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:
New NFL statement pic.twitter.com/XHPgVvPPfH
— Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) September 23, 2017
Trump then responded:
Roger Goodell of NFL just put out a statement trying to justify the total disrespect certain players show to our country.Tell them to stand!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
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:
1. Trump insults NFL
2. More players kneel
3. Ratings plummet
4. Trump mocks ratings
5. More players kneel
6. Ratings crash
7. Trump wins
— Ryan Saavedra 🇺🇸 (@RealSaavedra) September 24, 2017
The protests are expected to continue through Monday Night Football as the Dallas Cowboys face the Arizona Cardinals.