With CBS and Fox expected to break their usual broadcast pattern by beginning today's football coverage with the National Anthem - and the anticipated protests - Trump's attention should prove a boon to ratings. "To be quite honest with you, I didn't appreciate our football team being dragged into politics this weekend".
Trump, as he prepared to board Air Force One to return to Washington from New Jersey on Sunday, said he didn't think his comments Friday on players being fired or since have inflamed racial tensions. "People shouldn't have to choose". We're not gonna let divisive times or divisive individuals affect our agenda.' This collection of men, we're chasing something here in 2017, and we're not gonna play politics.
"I will be the first one to hold hands with Colin Kaepernick and do something about the way minorities are being treated in the United States, the injustice that is happening with police brutality, the justice system, inequalities in pay", Villanueva told ESPN past year.
Many players on the Buffalo Bills and Denver Broncos teams kneeled during the national anthem. "There are two distinct sides that need to have a conversation, not a president who chooses sides", Peduto said.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell called Trump's remarks "divisive", adding that they "demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL".
Roethlisberger regretted that Villanueva was separated from the team but said it was not intentional.
President Donald Trump over the weekend ripped into the National Football League over the anthem protests, which were started last season by ex-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
However, left tackle Alejandro Villanueva, a former Army Ranger and West Point graduate who did three tours in Afghanistan, stood outside in the tunnel with his hand over his heart while the anthem played.
Brandon Marshall takes a knee during the National Anthem before the Broncos home game against the Indianapolis Colts on September 18, 2016.
Steelers players took the field within a few seconds of the anthem's end prior to their game against the Chicago Bears, with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger one of the first players out of the tunnel. "I wish humans could see the bigger picture sometimes, but we just got a lot going in this country so it's a tough time right now and hopefully we'll make some progress in some fashion". "We're not politicians, we're coaches and professional athletes". "League should back U.S.", Trump also tweeted Sunday.