NFL diehards are calling offside on the league over players’ anthem protests, a new poll has found.
Thirty percent of self-described fans of the NFL say they are watching less football this season, and more than half blame players protesting racism by kneeling during the national anthem, according to the Seton Hall Sports Poll, conducted by The Sharkey Institute.
Of those watching fewer games, 52 percent said it was because they disagreed with the protests.
We look forward to him joining the conversation, said Joe Lockhart, executive vice president of communications for the NFL.
The original meeting included 13 current or former players, plus 11 owners and representatives from the NFL and NFLPA, according to ESPN. The league did not formally invite Kaepernick, who began the movement to raise awareness for the mistreatment of minorities by police officers and racial inequality by sitting and then kneeling during the national anthem last season. Many other players joined him in the protest, which has spread to other sports and other countries.
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The league became more involved in the discussion about the protests in part because President Trump has attacked the players who kneel or sit several times on social media and at press conferences, igniting further tensions by urging owners to get that son of a b锟斤拷h off the field and to cut players who protest during the anthem.
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