28 thoughts on “Kaepernick 7 — 0 Trump

  1. Copper says:

    State police director’s FB post: NFL players who take knee during anthem are ‘degenerates’ (Detroit Free Press) http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2017/09/26/nfl-anthem-protest-michigan-state-police/705511001/
    “Let’s set something straight: These protests are not about the flag or about veterans or the military, they are about speaking out against police brutality and injustice in communities of color across America. That is something that law enforcement should take to heart, not use to try to divide us further.” Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan.

  2. Scrimmage says:

    “Former Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter has been informed that Colin Kaepernick’s legal team seeks to depose him as part of the quarterback’s collusion case against the NFL, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.” https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/colin-kaepernicks-legal-team-could-depose-former-papa-johns-ceo-in-collusion-case/ “Schnatter earned criticism within his company and outside of it for remarks he made on an earning’s call during the season, blaming the NFL’s declining ratings and citing players kneeling during the national anthem for his declining sales. ‎Specifically, Kaepernick’s legal team aims to interview Schnatter about any role Cowboys owner Jerry Jones may have played in those comments; Jones repeatedly spoke out publicly against “protesting” players and owns over 100 hundred Papa John’s stores and is known to have a close relationship with Schnatter.
    Schnatter was quickly out as CEO in the aftermath of his comments. Kaepernick’s legal team, which is already in the process of reviewing close to 100,000 documents in the evidence-gathering stage of the case, filed a grievance in midseason against the NFL. They believe one or more agents may have acted with owners and/or the league office to collude against Kaepernick, who never received a workout after being released by the 49ers last year.
    His team will probe at possible ties between Donald Trump and NFL owners as well through the upcoming deposition process; Trump is close with several owners and called kneeling players “son’s of b——” and imploring owners to “fire” them. Jones, in public remarks, revealed that he discussed the NFL’s game-day rules regarding the national anthem, and he is one of several central figures in the grievance. Kaepernick’s lawyers will interview several other owners and league officials as well.”
    See also: “Sources: Colin Kaepernick’s deposition request list in NFL grievance case includes Roger Goodell’s wife” https://sports.yahoo.com/sources-colin-kaepernicks-deposition-list-nfl-grievance-case-includes-roger-goodells-wife-202417771.html

  3. Footnote says:

    “Tony McGee got kicked out of Wyoming with the Black 14 but still made it to the Super Bowl : Just contemplating a protest in 1969 ended the football careers of many of his teammates” http://theundefeated.com/features/black-14-tony-mcgee-protest-kicked-out-of-wyoming-still-made-it-to-super-bowl/ Nearly 50 years ago, a group of Wyoming football players decided to take a stand against what they perceived to be racial discrimination by an opponent and it cost them.

  4. Late Hit says:

    Inside the Confidential N.F.L. Meeting to Discuss National Anthem Protests (NYT 4/25/18) https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/25/sports/nfl-owners-kaepernick.html “The New York Times has obtained an audio recording of the roughly three-hour meeting, and several people in the room corroborated details of the gathering. The unvarnished conversation reveals how the leaders of the most dominant sports league in the country and several of its most outspoken players confronted an unprecedented moment — mostly by talking past one another.
    The players sounded aggrieved. After discussing a proposal to finance nonprofit groups to address player concerns, they wanted to talk about why Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback who started the anthem protests to highlight social injustice and police brutality against African-Americans, was, they believed, being blackballed by the owners. The owners sounded panicked about their business under attack, and wanted to focus on damage control.”
    ‘Divisive’ and ‘Disastrous’: Here are the most biting comments N.F.L. owners made about Trump. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/25/sports/trump-nfl.html

  5. Update says:

    Donald Trump says NFL ‘doing the right thing’ with anthem policy http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/23590560/president-donald-trump-says-nfl-doing-right-thing-anthem-policy “”I think that’s good,” Trump said in a “Fox & Friends” interview that taped Wednesday. “I don’t think people should be staying in the locker rooms, but still I think it’s good. You have to stand proudly for the national anthem. Or you shouldn’t be playing, you shouldn’t be there. Maybe you shouldn’t be in the country.”

    • Principiis obsta/Finem respice says:

      A chemical engineer, working in a German “defense plant” was required to take an “oath of fidelity,” he refused, and was given twenty-four hours to reconsider. The next day, he took the oath:
      “There I was, in 1935, a perfect example of the kind of person who, with all his advantages in birth, in education, and in position, rules (or might easily rule) in any country. If I had refused to take the oath in 1935, it would have meant that thousands and thousands like me, all over Germany, were refusing to take it. Their refusal would have heartened millions. Thus the regime would have been overthrown, or, indeed, would never have come to power in the first place. The fact that I was not prepared to resist, in 1935, meant that all the thousands, hundreds of thousands, like me in Germany were also unprepared, and each one of these hundreds of thousands was, like me, a man of great influence or of great potential influence. Thus the world was lost.”
      Quoted in Milton Mayer, “They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933–1945” (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1955).

    • Chrizzart says:

      “Trump’s Battle with the NFL Has Reached Critical Mass : The president falsely linked the Super Bowl champions to national anthem protests” (Rolling Stone 6/5/18) “…as several people have pointed out in the wake of the cancellation, not a single Eagles player knelt during the anthem last year.”
      “Trump told officials to punish NFL as part of GOP tax plan: report” http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/390711-trump-told-officials-to-use-gop-tax-plan-to-punish-nfl-report
      “President Trump told White House officials that they should use the Republican-backed tax plan to punish the NFL, according to a report from The Washington Post.
      Aides reportedly began looking into how to punish the league, and those ideas spread to Capitol Hill.
      White House and Capitol Hill aides told the Post about the remarks.
      A White House official told the publication that the president was venting when he made the remarks and that the ideas were never put into action.”

  6. Here we go again… says:

    “NFL puts the brakes on policy requiring players to stand for the national anthem” https://www.cbsnews.com/news/nfl-puts-the-brakes-on-policy-requiring-players-to-stand-for-the-national-anthem/
    “President Donald Trump tweets about NFL national anthem debate that is ‘alive and well again'” http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/24152687/president-donald-trump-takes-twitter-criticize-nfl-handling-anthem-policy
    “NY Giants co-owner on anthem protests: Trump ‘has no understanding of why they take a knee'” https://www.aol.com/article/news/2018/07/21/ny-giants-co-owner-on-anthem-protests-trump-has-no-understanding-of-why-they-take-a-knee/23486915/

  7. Tweety Pie says:

    Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump [6:18 AM – Aug 10, 2018]
    “The NFL players are at it again – taking a knee when they should be standing proudly for the National Anthem. 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……”
    [6:32 AM – Aug 10, 2018]
    “…..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!”
    See fact check @ https://sports.yahoo.com/happy-cool-trump-tweets-nfl-protests-132840641.html

    • Showtime! says:

      NFL player Cameron Jordan has called out President Donald Trump over his criticism of athletes who took a knee in protest against police brutality and racial injustice during the national anthem before preseason games this week. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/nfl-cameron-jordan-donald-trump-protests_us_5b6eb213e4b0ae32af9855e1 On Friday, the New Orleans Saints defensive end used Twitter to claim Trump was a “goober” who was “acting out” like an “overly insecure prepubescent child.” Jordan also asked Trump for a statement on this weekend’s scheduled white supremacist “Unite the Right” rally in Washington, D.C.

      Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump [6:26 AM – 11 Aug 2018] “The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division. We must come together as a nation. I condemn all types of racism and acts of violence. Peace to ALL Americans!”

  8. Update says:

    Colin Kaepernick Named Face of Nike’s 30th Anniversary of ‘Just Do It’ Campaign https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2793994-colin-kaepernick-named-face-of-nikes-30th-anniversary-of-just-do-it-campaign Meanwhile, In a major blow to the N.F.L., Kaepernick achieved a preliminary but important win in his case accusing the league of colluding to keep him off the field because of the player protests during the national anthem that he instigated.I n a ruling this week that was disclosed Thursday, the arbitrator, Stephen B. Burbank, who was appointed by the league and the N.F.L. Players Association, said lawyers for Kaepernick had unearthed enough information in the past year for the case to proceed to a full hearing. After months of depositions — including those given by some of the most powerful owners in the league — as well as document searches, the lawyers will be able to question league officials, owners and others in a trial-like format. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/30/sports/colin-kaepernick-collusion-case-nfl.html

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