Donald Trump underestimated the power of a team

NFL protests show that not even the president of the US can disrupt the bond between players

US president Donald Trump says NFL owners "should do something" about the players who are taking a knee during the national anthem before games, saying "it's very disrepectful to our country." Video: NFL/Reuters

Last week US president Donald Trump told an audience in Alabama that those athletes of the NFL who disrespected the pre-match playing of the national anthem should be sacked. He said team owners should “get that son-of-a-bitch off the field right now”.

The protest whereby a growing number of athletes across different US sports refused to stand for the anthem began with San Francisco 49ers player Colin Kaepernick in August 2016. Kaepernick’s justification was simple: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of colour”.

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