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SCRANTON -- From east to west coast along the sidelines and even overseas, NFL players and coaches showed a unified front in the war of words coming from The White House.

"Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say get that son of a b---- off the field right now. He's fired. He's fired," President Trump said Friday.

A lone player from the Pittsburgh Steelers came out for the National Anthem. The rest stayed in the locker room.

Many other teams chose to kneel, lock arms, or raise fists. Started by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick a season ago to protest racial discrimination and police brutality faced by minorities in America.

"In the end, you have to do the right thing and we came together as a whole and as a team and we felt like it was the right thing," said Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars.

"We're a united front. We're all sons of  b------."

At the Penalty Box in Scranton's Minooka section, fans watched football and politics collide.

Some here see the protests as a perfectly fine way to speak out against perceived injustices.

"If they feel they have the right to protest over something or there's an injustice, who's to say they can't-do it," said Chris Maple, Scranton.

President Trump has implied as much saying owners should fire players who won't stand for the Star Spangled Banner.

"If you want to go on a knee for the National Anthem, wait until it's over," said Leonard Dragwa, Carbondale.

"I don't agree they should be fired. Do I agree they should be sidelined? Yeah, but fired, no," said Edie Levens, Scranton.

"Whether you agree with it or not, it's freedom of expression, if the people telling them not to do it, that's the un-American side," said Maple.

"Either it's going to divide us or unite us, you got to pick a side."

Taheed Jewell is an Eagles fan. What he saw across the league on NFL Sunday were teams and their owners standing or kneeling firm in their beliefs.

"The NFL showed America they're united with their brand, basically. The owners, the players, they basically showed America they're united no matter what's going on. They are united as a company, as a brand," said Jewel.

174 comments

  • Writer Girl

    I am sick of sports becoming a political platform. People watch these games to forget about everyday life for awhile, not to have someone else’s problems or political stance shoved down their throats. All this controversy does and divide us and take away from the sport. If players want to protest, let them do it outside of the games. Besides, there has never been a better time to be living in America. Yes, we have our problems, but we have great things, too. Love and peace being with the individual, so I’m not real hopeful of unity given these complaining, dramatic people.

  • BOYCOTT NFL

    It’s simple. Boycott the NFL and all of its sponsors. Don’t buy the beer. Don’t buy the services. Don’t buy the devices. Don’t buy the merchandise. Write a snail mail letter to the sponsors that you refuse to purchase their products or services as long as they advertise with NFL broadcasting or marketing.

    The days of Johnny Unitas and humble players is gone. What we have now are end zone parades and BLM protests on the sidelines. I’m done.

    • JessicaInWilliamsport

      And just like with the “boycott” against the Dixie Chicks, the majority will step in and support the right side of history and render your boycott ineffective. 🙂

      • Lance

        Sorry jessica, the chicks were against the war and George Bush. Well alot of Americans were against the war. But many Americans are for showing respect for the national anthem. So a backlash might arise from the public ,fans against the teams owners and players.

      • Silverfish Imperetrix

        Their last album was released in 2006, although they won 5 Grammys for it. They were banned from most country music radio, lost many of their sponsors, and many of their U.S. shows were either canceled or moved to smaller venues due to poor ticket sales. They ended up taking a “hiatus” in 2008. The boycott indeed worked – stop trying to rewrite history.

  • III%

    Even more reason to watch the NHL were even the Canadians show more respect for the National anthem than these scum bag football player’s

  • Lance

    Politics don’t belong on the sports field. True the President made a statement that most Americans agree with. However it didnt need to be said. All it did was galvanize players and owners to support each other. As for the protest itself made by a black player complaining about black rights in this country while earning more money in a year than 95% of the rest of the country in their lifetimes. He should be and the rest on their knees thanking God for their good fortune.

  • 🙄

    It’s totally disrespectful to sit or kneel during the national anthem. These protestors are just being selfish and rude cuz they are thinking of themselves and their own agendas. They are forgetting about all the men and women who fought for their freedom. That is what own flag and National Anthem is there to remind us about so shame on them for being disrespectful. I agree with President Trump to get rid of them if they can’t be respectful to their own country!

  • Abishai

    The President, like most Americans, is passionate about this country. That is why he ran for office. He could’ve just continued on, running his businesses but instead put them aside to be able to do something about making this country better. The use of the word hate doesn’t apply. Passionate does apply. It’s people taking the flag, freedom and honor for granted that is so wrong. The pitiful thing is they are so focused on what they want to say they put themselves ahead of everything, even if it means trampling on what deserves honor and respect.
    The owners should give them a warning, (such as Jerry Jones did) and follow up on the warning if they persist. Kudos to the Colts owner who fired Antonio Cromartie for kneeling and raising his fist in the air during the national anthem.

  • Rurbanite

    My point is that singing the Nationak Anthem before every sporting event trivializes it. It dies not honor the anthem to use it outside of solemn patriotic exercises. Case in point: a few years ago I went to a school reunion (at Genettis in Wilkes-Barre) that included a happy hour at the bar. The bartender would not serve drinks until the Pledge of Allegiance had been said! I presume this was a request of the reunion committee and not Genettis policy. When the pledge was over, but while hands were still on hearts, one of the committee members shouted out “with liberty and whiskey for all” and the drinks started flowing. But then again, the “Star-Spangled Banner” is set to the tune of an old 18th century drinking song.

    • El Ma

      RURBANITE, you wrote, “…singing the Nationak Anthem before every sporting event trivializes it.” Are you joking, or what? Just about every country on the planet plays their national anthem before a sporting event. It has nothing to do with SJW offenses or violence awareness.

      Just because of what occurred at the event in Wilkes-Barre doesn’t mean that the entire Nation is of that ilk.

    • BOYCOTT NFL

      Well that explains everything. Go to another country if you are so oppressed. I know agencies that will help you to leave.

      • matthew sweat

        since all you white people are complaining if i had my way all black players would walk off .white people kill me with their crying ,let their sons and daughters get killed over minor police interaction,in our neighborhoods the police is who we
        have to run from and the milarty is racist too w,like minorties are treated better i was in navy burned cross on boat,rebel flags,csalled nigger,so ,we dont have the smae outloo on flag,and oh yeah we die too

  • Givemeabreak

    Would I kneel during the national anthem? No absolutely not. I was raised to take my hat off during the pledge of allegiance and I remember getting hit for leaving it on. Today when I go to sporting events I see all kinds of people that won’t take their hat off and it really bothers me.
    I support them protesting just not during the national anthem because I can put myself in a soldiers family and could just imagine how a mother would feel if she lost her son or daughter fighting for our country and then to turn on the TV and see that. If people tried putting themselves in other’s shoes and thinking how they would feel in that person’s situation the world would be a much better place. I can also put myself in a Native Americans shoes or an African American’s by statues that honor slavers or people that drove Indians out of there homes across the Trail of Tears because the government wanted their land.

    Treat others the way you would like to be treated if you really want to make the world a better place. Don’t kneel during the national anthem. You are fighting disrespect with disrespect.

  • Dave

    I’ll be I can walk in any bar and ask this question.
    ” I would bet I would get an overwhelming response that all should stand”.

    This is WNEP twisting a story !!

  • Lloyd Schmucatelli

    They get $10,000,000 a year to play with balls and wrestle with other men, how much more “inEQUALITY” do they want?

  • look in the mirror

    Anything trump says should just be treated as one treats a five-year old who fails miserable trying to speak at the adult table. Ignore.

  • rurbanite

    Why are we singing the National Anthem before sporting events anyway? These games are not patriotic exercises. This is not Nazi Germany or North Korea.

    • El Ma

      Nazi Germany and North Korea. It’s always fascinating to me how these are the fall-back comparisons for every screaming SJW.

    • BOYCOTT NFL

      You need to go to N.Korea with an attitude like that. Your tune would change as soon as you realized that you don’t get food by squawking and whining about what you deserve.

    • JessicaInWilliamsport

      EXACTLY! No this isn’t a “fall back”, it’s an honest assessment. Go look into the history of sporting events and the national anthem. It wasn’t always a thing, I mean seriously, what’s the point? It’s as one other poster said “guys wrestling with each other over balls” — so WHY do you need a nationalistic BS beginning to it? Also, haven’t you ever noticed people texting, not standing, talking, eating their hot dogs and drinking their beer during the anthem? You’re okay with that — yet when players are protesting an actual issue, one that despite protests for decades is still happening, you have a problem. Hypocrite much?

      • El Ma

        JESSICAINWILLIAMSPORT, it is a display of respect, that’s all. The National Anthem has nothing to do with Donald Trump, Obama, or anyone else. It’s a dedication to the people who made this Nation its own entity.

        Develop an attitude of gratitude that you live in THIS Nation where you can call out names and juvenile accusations without having your head neatly separated from your shoulders while kneeling in the middle of a soccer stadium. If you despise this Nation, its government, and whatever else you’re complaining about, join the Peace Corps and go work in another country for a while. Learn about life outside of these borders.

      • El Ma

        …….and, what IS the “actual issue,” JESSICAINWILLIAMSPORT? What are these players protesting? Their OWN violent and criminal behaviors, perhaps? No, of course, not. They’re all upstanding, moral, and ethical role models, aren’t they. Pfffffffffft (waves hand in dismissal)

  • DinoB325

    CNN..I mean WNEP fail to mention the lone Steeler to go out was a former Ranger. In this day of Facebook, Twitter, etc, etc the players have a way to protest, not by disrespecting the flag, what it stands for, and our veterans that fought for their very right to protest.

  • Sally Strayhall

    U.S. Code › Title 36 › Subtitle I › Part A › Chapter 3 › § 301
    36 U.S. Code § 301 – National anthem
    US Code
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    (a)Designation.—
    The composition consisting of the words and music known as the Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem.
    (b)Conduct During Playing.—During a rendition of the national anthem—
    (1) when the flag is displayed—
    (A) individuals in uniform should give the military salute at the first note of the anthem and maintain that position until the last note;
    (B) members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute in the manner provided for individuals in uniform; and
    (C) all other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, and men not in uniform, if applicable, should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart; and
    (2) when the flag is not displayed, all present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed.
    (Pub. L. 105–225, Aug. 12, 1998, 112 Stat. 1263; Pub. L. 110–417, [div. A], title V, § 595, Oct. 14, 2008, 122 Stat. 4475.)
    The specific rule pertaining to the national anthem is found on pages A62-63 of the NFL League Rulebook. It states:

    “The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem.

    “During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition…

    …It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country.

    Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.”

    • look in the mirror

      Where did you get this: Faux News, Breitbart, Limbaugh? It’s just plain made-up. Trump is president because this country is full of people who have no ability to critical analyze “information”. Sad.

    • Rainey

      I checked the 2017 NFL rule book myself and what WNEP has said is true. Conduct during the anthem is not covered. I think you are posting from an old version of the rule book.

      Also re the US code you posted. As written and as I understand it, that language would be considered suggested conduct and not mandatory because the word “should” is used, not “must”. Only the use of the word must would make that conduct legally mandatory. You should note that there is no penalty included in that chapter section. That’s a clear giveaway there is nothing that would compel compliance to this statute. There are also SCOTUS rulings that protect the rights of certain Christian religious groups who object to pledging allegiance. I think the lack of penalties within this chapter reflect the understanding that laws demanding mandatory conduct would be struck down as unconstitutional.

      Personally, I will always stand for anthem but I will also respect the Constitution and the right of others to peacefully protest even those with which I disagree. It is the Constitution that deserves our greatest respect and protection.

      • joe

        I respect the Constitution also, BUT this is their work place & politics like religion do not belong in the work place.
        Let these overpaid toddlers do this on their own dime, before they enter & after they exit a stadium.
        I rarely watch the NFL anymore anyway.
        Too many crybabies, showboats & gangstas for my liking.
        If the old school coaches were still coaching, these bums would have their hair cut so it is not flying around like a horses mane, show respect at all times and stand at attention when our Anthem is sung.
        Could you see Tom Landry, Mike Ditka, Bill Purcell, etc putting up with & condoning this farce?

      • El Ma

        JOE, those men wouldn’t let politics OR BLM mentality interfere with their jobs. That’s the difference between then, and now. Today, everyone’s such a Special Snowflake. Every black person should be canonized, and every evil white person run over by a train. There hasn’t been this kind of racism since the 1960’s, and it’s the MEDIA and education systems that are creating these monsters.

        Ditka would have FIRED the first jackass that refused to honor the National Anthem. Those days are gone, sad to say.

      • El Ma

        LOOK IN THE MIRROR, it kinda says something about the cars going in circles, doesn’t it? Those people – the drivers, pit crews, and fans – have a greater respect and reverence for this Nation than the grid-iron gladiators do. And, those NFL players certainly make greater salaries than the drivers going in circles.

        I was NEVER a fan of NASCAR, but I may just give it a thought, now.

      • SMDH

        I’m pretty much willing to bet your mirror is cracked. I always love this going in circles comment. You couldn’t last 15 minutes behind the wheel of a car going 180 mph in heat that would fry an egg. Thank God you live in a country where stupidity like yours is tolerated and probably supported by our tax dollars to boot.

    • Rainey

      And yet, even so, Nascar is suffering even worse viewership and attendance losses than the NFL, something president trump has forgotten to mention. I wonder what he would attribute that to. I understand there have been no black drivers since 2006. One was added this year reportedly to increase their lagging, mostly white, fan base.

    • JessicaInWilliamsport

      Yes let’s — the old guy (Petty) has a problem with protests — yet Dale Jr. is supportive of protestors. Regardless of their job, a citizen is a citizen and their rights don’t go away based on their job.

      • No Step On Snek

        The “old man” has integrity and ethics, idiot. Using Twitter as some sort of media platform complete with the stupid texting format makes Jr.’s message irrelevant. This isn’t about Trump. It is about paying respect to the country that we live in. If the expensive chimps want to protest they can do it somewhere else.. I’ve spent over 1/2 century watching this nation go down the crapper and this is the camel’s back snapping. No more NFL for me.

  • magicmikexxsm

    I’m a die hard football fan, I live and breath football during football season, but you know what people…I did not watch 1 game on Sunday.., you know why because of them disrespecting the National Anthem, and the Flag……Now these over paid jock strap wearing so called Athletes they have that right to take a knee, but in doing so they are so disrespecting everyone who has served this great country, and worse yet they are pi$$ing on the graves of the ones who died so they can have that right…from Fire Fighters, to Cop, to Para Medics, anybody who has ever worn a uniform to protect and help people in the Nation…….
    If they want to protest pick up a sign and march with BLM or Antifa, their are many ways they can protest, but to disrespect the flag and Anthem not cool……
    I am boycotting watching sports, I’m a Cowboy fan from 1967 they have a game on Monday night today, I will not watch it, and I will not buy NFL paraphernalia anymore.I would suggest all of you follow suit, don’t watch and don’t go to the games, hit them in the pocket books.

    Thank You.

    • El Ma

      MAGICMIKEXXS, I haven’t followed NFL for many years. The more players that got arrested for crimes and domestic violence, the more it gave me pause for thought as to why (and, HOW) these guttersnipes were being paid so much money to act like fools. There was no sense of gratitude or devotion to the sport OR the fans.

      Fire them all. See what they can do without the professional sports nipple to feed them. What are they going to do? Drive a cab?

    • sick of fake news

      I am also a diehard football fan. My TV is covered in NFL paraphernalia. I have autographed photos of players. I would go into mourning when football season ended. At first I dismissed Kaepernick’s ugly stunt as a one-off. But then I saw 3 Eagle players do the same thing in the first game of the season last year. I immediately turned off the game and never watched another Eagle game again even though I had watched all their games for years. I thought it was just me being so disgusted with the kneeling. Then I saw that the NFL ratings had declined last year. I am pretty sure that was related to these misguided, idiotic protests. Now this Sunday was the first NFL Sunday in over 30 years I did not watch a single game.
      WAKE UP NFL. If you lost me, for sure you are losing many others. I’d rather watch Real Housewive or the Kardashians than another NFL game.

      • El Ma

        I don’t have any connection with social media, by choice. But, I was in a hardware store, today, and the subject of this “protest” came up. The fellow that owns the store just shook his head in disgust. One of his employees said that people were posting on social media like he’d never seen, before. Lifelong and loyal fans were burning their season tickets, jerseys, etc.

        Don’t destroy stuff that you already own. SELL IT, even if it’s for 50¢ because the NFL already has your money. Sell it all to someone at a yard sale, and never buy another thing with the NFL logo on it. Find out who all of the NFL sponsors are, and avoid purchasing any of THEIR products.

        These people just don’t care about anything other than their own agendas. The only thing they understand is money. Take away the money, and what do you have? A big brute that can barely spell his name.

  • warningfakenews

    I heard on the news that the typical NFL team is worth $1B to $2B.

    Well, that WAS the case. Not any more. Send a message. Cancel cable, refuse to pay for ESPN. Don’t buy NFL anything and don’t go to games. They dumped YOU. Don’t stick around like a lovesick dolt.

  • Lloyd Schmucatelli

    When it comes to this, Trump is right. NFL SUCKS ASS to begin with and this nonsense just makes it look worse.
    With their gay pride, black panther half time shows. I can’t imagine what this years will look like.

  • wannabeinformed

    The president said, what MANY are saying.
    They don’t want to honor the flag, that represents THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
    Then fire the son’s of britches!!

    • Feed Me More

      the president said, what MANY white supremacist racists are saying, and their flag was just burned in front of a court house in a trash can, bye bye nazi confederates

      • BOYCOTT NFL

        feed you more you are a troll and an instigator. You wouldn’t know morals or ethics if they fell out of the sky, landed on your face, and started to dance.

      • Malcolm

        White supremacist!? Because people feel it’s disrespectful to kneel you think they’re racist and white supremacist. You think it’s only white people that feel that way? What would you call a black person who felt it was disrespectful?

      • sick of fake news

        What an illogical and frankly DERANGED comment to actually equate patriotism with white supremacists and nazis.. The FACISM in this country is on the LEFT, dear. You’re the ones trying to silence prayer in schools and prevent anyone who’s not a left-wing crazy from even speaking on campus, TOTAL HYPOCRITE.

        Get this sweetheart– the only thing anyone is saying ‘bye bye’ to is the NFL who have vastly underestimated how many real Americans are sick to death of this politically correct BS.

  • Ted

    Many of these players can’t spell their own names. They used steroids as a ticket out of the ghetto and now are overpaid pawns in the culture war currently going on in America. The owners should be ashamed of themselves for placing money before country by not wanting to alienate the players.

  • Feed Me More

    everyone has a right to protest, whether you have 10 bucks in the bank, or 100 million, and when you hear about violence everyday they have a point to protest, and on the biggest stage of them on, with NFL TV. it may or may not change anything, but it gets people talking and hopefully it creates something good or a civil war will be in our future, and i have enough room to house people in my underground railroad

    • El Ma

      FEED ME MORE, protesting at the proper venue is acceptable. It is not acceptable at a professional sporting event. An organized protest requires permits and a separation from a place of employment, unless the employment is directly associated with advocacy or the organization sponsoring the protest.

      Every professional sports figure in our country is earning millions, per year. MILLIONS. They would not be able to make these same salaries in any other nation on the planet, with the exception of Japanese baseball, perhaps.

      NFL is entertainment, not a political platform. What are the players protesting? Their special treatment? Their obscene salaries? Their working conditions? Their helmet emblems? What makes these sports figures so much more valuable than the men and women who are trying to develop a cure for cancer? How is it that these people can behave this way? What do I owe them, as a taxpaying citizen? It’s a FARCE and I abhor these morons and haven’t watched NFL football (or, any other professional sport) for a number of years because of the behaviors of the organizations, the players, the owners, and the marketers. I can’t afford to go to a professional sporting event. And, these people have the nerve to protest?

      Fire them ALL, along with the striking teachers, and pack them all off to Zimbabwe so they can get a gist of what Real Life and Real Struggle is.

    • El Ma

      FEED ME MORE, you have the gall to suggest that NFL players are protesting violence when they’re busy beating up their women in casino elevators and fighting dogs as a sideline? Every day, these professional sports figures are being arrested for some sort of criminal activity – and, it’s because they are all so very, very special and untouchable.

      Violence, my eye. Pfffffffft (waving hand in dismissal)

    • concerned commuter

      Perhaps you should get a copy of the NFL rule book. Check out pages A62-63. Players DO NOT have the right to protest during the National Anthem per the league rules. The NFL will fine them for all other rule violations, how come no fines for this one? When you have a job, playing football, you are supposed to follow the rules. Can you protest at work without getting in trouble? They have the right to protest on their own time but, according to the rule, not during a game.

      • JessicaInWilliamsport

        Please do check the actual rule book. It’s easy to find, you can google it. There’s a 2017 version in PDF for easy download. Nowhere in that book is the anthem mentioned. Such snowflakes….

    • sick of fake news

      Everyone has a right to protest BUT NOT IN THEIR WORKPLACE WHILE ON THE JOB!!!
      Trump is right–these disrespectful non-patriots should be sacked. What do you think would happen to someone working at Starbucks or McDonald’s if they decided to protest Obamacare and hand out pro-Trump pamphlets while at work? After all that’s free speech, right? Get real,honey and get a brain.

      There is a time and place for protests and your workplace is not one of them.

      Oh, and btw–where were you and the rest of the libtards when it came to praying before high school football games? I bet free speech didn’t matter to you then HYPOCRITE.

  • Stumpy

    We can’t expect public school half educated thugs to be able to think on their own. Appreciate sacrifice and the history behind the American flag? What’s that ? Maybe Snoop can sing about it in one of his vile songs and then they’ll learn about it

    • warningfakenews

      Pretty childish, until their allowance gets cut, at least. Their “parents” in the league are letting them get away with it for now, but for how long if the stream of money dries up?

  • warningfakenews

    ESPN and the NFL are in ratings freefall to begin with, and these protests at the games are a huge part of that. There’s a really simple reason you don’t take your political stances into work, whatever work you do for a living- you will lose customers- and significant amounts of them, too. If the NFL thinks that it’s OK, then the people the OWNERS of the teams need to fire first are those who are condoning these protests in the league.

    As one guy said recently, these players really need to get down on BOTH knees and thank God they live in a country that makes it possible to get paid millions of dollars to play games for a living.

  • Think Positive

    I’m so tired of hearing about racial discrimination. Nobody’s born with a silver spoon in hand unless their parents are very rich. There are multitudes of white people struggling, starving, homeless, etc. These players are making a fortune in the United States and they won’t stand and respect this country. What a bunch of idiots. I wish they would be fired.

    • JessicaInWilliamsport

      That’s not what they are protesting, they realize they are lucky to be where they are. They are standing up for those who don’t have the platform they do, for those who get killed for having a broken tail light, or no reason at all other than the color of their skin. They are calling attention to INJUSTICE.

      • Think Positive

        Injustice is everywhere. Injustice knows no race. Negativity breeds negativity. Google the list of criminal activity within the professional sports arena. It’s long! If they’re so concerned about justice, then they should put down the drugs, put down the guns, stop abusing their women, and “stand up” for the people who are on their side, the people who believe in them, the people who look up to them and watch their games, their fans, and of course, the people who die for their freedoms.

      • warningfakenews

        If we need to hold police accountable, we the public can do that. Film them, watch them, file criminal complaints when they over-reach and brutalize. Most of all, FILM THEM. Sunlight is the best disinfectant.

        Let’s not spit on the graves to those who have fought and died for our right to be free, however.

      • No Step On Snek

        Jessica I will bet that you are also a vegetarian and that your favorite color is clear. What a crock of poo.

  • Your stupid

    So I went on the fancy internet that shows you just about everything in the world. I couldn’t find one American flag that said Trump on it! Or even one that. Calls for violence against anyone. We’ve lost sight on what it stands for.Well not me I see it at the VA Hospital. Yes folks that’s were they hide those who paid for our freedom. Don’t worry you can still drive by and not look on your way to the mall.

  • Givemeabreak

    It would of been nice if Trump’s words were more carefully thought out and articulated better but he is Trump. This is only going to lead to more shootings and racial attacks on both sides. Innocent people will get caught in the middle of the fire and die. Hate only breeds more hate. Really sad for our country. We need our leader to put fires out not start them, especially when he should be focusing on much bigger issues like healthcare and tax reform than be worried what football players are doing. What a waste of time and energy.

    • Your stupid

      Gimme a real speaks truth. We all know the president needs to get twitter taken away yet people continue to whine and complain. Get out there and do something like an American. But instead we stick our thumbs in our mouths, complain online. Idolize those making millions throwing a temper tantrum like a baby. How about we respect our national ensign in honor of those who provide it instead of disrespecting it because of a person who shouldn’t be leading it.

    • donna

      You give me a break! Trump said it like it is. We have men and women who died for this country. What happened to God and country. I say get rid of the bums.

    • GBS

      Why should we be worried about fixing what obama screwed up? Let the health care system naturally fail so we can sit back and laugh and say I TOLD YOU So!

    • Abishai

      The President, like most Americans, is passionate about this country. That is why he ran for office. He could’ve just continued on, running his businesses but instead put them aside to be able to do something about making this country better. The use of the word hate doesn’t apply. Passionate does apply. It’s people taking the flag, freedom and honor for granted that is so wrong. The pitiful thing is they are so focused on what they want to say they put themselves ahead of everything, even if it means trampling on what deserves honor and respect.
      The owners should give them a warning, (such as Jerry Jones did) and follow up on the warning if they persist. Kudos to the Colts owner who fired Antonio Cromartie for kneeling and raising his fist in the air during the national anthem.

  • RicU.

    Bob Smith,

    President Trump FULLY understand the Constitution. Let’s look at what happened.

    He made a statement as guaranteed by the Constitution. They retaliated as guaranteed. He gets TONS of free free press and cheers from his 38% supporters. In the world of business, all you need to control a huge business is 33%. So he is winning every time the Steelers through a hissy fit in the locker room. Controversy makes his recognition skyrocket, for FREE. He won the election this way.

    So say what you will, you are not looking at the entire picture, only the shallow CNN versions. This are ones who have marched us into government controls and high taxes and a lot worse. I may NOT always support the President but this is a massive tactic.

    You and the reporter here, are looking at the small picture. You have to look at the picture and ALL the effects it has.

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