Miami Dolphins defensive end Robert Quinn (94) raises his right fist during the singing of the national anthem, before the team's NFL preseason football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfre
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -
President Donald Trump is not relenting against NFL athletes who took a knee during the national anthem at Thursday's preseason games.
The president fired off a series of tweets alleging that the anthem protesters do not even know why they are kneeling.
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......
President Trump continues to stand firm on a stance he took last season, reiterating his feeling towards how players should be punished for taking a knee during the national anthem.
.....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!
The players who demonstrate before games say they are following in former quarterback Colin Kaepernick's steps, who started the movement in 2016 as a form of protest against racial and social injustices.
The NFL shelved its recent policy towards the national anthem after backlash from players and team owners this offseason, which stated that players must stand for the anthem or remain in the locker room.