#TakeTheKnee sparks national conversation after Trump's comments

#TakeTheKnee sparks national conversation after Trump's comments

Trump also said the issue of kneeling "has nothing to do with race".

Inside these lines, we may have our differences, but recognize there's more that unites us. "This has to do with respect for our country, and respect for our flag", he said.

I think it's very disrespectful to our country, I think it's very, very disrespectful to our flag.

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017.NFL attendance and ratings are WAY DOWN.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stirred a polarising national debate in 2016 after refusing to stand during pre-game renditions of the "Star Spangled Banner". It's clear that not everyone was happy about it, though maybe no one was more irked by the protests than Erich Nikischer. I am never one to say, 'Oh, that is wrong, that is right.' I do believe in what I believe in.

A number of players have been kneeling in protest against racial injustice and police brutality in the United States.

Protests during games on Sunday were the latest twist in a bitter war of words between Trump and US professional sports.

A's Bruce Maxwell first MLB player to kneel for anthem
In light of the league and its involvement in the protesting of the national anthem , the silence has finally been broken. "The only way we can come together is by informing". "It means a little bit more to me", Maxwell said at the time.

One man said, he can understand why some might be offended by Trump's tone.

"This isn't about the president being against anyone", spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said. "General John Kelly totally agrees w/ my stance on NFL players and the fact that they should not be disrespecting our FLAG or GREAT COUNTRY!"

Mr Tomlin had said before the game that "we're not going to let divisive times or divisive individuals affect our agenda".

On Sunday, Trump re-tweeted calls for a fan boycott of NFL games.

So proud of NASCAR and its supporters and fans.

The fact that Trump directed criticism primarily toward black athletes on the heels of calling for ESPN to apologize after anchor Jemele Hill, who is also black, called him a white supremacist, lead to concerns among Trump's opponents and many in the media that the President was engaging in race baiting.