Leave it to our President to unify the league.
Trump said this at a rally, just before Week 3's games:
"Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He's fired. He's fired!"
Of course, he was mostly directing that comment to Colin Kaepernick, who he was already called out publicly a few times. But now his criticism is also directed toward just about anyone in the league that decides to kneel or lock arms with other teammates, during the national anthem.
Well, only a small fraction of NFL players (6) were protesting the national anthem before Week 3, but after that comment it seems the entire league joined in (over 200 during week 3's games). Even coaches, commentators, NFL execs and even Roger Goodell condemned the President. Here's a report on it:
I know the protests themselves are divisive to many across the country for one reason or another. But I was surprised and happy to see so many NFL players and higher up staff stand up against Donald Trump's comments. It's certainly odd to see a US President spend his time focusing criticism toward NFL players peacefully protesting. I'm glad the league immediately understood that a unified front response was the best course of action, and decided to display that front ALL OVER national television throughout the entire Sunday onslaught of NFL games.