Several New England Patriots players kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
President Trump’s comments suggesting that NFL owners should fire players who kneel during the national anthem resulted in plenty of criticism from players and owners throughout the league.
But at least some fans were in Trump’s corner.
Fans at Lucas Oil Stadium booed loudly when more than two dozen players dropped to their knees before the national anthem preceding the Indianapolis Colts’ game with the Cleveland Browns.
Cleveland Browns fans hold a sign following the national anthem before an NFL football game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Cleveland Browns in Indianapolis, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Boos also could be heard as several New England Patriots fans kneeled before their home game with the Houston Texans.
“It’s disrespectful to the United States and to the men who stood up and fought for this country, said Patriots fan Frank Vessella. “It’s a disgrace. They should be standing.”
Vessella backed up Trump’s comments.
“I like what the president said,” he said. “If you’re not going to stand for this country, you’re fired.”
At the Browns-Colts game, John Cimasko was more measured in his comments.
“I get both sides of it,” said Cimasko, a radio personality who volunteers with Indy Honor Flight. “My father would have no part of kneeling. My son would see it as a way to get your message across.’’