“Near universal disgust” with President Trump’s remarks led NFL players to take a knee during the nation anthem, says sportscaster Bob Costas, a sportscaster who spent the early part of his career with KMOX in St. Louis.
Initally about police brutality and the treatment of Afican Americans, the protest started by Colin Keapernick has transcended that, Costas told John Berman and Alisyn Camerota of CNN on Monday.
“Patriotism comes in many forms,” Costas said, decrying Trump’s “insulting remarks” about the NFL.
Trump over the weekend sent out a series of tweets advocating the firing or suspension of players who did not stand for the anthem. An ‘unprecedented’ number of National Football League players and staff responded on Sunday by kneeling, or remaining in the locker room.
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“Martin Luther King was a patriot,” Costas added. “Susan B. Anthony was a patriot. Dissidents are patriots. Schoolteachers and social workers are patriots.”
Costas’ comments echo those of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who said “the NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture.”
However, posts on Facebook that say the NFL requires its players to stand for the national anthem are false.