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Sunday, September 24, 2017

NFL SQUABBLES REACH CFL

REGINA - Backlash from U.S. President Donald Trump's comments about NFL players kneeling during the national anthem reached the Canadian Football League on Sunday.

Though players from both the Calgary Stampeders and Saskatchewan Roughriders stood for the Canadian anthem prior to their game in Regina, the Riders locked arms in a show of solidarity.

Many players voiced their support for their football brethren south of the border after Calgary's 15-9 victory.

"It's sad and it's disheartening to me as an American to see our president getting in bickering matches with people on Twitter, calling out athletes saying they should be fired,'' said Calgary quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell. "I'm glad we're all uniting against that and I hope we take a stand against something that is unacceptable.''

Trump inflamed an already emotional and controversial issue on Friday at a rally in Alabama.

"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.''' Trump said during his speech.

Trump also rescinded his invite to the NBA champion Golden State Warriors after all-star guard Steph Curry said he was not interested in visiting the White House.

Roughriders quarterback Kevin Glenn took to Twitter Saturday morning and voiced his opinion on the issue.

Glenn tweeted: "#trump is the disrespectful one, he should be fired #trumpisabean.''

Riders offensive lineman Derek Dennis was one of the players that locked arms.

"We wanted to show solidarity and show that we understand what's going on back home,'' he said. "We didn't do this to disrespect the Canadian flag or its Armed Forces because this country has given us an opportunity to play football, the game we love. We just wanted to show our support for what is going on back home.

"Being a kid from New York City, I was attacked by a bunch of undercover detectives who just messed with me just because they could. I've been through it and I understand what's going on.''

According to The Associated Press, approximately 130 NFL players either took to a knee or sat during the Star-Spangled Banner during the league's first nine games on Sunday.

The Pittsburgh Steelers elected to remain in the tunnel while the anthem was sung.

"It's more about unity than anything else,'' said Calgary's Charleston Hughes. "This is about being united as brothers to stand up for one another. It's not just about the NFL or just about the CFL. It's about standing up for what is right and showing support.''

The movement started last year with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who took to one knee in protest of racial injustice and police brutality in America.

On Saturday, the anthem protest reached Major League Baseball shores. Oakland A's catcher Bruce Maxwell was the first player in that sport to take a knee during the Star-Spangled Banner.

Several teams in the WNBA have protested the anthem since 2016.

"It shows that people understand the social issues that are going on right now,'' Dennis said. "With Trump's comments the other day, it showed us that we're really alone as an ethnicity in America. It hurts.''

(Canadian Press)

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

Never thought I would live to see an act of international solidarity by football players in Canada, and by our Riders. A very special moment for sure and a sign of the times.

Crazy old Trump gets more confused each week and his gong show gets more bizarre. He appears to think he is like his pal Putin in Russia where political is not tolerated. He must wake up each day thinking,"how can I deepen racial divisions in my country today".

Two of the most unstable and deranged people on the planet, Kim and Trump, are head of governments with nuclear weapons close at hand, not a good situation.

Anonymous said...

Awww the poor athletes barely making enough to live...they have been so mistreated boo hoo...how are they gonna make payments on their Ferraris? You got a gripe voice your opinion...vote with your conscience next election. To disrespect the flag that so many have given their lives for is unbelievable...I agree with Trump...fire their ungrateful asses and get a job driving truck...see how the rest of us live!

Anonymous said...

squab·ble
ˈskwäbəl/Submit
noun
1.
a noisy quarrel about something petty or trivial.
"family squabbles"

ROD. THIS IS A PETTY OR TRIVIAL ACTION?!?!? SHAME ON WHOEVER CHOSE THAT TITLE

Anonymous said...


If you have a legit beef then protest, write a letter, take it up the flag pole. This isn't a protest, this is a tantrum by uneducated thugs who have been manipulated into believing they are oppressed.

Anonymous said...

I despise Trudeau but I don't dishonor the Canadian flag.

Anonymous said...

That is the most racial opinion I have heard on this matter. You don't know any of these athletes to call them thigs. That is an awful thing to say you don't know anything about what it's like to be black in the states. Having an opinion on something is fine but to attack people with your opinion and call people you don't know thug is more disrespectful than what you are calling out people for doing. Have a little bit of respect.

Scott Thompson said...

Strongly agree.

Anonymous said...

Ya "thigs" is an awful name!

Anonymous said...

So the millionaires are upset with the system. Fire them, someone else will take their place.

Anonymous said...

Well said.
Didnt think Riders had to protest. Protest what...???? Doesnt belong on football field.

Anonymous said...

I don't have to know what it's like to be black but I can just point to evidence. 12-13% of the American population is black, yet 35% of jail inmates are black and 37% are the prison populations. Add in that overall 39% do not have a father either living in the family home or they are out of the picture all together. I have no idea what it's like then to feel dysfunctional as evidence shows they are. They break the law ad nausea do nothing to improve their circumstances and then making MILLIONS and having used state of the art post secondary institutions to get there these people thugs have the audacity to say they are oppressed? Give me a break. Somewhere along the line it became politically incorrect to use facts and evidence to confirm that a stereotype is exactly what it is. A caricature based on the majority of the evidence displayed. If they want equality. Stick around, raise kids using stability, provide structure, get a job, and quit going to jail, sleeping around, having multiple baby mommas and be productive.

Anonymous said...

Why is it so hard for people to get this isn't about the players having tantrums? Solidarity requires the priviledged, like these "millionaires" to care and protest what is happening to the less fortunate. When Emporer Tinyfists poked the players, he blew up the idea their protest should be private. And solidarity grows. Good job, Riders!

Anonymous said...

And of course pointing out a spelling mistake is all you can do. Can't defend what you said because it is completely uncalled for and can't be defended because it is wrong. I can't believe you would let someone post this kind of racist crap Rod.

Anonymous said...

It has nothing to do with Trudeau or Trump it is about racism in the states. And it doesn't disrespect the flag. It is doing what the flags stand for. Freedom to express yourself. What does Trudeau have to do with anything.

Anonymous said...

This does not have anything to do with racism neither does it have to do with Trump or Trudeau. This stuff has gone on forever and it's just the flavor of the day. Early 90s we were pitted against Quebec. We're pitted as Western Canadians against Eastern Canadians and I'll tell you right now what the problem is. There is no empirical evidence to show there is a massive conspiracy to oppress people from any ethnic demography. And further if you believe you are oppressed and don't like the game then go build your own businesses and control your destiny. I've long said and this pertains to the USA and Saskatchewan. If you can convince the lowest white man he's better than the best colored man, he won't notice you're picking his pocket. He will actually give him somebody to look down on, and he'll empty his pockets for you.

Anonymous said...

WOW! I am from Saskatchewan and I'm embarrassed someone from here wrote this. You are judging people you don't know based on prison stats. Who puts them in prison, they are lucky if they make it to prison. How about a cop shooting an unarmed black person that has his girlfriend and child ( whom he took care of) in the vehicle watching in horror. Pretty easy to fill up prisons with black people when guys like that get to walk free.

Anonymous said...

NFL Backlash: ‘Sunday Night Football’ Hit With Season-Low Ratings

http://www.breitbart.com/sports/2017/09/25/nfl-backlash-sunday-night-football-hit-season-low-ratings/

Anonymous said...

Prison stats are one thing, but the crime rate among the black community is staggering.

There are more white people gunned down in the states by police then black people.

These individual incidents cloud our judgement, like the above, because they are blown up by all media outlets. We are told what to think, footage that only shows half the story, then when the investigation is done into why a police officer shoots any person and it was a righteous shooting nobody cares anymore, we have been lead along to the next scandal or murder or cop shooting or whatever.

Racism is wrong, but standing pointing the finger doesn't help anyone, you have to help yourself.

Anonymous said...

Getting your facts from Breitbart doesn't exactly help you prove a point....

Anonymous said...

One thing for sure about a comment section on any sports blog is that the political analysis is as thin as a coat of varnish. Trump is a pro wrestling style provocateur and people get sucked into his crap and other distractions too easily. The US people have a clown as president for the next 4 years and all we can do up here is watch the continued decline of that country into a pit of despair and ignorance.

Anonymous said...

Ignorance galore here. Anyone who feels anyone HAS to stand for a national anthem knows nothing about what a free and democratic society actually is. These demonstrations are the definition of what a peaceful protest is.

I always stand for our anthem, but would take a knee in a hearbeat if I felt as strongly as these players do about the current climate they are living in.

Anonymous said...

Hard to criticize Trump when we have a nutcase like Trudeau for P.M.

Anonymous said...

You disrespect your country and the people who have given their lives so an ingrate like you can have freedoms. Go ahead and kneel it just shows your ignorance

Anonymous said...

Lol. What has changed exactly professor? A bunch of babies crying? Does democracy still exist?

Anonymous said...

You sound like most people. An uneducated idiot.

Anonymous said...

Embrassing Rod doesn't have the comments turned off.

Anonymous said...

Giving millions to terrorists is a change...or do you call that democracy?