USA TODAY's Pro Football Columnist Jarrett Bell published an article calling for the N.F.L. Owners to stand against recent remarks from President Trump. Friday in a Huntsville Alabama speech - Trump called for N.F.L. Owners to "get thant son of a b---h off the field" if a player (like Kaepernick) takes a knee in a civil protest. Jarrett Bell is a current member of the NFL's Hall Of Fame committee and has regular face to face contact with N.F.L. owners.
Bell opens the article saying:
"Here’s to the fresh fuel for NFL players to engage in Colin Kaepernick-styled national anthem protests.
That would be black players, white players, superstars and third-stringers alike.
Go ahead, fellas. Make a statement.
When the President of the United States, in all of his ignorance, urges his base of supporters to walk out on your game, your livelihood, your principles -- because a number of NFL players have exercised their right to express discontent with some major inequalities of the American way – it is way past time to provide a determined response."