Just hours before Sunday's game, Trump tweeted about the dip in National Football League ratings for Thursday's season-opening game compared to past seasons, hinting that players standing for the anthem could restore lost viewership.
Colin Kaepernick #7 and Eric Reid #35 of the San Francisco 49ers kneel in protest during the national anthem prior to playing the Los Angeles Rams in their NFL game at Levi's Stadium on September 12, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. "We truly just want to use our platform to say, hey, we've got issues going on, how can we all get involved to work together".
If Kaepernick is not backing down as the leader of the player protest movement, then neither is Trump.
Wilson, who has a contract with Nike, also applauded the company's deal with Kaepernick.More news: Florence becomes a hurricane, takes aim at US Southeast
Kaepernick thanked "his brothers" for continuing to show "unwavering strength by fighting for the oppressed". He noted Stills and Wilson "have not backed down, even when attacked and intimidated". If the players stood proudly for our Flag and Anthem, and it is all shown on broadcast, maybe ratings could come back?
The NFL owners in May approved a rule requiring players to either stand on the field for the anthem or remain in the locker room, but the policy is on hold pending discussions with the NFL Players Association.
That included Malcolm Jenkins, who raised his fist during the anthem last season but did not for the opener.
"I think there's a huge need for us to turn the attention to not only the issues, but what players are actually doing in their communities to promote change", he said.