President Trump re-ignited his ongoing feud with the National Football League on Thursday morning, posting a heartbreaking image of a grieving military family and demanding players who choose to “take a knee” during the anthem remember the photo before disrespecting the flag.
The Commander-in-Chief shared the image on social media, first published by another user and depicting a woman grieving by a fallen soldier’s grave; the caption reading “THIS IS WHY WE STAND.”
“So beautiful,” tweeted the President. “Show this picture to the NFL players who still kneel!”
So beautiful….Show this picture to the NFL players who still kneel! https://t.co/tJLM1tvbvb
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2018
— CoreyJones?? (@CoreyLMJones) September 16, 2017
The NFL continues to hemorrhage viewers and infuriate fans as the league enters Week 17 of the 2017 season. The organization has been embroiled in months of controversy with dozens of professional athletes refusing to stand during the performance of the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ during pre-game ceremonies.
Industry experts estimate the scandal has cost the league upwards of $500 million.