Charlie Kirk: 'So Cowardly' for NFL to Kowtow to Players Over Anthem Protests
NFL owners are reportedly mulling a rule change that would keep the teams inside the locker rooms during the national anthem next year over fallout from the players’ protests this year.
President Donald Trump, who has been a fierce critic of anthem protests, tweeted on Tuesday that keeping teams in the locker room is "almost as bad as kneeling."
The NFL is now thinking about a new idea - keeping teams in the Locker Room during the National Anthem next season. That’s almost as bad as kneeling! When will the highly paid Commissioner finally get tough and smart? This issue is killing your league!.....
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2017
On "America's Newsroom" today, conservative commentator Charlie Kirk said what the NFL is considering is "so cowardly."
Kirk said that he, like millions of other Americans, has stopped watching the NFL due to some players and teams refusing to stand for "The Star-Spangled Banner."
"I've got better uses of my time than to honor a league that tolerates this blatant anti-Americanism," Kirk said, arguing the NFL shouldn't kowtow to the radical influences within the league.
Stephen Sigmund, former communications director for former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, said the NFL is trying to find a compromise with players to respect their constitutional right to protest and also respect that there are many fans who have a difference of opinion.
He said the owners and players are working on this, and they don't need input from the "tweeter-in-chief."
Kirk said players have a right to protest, but that does not mean it's not "foolish," "anti-American" and bad for the league's bottom line.
"They are not showing respect, they are not showing reverence for the sacrifice of the veteran community and people that gave the ultimate sacrifice," Kirk said. "And you can't stand for two-and-a-half minutes during a song that articulates the greatest country in the history of the world?"
Colin Kaepernick started the trend of NFL players refusing to stand for the anthem last year when he played quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, in a protest against racial inequality and police brutality. Although Kaepernick remains a free agent this NFL season, other players and teams have continued to protest, which has been a major source of controversy for the league.
The issue was thrust back into the spotlight in September when Trump said NFL owners should fire any "son of a b****" who doesn't respect the anthem and flag. He has gone on to call the demonstrations disrespectful and blamed them for the NFL's lower ratings and attendance.
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