NFL kneel­ing protests re­sume as Trump warns of rat­ings fall

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Na­tional Foot­ball League (NFL) play­ers re­sumed kneel­ing protests dur­ing the pre-game play­ing of the US na­tional an­them in this week’s 2018 sea­son open­ers as US Pres­i­dent Don­ald

Trump warned dim­ming TV rat­ings will plunge. Mi­ami Dol­phins re­ceivers Kenny Stills (left) and Al­bert Wil­son (right) kneeled dur­ing The StarS­pan­gled Ban­ner and de­fen­sive end Robert Quinn raised a ist dur­ing the song ahead of the team’s sea­son opener against vis­it­ing Ten­nessee. The protests for so­cial jus­tice and against racial in­equal­ity, started by for­mer

NFL quar­ter­back Colin Kaeper­nick in 2016, con­tin­ued for a third con­sec­u­tive sea­son and Kaeper­nick tweeted his praise for Sills and Wil­son. “My Broth­ers @kstills and @ithinkisee12 con­tinue to show their un­wa­ver­ing strength tweeted. “They have not backed down, even when at­tacked and in­tim­i­dated. Their courage will move the world for­ward! Love is at the root of our re­sis­tance!” Just hours be­fore the game, Trump tweeted about the dip in NFL rat­ings for last week’s sea­son-open­ing game com­pared to past sea­sons, hint­ing that play­ers stand­ing for the an­them could re­store lost view­er­ship. “View­er­ship de­clined 13%, the low­est in over a decade,” Trump tweeted. “If the play­ers stood proudly for our Flag and An­them, and it is all shown on broad­cast, maybe rat­ings could come back? Oth­er­wise worse!” Reuters/afp

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