President Donald Trump criticized NFL players who protest during the national anthem in a speech he delivered on Friday in Alabama, suggesting that team owners should fire players who do so.
Every team that played on Sunday participated in some form of demonstration — from players, coaches and executives who stood together arm-in-arm along the sidelines to others who sat, knelt or raised a fist to whole teams that stayed in the locker room or tunnel for the duration of the anthem.
Ratings for the game were down 9 percent versus last week (Packers-Falcons) and 11 percent versus last year’s Week 3 game.
For comparison’s sake, all three games were relative blowouts, though the previous games featured teams that generally draw more interest — the Green Bay Packers last week and the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears last year.
The Packers- Falcons game from last week still soundly beat the Redskins-Raiders game, even though it was going up against the Primetime Emmy Awards.
There seemed to be more public attention being paid to the ratings, as President Donald Trump exerted pressure on the league and its players to stand during the national anthem.
“Rather than make divisive statements, we believe in Online Cheap Jerseys promoting thoughtful, inspiring conversation that unifies our communities. We are proud of our players, coaches and staff for the important role they play in our community, and we fully support their constitutional right to respectfully and peacefully express their beliefs.
Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti via statement: “We recognize our players’ influence. We respect their demonstration and support them 100 percent. All voices need to be heard. That’s democracy in its highest form.”