And I'll stand with America, because I kneel.'The far-left Democrat said she knew of a young player in America's top-shelf pro football league say 'that he will kneel from now on.''The only reason he is doing this,' she said, 'is that someone had the lack of judgment to provoke the situation and call their mothers a name.''I refuse to accept that as a standard of leadership for the highest office in the world.'Speaking for the Congressional Black Caucus, a group of lawmakers comprised almost exclusively of Democrats, she added that 'we in the CBC have always stood for what is right.''There is no basis in the First Amendment that says you can not kneel in the national anthem.'The First Amendment to the U. Constitution protects Americans from government attempts to legally restrict their freedom of speech and expression.The NFL's official game operations manual says that the National Anthem 'must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem.''During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking.'Trump said Tuesday morning on Twitter that '[t]he NFL has all sorts of rules and regulations.The only way out for them is to set a rule that you can't kneel during our National Anthem!''Ratings for NFL football are way down except before game starts, when people tune in to see whether or not our country will be disrespected!Colin Kaepernick, pictured kneeling during an October 2016 game against the Buffalo Bills, inaugurated the trend of kneeling during the national anthem as a protest against police brutality and social injustice'That's a total disrespect of everything that we stand for,' Trump said last Friday in an Alabama speech, encouraging owners to act. 'Kaepernick has not yet commented on how his movement has taken off within the NFL.He added: 'Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you'd say, "Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. He's fired."'On Saturday, Trump echoed his stance.'If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem,' Trump tweeted. He is not playing this season after he was not signed as a free agent.
The take-a-knee action, inaugurated by ex-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick last season, is meant to protest against police treatment of blacks and social injustice.Along with having great receivers, the Lions have two tight ends that will be strong in the running game but will be more effective in the downfield passing game in second-year player Eric Ebron & Brandon Pettigrew.Pettigrew has had the case of the drops over the last few seasons & was hampered by injuries last year, but if healthy, physically & mentally, Pettigrew & Ebron can help Stafford have so many weapons in the passing game that it could be very scary in the NFC North & NFC as a whole.A Texas Democratic congresswoman followed in the footsteps of more than 100 black NFL players, kneeling on the floor of the House of Representatives Monday night. Sheila Jackson Lee said she was specifically opposing President Donald Trump and showing solidarity with the athletes who defied him.'I kneel in honor of them.I kneel in front of the flag and on this floor,' Jackson Lee said.Other NFL team owners have supported their players who chose to kneel in protest of racism in America.