Friday Open Thread | NFL player Olivier Vernon takes a knee during anthem

At the start of the Cowboys game daughter and I were setting the table, my boys were in the living room and as the national anthem was being played, my youngest son yelled out to me, “Mom, come here, lets #TakeAKnee with Kap”. #WOKEFAMILY #ImwithKap 👊🏼💪🏼🙌🏼

THE HILL: New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon continued his protest on Thursday night, kneeling during the national anthem before a game against the Washington Redskins.

Vernon, who has been kneeling since early on in the NFL season, appeared to be the only player to take a knee before the game.

He was one of several NFL players who knelt last week.

Prior to last Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Vernon told Newsday that he would continue kneeling, even as criticism of the protests continues.

“What it would take for me to stand is if people can understand what the whole message is behind it,” he told Newsday. “That would actually help a whole lot, but everybody doesn’t see things that way and tries to distort what the message was from the beginning, which is basically social injustice on African-Americans and police brutality.”

President Trump, one of the most vocal critics of the kneeling players, continued to rail against the protests on Wednesday.

“The NFL is now thinking about a new idea — keeping teams in the Locker Room during the National Anthem next season,” Trump tweeted. “That’s almost as bad as kneeling! When will the highly paid Commissioner finally get tough and smart? This issue is killing your league!”

The president was referring to a Washington Post report that some NFL owners were considering changing the anthem rules if the protests persisted.

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30 Responses to Friday Open Thread | NFL player Olivier Vernon takes a knee during anthem

  1. rikyrah says:

    Tillerson’s senior team planning to skip Ivanka Trump’s India trip
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    By Michelle Kosinski, CNN

    Days ahead of what should be a major moment for Ivanka Trump on the world stage, CNN has learned Secretary of State Rex Tillerson isn’t sending a high-level delegation to support her amid reports of tensions between Tillerson and the White House.

    Multiple State Department officials, as well as a source close to the White House, have told CNN Tillerson’s decision not to send senior State Department officials to this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit, being held in India next week, is not related to his key project of slashing the Department’s budget, and is more to do with the fact Ivanka Trump is leading the US delegation this year. Trump was invited by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in June, and this year’s theme is supporting women entrepreneurs.
    The State Department puts on the large yearly event, which Secretary of State John Kerry and even President Obama attended multiple times. But this year, according to one senior State Department official: “No one higher than the deputy assistant secretary is allowed to participate. The secretary and his top staff have insisted on approving all travel– even the most minute details.””They (Tillerson and his staff) won’t send someone senior because they don’t want to bolster Ivanka. It’s now another rift between the White House and State at a time when Rex Tillerson doesn’t need any more problems with the President,” the official added.

  2. rikyrah says:

    Anyone follow the goings on of the British Royal Family?

    Do you think Harry is really gonna propose to Meghan Markle?

  3. Liza says:

    Tiger Woods could be doing better things with his time, IMO. What a waste…

  4. Our sweet baby is here…..

  5. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄😄😄

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