Donald Trump wants any protesting NFL stars banned for the entire season
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The US president, Donald Trump, has once again taken to twitter to spread his controversial opinions. This time he has returned to criticising NFL athletes who kneel during the national anthem in protest of police brutality. President Donald Trump has been a strong opponent to the protests since the kneeling began, but he has now taken his critique one step further by offering his own form of punishment. He tweeted ‘"First time kneeling, out for game. Second time kneeling, out for season/no pay!". The NFL’s current policy towards the protests is that any athlete who kneels during the national anthem will see their team receive a fine. They have also asked players who wish to protest to remain in the dressing room whilst the anthem is played to avoid any upset. When the Policy was first introduced in May 2018, President Trump initially said that the NFL’ were doing the right thing.’ Despite agreeing with the proposed policy, the President seems to have made a U-Turn by suggesting that the current NFL policy does not go far enough in punishing protesters. The United States national anthem, ‘Star spangled banner’, is played at the beginning of all competitive sports matches in the US, with all athletes expected to stand to attention, have their hand on their heart and sing.
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