Controversy over NFL national anthem protest

SUNBURY— ‘Misguided and ungrateful’ that’s one of the remarks today about not standing for the national anthem. The controversy is growing over NFL players either not coming out for the national anthem or kneeling in protest. President Trump has criticized the players who protest the national anthem. On, On The Mark Monday morning, Valley residents call in to voice their opinions on this issue.

Dick a Vietnam veteran believes it was a peaceful protest, “ I really have no issues with these guys taking a knee, I stand and salute the flag but this is not about the flag it’s about racial injustice, and that’s all they were doing was peaceful protesting. I’m going to make a lot of your callers made but I think Donald trump is a race baiter.”


About football 200 players decided to stand, kneel or raise their fists during the national anthem at NFL games on Sunday. Greg an Army veteran finds the protest highly offensive, “It is highly offensive to me when people do not stand for the national anthem. We fought for that flag, the national anthem should be about nothing else except for honoring our country. It’s a shame the players are trying to make a point however all we are doing is talking about them kneeling, I mean what are they even kneeling for.”

The entire Pittsburgh Steeler’s team stayed in the locker room during the national anthem before Sunday’s game, except left tackle Alejandro Villanueva, who served as an Army Ranger in Afghanistan.

Today, the American Legion National Commander Denise H. Rohan characterized professional athletes and other Americans who fail to show respect for the national anthem as “misguided and ungrateful.” You can hear the entire conversation from Monday’s On The Mark program at

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