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Following President Donald Trump's aggressive comments Friday night during a rally about those who chose to “disrespect the flag,” more NFL players than ever protested the national anthem on Sunday before their games. But there was only one victim at the end of the day: the NFL.

Roger Goodell made a statement in response to Trump before the games kicked off on Sunday:

Trump then responded:

Now, after hundreds of NFL players protested the national anthem on Sunday, the NFL is reporting the lowest ratings they've seen all season. Deadline reports:

In metered market numbers, the primetime match-up between the 27-10 winning Washington Redskins and the Oakland Raiders snared an 11.6/20.

The worst Sunday Night Football has performed this season so far, that’s an 8% dip from the early numbers of last week’s Atlanta Falcon’s 34-23 win over the Green Bay Packers. Gaining cheers and boos from fans at FedEx Field in Maryland last night, the third week of SNF for the 2017-2018 season declined 10% from early numbers of the comparable game of last year on September 25, 2016.

Last night’s Sunday Night Football peaked with a 12.5/20 during the second quarter at 9 – 9:30 PM ET. Not that such a number can feel good to the NFL with ratings down double-digits this season so far after taking a similar tackle last year.

One Twitter user summed it up well:

The protests are expected to continue through Monday Night Football as the Dallas Cowboys face the Arizona Cardinals.

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Patriot34287(76 likes)Hey, Goodell, do you remember the NFL RULES? The specific rule pertaining to the national anthem is found on pages A62-63 of the league rulebook. It states:“The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem.“During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.”
Jerry Gunn(34 likes)Respect is earned and after yesterday it will be a long time till I can respect professional football again. They can protest that is their right and I and millions of Americans can too by saying good bye to professional football.  I will watch it no more, I will not purchase any attire or products for me or my grandkids that have the NFL logo on it this is a sad day for american sports.
Steve(34 likes)"The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture." ~~ Roger GoodelIf this is Goodel's idea of "unity in our country and our culture," I'd hate to see his idea of of what divisiveness looks like.