Donald Trump slams National Football League players for 'taking a knee' in protest

NFL player responds to Trump's tweet: 'What a goober'

NFL player responds to Trump's tweet: 'What a goober'

President Trump unloaded on the protesting NFL players who chose to demonstrate during the performance of the USA national anthem Thursday night, saying all athletes should "stand proudly" during the 'Star-Spangled Banner'.

Dolphins coach Adam Gase has said he was not telling his players what to do during the anthem and the team did not have a policy regarding anthem protests before Thursday night's game.

Of course, Trump actually can't suspend National Football League players without pay because he's the President of the United States of America, and not a dictator who can force his policies onto private corporations, as much as he'd probably like to be the latter.

Trump's tweet comes after Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills and two-time Super Bowl victor Malcolm Jenkins were among the NFL players who protested during the national anthem on Thursday, as Colin Kaepernick tweeted his support. Find another way to protest.

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As the peaceful protests, conducted predominantly by black athletes, expanded, Trump began lashing out, criticising the kneeling as "disgraceful". Dolphins receivers Albert Wilson and Kenny Stills protested the national anthem by kneeling. "Stand proudly for your National Anthem or be Suspended Without Pay!" he said.

A new NFL policy announced earlier this year requires players to stand during the national anthem but gives them an option of remaining in the locker room during the pregame performance of the song if they choose.

Tapper said on Friday that the president is "once again seeing a divided nation and doing the opposite of trying to bring us together" by "giving a presidential megaphone to one side in a controversial cultural issue that sometimes stokes racial tensions".

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