Trump to NFL Players: ‘Find Another Way to Protest ... or Be Suspended Without Pay’

By Michael Morris | August 10, 2018 | 10:30am EDT
President Donald Trump (Screenshot)

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Friday morning to address the players who continued the kneeling protests in last evening’s preseason National Football League (“NFL”) games, saying, “Find another way to protest,” or “be Suspended Without Pay!”

“Find another way to protest,” President Trump said to NFL players who protested during the National Anthem on Thursday. “Stand proudly for your National Anthem or be Suspended Without Pay!”

President Trump, addressing Thursday night’s preseason NFL Anthem protests said, “The NFL players are at it again – taking a knee when they should be standing proudly for the National Anthem. Numerous players, from different teams, wanted to show their ‘outrage’ at something that most of them are unable to define. They make a fortune doing what they love…….

 “…..Be happy, be cool!” Trump continued. “A football game, that fans are paying soooo much money to watch and enjoy, is no place to protest. Most of that money goes to the players anyway. Find another way to protest. Stand proudly for your National Anthem or be Suspended Without Pay!”


The president’s remarks came after NFL players, including “Kenny Stills and two other Dolphins players protested during the anthem before their 26-24 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers,” reported ESPN.

“In other games Thursday, four Jaguars players were not on the field when the anthem was played before their home game against New Orleans, and team officials said it would be up to the players to explain why they weren't on the field,” reported ESPN. “Linebacker Telvin Smith, cornerback Jalen Ramsey, running back Leonard Fournette and running back T.J. Yeldon joined the rest of their teammates several moments later.”

Other players also did not stand at attention during the Anthem with their respective teams. Reportedly, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Tim Williams “stood alone in front of the bench with his back toward the field,” while three Seattle players, defensive linemen Branden Jackson and Quinton Jefferson, and offensive lineman Duane Brown, took to the tunnel leading to the Seahawks’ locker room before the National Anthem played.

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