GREENSBORO, N.C. – This weekend, over 200 players in the NFL reacted to President Trump’s controversial remarks in the form of national anthem protests prior to games.
During a rally in Alabama, the resident told supporters that NFL team owners should fire any players who protest during the national anthem.
“Get that son of a b---- off the field right now,” Trump said. “Out. He’s fired. He’s fired!’
According to USA Today, at least one player from each team that played protested in some way during the national anthem on Sunday.
Protests of this nature began last season with former San Francisco 49-ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the anthem to call attention to cases of police brutality against African Americans and racial inequality.
We talked to students at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro who shared their opinions on whether or not they support protesting during the national anthem.
Some students pointed out that the nature of these protests was different from the first wave as they were triggered by President Trump’s remarks.
Others stated that they did not support this form of protests because it is disrespectful to the nation and those who have fought for the right to freedom of speech.
One exchange student from the United Kingdom said she was surprised by how much more vocal Americans are about their political views. She shared that as long as the players are not shouting or refusing to be quiet during the playing of the anthem, it should not be considered disrespectful.
The NFL says it will not punish players who were not present on the sidelines during the national anthem.