Herzlich has a fair point here, but some 20 months after Colin Kaepernick first sat during the anthem in the 2016 preseason, and with the NFL still allowing players to protest (they can stay in the locker room without penalty this season), Herzlich’s suggestion points to one of the larger problems here. The messaging battle was lost long before Trump even cared about the issue. While players have said, repeatedly, that the protests were about myriad issues and not against the flag, the anthem or the military specifically, millions of Americans saw it differently and aren’t open to changing their mind anytime soon.
Ryan Hewitt Womens Jersey The flag is too personal to too many. The anthem is too much of a touchstone to mess with. If the goal was to create a reaction, it worked. If it was to create a meaningful conversation with the so-called other side, it was a failure. It was perfect for a political opportunist such as Trump. It so riles up his base that every time the issue is about to die out, he does what he can to keep in the news. (Bumbling NFL owners usually help him on that.) This thing is gold for Trump.
These are diverse places. People from all backgrounds, all parts of the country, all perspectives. It’s why there are some players who are willing to take a knee. There are others that would never do it. They’ve all tried to convince the other to listen. It’s usually pretty thoughtful. The one thing that has rung out is that when challenged by the president, most notably prior to week four of Womens Jersey the 2017 season, the league rallies and supports each other’s opinions. About the only thing they all agree on is the right to disagree.
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