If Kaepernick is not backing down as the leader of the player protest movement, then neither is Trump.
"Wow, NFL first game ratings are way down over an already really bad past year comparison", Mr. Trump tweeted. The number of players protesting during the anthem has also fallen.
And this afternoon, Miami Dolphins teammates Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson took to one knee during the playing of the National Anthem before their Week 1 game against the Titans.
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Kaepernick was the focus of a new advertisement campaign by sportswear manufacturer Nike that made its national debut on Thursday's opening NFL telecast. For the most part, it was football as usual the year after player demonstrations to raise awareness of social injustice and police brutality were at their height, inflamed at times by comments and tweets from the president.
After the ad was unveiled, people posted videos of themselves burning their Nike sneakers and sportswear to protest the company's decision to use Kaepernick.
The NFL unilaterally passed a policy requiring players to stand at attention for the anthem or to stay in the locker room or in the tunnel under the stands. However, NBC did show the anthem Thursday night, and no players kneeled or protested in other ways. "Otherwise worse!" he added.
The NFL briefly had a policy in place in May regarding the anthem, but quickly rescinded it so the league and players union could negotiate. It put on hold a new policy to fine teams when players aren't on the field and standing for the anthem.