South Georgia pastors divided over National Football League teams' protest against racial injustice

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Last week marked one of the largest protests across the National Football League, with more than 200 people opting to take a knee during the anthem, in a move that has previously been criticized by the president as something that should result in players being "fired".

"As a way to show respect to all, our #Saints team will kneel in solidarity prior to the national anthem & stand together during the anthem", Saints quarterback Drew Brees tweeted Thursday. Last weekend, I did not even turn on the television.

"You have someone like Colin or numerous other athletes who have knelt, especially athletes of colour, and if you're not respecting what they're saying, if you're not believing their charges of police brutality or racial inequality you're saying that they're lying".

"By no means, by no way shape or form, was there any disrespect intended towards our troops and those who serve this country", he told ESPN, adding the team has "the utmost respect for them".

While there's no actual rule that states NFL players must stand during the national anthem, there is one for the NBA, which was reiterated by league commissioner Adam Silver last month.

The Dallas Cowboys, who knelt with arms interlocked before Monday night's game, apparently will go back to standing for the anthem when they host the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

Augusta University Political science Professor, Craig Albert says although many disagree with the President's remarks, he's also exercising his first amendment rights.

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But they had to at least split it - get 2.5 points. "It was a disappointing result, but could've been worse", added Leishman. It's like a dream come true getting my boy back on the bag and being able to kind of go out there and play some good golf.

"On Tuesday, Mr Trump called on the NFL to ban players from kneeling in protest at games while the national anthem is played".

At Soldier Field, Chicago Bears teammates locked arms to show unity in the face of divisiveness as the majority of their opponents, the Pittsburgh Steelers, remained off the field during the anthem.

He said Trump's way of expressing his opinion was not right, but the players should also set a good example for young people and start a conversation on the issue of racial injustice.

I think the national anthem has been taken hostage.

Almost half of the 49ers' roster were kneeling during the national anthem, while the rest of the team stood behind.

"We cannot continue to move forward as a community when we don't want to deal with the elephant in the room, which is racial inequality, injustice, and racism", Pastor Knighton said.

One of the US Soccer Federation's points is that it's an honour and a privilege to to play for this country, and it is.