Trump rips NFL players protesting NFL anthem

Headline Surfer YouTube download / AP video / (10 Aug 2018) Some NFL players demonstrated during the national anthem at several preseason games Thursday night, protests that again drew a rebuke from President Donald Trump.

Trump tweets NFL anthem warnings / Headline SurferJACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Are you ready for some football?

How about more of President Trump vs. NFL players protesting during the National Anthem?

Trump renewed tweets against NFL players protesting during the national anthem in several pre-season NFL contests,  writing in part in the second of two tweets earlier in the day Friday, "The NFL players are at it again - taking a knee when they should be standing proudly for the National Anthem."

Telvin Smith, a player with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who raised his right fist during the playing of the anthem in a preseason game Thursday night said, "As a man, I've got to stand for something." 

The Jags lost to the New Orleans Saints, 24-20. Smith said he didn't know if he'll protest every week but said he felt good about what he did prior to the Jags losing to the visiting New Orleans Saints, 24-20.

-- Henry Frederick, Headline Surfer


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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories narly eveenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in Wst Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.