Kneeling during the national anthem is becoming increasingly popular during major sporting events.
Started by Colin Kaepernick to protest the treatment of African-Americans and continuing police brutality, kneeling is now considered an act of defiance and disrespect towards the American flag.
"After hours of careful consideration, and even a visit from Nate Boyer, a retired Green Beret and former NFL player, we came to the conclusion that we should kneel, rather than sit, the next day during the anthem as a peaceful protest," Kaepernick said. "We chose to kneel because it’s a respectful gesture. I remember thinking our posture was like a flag flown at half-mast to mark a tragedy."
However, what started out as a peaceful gesture has turned vicious, with President Trump verbally attacking any player who chooses to kneel.
Roger Goodell of NFL just put out a statement trying to justify the total disrespect certain players show to our country.Tell them to stand!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
The NFL has all sorts of rules and regulations. The only way out for them is to set a rule that you can't kneel during our National Anthem!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 26, 2017
Very important that NFL players STAND tomorrow, and always, for the playing of our National Anthem. Respect our Flag and our Country!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!’” the president said at a rally for Republican senator Luther Strange.
NFL teams began kneeling with locked arms, as it became a symbol of defiance against Donald Trump and his comments.
The Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers coordinated taking a knee before the national anthem, and stood for the song, but were still met with boos from the crowd in Baltimore, indicating their hatred is about more than just standing for the anthem.
Now, Fox Sports has figured out a way to avoid the backlash of kneeling players.