game, they're entertainment for the public", said William C. Friend, Colts fan and Speaker Pro Tempore of the Indiana House.
"... There will be no discipline handed down this week for anyone who was not there". It's a shame that the president has chosen to stoke the fires and fuel his base - many of whom don't care and won't change - with hatred and violence.
He also said the league will continue to have the anthem played before every game. Earlier this year he took credit for the fact that Kaepernick hadn't been signed. In response, LeBron James sent a tweetcriticizing Trump.
Members of the Detroit Lions take a knee during the playing of the national anthem prior to the start of the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Ford Field in Detroit, Mich., on September 24, 2017. Commissioner Roger Goodell, who has taken heat for Kaepernick's struggle to find a team, quickly condemned Trump's comments. And when it comes to speech they are entitled to speak. "We all can benefit from learning, listening and respecting each other". We are entitled to agree or disagree.
Equifax CEO resigns after massive data breach
Senator Elizabeth Warren said Smith's departure does not diminish the need for answers about the breach and its consequences. Law enforcement officials in about 40 states are investigating Equifax's behavior before and after the data breach.