Karl Rove on NFL protests: Trump's walking away from this a loser

Karl Rove on NFL protests: Trump's walking away from this a loser

In reality, the NFL doesn't have that requirement.

Added Smart: "So I view every position the same, where competition creates and breeds success".

CBS' pregame show, "The NFL Today", was up 33% compared to last year, and scored its best overnight rating since 2010. Teams locked arms in solidarity during the anthem, while many players opted to kneel or sit during "The Star-Spangled Banner".

The national anthem wasn't always played before sporting events.

Smart wouldn't say if a healthy Eason would reclaim the starting job from Jake Fromm. The freshman is 3-0 as a starter, including two wins over Top 25 teams - at Notre Dame and in last week's surprising 31-3 rout of then-No.

Yet as battle lines are firmly drawn, we've got to take a minute to recognise the blatant hypocrisy at play in our White House.

It's no coincidence that its first surge in popularity came during wartime.

"Nike supports athletes and their right to freedom of expression on issues that are of great importance to our society", the athletic wear maker said in a statement. I faced the flag, hand over heart. "If the President wants to engage in something positive and productive, he knows our number".

"I thought it was just divisive", Brady told Boston's WEEI radio.

Ferris says that after World War II, sound systems allowed teams and parks to play the anthem sans band. Nothing at all in the rule book. His was the generation of men born free but shackled by bigotry.

Ah, there it is, they must have all said at once. It means what it does to me because it meant what it did to him.

President Donald Trump lauded NASCAR on Monday because no drivers, crew or team members protested during the national anthem before a weekend race at New Hampshire Motorspeedway.

The protests began last season when quarterback Colin Kaepernick started kneeling during the anthem in protest of racial injustice.

Hall of Fame driver Richard Petty's sentiments took it a step further, saying: "Anybody that don't stand up for the anthem oughta be out of the country".

We shouldn't feel comfortable that the president's harshest words were not for white supremacists marching through Charlottesville, Virginia, but for black sports figures like Kaepernick, Jemele Hill and Stephen Curry.

There is also a whole section about respect for the flag. "They'll be the most popular person in this country". With that said, it should be noted that several football stadiums have been built with some or all-public financing, according to David Goodfriend.