Trump kicks National Football League over 1st game's low ratings

A new Nike ad campaign billboard featuring NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick can be seen in midtown Manhattan in New York New York on Sept. 7 2018

In a league where more than 200 players once took some sort of action to protest police brutality and social injustice in America during the anthem, The Associated Press counted fewer than 10 across the league who did so on the NFL's opening Sunday.

Players protesting on the field during the national anthem has been a divisive topic over the past couple seasons with varied support and criticism.

Stills and Wilson became the first players to protest during the anthem in the 2018 regular season, continuing a movement then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started in 2016. 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!'"

Back in May team owners approved a policy requiring players to stand for the anthem or remain in the locker room.

The NFL briefly had a policy in place in May regarding the anthem, but quickly rescinded it so the league and players union could negotiate.

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So now we have players who can do that. "The right thing for them - and ultimately the right thing for us - is to give them game time".

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(Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett did take a seat on the bench near the end of the song.) Even so, President Donald Trump weighed in on the protests after the ratings for the game were down from previous year.

President Trump, meanwhile, is once again criticizing the National Football League, noting that ratings could fall again if players keep protesting during the anthem. "Viewership declined 13%, the lowest in over a decade".

Nike's endorsement of Kaepernick and his message led to a 31 percent sales increase for the apparel company, but also led to a "Just Burn It" boycott from others offended by the move.

At least one university, the College of the Ozarks, dropped its Nike uniforms last week in response to the ad campaign, which features a photo of Kaepernick with the caption "Believe in something. Otherwise worse!" he added. However, NBC did carry the anthem Thursday night before the season opener between the Falcons and the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles. I think we've made progress but obviously we have a ways to go'.

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