Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

2 players kneel for anthem, Kaepernick tweets to thank them

2 players kneel for anthem, Kaepernick tweets to thank them

"Wow, NFL first game ratings are way down over an already really bad previous year comparison", Trump tweeted Sunday morning.

While there is an ongoing dialogue between players and the league office about the issue of sideline protests during the national anthem, sources said the sides are not close to resolving the issue and there were no last-minute talks on the matter prior to Sunday's full-scale regular season kickoff. Broadcast viewership for the game dropped by 13 percent, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Dolphins wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson were the only NFL players seen kneeling during the national anthem of early games in protest of police brutality and social injustice.

Albert Wilson #15 and Kenny Stills #10 of the Miami Dolphins sit on the bench during the National Anthem before the preseason game between the Miami Dolphins and the Baltimore Ravens at Hard Rock Stadium on August 25, 2018 in Miami, Florida.

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Players have steadfastly maintained their protest is aimed at social and racial issues while Trump has pushed that players should be fired for disrespecting the flag.

Hours before Kaepernick submitted his Thank You tweet, Donald Trump jumped onto the platform to remind folks of his stance.

After the ad was unveiled, people posted videos of themselves burning their Nike sneakers and sportswear to protest the company's decision to use Kaepernick. "Otherwise worse!" he tweeted.

The NFL briefly had a policy in place in May regarding the anthem, but quickly rescinded it so the league and players union could negotiate.

The NFL owners in May approved a rule requiring players to either stand on the field for the anthem or remain in the locker room, but the policy is on hold pending discussions with the NFL Players Association.

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