Maybe Thanksgiving Day football would provide a bit of relief to an imploding sports league?
Not New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon made sure no such thing would happen, as he made the dumb decision to be the only NFL player to kneel during the National Anthem on Thanksgiving Day.
The Hill reports…
New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon continued his protest on Thursday night, kneeling during the national anthem before a game against the Washington Redskins.
Vernon, who has been kneeling since early on in the NFL season, appeared to be the only player to take a knee before the game.
Prior to last Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Vernon told Newsday that he would continue kneeling, even as criticism of the protests continues.
“What it would take for me to stand is if people can understand what the whole message is behind it,” he told Newsday. “That would actually help a whole lot, but everybody doesn’t see things that way and tries to distort what the message was from the beginning, which is basically social injustice on African-Americans and police brutality.”
According to The Gateway Pundit,White House social media director Dan Scavino took to Twitter Friday, denouncing Vernon’s decision to kneel.
“While @NFL ratings continue to plummet… Not So Thankful:
@Giants @OlivierVernon54 Kneels During the National Anthem on Thanksgiving Day (while a Master Sergeant of the United States Army sings) at FedEx Field”
While @NFL ratings continue to plummet????…
— Dan Scavino Jr. (@DanScavino) November 24, 2017
President Trump blasted Vernon and the NFL for their Thanksgiving ungratefulness…
“Can you believe that the disrespect for our Country, our Flag, our Anthem continues without penalty to the players. The Commissioner has lost control of the hemorrhaging league. Players are the boss!”
Can you believe that the disrespect for our Country, our Flag, our Anthem continues without penalty to the players. The Commissioner has lost control of the hemorrhaging league. Players are the boss! https://t.co/udXP5MR8BC
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2017
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