Trump says “No thanks” to NFL players as he tweets a picture of Detroit Lions and Houston Texans stars as they kneel under the National Anthem before the Thanksgiving game.
- Detroit Lions and Houston Texans players fell to their knees yesterday during the anthem
- Trump tweeted with the words “no thanks” related to the kneeling image of two players
- NFL players started on their knees in the first week of the 2020 season
- The season followed a summer of protests against police brutality and racism
U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted “No thanks” in response to pictures of Detroit lions and Houston Texas stars kneeling before Thanksgiving yesterday before the national anthem.
The president is attached with the words “No Thanks” to the images of Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and his Texas counterpart Deshaun Watson kneeling before the game.
The two defenders were joined by several members of their troops, which they said was a protest against police brutality and racism in the United States.
President Donald Trump wrote the word “No Thanks” for two pictures of Detroit Lions and Houston Texans players kneeling before their Detroit game yesterday.
Houston Texans corner player Keion Crossen, No. 35, and strong security Justin Reid, No. 20, kneel before the national anthem before yesterday’s NFL football game against Detroit Lions in Detroit
NFL players first began to kneel in the first week of the 2020 season, which came straight after the summer civil unrest and nationwide protest against the killing of several black people in police custody.
The president openly criticized the players who stood on their knees, accusing them of disrespecting the military.
Several players responded to the president’s accusations, arguing that the gesture was about speaking out against social injustice and had nothing to do with the military.
Broadcasts of NFL matches at the start of the season often focused on pre-departure protests, but coverage remained throughout the season.
In September, Lions quarterback Stafford told reporters why he decided to get on his knees during the anthem.
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford kneels during the national anthem in Detroit yesterday before the NFL football game against the Houston Texans.
“I just felt it was the right thing at the right time,” he said.
“Obviously it was a wonderful offseason just for our team, for a lot of people, something where there was a great opportunity to grow, learn and understand and I just felt it was the right thing for me.
Before their opening game against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Texans made a team statement and stayed in the locker room while the national anthem and the song “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” the black anthem, were played.
After the anthem, the Texas players took the field, contacted the Chiefs ’players, and quietly shared the“ moment of unity ”.