#TakeAKnee: Most Canadians do not support National Football League players' anthem protest

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These protests were in response to comments by the president that athletes who do not stand during the singing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" should be fired for not respecting the flag.

Eric Reid said he hopes that the criticism President Donald Trump directed at NFL players protesting during the national anthem will help bring awareness to the issues that former San Francisco 49ers teammate Colin Kaepernick hoped to raise when he began his protest a year ago.

Trump had earlier called on National Football League owners to fire players who didn't stand for the anthem. We'll never know, because several team owners and executives warned of retaliation against protesters in no uncertain terms.

"It just amazes me with everything going on in this world, especially involving the United States, that's what you're concerned with, my man", Thomas had said in the locker room.

The symbolic gesture of protest during the anthem was adopted by some African-American players over the previous year to protest against racism in the USA particularly within the police department.

The 61-year-old joins other Americans in disbelief that the leader of the United States has chosen to engage in petty antics with the National Football League rather than the devastation Puerto Rico has faced as a result of Hurricane Maria.

Most Canadians support NFL players' right to express their political opinions - but not by taking a knee during the national anthem, according to polling by Angus Reid.

Trump tells Puerto Rico
The move is meant to boost the delivery of much-needed relief supplies after Hurricane Maria battered the USA territory last week. The Jones Act was previously waived following Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy in 2005 and 2012 respectively.

"We're still deciding what it's going to be, but, for me, because I don't want to kneel for the national anthem, it doesn't mean that I can't support my teammate and brother that feels like he wants to", Hoyer said. "There are people who are a lot smarter than me who don't have the same platform that professional athletes have". They didn't fight so everybody had to do what everybody else is doing. "And I think it's disgraceful".

"Very important that NFL players STAND tomorrow, and always, for the playing of our National Anthem", he wrote. Because insisting that we all have to stand for the anthem completely negates the patriotism of those of us to choose to do so.

In the days that followed the president issued a series of tweets reiterating his views and calling for a boycott of games by fans.

'"Uh, this just in, the president has tweeted that dogs are gay and Chinese people spit in the laundry". Our demonstration is simply a representation of how we hope our country can also come together by putting differences aside and solving its problems.

The conversation is not only about race, as Colin Kaepernick intended when he started this protest in the summer of 2016 by saying "if we can reach common ground and can understand what everyone's going through, we can really affect change".

This was after the Ravens' public address announcer said, "Please join Ravens players and coaches, and the entire Ravens organization, to pray that we as a nation embrace kindness, unity, equality and justice for all Americans". "It's completely insane and, unfortunately, something we've come to expect".

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