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NFL protests continue against Trump comments
    2017-September-27  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

MIXED reaction to U.S. President Donald Trump’s condemnation of pro-football players kneeling during the National Anthem continued Monday, as did the protests that triggered his comments.

The Dallas Cowboys took a knee before the anthem Monday night — with their owner, Jerry Jones, among them. Their opponents, the Arizona Cardinals, displayed what the stadium announcer described as a “sign of unity” — the team standing arm in arm with members of the military.

It was a reprisal of what many players, coaches and some owners offered during weekend games in defiance of Trump’s comments: linked arms, players taking a knee, some teams even refusing to take to the field.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger — whose team mostly remained in its locker room — said the decision led to a sleepless night. “The idea was to be unified as a team when so much attention is paid to things dividing our country, but I wish we approached it differently,” he said. “We did not want to appear divided on the sideline with some standing and some kneeling or sitting.”

In Missouri, a photo featuring a kneeling 97-year-old World War II veteran quickly spiraled across the Internet after the man’s grandson posted it to Twitter.

“His concern was that the president was hiding behind patriotism and the flag,” the grandson, 38-year-old Brennan Gilmore, said.

NFL brass, meanwhile, sounded as if they couldn’t have been more pleased with the movement. Citing commissioner Roger Goodell, League spokesman Joe Lockhart said that Sunday “was an important day in the NFL and we think a good one.”

There was “probably more dialogue than ever before in the last 10 to 15 years going into an NFL weekend,” Lockhart said. “Players talking to coaches, coaches talking with owners, owners talking with players.” There was, he added, “no grandstanding” — just “incredibly thoughtful conversation about very difficult issues.”(SD-Agencies)

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