President Donald Trump last weekend shared his thoughts on NFL football players who take a knee during the national anthem as a way of drawing attention to the problems of racism and police brutality. Trump said the protests were unpatriotic and the players should be fired.
We’ve been fact-checking Trump’s remarks and reactions to them this week.
- We looked at Trump’s claim that NFL attendance and popularity is “way down.” That’s not the case; we rated his statement Mostly False.
- We looked at the history of athletes protesting social issues during the national anthem. The most recent controversy began in 2016, when then-NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick initially sat, and later switched to taking a knee.
- We fact-checked fake news reports that wrongly claimed the NFL was fining teams for skipping the anthem and that Fox had canceled all NFL broadcasts. Both claims rated Pants on Fire!