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Week 3 saw a dramatic increase in protests during the national anthem.

Carlos Lepe Dont let this distract u from the fact that all teams used to stay in the locker room for national anthems until the military started paying the NFL to participate
Sean Bronin And a dramatic increase of fans turning off their TV's
Roger Maloonigan This NFL player took more than a knee for his country.
Grant Higbee I have yet to have a single person explain to me what these protests are accomplishing. They aren't helping at the political level. Trump won the election. They aren't helping at the law enforcement level. People still get killed by cops. They aren't helping at the social level. Stuff like Charlottesville is still going on. "You moron! They are getting people to talk about issues!" Not really. A. Cop killings were a hot topic long before Kaepernick ever took a knee and B. as an extension of the original question, if talking about it isn't resulting in political, legal, or social change, what's the point? What is it doing besides causing more division??
Justin Jordan Ya cause Twitter Fingers went crazy. So people are standing up! Easy. And no it’s not disrespectful. Shut up with that.
Rafael T Zaldivar Funny how the NFL has no issues with these Million $ wife beaters but have a problem with the Dallas Cowboys putting stickers on their helmets to honor those cops who were shot and executed <
James Lowke I am curious as to when the American flag became a symbol of negativity/oppression/Trump? To those in the military, or relatives of those in the military- the flag is the ultimate symbol of freedom that many have died fighting for. Period. If you interpret it otherwise, that is your right. It is equally my right to find your actions as disrespectful. I watch the nfl and other sports for entertainment- not political views. If an athlete chooses to use their celebrity to promote their views- allow me to respond by NOT buying your jersey, shoes, or watching your team.
Leland Gradney Don't let this distract from the fact that come January, the Bengals are gonna come up with another excuse for not firing Marvin Lewis.
Christopher Stark What do these protests really accomplish? Other then to give tv and radio pundits something to "talk" about instead of highlights. What issues have these protests solved or solutions put foward? Has anyone actually been helped by these players kneeling during the anthem? What has been done other than heated, polarizing mock debates among tv personalities?
Brian Fletcher Shared: Let me get this straight - Roger Goodell and the NFL threatened to fine a player a few years ago who wanted to wear special cleats that commemorated 9/11. They threatened to fine another player last year who wanted to wear pink cleats all season to honor his mother who passed away from breast cancer. They refused to allow Jerry Jones to put a sticker on the Cowboys helmets that honored the 5 Dallas police officers who were killed during a BLM riot. They can fine and suspend a player for being accused of a crime that the DA refused to prosecute because all of the evidence proved that the woman who accused him fabricated the entire story. They have carte blanche to suspend any player they decide has embarrassed the league, even if the incident occurred outside of work or in the off-season, and even if the event occurred before the player was even employed by an NFL team! But it's unacceptable for our President to suggest that players who embarrass our country and disrespect our flag, troops, veterans, and police officers should be punished in the same manner? #FireGoodell
Craig Fisher People keep talking about disrespecting the flag and I just realized the real problem is all these fake patriots who don't even know the difference between the national anthem and the pledge of allegiance. The flag has nothing to do with the anthem and no one is protesting the flag.
Kyle Radziewicz The older you are, the less in touch with the current climate you are, and the more likely you are to be mad about people exercising their constitutionally protected rights. Oh, but at the same time you'll still talk about how you love the second amendment and talk about how Obama is still trying to come get your guns 😂😂😂. Generally speaking, there's obvious exceptions to all of that
Roger Maloonigan Democrat media is about to spend a whole weekend defending multi-millionaire athletes who disrespect our flag. Gosh I wonder why Trump won.
Ray N Kathy Crews Watched the short video on this & im calling bullsh-t on that they are protesting to being people together. They are going to try & bring people together during your country's national anthem & flag is displayed. He says some don't have the same things & others---so don't disrespect our/your country...put your money, because the areas he's speaking of are poor communities.
Charles William Henderson The NFL is ashamed of America but not too ashamed to take the money from the fans they insult. If players really want to protest then they should leave the field and refuse to play and refuse to accept the money. America doesn’t need the NFL but the NFL cannot survive without the fans they so callously insult. All I can say is poor little rich boys. Your protests are just as shallow as you are.
Kurt Kogler Keep the list coming, keep the list current, keep the list for all time on a plaque commemorating the disgraceful Behavior. In a showing of solidarity with these players at least identify what this is all about in a short statement.
Michael Shipman Yeah, because our Dictator in Chief threatened to fire any players who knelt during the National Anthem. Wanted to see if he could walk the walk, and most likely, he won't
Matthew Edwards The left's anti-American culture and sentiments are going to easily hand Donald Trump reelection in 3 years. Independents in this country will not support this deranged ideology. You lost the election, get over it. Only twice since 1897 has a political party held presidential power more than three consecutive terms. What exactly are they protesting? The fact that one minority in this country is 13 percent of the population, yet commits 60 percent of all murders, over 70 percent of robberies, and the majority of all violent crimes? The fact that out of the roughly 900 police shootings last year, 99.9 percent of them were justified? Go take a kneel for the thousands of shootings that took place in Chicago's inner cities just last year alone🇺🇸Every right to protest, but every right for others to respond to your bottomless hatred. I desire a unified America where love exceeds political, racial, and ethnic differences (as most rational people do), but until we start protesting the real injustices in our society -- rather than directing our anger towards false narratives -- only further division will arise from such discourse. #boycottNFL Furthermore, they have shown their true colors today. I thought the kneeling protests were to bring awareness to police brutality?🤔Looks like such protests are moreso rooted and always have been grounded in political ideology rather than societal concerns -- as every previous historical anthem protest has always truly been about. Ask yourself this: if Hillary had won, would anybody be kneeling today? Police brutality...... Somebody has to say it #USA #Trump
Lee N Jodi Lesher ESPN , you're too narcissistic to realize it, but you have pissed off veterans and the US military with your conversion to a Marxist news agency instead of a purely sports network. Let's see how much money your politics cost you.
Stephen Sherman Repost To football players who take a knee : Had to share this one... To the NFL players who took a knee during the playing of the National Anthem. So, you want to take a knee? Take a trip to Valley Forge in January. Hold a musket ball in your fingers and imagine it piercing your flesh and breaking a bone or two. There won't be a doctor or trainer to assist you until after the battle. Wait your turn while listening to the screams of pain from the wounded. Then take a knee. Go to Normandy where man after American man stormed the beach, dodging dead bodies and withering machine gun fire,...the very sea stained with American blood. Imagine that your fellow players are your dead brothers in arms. Then take a knee. Take a knee in the sweat soaked jungles of Vietnam. Over 60,000 Americans died in those jungles.There was no playbook or million dollar contracts for doing your job, but they understood what our flag represented. When they came home, they were protested by their fellow Americans. Then take a knee while they spit on you. Take another knee in the blood drenched sands of Fallujah in 110 degree heat..Trade in your pads for a Kevlar helmet and battle dress...You'll have to stay hydrated, but there won't be anyone to squirt Gatorade into your mouth. And watch out for those IEDs when you take a knee. There's a lot of places to take a knee. Americans have given their lives all over the world. When you use the banner under which they fought as a source for your protest, you dishonor the memories of those who bled for the very freedoms you have. That's what the red stripes mean. It represents the blood of those who spilled it defending your liberty. So while you're on your knee, pray for those that came before you, not on manicured fields striped and printed with numbers to announce every inch of game yardage...but on nameless hills and bloodied beaches and sweltering forests and bitter cold mountains...every inch marked by an American life lost serving that flag you protest. No cheerleaders, no announcers, no coaches, no fans...just American men and women on the land, air, and sea, delivering the real fight against those who chose to harm us..so you would have the opportunity to dishonor their service by "taking a knee." You have no clue what it took to get you where you are...but your "protest" is duly noted. Not only is it disgraceful to a nation, it points to your ingratitude for those who chose to defend you under that banner that will still wave long after your stats and game jersey are forgotten... If you really feel the need to take a knee, come with me to church on Sunday and we'll both kneel before Almighty God. We'll thank Him for preserving this country for as long as He has. We'll beg forgiveness for both of our ingratitude for all He has provided us. We'll appeal to Him for understanding and wisdom. We'll pray for liberty and justice for all...because He is the one who provides those things. But no protesting allowed. There will only be gratitude for His provision and a plea for His continued grace and mercy on the land of the free and the home of the brave. May He continue to bless America, the ignorant and selfish sinners we all are. What an incredible gift He has given us!
Jeff Thomas Now, the ONLY reason why players protest is because they know Trump didnt like it, these NFL players got no love for their own country at all
Scott Goodson Not even the Super Bowl champions Patriots can fill their stadium today. The upper deck is half empty. NFL has wrong priorities.
Theresa Fairbairn Why not start a petition to the Military Recruiters to demand they pull their advertising dollars from an organization which openly insults our Commander-in-Chief and disrespected everything our Servicemen and women fight for every day?
Scott Goudy most dont even know why they would take a knee they are doing it because if they dont they will be called racist, im sorry but our country is becoming embarrassing with all these pubis that we have to walk on glass around ,life ain't easy grow up get jobs stop fuckibg crying and always always stand for our national anthem! !!!!!
Mike Tate I dont get it there protesting against the greatest country in the world.before i turned off tv all they talked about was nfl represents good in there community. How if you want to set a good example teach people how to respect your country and the flag that represents it
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Georgia Football: ⬆️
Florida State Seminoles Football: ⬇️

Terry Smith This week is a perfect example of why the polls are purely biased and regionally unbalanced. The only reason a team with an 0-2 record could get ranked is because of their name.
Ed Chesiak They are a bad team...can't tackle, can't run the ball, coach is a horrible play caller. I'm not sure who has a worse offensive line...FSU or N.Y. Giants
Matthew Eoff Well they are 0-2. Ranks should not be based on team name but rather how they actually playing this year... not last or recruiting but rather their record/play.. the end
John Thomas II Interesting how the Patriots kneeled. Lmao! Trumpets are so triggered right now. White and black athletes are doing this together, It’s great.
Stone Quillen Florida state not being ranked is a crime
Kevin Wojtek FSU is winless and still ranked. Texas has a win and barely lost to a #4 ranked USC in d/ot and not ranked. BCS is still a joke
Matt Miller They have been outside the top 10 many times since 2011. ESPN continues to fail.
Kyle Adams The coaches poll (not that it matters) has FSU at #25 0-2 And Notre Dame out of the top 25 when we are 3-1 with a 1 point loss against the number 7 team in the country. 😂😂😂
Beth Seawell Lantz Its a sad day but I love my Seminoles ❤️❤️
Glenn Snowden Jr The lost to Oklahoma hurt my buckeyes bad we gotta wait 4 until we play Penn State to see where we at
Ryan Andrews Stewart Peoples! Because they suck! Lololol!!!
Reggie L. Harris Collegiate PATRIOTISM...These guys are MORE ADULT
Larry Alexander Disney/ESPN support racism by continued employment of the racist Jemele Hill.
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Kirkman Frank Maxine Yaaaayyyy 😂😂Go Canes 🏈🙌🏼.. Duke Next!!
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"Paying tribute to the men and women who have given their lives for our freedom is why I stand."

Christopher Tamucci Players have the right to protest. Not disrespectful to anyone. You don't have to agree, but troops fought to protect their rights. And this is one of their rights. It's not that difficult to understand when you eliminate your wittle feewings
Dan Watson I think the dismal state of the VA is significantly more disrespectful to veterans than kneeling. Instead of addressing the issue of PTSD and veteran suicides, let's continue to worry about if kneeling will be "disrespectful to veterans". SMH.
Tracy Herrera Flores The media mocked Tim Tebow for taking a knee to pray to God, but they glorify taking a knee to disrespect the national anthem! Says a lot about where the media stands
Tyler Buckley You know what else is disrespectful? Being a racist, bigot. But you selected one as president.
Ian Simmonds Not for argument sake but weren't we in the military to fight for the RIGHT for people to be ABLE to do this? I will stand every time, but constitutionally speaking there is nothing wrong with this... Also if 45 had kept his mouth shut about it and not used harsher language to describe THIS than what he used to describe white supremacists marching, then it wouldn't be as big as issue... Plus can't help but wonder what he's trying to divert our attention away from now
Louis Goodrich I did 7 years in the military. I don't feel disrespected at all. I'm glad the rights I was defending can still be exercised. Would I stand? Sure, but I'm a white guy.
Nick Jacobson I’m a vet, I’m not offended by the protest. Wolfe is a fake patriot and poorly educated if he doesn’t understand what the military fights for. He also doesn’t understand the constitution.
Aaron Paddock Excellent. You have your reason to stand, others have their reasons to kneel. We can all live in this world. Recognize why they are kneeling, it's not because they don't respect the flag.
Johnny Kovak Good for them. No one should be forced to stand for our National Anthem when our Country is filled with hatred and greed anyways. God Bless Us All and God Bless those who are showing and expressing there freedom to stand or kneel for what they believe in!
Crystal Bailey Lemos 1.The NFL players did not start standing for the National Anthem until 2009. 2.Those of you who are complaining probably don't know all the words to the National Anthem. 3.If you want standing the National Anthem be a requirement,move to North Korea.
Bill Stevens I have never been prouder of my Broncos than I have today. And all you constitution suppressing trump supporters....go eat a bag of dicks.
Kimberly J White If someone thinks it’s disrespectful to take any action good or bad as an American citizen that person misses the point of fighting for our “freedom”. America is a free country and our military fights to protect our freedoms to do what we wish stand, kneel, agree, disagree, peacefully protest, speak what we feel without fear. Anything else is disrespectful to our military it’s freedom to be who we are period. That’s America and it’s core value.
Preston N Jennifer Ingram No. It is not disrespectful. It is what our military fights for. Our FREEDOM! Freedom of expression, speech and protest. Period.
Frankie Ambriz People like to use that card because that's all the can say towards these protests all the while walking by homeless vets on the streets telling them to get a job instead of helping them
Joseph Ornelaz Some of the players not having the freedom from being hunted and murdered by cops is why they neal. You keep standing but remember not all the players have the same freedom in this country that you enjoy.
Delroy Baugh He has the right to stand and they have the right to kneel. They are after all freaking Americans! That is what sets us apart-our freedom. Also no one is disrespecting the military, that is what we fought and die for: our freedom.
Donald January Jr. Any veteran that enlisted for the sake of the rights of only people they agree with totally missed the point of their oath. The veterans that claim to be offended by this would've had the same feelings about these protests whether they enlisted or not. This anger has nothing to do with service. It's all about ideology and control... from a veteran.
Lawanda Faye Heard Veterans have said over and over they don't find it disrespectful. Why keep that false narrative going. The teams didn't even participate in the anthem until 2009.
Cami Beck He has a right to stand and say what he thinks, others have a right to disagree and feel they way they feel. So why is everyone so psst off? When government start forcing people to agree with their ideologies then we are getting real close to being like North Korea and Venezuela. My father did not serve in the army so this country can be like North Korea. He did not serve so a country can force people to do something and to shut people up. If you go back this whole up in arms being a patriotic started on 9/11.
Julian Beckford Why do so many say this, when there are so many current and former servicemen and servicewomen who have come forward DEFENDING the right to protest? The negative backlash towards Kaepernick is NOT about the troops. Don't be fooled. #callitwhatitis
Don Dishman Most of them are so young they don't remember the Viet Nam war and the 58,000 that lost their lives fighting there, or the 50,000 that lost their lives in Korea, or the number that died in Iraq and Afghanistan (haven't see a count for those). They don't teach history in schools like they used to. Most of them are just play ignorant, never been told about it.
Mark Collins This "protest" lost its message and is looked upon as disrespecting the military... I would rather hear how you helped your community or created a dialogue with the local police... all these guys kneeling then doing nothing else is empty. Sit out a game and see what that gets you!
Kristy Baldwin The people complaining about these football players exercising their First Amendment right of Free Speech are the same one saying Nazis and KKK deserve their right to Free Speech, the same ones who stand on the 2nd Amendment while condemning those who use the 1st. You can't pick and choose which parts of the Constitution you like!
Tiffany Bilderback See the bigger picture and find a way to protest in a way that will bring about change not division we have far too much of that already. Protesting in this way is a disgrace to the men and women who have died to protect your rights so how is protesting in this way helping your cause...It's not and trying to defy our President by continuing to kneel is just as childish as the irresponsible comment our President makes. Be better and do better ⚓️🇱🇷
Karina Acorda Disrespectful to forget many who served and died but still came home to the systemic bias that continues to be supported by those who believe in freedom and liberty only for some and wrap themselves in the flag and call it patriotism. 🙏🇺🇸
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These just keep getting better and better.

Ricky Williams Who honestly cares that this takes place? Show up with a defense on the field. ESPN needs to find other things to report on.
Stephen Plumbley Is he practicing blindside hits on defenseless Linebackers as well? He seems pretty good at it, but you can never be too prepared, amirite?
Patrick Jacques Warm ups great! Awesome! Do they award trophies for that?
Kyle Chrisman I wonder if he practiced under pressure catches and meaningful catches as much as he does this, maybe he'd be a top 3? Don't tell me he is Bc he isn't 😂😂 "stats don't lie" oh yeah I forgot, first down catches add up 😱 too bad catches that matter, aka big time primetime catches, nonexistent with obj
Matt Frank Most overrated player in the NFL definitely hands down, when's the last time he had a Breakout game of any kind? When was the last time he had over 75 receiving yards in one game?
Adam Shanks Yeah, it's too bad that he should be suspended or fined for causing a player concussion from an uncalled illegal hit last week.
Ian Perkins What's he been doing on Sundays lately. I mean, I hit some amazing flop shots in the back yard but when I step into the fairway its a different story.
Stacie Myrex Who gives a rats butt, oh and whoever those clowns were commentating the Auburn game last night, if you paid them a penny, you overpaid them
Cory Belser Thank you super sticky gloves because with out gloves I would probably drop everything. #nogloveschallenge
Eric Vogt Yes, guys got great skills, but those gloves they all wear ARE THE REASON that he's able to do that. Lots of guys in the game today are doing that
Andrew Paul He should focus on two handers, he's dropped to for the giants today in the first half. This guy is way too much hype
Rolando Flores You need to do that when game time comes, need to secure the ball and gain yards my friend. I'm still a Giants fan my fiend no matter what
Brandon Brake They could use some of that when the game starts. So could I since I drafted him at the top of the second round.
Riz Ahmed yeah too bad he cant do it in a game. Giants fans about to get triggered. lol
Andy Brierly Seriously ESPN, get off his nuts. This is pregame warm ups. The guy is a bum during the actual game
Justin Woodard Good catch, but I wonder how sticky those gloves are 🤔
Ray Guzmán Does that catch come with a W?
Austin Fonk Yeah and how are his stats in the game ?
Rob Mormando Is he perfecting his two hand drops as well?
Victor Moreno Give it a rest, move on....
Allan Vaughn You should see what he catches when he opens his mouth lmao
Jeff York He has to catch like this considering how inaccurate his QB is.
Joey Montemayor When u make ur money before the game and not during. Lmao...
Chaz Ozuna Sr. Ya but doesn't happen in the game lol
Daulton King Clearly Eli didn't throw that pass.
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Solidarity.

Kévin-Pinit Scott Don't care you stand up for the anthem or not, you sir need to get me at least 30pts in fantasy this week
Adin Ducker Im a white man saying i actually dont mind players kneeling. Especially if its a protest against trump and some of his clueless supporters. why would they stand up for a country whos president and some of his voters hate them? Thats why they are kneeling at this moment. The oompa loompa stepped over the line. He doesnt realize the criminal justice system has failed our lower class socioeconomically. Who most happen to be of color. I thank our wonderful veterans who fought for our right to either stand or kneel. Yes if you stand thats your right as well and good for you. Id be a hypocrite to say you were wrong for standing because its your right. Kneel or stand for what you believe in. If you get mad at villanueva then thats wrongThats whats great about this country. I personally still stand for my country because i live in coastal bend and we got hit hard by harvey but the unity i saw from everyone supporting each other in the aftermath of the disaster made me proud. In some countries you get excecuted if you stand up to higher power. The kneelers dont hate you veterans. They thank you. The kneelers hate injustice thats all. They are kneeling for the people who dont have the platform to speak out. Trump gave them another reason to kneel when they were kneeling for injustice even when obama was president yes he had flaws but wasnt a bad human. So if someone is kneeling or standing im with you. Its your right!!!! ✊✊✊✊
Kiernan Majerus-Collins As a Packers fan, Aaron Rodgers is my favorite player. I'm proud of him and all the other athletes standing up to Trump today.
Daniel Mowbay PPl want to blame Trump as well for this. But keep in mind Colin started this last year well before trump became POTUS. If anyone of us where to protest like this at our jobs we would be fired end of story and yet no one wants to talk about that aspect
Eric Lauvray In violation of Federal law, in fact. 18 U.S. Code § 227 - Wrongfully influencing a private entity’s employment decisions by a Member of Congress or an officer or employee of the legislative or executive branch US Code Notes prev | next (a) Whoever, being a covered government person, with the intent to influence, solely on the basis of partisan political affiliation, an employment decision or employment practice of any private entity— (1) takes or withholds, or offers or threatens to take or withhold, an official act, or (2) influences, or offers or threatens to influence, the official act of another, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for not more than 15 years, or both, and may be disqualified from holding any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States. (b) In this section, the term “covered government person” means— (1) a Senator or Representative in, or a Delegate or Resident Commissioner to, the Congress; (2) an employee of either House of Congress; or (3) the President, Vice President, an employee of the United States Postal Service or the Postal Regulatory Commission, or any other executive branch employee (as such term is defined under section 2105 of title 5, United States Code).
Scott King What’s the point of this? They aren’t kneeling for anything other than talking. They are in their warmup/practice jerseys. The anthem wasn’t be played at this time. It even looks like a spring practice picture. #Discountdoublecheck
Jef Allen I just watched a Browns player take a knee in the end zone after a punt! These sons of biotches are protesting during the game now?! This is ridiculous, just play ball.
Victor Ferrestra I’m so sick and tired of a bunch of Susans, Jo-Anne, & Roberts thinking they have a say so on how minorities stand for their rights.. Sit down somewhere and shut up!
Jenni Hartman White folk: "I want to live in my insulated bubble and watch sports in ignorance. HOW DARE YOU call attention to actual issues facing our country?" The great thing about America is that you're allowed to have your opinions but there's also nothing preventing anyone from thinking you're a closet racist who is uncomfortable facing your white privilege. Enjoy your boycott and hope you find something productive to do with all your Sundays until football is over. Oh but wait, the NBA is speaking out against Trump too...
Michael Kerelitch Football players get paid more than our military men and women the refusal to stand for the national anthem is a disgrace patriotism was at its highest when 9/11 happened now we are dealing with North Korea if a missile sent to the United States what would the football players think then is their patriotism going to not be respected then we need to be a United Country info diners of the times they are showing this respect your country we had patriotism when Bush was president our nation change under the Obama Administration most of this anger is coming out of the fact that Hillary lost the election it is happening colleges also we are a one nation under God our freedom to be on a football field is because our military is keeping our nation free and safe
Mark Yonchak Hey Aaron Rodgers...how about you talk to your father, brother and family before you lecture others on unity and family
Gold Abraham Thanks to the scumbag POS SOB in the White House, we are now more united than ever! He might have just created hundreds of kapernicks!
Jesse Castro Just change the meeing of the kneel. Say taking a knee supports women of domestic violence and it will all stop
Dave McGuire Yeah it’s Trump’s fault. Kapernick started this crap before he was even president. It’s also his fault dinosaurs went extinct and the racism and all the other bs going on in this country. Easy to blame someone else than try to do the right thing. Smh...
Rick Ramirez Quit watching ESPN folks. I watch sports to get away from the turmoil of the world for awhile and here is ESPN pushing their liberal agenda views on us during what should be an escape from all of this crap. I'm turning them off.
Holly Baldwin I didn't write this, and wish I could shake the hand, and buy a beer, for the person that did. Take a little trip to Valley Forge in January. If you don't know where that is, just Google it from the sidelines. Hold a musket ball in your fingers and imagine it piercing your flesh and breaking a bone or two. There won't be a doctor or trainer to assist you until after the battle, so just wait your turn.Take your cleats and socks off to get a real experience. Then take a knee. Then, take one at the beach in Normandy where man after American man stormed the beach, even as the one in front of him was shot to pieces...the very sea stained with American blood. The only blockers most had were the dead bodies in front of them, riddled with bullets from enemy fire. Take a knee in the sweat soaked jungles of Vietnam. from Khe San to Saigon...Anywhere will do. Americans died in all those jungles.There was no playbook that told them what was next, but they knew what flag they represented. When they came home, they were protested as well..and spit on for reasons only cowards know. Take another knee in the blood drenched sands of Fallujah in 110 degree heat..Wear your Kevlar helmet and battle dress...Your number won't be printed on it unless your number is up! You'll need to stay hydrated but there won't be anyone to squirt Gatorade into your mouth. You're on your own. There's a lot of places to take a knee. Americans have given their lives all over the world. When you use the banner under which they fought as a source for your displeasure, you dishonor the memories of those who bled for the very freedoms you have. That's what the red stripes mean. It represents the blood of those who spilled a sea of it defending your liberty. While you're on your knee, pray for those that came before you, not on a manicured lawn striped and printed with numbers to announce every inch of ground taken...but on nameless hills and bloodied beaches and sweltering forests and bitter cold mountains...every inch marked by an American life lost serving that flag you protest. No cheerleaders, no announcers, no coaches, no fans...just American men and women...delivering the real fight against those who chose to harm us...blazing a path so you would have the right to "take a knee." You haven't an inkling what it took to get you where you are...but your "protest" is duly noted. Not only is it disgraceful to a nation of real heroes, it serves the purpose of pointing to your ingratitude for those who chose to defend you under that banner that will still wave long after your jersey is retired...
Heath Smith If they really wanted to make a difference, they could put their energy toward something positive that would actually change what they are protesting. I assume it's police brutality, but who knows at this point? They are taking the easy way out by kneeling during the anthem, and it changes absolutely nothing. Everybody has their own opinions, but I find what they are doing disrespectful to the men and women who have died for their freedom to protest.
Kevin Smith The POTUS calls players SOBs for using their first amendment rights. What else should these athletes do? I have a solution remove the presentation of colors from professional sports and this won't be an issue.
Andy Boyd Fun fact. NFL players weren't required to stand or even come out of the locker room for the anthem until 2009. Why are they now required? It's good for business! A 2015 Congressional report revealed the Dept. of Defense paid NFL owners a combined $5.4 million in between 2010-14 to stage on field patriotic ceremonies. The National Guard paid out $6.7 million between 2013-15 for similar displays. Teams that received taxpayer funds include the Cincinnati Bengals ($138,960) Cleveland Browns ($22,500), the Green Bay Packers ($600,000), Pittsburgh Steelers, ($36,000) Minnesota Vikings ($605,000), Atlanta Falcons ($1,049,500), Buffalo Bills ($679,000), Dallas Cowboys ($62,500), Miami Dolphins ($20,000), and St. Louis Rams ($60,000), according to a nj.com breakdown.
Mike Tooler Look at all the Trumpflakes catching feelings and getting offended by people exercising their freedoms, in a free country. The double-standards and hypocrisy is laughable.
Angel Carpenter Warren I have always supported free speach. It doesn't matter if someone agrees with me, they have a right to express that opinion. But, as the daughter of a veteran of both Vietnam and the Gulf War, I can not and will not support an organization that allows it's employees to disrespect the very anthem that symbolizes the freedom they enjoy. To do so in another country where the majority of the audience would have been deployed servicemen and women currently making less than a football player will make in one game, and yet they protect that player's right to play a game for a living is entirely disgusting. Therefore, I will no longer support the NFL in my home in any way.
Jay Whitten God Bless President Trump for standing up for all the hard working class Americans, Asian, Hispanics, Blacks and Whites. Must be nice to be underprivileged making millions.
Jose A Núñez Lies I'm not white but check this out #TakeTheKnee is not about freedom of speech , since the in the NFL you get fined for dancing after a touchdown NFL is just being political... Don't let the NFL used you as tools black players
Wayne Aspey Idots and very disrespetful the nfl viewership is going to go down everybodys acting like children to many people died to give us our freedom god bless the usa
Spencer Boyd What's the point in talking about this? No one is going to convince anyone on the other side to agree with them. The media is ruining the Country in my eyes. It's just a platform to argue and make the situation worse. It can be a platform to be productive but it isnt being used that way. I surely hope everyone can at least agree with that point. Just read all the strand of comments when it comes to this topic. Nothing but hate and arguments have come from social media.
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ESPN2 hours ago

Joe Flacco had fewer passing yards than the Jacksonville Jaguars had points.

Ayrton Rahim When Kaep did this bad last year in one game y’all said that’s why he’s not on a team but I bet if Flacco was cut he’d find a job. Funny thing is they faced eachother in a super bowl so why wouldn’t both be allowed to play in this league?
Eric David It's really depressing when one of the most forgettable teams in professional sports end up with a win like this.
JD Vargas All that talk bout top defense, elite defense, super bowl winning defense.... Tho jags play in London yearly don't They? So they knew what to expect maybe? But still 44 points....
Brett Holland Wow if you're a Ravens fan did this game suck. Credit where credit is due to Jacksonville they did their job but my goodness Ravens fans have to disgusted right now
Jami Mullis Boycotted espn, fox and cbs this morning for pregame...Good to see the Falcons didn't take a knee although the divisive singer knelt and held up his racist salute...as long as the flag is respected Ill watch...anyway, why are people kneeling? Was it because of Michael Brown who according the evidence robbed a store and tried to kill an officer and never had his hands up according to witnesses? Or was he an innocent citizen who was gunned down as BLM states? Disgusting that the Jags knelt on foreign soil for our anthem but stood for UKs or Pittsburgh stays in the locker room during the anthem...Tired of these whiny Anti-Americans who enjoy our freedoms but hate our country...they call Trump intolerant, but everything liberals do is based on race, gender, religion or socioeconomics...although if their employer doesn't mind and it is their 1st amendment right then go for it, but it's mine to disagree as well...in the end they want to tear America apart from within and establish a one world system...#illuminati #factsnevermatter
Eddie Hawn Hopefully London gets a more competitive game next year. 44-7 isn't exactly going to make new football fans out of Londoners.
Salvatore Perez Flacco sucks, Are you people just realizing this? Baltimore will make the Playoffs because Pitts won't
Kaven Bolling what they let one of the worst teams in the nfl beat them 44-7 thats good for you ravens you didnt sign kaepernick now look what happen
Nicole Moore I bet the pregame show people on CBS are choking on their words and their laughter at MJD now. Mojo knows what’s up!
Joseph M Kohler Jr. That's a disgraceful display by the entire Raven team & coaching staff in front of market that they are trying to tap into..
Makaveli Jesus Blacks feel like they are being treated poorly, Whites feel like they are the kings of the world and can do anything, Mexicans jump the border and murder people, Hmm what's left asains? That would be my race, we keep it one hunnit we stay out of drama we are peaceful people we keep to ourselfs
Robin Lenoir AFC South champs Jacksonville Jaguars....
Scott Hedrick Fake news.... no way Jags scored 44 points, let alone win a game..
Chris Chavois Kaepernick is awful, that’s why he doesn’t have a job. “Hold my beer” - Joe Flacco
Cynthia Graham 😂😂😂😂😂what say you now #RayLewis, looks to me Flacco sucks!
Kathy Bilier What has happened to Joe flacco???
William Wilcox Yet AFC South is the worst in the league eh. Heres hopin Houston beats Pats
Jason King Jags defense is legit top 3 in the league when the offense helps instead of hurting
Bernie Ferris Who cares ..sit for the anthem and I'm done
Jeff Thomas Who cares...didn't watch
Jimmy Moore Move the Jags to England. They play good there 😂
Jarrid Ogle But I thought flacco was elite?
Alex Muslin Patrick remember when he got the phattest contract
Kay Forbes Evans Time to find something else on Sunday
Jeffrey Bosworth Tom Coughlin has re-energized The Jag's and it's a pleasure to see!
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ESPN2 hours ago

Tennessee Titans WR Rishard Matthews will use his cleats as a way to express his strong feelings about racial inequality

Greg Lewis Stop giving them coverage, all they are doing is wasting their time, what are they protesting anyways? Inequality? They make millions, yup, that's inequality.
Erik Ross Little Well, I'm white and only making 60K a year while he's telling me about making 500,000 a year to just exist and tell me about inequality? I cry for your oppression.
Akio Fish The fact is that Colin Kaepernick has become this generation's Muhammad Ali. He started this peaceful protests and stood his ground when everyone was bashing him and calling him all kinds of names for protesting injustices. Hes blackballed from the league for his stance but has stood his ground. Now, the majority has seen that Kap was RIGHT and has joined him. This is VERY similar to Muhammad Ali and his protest of the pointless Vietnam War. Kap should now be signed to an NFL team after his exile just as Ali was reinstated after his. The ONLY people opposing this peaceful protest is Racists disguised as "patriots" or misinformed Trump supporters. Ive kneeled with Kap since Day 1 and will continue to do so. Only REAL Americans know this
Lacey Garrison Have any of you idiots bothered looking up Matthews? Or anything about him?! His brother was killed overseas! He supports the military while also supporting the kneeling. 🙄🙄🙄 You CAN do both!
Sophia Johansen I am not in anyway allowed to protest or speak of my political or religious views at my place of work. I don't get paid a fraction of what these things get. Don't feed it. Stop watching them and televising them, and stop wearing the NFL crap and going to games. Put them out in the streets!
Jeff Thomas I think the "racial inequality" issue Should be addressed..The NFL has a horrific track record here with 70% of its players being black and only 27% white (and only about 3% divided between latin, asian and others ..the NBA is even worse with 75% black 23% white and just a tiny 2% to be divided between latin,asian and others ..Team USA basketball had not One non black player on its Olympic team! This is sometimes true for NBA teams also .. This systematic oppression makes young white latin and asian boys feel that there is no place for them as they watch games and see so few players that "look like them" playing.. Maybe the NBA could develop a RBS (revive basketball in the suburbs) program or the NFL could develop a RFS (revive football in the suburbs) program .. This could be just the start ..The NFL and the NBA also need to do a better job of recruiting white Latin and asian athletes...
Brandon Richmond ESPN I'm tired of your coverage of this kind of garbage which is why I stopped watching ESPN all together and now why I'm unfollowing your page. I'll check back at a later date in time and see if it's possible that you might want to just focus on stats, highlights and plays that pertain to sports once again. ✌️
Horance D Hornwell Has anyone noticed that only rich privileged blacks are protesting. What do they have to protest about, they have made the most out of the American dream. They face no hardships up in there ivory towers. If your so concerned about the plight of the black community, go to the inner city's and try stopping the violence and hatred that is pandemic. In these communities. Blacks can kill each other in record numbers, and some how it's the white man fault
Michael Kersey This isn't a bad way to protest. Doing this way, speaking about your feelings during interviews, or going out and speaking are great ways to protest. Just please don't kneel for the flag that represents all the men and women that have sacrificed so much
Joe Sanchez Average Head of household income in America is $35,876 if these nfl kneelers really want to make a statement.... play a game for that amount... if not please no preaching.
Corey Bigpoppa Joiner Total misrepresentation of what his message was. Espn is despicable. He was expressing his strong feelings about the country and flag not what espn has written here.
Jeffrey A Yoder You want to talk about REAL inequality? Let's talk about this $14,000,000,000 Non-Profit, revenue producing "League" that turns every employee into multi-millionaire and a Commish that has made over $212,000,000 during his tenure over the last 11 years. If this "business" was taxed like normal businesses, maybe those tax dollars could be distributed to the depressed neighborhoods and more needy families to help give them a leg-up and end this so called inequality.
Kyle S. Birks We are one now stop dividing us! It’s because of people like in the NFL there is such a divide of essentially the haves and have nots they are supposedly better then us and that is why they can tell us what to do. Bunch of spoiled Winny SOBs.
Sophia Johansen Who cares. Stop covering this crap. NFL ratings falling so fast, so they keep up the strategy. Pretty darn stupid, but whatever, Roger Goodell has enough money already I guess being out of a job is no big deal to him, but seriously he could just resign and save us all the dog and pony show.
Randall Scott Barrett If peeps would stop talking about and bringing it up and let it go its been yrs an yrs an yrs . Just think if ever1 over a 50yr period wouldnt talk about ut then our kids today wouldnt even know what it was . So just stop
Thomas Mathias But WE ARE NOT ONE!!! This is a minority issue!!! If Whites were mistreated and minorities held the cards....theyd be laughing at us all the way to the soup kitchen!!!
Joel Fernandez Stop your crying you make millions, if you feel so hurt and sad why don't you go to the projects and hand out 100 bills to everybody
Mike Gallagher The black athletes should continue to protest it sure does piss off the white racists. They will still watch the games though cause these are the best athletes. They stand up for the communities they grew up where there are no millionaires.
Diana Turner What's racially unequal? Football is at least 75% black. It's predominately black because they are great athletes. Don't have a leg to stand on.
Sam Heer how bout instead of painting your cleats, you puts some fantacy cleats on and get me some fantacy pts.......BTW they look good though
Brent Davis Just a few weeks ago, Nielsen reported that according to its research, Disney-owned ESPN had lost another 2.2 million subscribers since February. That means since 2011, the network has lost more than 11 million subscribers, or more than 10% of its total customer base.
John Huff Now this one is exactly like the 9/11 tribute cleats that got a player fined for violating uniform dress code. I agree with both sets of cleats completely but if he’s not fined then the nfl will spit in the face of every life that was lost on 9/11.
Tom Oleary A lifelong sport fan, since mid 70s, diehard, I've pretty much stopped watching sports in the last year and my quality of life is better, I'm more active , in better shape, never thought this was possible, but we don't need these scumbag athletes
Kelli Rink Toler Why isn't he getting fined. Like when others wanted to put 9/11 commerative cleats. Or the Cowboys wanted to show their respect to the 5 Dallas police officers assasinated. It wasn't uniformity. That's what Roger goddell stated last year?? Just wondering!
Jordan Goodman Trump is uniting the country like Hitler united the country 😂😂😂
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ESPN3 hours ago

Mark Davis once told players he would prefer that they not protest while in the Raiders uniform.

Not anymore.

Matt Collins I'm waiting for sponsors to start sponsoring the anthem. "Please rise for the national anthem brought to you today by Papa Johns. Better ingredients. Better Pizza. Papa Johnnnnnnnnns!"
Alex Thompson I'm glad more people like this are coming out as understanding that they're dealing with adult Americans with First Amendment rights and TV cameras fixed on them. Someone is giving these people (football players) a platform, and they're using it. Nothing could be more patrtiotic
Randy Ford Everythng was sh*ts and giggles until Trump called them owners out too! 😂😂😂 We been trying to tell yall Trump supporters he was gone turn on you...but nooooo...you wanna witness yourself. FINE THEN 😂 #WhenYouStartToRealize #YouMadeAMistake #TakeAKnee
Steven Conroy Want to know what's more disrespectful than anything? Using our anthem as a grab for ratings
Kenny Cooper Al Davis was a frontier when it came to equality. First black coach,first latino coach and first female executive. Mark is doing whatever he believes is right. Love my Raiders!!!
Jake Hunter Nothing is more American and patriotic than seeing a problem in America and taking a stand to amend it. "Freedom and Justice for all" is guaranteed in the pledge- and because people feel the legal and political systems are not upholding those American values, they are asking for change. Real patriots don't blindly follow nationalism and use it as a tool to cover up and ignore problems in our country. Real patriots make their voices heard and work to make America better.
Joey Boudreaux To overpaid players who take a knee : Had to share this one... To the NFL players who took a knee during the playing of the National Anthem. So, you want to take a knee? Take a trip to Valley Forge in January. Hold a musket ball in your fingers and imagine it piercing your flesh and breaking a bone or two. There won't be a doctor or trainer to assist you until after the battle. Wait your turn while listening to the screams of pain from the wounded. Then take a knee. Go to Normandy where man after American man stormed the beach, dodging dead bodies and withering machine gun fire,...the very sea stained with American blood. Imagine that your fellow players are your dead brothers in arms. Then take a knee. Take a knee in the sweat soaked jungles of Vietnam. Over 60,000 Americans died in those jungles.There was no playbook or million dollar contracts for doing your job, but they understood what our flag represented. When they came home, they were protested by their fellow Americans. Then take a knee while they spit on you. Take another knee in the blood drenched sands of Fallujah in 110 degree heat..Trade in your pads for a Kevlar helmet and battle dress...You'll have to stay hydrated, but there won't be anyone to squirt Gatorade into your mouth. And watch out for those IEDs when you take a knee. There's a lot of places to take a knee. Americans have given their lives all over the world. When you use the banner under which they fought as a source for your protest, you dishonor the memories of those who bled for the very freedoms you have. That's what the red stripes mean. It represents the blood of those who spilled it defending your liberty. So while you're on your knee, pray for those that came before you, not on manicured fields striped and printed with numbers to announce every inch of game yardage...but on nameless hills and bloodied beaches and sweltering forests and bitter cold mountains...every inch marked by an American life lost serving that flag you protest. No cheerleaders, no announcers, no coaches, no fans...just American men and women on the land, air, and sea, delivering the real fight against those who chose to harm us..so you would have the opportunity to dishonor their service by "taking a knee." You have no clue what it took to get you where you are...but your "protest" is duly noted. Not only is it disgraceful to a nation, it points to your ingratitude for those who chose to defend you under that banner that will still wave long after your stats and game jersey are forgotten... If you really feel the need to take a knee, come with me to church on Sunday and we'll both kneel before Almighty God. We'll thank Him for preserving this country for as long as He has. We'll beg forgiveness for both of our ingratitude for all He has provided us. We'll appeal to Him for understanding and wisdom. We'll pray for liberty and justice for all...because He is the one who provides those things. But no protesting allowed. There will only be gratitude for His provision and a plea for His continued grace and mercy on the land of the free and the home of the brave. May He continue to bless America, the ignorant and selfish sinners we all are. What an incredible gift He has given us!
Carlos Franco If there are any season ticket holders that are getting rid of their tickets in protest... I'll gladly take the tickets and dispose of them correctly... #raaaaideers!
Kevin Thomas OPINION: I don't know why more people don't boycott the NFL---players are paid on working time to insult fans who pay BIG PRICES---tickets, concessions, Jerseys, etc. Anyone who continues to put up with a lecture/protest with their entertainment needs their head examined. BOYCOTT---then the silly protests eventually stop, these huge contracts come down and then prices you pay come down. You need to be collective in this and take action instead of complaining. If you just complain and still go to games then you are the loser. Spend your money on high school games or in the community where kids really need support and lack equipment. Do the right thing for the people in your area. Jemele Hill from ESPN was out of line when she called the President "a white Supremacist surrounded by white supremacists" and also made similar comments about Kid Rock. Roger Goodell also gave big middle finger to the fans, Vets, and the President in my opinion. I also see the National Anthem as important, as a tribute to the fallen Vets and others who made this country what it is, and beyond that, as unity for all people to come together, whether, black , brown, red, yellow, etc. A chance to forget the differences and come together as one. Players can protest, but not at their employment during entertainment. As no one else can protest at their employment. People pay to be entertained, not to watch protests. And as far as the Anthem itself, the third stanza is not racist. In fact, an historian said they likely are talking about white indentured slaves, both Irish, German Palatines and others who fought FOR the British, and he concluded with…."Still...the song and specifically the stanza don't really deal with slavery, either pro or con and it CERTAINLY isn't an endorsement or celebration of slavery.” So I say boycott the NFL and NBA and give your money to worthy causes like high school or college games, the local community or Hurricane relief---MAKE A DIFFERENCE for someone truly in need.
Don Austill ESPN, why do you have, and allow so many racist commentators? If youd like some examples, please let me know and ill be glad to share. I do think how ever you already know who they are. You should be leading the way by not allowing racism on your show, no matter what back ground they come from.
Travis Broadbent Yes you can, tell them while at work, in uniform, on my stage, you stand out of respect for the flag and the people it represents! That flag is a symbol of your freedoms in this country, without it you have no country, and it was brought to you by honorable men who gave all in that belief! I believe in the right to protest... on one's own time. Not while in the public national spotlight while being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to be an entertainer.
Tracy Herrera Flores Please read and share . . From a Marine Semper Fi🇺🇸 Commissioner, I’ve been a season pass holder at Yankee Stadium, Yale Bowl and Giants Stadium. I missed the ’90-’91 season because I was with a battalion of Marines in Desert Storm. 14 of my wonderful Marines returned home with the American Flag draped across their lifeless bodies. My last conversation with one of them, Sgt Garrett Mongrella, was about how our Giants were going to the Super Bowl. He never got to see it. Many friends, Marines, and Special Forces Soldiers who worked with or for me through the years returned home with the American Flag draped over their coffins. Now I watch multi-millionaire athletes who never did anything in their lives but play a game, disrespect what brave Americans fought and died for. They are essentially spitting in the faces and on the graves of real men, men who have actually done something for this country beside playing with a ball and believing they’re something special! They’re not! My Marines and Soldiers were! You are complicit in this! You’ll fine players for large and small infractions but you lack the moral courage and respect for our nation and the fallen to put an immediate stop to this. Yes, I know, it’s their 1st Amendment right to behave in such a despicable manner. What would happen if they came out and disrespected you or the refs! I observed a player getting a personal foul for twerking in the end zone after scoring. I guess that’s much worse than disrespecting the flag and our National Anthem. Hmmmmm, isn’t it his 1st Amendment right to express himself like an idiot in the end zone? Why is taunting not allowed yet taunting America is OK? You fine players for wearing 9-11 commemorative shoes yet you allow scum on the sidelines to sit, kneel or pump their pathetic fist in the air. They are so deprived with their multi-million dollar contracts for playing a freaking game! You condone it all by your refusal to act. You’re just as bad and disgusting as they are. I hope Americans boycott any sponsor who supports that rabble you call the NFL. I hope they turn off the TV when any team that allowed this disrespect to occur, without consequence, on the sidelines. I applaud those who have not. Legends and heroes do NOT wear shoulder pads. They wear body armor and carry rifles. They make minimum wage and spend months and years away from their families. They don’t do it for an hour on Sunday. They do it 24/7 often with lead, not footballs, coming in their direction. They watch their brothers carted off in pieces not on a gurney to get their knee iced. They don’t even have ice! Many don’t have legs or arms. Some wear blue and risk their lives daily on the streets of America. They wear fire helmets and go upstairs into the fire rather than down to safety. On 9-11, hundreds vanished. They are the heroes. I hope that your high paid protesting pretty boys and you look in that mirror when you shave tomorrow and see what you really are, legends in your own minds. You need to hit the road and take those worms with you! Please read and share . . . Col Jeffrey A Powers USMC (Ret) Vista, California
Conrad Rogers Who ever want the system to stay the same? If you are OK with the system as it stand, you may just be a racist. If your hatred of Kap is more about him kneeling than the reason why he did kneel, you just might be racist...ask yourself and be honest with yourself....Change is scary for some.
Jason Mauloni OLD GLORY “I am the flag of the United States of America. My name is Old Glory. I fly atop the world’s tallest buildings. I stand watch in America’s halls of justice. I stand guard majestically over great institutions of learning. I stand guard with the greatest military power in the world. Look up and see me. I stand for peace, honor, truth and justice. I stand for freedom. I am confident; I am arrogant; I am proud. When I am flown with my fellow banners, my head is a little higher, my colors a little truer. I bow to no one. I am recognized all over the world. I am worshipped. I am loved and I am feared. I have fought in every battle of every war for more than 200 years: Gettysburg, Shilo, Appomattox, San Juan Hill, the trenches of France, the Argonne Forest, Anzio, Rome, the beaches of Normandy, Guam, Okinawa, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, in the Persian Gulf and a score of places long forgotten, by all but those who were there with me. I was there. I led my Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines. I followed them and watched over them. They loved me. I was on a small hill in Iwo Jima. I was dirty, battle-worn and tired, but my Marines and Sailors cheered me. And I was proud. I have been soiled, burned, torn and trampled on the streets of countries that I have helped set free. It does not hurt, for I have been soiled, burned, torn and trampled on the streets of my own country. and when it is by those I have served in battle with, it hurts. But I shall overcome, for I am strong. I have slipped the bonds of earth and from my vantagepoint on the moon, I stand watch over the uncharted new frontiers of space. I have been silent witness to all of America’s finest hours. But my finest hour comes when I am torn in strips to be used as bandages for my wounded comrades on the field of battle - when I fly at half mast to honor my Soldiers, my Airman, my Sailors, my Marines, and - when I lie in the trembling arms of a grieving mother, at the graveside of her fallen son or daughter. I am proud. My name is “Old Glory.” Long may I wave, dear God, long may I wave.”
Joe Sanchez nfl and its owners all spineless entitled billionaires and millionaires... certainly have no problem asking fans to pay THOUSANDS for season tickets... lol Political correctness is a poison, these people are just weak greedy spineless.. time to stick it to them for their loyalty to liberal America haters!!!!
Kyle Reese Sad it takes entertainers to get people talking about politics hahaha that’s a big red flag about this country. Pun intended....let’s go oakland!!!!!
Jim Price Like it or not its there constitutional right. I think they should lay down during the anthem just to make the point clearer. Equality for all is what its about. If you want to live in a dictatorship move to North Korea. I am sure they will have your head chopped off in no time for simpler things then kneeling. Thanks fellow Americans and have a great day
James Fleischer Ironic that at ESPN, if an employee states an opinion they don't like, evrn while not on the job, ESPN will suspend or fire them!
Joe Sanchez Years ago nfl honored Pat Tillman, these days they spit on his grave, selfish and sad, millionaires playing a game thinking they can dictate social policy, sick liberals... play for $36,000 the average annual income for head of households... that would get respect from me if they did that... but we know they won't cause they are all talk, all show.... but like making it rain at the strip clubs.... social injustice... what a joke!
Gary Wilson Just watch.. Next week, Trump will be attending a Browns game, and he'll make sure they wear their brown shirts and salute the flag in unison by extending the right arm from the neck into the air with a straightened hand... He'll be there to announce them as "America's Team".. then theyll get crushed like the hapless loser team they have always been.
Dasean F. Gregory Lets make the nfl segregated. Minorities on one and all white on the other.... I wonder which would be more exciting.lol
Jeff Anderson Does anybody even remember why they are taking a knee. Probably not! Now it's just left against right like in politics.
Michael Juchau That's all I ask of anyone. You can kneel, sit, or lay down. But when you step on or burn the flag, it's disrespectful. Kaep is out of a job because he's a sub par QB. Plain and simple.
Joe Emsick Just because your boss says it OK to do this doesn't mean that it really is. People have died for that flag and this country. That is one of the many reasons why a flag is draped over the coffin of someone that was in service. Locking arms and doing this says you have no respect for those who died for your freedoms.
Jean-Pierre Bergeron Going to shoot guns on Sundays instead of football until this stops. If it doesn't, it was fun while it lasted. 'Merica!
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ESPN3 hours ago

Here's how the first anthem of the day played out in London:

Juan Ceballos If only those gun-toting, second amendment lovers were in tune with their first amendment counterparts, America would be "Great Again." America is 241 years old and it still acts like a spoiled brat when it comes to social injustice. Grow up, America! It's time for the Statue of Liberty to take a knee.
Bruce Smith Goodbye NFL. Yes, our President tweets a bit much. He is , however, no generationally corrupt politician like your leftist option who lost. Nor is he the one responsible for the race inflammation of your last Presidential pick. The majority of you would not have a job anywhere without ball skills. Your “oppression” pays you an absurd amount of money. Far more than you deserve on any level. Sit in your lockerooms the entire season. Stay there. If you can create a resume, submit one off a ball field. If you refuse to see all the advantages of this country, leave. Those of you in London, who refused to stand for America but stood for the British anthem, who obviously have zero knowledge of history or the realities of life in Britain, stay there. Play soccer. Good luck with that. Our greater failure is the cultural addiction that is providing otherwise unemploy(ables) (not all, but a shocking #) with millions of dollars to run, jump, and sweat, and entertain. Turn in your passport. Go elsewhere if it is so horrible. You are merely entertainment (unless one of those who actually do more, studied more, contributes more or is otherwise employable). Owners with no moral or leadership strength, who allow players to stay in the lockeroom, you are an embarrassment. Your team deserves to fail and fold. If free speech is so important to you, here is my use of it. The President has no right to the same? While he certainly could be more “poised and eloquent” he is right that you are the ones disrespecting the country that made you. That is ignorant. You are being manipulated by a choreographed stage show and don’t even know it. They use you. Your cities are worse than ever, crime worse, poverty levels quite sad, education is horrendous, all led by your “leadership”, and that’s what you worship, forsaking all reason? Wake up. Actually think. If your “free speech” has to compel you to ruin the entertainment we pay for, we won’t pay or watch. #nationaldisgrace As a side note, Trumps words don’t compare with the level of disgusting misogyny, female objectification, thuggery, grotesque language, rape, drugs, and all manner of ignorant heinous criminality of your music and it’s over-paid “singers”, and the “street-cred”lifestyle. Yet, you are so “offended”? Give it a break. Get off your dollars and thug living (again not all but a sad news number), and contribute to a better America. A 36” vertical does not make you a moral influence (for good). I’ll vote my freedom today with my remote.
Conrad Rogers Who ever want the system to stay the same? If you are OK with the system as it stand, you may just be a racist. If your hatred of Kap is more about him kneeling than the reason why he did kneel, you just might be racist...ask yourself and be honest with yourself....Change is scary for some.
Johnny Amaya F uck whoever kneels for the national anthem. You don't deserve to live in this country, you're not disrespecting people, you're disrespecting the greatest country in the world!
Neil Smith Apparently none of the millennials were taught that if it wasn't for the 300k lives sacrificed by America during ww2 England wouldn't be here it would be Nazi Germany.
Chad Conder Or.....let's don't watch! Instead let's say a prayer for those who are overseas fighting for these millionaires' rights to never serve anyone but themselves!
Tiffany Martinez The NFL players who kneel are IDIOTS! Don't get me wrong, I LOVE football (go Cowboys) and I'm not the biggest fan of the President, but you (NFL player who kneels) remember that you are not disrespecting the President, you are disrespecting those who have fought, still fighting, and who have died for our beautiful country! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 You should be ashamed of yourself! 😡
Tiffany Bilderback See the bigger picture and find a way to protest in a way that will bring about change not division we have far too much of that already. Protesting in this way is a disgrace to the men and women who have died to protect your rights so how is protesting in this way helping your cause...It's not and trying to defy our President by continuing to kneel is just as childish as the irresponsible comment our President makes. Be better and do better ⚓️🇱🇷
Alex Willingham I can respect people to have their opinions but do it OFF the field. I don't turn on football to watch politics. If the NFL is doing this bs then my tv will stay off
Akio Fish The fact is that Colin Kaepernick has become this generation's Muhammad Ali. He started this peaceful protests and stood his ground when everyone was bashing him and calling him all kinds of names for protesting injustices. Hes blackballed from the league for his stance but has stood his ground. Now, the majority has seen that Kap was RIGHT and has joined him. This is VERY similar to Muhammad Ali and his protest of the pointless Vietnam War. Kap should now be signed to an NFL team after his exile just as Ali was reinstated after his. The ONLY people opposing this peaceful protest is Racists disguised as "patriots" or misinformed Trump supporters. Ive kneeled with Kap since Day 1 and will continue to do so. Only REAL Americans know this
Kari Lee Dennis I love football and enjoy it ever year!! But Im done! You have players that should not be allowed to play due to domestic violence...drugs and the list goes on and on. But yet you still let them play for millions of dollars and they wont stand for the flag!! Cannot make this kind of money in any other country. I wonder if NFL will be NFL without fans!!
Bert Gleason Why we show RESPECT, it's easy it's the American way. This guy made sacrifice so these guys can forfil there dreams. At least you can show him and this country respect. Not asking for much.
Timothy Curtis In the light of children kneeling for the anthem, NFL players kneeling for the anthem, and POTUS comments. I've asked many kids if they believe kids can change the world. Not eventually, but in the here and now. I often follow this question up with the story of The Birmingham Children's Crusade. In 1963 Birmingham was one of America's most racially divided cities. A city ran by a unabashed racist named Bull Conor. Bull Conor platformed on the notion of segregation at all costs. As the leader of the fire brigade and police force race relations were non existent. Freedom riders were mercilessly beaten, people were scared, and Birmingham given the infamous moniker Bombing-ham. Dr King arrived and set about ending segregation in Birmingham. Dr King was young and nowhere near the name he is today. His plan was to have the adults march in protest in the city center. The goal to be states, fill the jails to the point where everyone else who marched could do so without being stopped. For various reasons, fear being the chief the March never made it off the ground. King was shamed in the Birmingham media as an interloper who was upsetting the status quo to only leave a mess in a wake. Nationally the media called him a failure. This March became a success when the children stepped up where the elders did not. School was cancelled when many student suited to join the March. They were arrested and sent to jail. The jails overran as children as young as eight were arrested. Bull Conor responded with aggression. Children were assaulted with fire houses and dogs. Images were beamed across the world. Within a week of the children joining the March Birmingham agreed to set about discussing the end of segregation within the city. Bull Conor was ousted. This March became a success because of the children. Within 3 months Dr King would deliver his I have a Dream speech. Think about that, on the verge of failure in May to delivering his iconic speech in August. In less than two years the civil rights act was signed. Largely based on the bravery of children stepping up to injustice they saw in the world. Children in America are seeing the negative of racial injustice and want to change the world. When they kneel they are lending their voice in protest to the fight.
Bob Borrelli I like all the people clutching their pearls over football players having the temerity to be human beings and threatening to boycott watching. I think the $10 billion dollar NFL will somehow manage to survive.
Brent Baackes I wish a reporter would ask Jags owner Khan why he, and fellow owners, won’t consider signing Kaepernick while he has his arms locked.
Calvin Debassige Do you guys remember when Jesse spano got addicted to caffeine pills? And Zach Morris had to save her?
Shannon Thayer All highly paid stage performers...nothing more, nothing less. Their personal feelings should be considered irrelevant. They should all be fired for offending the nation that supports and feeds them...
Erik Wehner 18 U.S. Code § 227 - Wrongfully influencing a private entity’s employment decisions by a Member of Congress or an officer or employee of the legislative or executive branch US Code Notes prev | next (a) Whoever, being a covered government person, with the intent to influence, solely on the basis of partisan political affiliation, an employment decision or employment practice of any private entity— (1) takes or withholds, or offers or threatens to take or withhold, an official act, or (2) influences, or offers or threatens to influence, the official act of another, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for not more than 15 years, or both, and may be disqualified from holding any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States. (b) In this section, the term “covered government person” means— (1) a Senator or Representative in, or a Delegate or Resident Commissioner to, the Congress; (2) an employee of either House of Congress; or (3) the President, Vice President, an employee of the United States Postal Service or the Postal Regulatory Commission, or any other executive branch employee (as such term is defined under section 2105 of title 5, United States Code).
Alexandria Martinez Russiagate, dead white men's statues, NFL, North Korea, and now NBA! Don't people understand that those are meant to waste our time and constantly keep us distracted so the rich and powerful can get things done for themselves? Senate approved 700 billion defense bill without the mainstream media making any noise about it. But, they sure are making lots of noises about things that are non issues and aren't worth losing sleep over. Are people really stupid or the smart and educated ones are pretending to be stupid and thus leading people to act stupid with them? No matter which 'isms' politicians are hiding behind, people I think can be better off staying away from all of them.
John Abbott What the F*ck are you talking about? We already fought a war over social injustice? It was called the Civil War! Over 750,000.00 white Americans were killed to free the slaves. Now it's up to each individual to to make their life better. Stop the excuses!
William Keane Morons stood for "God save the queen" and took a knee for our anthem? Wonder if any of them even know which side of our Civil War the British supported? Hint: it wasn't the Union side.
Trevor Steppe The NFL and these franchise teams are going to lose significant amounts of money when fans boycott the games and their merchandise.
Robert Dominic Denam Jr. Politics don't belong in sports. Run for congress . Your NFL owners are white billionaires who give you the worst negotiated contracts in all of sports but you stay quiet because ??? But when it comes to a flag that has nothing to do with trump u kneel?
Mariam Green Would never buy a jersey or go yo a game with anyone who kneeled. Never give them my money!!! No respect!!!!
Wayne Prelich just finished reading this and I had to share it. This speaks volumes, says everything ! Its the reason why Im boycotting the NFL and will not watch another game! If anyone reads this and then continues too watch the NFL, well, that is your right, I'll respect that but I wont have any words for your decision. Ret. Marine Col. Jeffery Powers wrote the following to the NFL commissioners: Commissioner Goodell, I’ve been a season pass holder at Yankee Stadium, Yale Bowl and the Giants Stadium. I missed the ’90-’91 season because I was with a battalion of Marines in Desert Storm. 14 of my wonderful Marines returned home with the American Flag draped across their lifeless bodies. My last conversation with one of them, Sgt. Garrett Mongrella, was about how our Giants were going to the Super Bowl. He never got to see it. Many friends, Marines, and Special Forces Soldiers who worked with or for me through the years returned home with the American Flag draped over their coffins. Now I watch multi-millionaire athletes who never did anything in their lives but play a game, disrespect what brave Americans fought and died for. They are essentially spitting in the faces and on the graves of real men, men who have actually done something for this country beside playing with a ball and believing they’re something special! They’re not! My Marines and Soldiers were! You are complicit in this! You’ll fine players for large and small infractions but you lack the moral courage and respect for our nation and the fallen to put an immediate stop to this. Yes, I know, it’s their 1st Amendment right to behave in such a despicable manner. What would happen if they came out and disrespected you or the refs publicly? I observed a player getting a personal foul for twerking in the end zone after scoring. I guess that’s much worse than disrespecting the flag and our National Anthem. Hmmmmm, isn’t it his 1st Amendment right to express himself like an idiot in the end zone? Why is taunting not allowed yet taunting America is OK? You fine players for wearing 9-11 commemorative shoes yet you allow scum on the sidelines to sit, kneel or pump their pathetic fist in the air. They are so deprived with their multi-million dollar contracts for playing a freaking game! You condone it all by your refusal to act. You’re just as bad and disgusting as they are. I hope Americans boycott any sponsor who supports that rabble you call the NFL. I hope they turn off the TV when any team that allowed this disrespect to occur, without consequence, on the sidelines. I applaud those who have not. Legends and heroes do NOT wear shoulder pads. They wear body armor and carry rifles. They make minimum wage and spend months and years away from their families. They don’t do it for an hour on Sunday... They do it 24/7 often with lead, not footballs, coming in their direction. They watch their brothers carted off in pieces not on a gurney to get their knee iced. They don’t even have ice! Many don’t have legs or arms. Some wear blue and risk their lives daily on the streets of America. They wear fire helmets and go upstairs into the fire rather than down to safety. On 9-11, hundreds vanished. They are the heroes. I hope that your high paid protesting pretty boys and you look in that mirror when you shave tomorrow and see what you really are, legends in your own minds. You need to hit the road and take those worms with you! Time to change the channel. Powers originally sent his letter to former Florida congressman Allen West. West then posted the letter to his news website. As of last week, at least 18 NFL players had protested the anthem by either kneeling during the anthem or raising their fists, according to USA Today Sports.
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The Jacksonville Jaguars owner, Shad Kahn, wanted to send a message on Sunday.

Dan Bench Amazing how people of foreign backgrounds understand America better than most americans do
Jeff Hartenbower Sr. Showing unity and getting your point across while not disrespecting the USA or our military. Good move Kahn. Much respect.
Dale Alford Waiting for the protests against domestic violence.
Russ Unger I am very tired of all your players disrespecting our flag(My Flag) as a veteran and just 1 of millions that have sacrificed so you can make millions and exercise your First Amendment right to protest. I get you may not like our President but you are not disrespecting him, YOU(Players) are disrespecting me and my brothers in arms that have fought and died and lost body parts so you can sit very comfortable in your million dollar mansions while we are trying to stay alive in combat situations. I have zero respect for any player that takes a Knee for our national Anthem. I would encourage all Veterans and any American to stop watching these over paid players from all sports that disrespect our flag. Owners when are you going to have some Guts and say if you do this then you will not be on our team. I am now going exercise my right to turn off Professional sports until they can start respecting my Brothers that have lost their life in defense of this country and your freedoms.
Akio Fish The fact is that Colin Kaepernick has become this generation's Muhammad Ali. He started this peaceful protests and stood his ground when everyone was bashing him and calling him all kinds of names for protesting injustices. Hes blackballed from the league for his stance but has stood his ground. Now, the majority has seen that Kap was RIGHT and has joined him. This is VERY similar to Muhammad Ali and his protest of the pointless Vietnam War. Kap should now be signed to an NFL team after his exile just as Ali was reinstated after his. The ONLY people opposing this peaceful protest is Racists disguised as "patriots" or misinformed Trump supporters. Ive kneeled with Kap since Day 1 and will continue to do so. Only REAL Americans know this
Thommi John Abiad Who cares? My Charlotte hornets are winning the NBA Championship!!! We have elite players such as Kemba Walker, Dwight Howard and the best rookies in history Malik Monk and Dwayne Bacon!! No one will stop us!! #HornetsDynasty
Mike Jonez Shad Khan gave Trump $1M for his campaign knowing FULL WELL he was a white supremacist. This is empty rhetoric.
John Bailey 2 black guys and a guy named Shad Khan protesting "injustice" in America, as they make millions of dollars today...off the sweat and labor of nurses, factory workers, teachers, and police officers. Let that sink in for a moment...
Michael Rabattino If this sort of thing makes you mad, please go back to school and learn about our country, and the rights our people have. The only anti-American sentiments are those being expressed by Trump and his Neanderthal supporters.
Mercy N Tony Garza Don't let this distract you from the the fact that in 1966, Al Bundy scored four touchdowns in a single game while playing for the Polk High School Panthers in the 1966 city championship game versus Andrew Johnson High School, including the game-winning touchdown in the final seconds against his old nemesis, Bubba "Spare Tire" Dixon.
Ralonda Owens Gambrell The bigger picture is fighting against hate. You can hide behind disrespecting veterans all you want. I have many Vets in my family including my brother who fought in Desert Storm who are not in the least offended by anyone kneeling. Only simple minds place people in a box of liberals and republicans. Intelligence and love can bring any background, religion and culture together! I love what I see from all cultures and backgrounds standing against hate! 👏👏👏👏👏
Corey Sutton It's going to be some mad people today. I can't wait for the salt. I support the message behind kneeling 👍
Delbert Blanton Kudos!!! Watch the White Christian Nazis rip-this-man-tShad-Khan-to-pieces in the name of their religion as they remain loyal to the bigot and dictator wannabe Trump. Make no mistake about it. Trump wants a race war just like the deranged Charles Manson. Trump wants total domestic chaos so he can declare Martial Law and void the Constitution and become a dictator. This is what the idiot Trump wants and his loyal Trumpster fall in line.
Bobby Cordell I am always surprised by how many out of shape Trump supporters cheer for athletic Obama voters ....but only if they don't speak.Go back to the couch aand eat those cheesy puffs you bought on welfare trumpets
Harold McCall How is it disrespecting the flag or the military? What specifically is it that you find disrespectful and why? Because I'm confused. The protest have nothing to do with the flag or military so I can't see why you'd feel disrespected. I really want an answer. No arguing or disrespect. If you don't wanna argue with ppl in the comment section, inbox me. I seriously want to know why.
Ron Buttles Btw the Steelers should stay in the locker room.... The giants will find a way to beat themselves anyways lmao
Dante' Lamar Aikens The #flag has nothing to do with the #military people... they're literally two different things... If you believe that people fought for a flag / anthem you're not thinking rationally... !! The military and arm forces fight for "#people " and a country with the " idea of #democracy " and more so than anything else " #freedom"!!
Kyle Schultz Standing arm in arm like that, I can get behind. Showing unity in a time where Americans have seem to have forgotten what unity is. People hating other people because of the color of their skin, their religion, their sexual preference, or their political views. It saddens me how cruel people treat eachother because they don't see eye to eye or they are different. The absolute hate between people all because of who they voted for is ridiculous! When are people gonna realize that we are all the same? WE ARE ALL AMERICANS! I applaud this owner for showing us the message of unity.
Carlos Roberto Avilez Than why the hell didn’t he sign Kaep? Even if you don’t like him and even if you think he sucks. At the very least he is good enough to be on the Jaguars practice squad or back up to Bortles I mean come on
Benjamin Lee Espelund I understand what the NFL is doing, but today is National Gold Star Mothers Day... You don't do a league wide protest on a day set aside for mothers who have lost a son or daughter in service to this nation and where the flag and the anthem means everything to those mothers. You just don't in my opinion; there is a time and place for everything and today is not the time.
Jeff Homan This protest of taking a knee is NOT about the flag. Theses athletes are not anti military, anti-police or anti-country. They are taking a knee against social injustice. People of color are arrested at a much higher rate and sentenced for longer for the same crimes. People in the community are being killed by law enforcement and no justice is obtained on behalf of the victims. The pledge of allegiance says "with liberty and justice for all"; how do you pledge allegiance to a symbol that doesn't carry through on its promises. Take a knee.
Neil Nelson Prior to the political statements that were made in the last few days the players that were kneeling were few and far.Today was a day of challenge.Let us not turn our heads and not be blinded to all the players that stood with their hands over their heart and song the National Anthem with tears .And yes there were Black Americans as well as White Americans Standing with respect for this country.
Rosendo Martinez all these ppl need to somehow be punished. it's one thing to protest our president and it's another to disrespect our flag and country. there's no love for America anymore.
Nate Holden I think the big problem with the NFL protesting that so many Americans have an issue with is that the statistics and studies even by liberal universities and organizations like Harvard don't show an implicit bias against African-Americans by police in this country. If you live in a black neighborhood it may feel that way because the only people you see being arrested or even killed by police are black, but nationwide studies the statistics released by our government just don't support it
Mitch Pace Ravens and Jaguars kneel for The National Anthem on foreign soil but stand for God Save the Queen. Clueless...