On Sunday over two hundred NFL players and staff knelt down in protest during the national anthem.
Colin Kaepernick started the movement last year by kneeling before games during the national anthem in a show of protest against police brutality.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people, and people of color,” Kaepernick said in a press conference after first sitting out during the anthem. “To me, this is bigger than football, and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street, and people getting paid leave, and getting away with murder.”
Many NFL players started to kneel, or stand with arms locked, in support of Kaepernick, but many feel it is more of a direct resistance to President Donald Trump after he weighed in on the issue.
The president is very pro-American and has high standards when it comes to being a patriot. He has made it very clear that the American flag and the national anthem should be held in the highest regard.
President Trump on NFL players disrespecting the American flag & national anthem: "Get that SOB off the field right now – HE'S FIRED!"
— Alex 🇺🇸 (@SoCal4Trump) September 23, 2017
Many Americans view what the players are doing as unpatriotic and feel that politics should be kept out of sports.
If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017
Stuart Varney joined FOX and Friends on Monday to discuss the growing controversy over the players using the national anthem to protest their views of ‘racial injustice’.
The Gateway Pundit reports that Varney reminded the FOX and Friends hosts that NFL stadiums have collected over $1 billion in federal subsidies.
Stuart Varney: There’s $1.1 billion in direct subsidies from taxpayers to the NFL… Taxpayer subsidies go to the building of stadiums. There have been 20 new NFL stadiums since 1997. All of them have received a degree of taxpayer subsidies.
According to FOX Sports over the last 20 years, the American public has spent more than $7 billion dollars to build or renovate NFL stadiums, taking on 46 percent of the total costs of those projects.
It’s time to cut them off!
If they they don’t respect the country, why should Americans respect them?
Varney: NFL stadiums have collected over $1B in federal subsidies. My message to the NFL is "don’t bite the hand that feeds you." pic.twitter.com/68XjqqRIlh
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) September 25, 2017
The NFL makes millions off the American people in ticket sales, merchandise and over priced food at games – they should not get our tax dollars too!
These over-paid African-American MILLIONAIRES protesting racial inequality is outrageous. They don’t look too oppressed to me driving their Ferrari’s and living in million dollar homes.
How about they use their money to help inner city kids rather than encourage them to disrespect the American anthem and flag!