NFL players’ protests weren’t widespread in Sunday’s first games, but the demonstrations had not died out in Week 1.
Miami Dolphins wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson became the first players of the 2018 regular season to kneel in protest during the national anthem when they did so before Sunday’s contest against the Tennessee Titans, USA Today reports.
Dolphins defensive end Robert Quinn also raised a fist during the song, as did San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin before his team’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and linebacker Brandon Marshall both stayed in the locker room.
My Brothers @kstills and @ithinkisee12 continue to show their unwavering strength by fighting for the oppressed! They have not backed down, even when attacked and intimidated. Their courage will move the world forward!
“Love is at the root of our resistance!
“Love is at the root of our resistance!”✊???? pic.twitter.com/2kSsX4s7EU
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 9, 2018
Thursday night’s game between the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons posted a 13.4/25 overnight rating, NBC Sports PR confirmed.
That number is 13% worse than last year’s opening game between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs. According to Deadline, the total audience was the lowest for any kickoff game since 2009.
Wow, NFL first game ratings are way down over an already really bad last year comparison. Viewership declined 13%, the lowest in over a decade. If the players stood proudly for our Flag and Anthem, and it is all shown on broadcast, maybe ratings could come back? Otherwise worse!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 9, 2018
Though ESPN and CBS have said they will not broadcast the national anthem for games this season, NBC did show the performance during the Eagles’ win on Thursday. Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett sat before the end of the song.
The NFL and the players have destroyed the American sport that the American people pay their salaries, yet they seem to ignore that fact and the sheep follow Kaepernick.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.
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