Trump Chides NFL Players Who Took a Knee, Raised a Fist: ‘No Place to Protest’

“Fans are paying soooo much money to watch and enjoy,” tweets president

Last Updated: August 10, 2018 @ 8:04 AM

The president’s position on NFL players who protest remains unchanged.

Trump made that clear in a pair of early Friday tweets, the morning after pro-football players were seen taking a knee or raising a fist during at least two NFL preseason games.

“The NFL players are at it again – taking a knee when they should be standing proudly for the National Anthem,” wrote Trump. “Numerous players, from different teams, wanted to show their “outrage” at something that most of them are unable to define. They make a fortune doing what they love……”

President Trump followed up with a second tweet, saying, “…..Be happy, be cool! A football game, that fans are paying soooo much money to watch and enjoy, is no place to protest. Most of that money goes to the players anyway. Find another way to protest. Stand proudly for your National Anthem or be Suspended Without Pay!

At the game Thursday night between the Miami Dolphins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dolphins wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson knelt, while defensive end Robert Quinn stood with his fist raised.

The players’ protests came just one day after the team submitted a nine-page disciplinary document to the NFL that discussed possible punishments for anthem protests, including fines or suspensions.

Colin Kaepernick, who spearheaded the movement among players, later tweeted in support of Stills and Wilson.

Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Malcolm Jenkins and cornerback De’Vante Bausby both raised their fists, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Other players opted to remain off the field while the anthem was played, according to multiple reports.

In May, the NFL banned kneeling during the national anthem, but said it will allow players to remain in the locker room in protest during the singing of the anthem. On July 10, the NFL Players Association filed a grievance, saying in a statement that the policy was “inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement and infringes on player rights.”

Trump launched into a tirade last fall, criticizing players, for multiple days straight, for taking a knee during the national anthem, tweeting, in part, about the “great anger” Americans feel about the issue.

He also repeated a call for the NFL to issue a rule barring such protests — something that team owners had rejected at the time.

“The NFL has all sorts of rules and regulations,” Trump tweeted at the time. “The only way out for them is to set a rule that you can’t kneel during our National Anthem!”