The National Football League disrespected the National Anthem on Thanksgiving Day.
President Trump expressed his disgust with the unpatriotic players on Twitter.
“No thanks,” he tweeted.
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Stafford explained why he decided to disgrace himself and his family during an interview last September.
“Just felt like it was the right thing at the right time,” Stafford said, via MLive. “Obviously it’s been an amazing offseason just for our team, for a lot of people, something where there’s been great opportunity for growth and learning and understanding, and just felt like it was the right thing for me.”
Stafford also pledged $1.5 million to help promote diversity, inclusion, equity and social justice at the University of Georgia, his alma mater, with $350,000 of that heading to a new social justice program for the athletic department.
Many teams are not even broadcasting the National Anthem over fears it might lead fans to completely abandon the once-beloved American tradition.
The Associated Press reports that NFL games are averaging 15.1 million television and digital viewers, according to the league and Nielsen, a 6% decline from last year.
Shouldn’t be overlooked.— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) November 26, 2020
Matthew Stafford took a knee in order to protest police brutality during the National Anthem at the start of the game. One of the more notable white QBs in the NFL.
DeShaun Watson also took a knee.pic.twitter.com/I7nwKlBYcb
Detroit Lions Quarterback Matthew Stafford took a knee during the National Anthem of the Thanksgiving Day game this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/3swAFVpl29— WXYZ Detroit (@wxyzdetroit) November 26, 2020
No thanks! https://t.co/IYQSotnMG9— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 26, 2020