Instead of standing and paying respect to the US flag, some players from the Jacksonville Jaguars decided to drop to one knee during the playing of the national anthem before the start of the teams’ game at Wembley Stadium this past Sunday.
Some people are trying to relate this to feeling oppressed by what the US flag represent. Others are trying to tie this to Donald Trump and racism.
Hill.com reported that former Democratic Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) tweeted that she hopes all NFL players kneel during the national anthem on Sunday in response to President Trump’s remarks attacking Colin Kaepernick.
“On Sunday, I hope every @NFL player takes a knee in solidarity w @Kaepernick7 against the white supremacist who squats in our White House, Tweeted Edwards.
But to relating this all to Trump is a joke. Racism and feeling “oppressed” by rich NFL football players happened a year early before Trump was even voted for president, as in the story with former San Francisco Niners player Colin Kaepernick.
Trump said that any NFL player that didn’t stand during the national anthem should be fired.
Following the national anthem, Jaguars owner Shad Khan issued a statement saying, ”the Jags and the National Football League reflects our nation, with diversity coming in many forms – race, faith, our views and our goals.”
That’s why it was important for us, and personally for me, to show the world that even if we may differ at times, we can and should be united in the effort to become better as people and a nation,” Said Khan.
No players were kneeling during the playing of the British national anthem.