Trump Blasts NFL Over Ratings but Says Cowboys Showed "Big Progress"

"The NFL has all sorts of rules and regulations. The only way out for them is to set a rule that you can't kneel during our National Anthem!" the president tweeted.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday continued his tirade against the NFL over players kneeling during the national anthem. 

The story quickly became the main headline for most news organizations after the president on Friday harshly criticized players who protest social injustices by sitting out the anthem, calling them a "son of a bitch."

The issue has since polarized the country and Trump on Tuesday morning showed no signs of letting his argument go. 

"Ratings for NFL football are way down except before game starts, when people tune in to see whether or not our country will be disrespected!" Trump tweeted. "The booing at the NFL football game last night, when the entire Dallas team dropped to its knees, was loudest I have ever heard. Great anger." 

The president was referring to the moment when the entire Dallas Cowboys team and staff, including owner Jerry Jones, kneeled before the anthem began. They all stood for the song, which Trump praised. 

"But while Dallas dropped to its knees as a team, they all stood up for our National Anthem. Big progress being made -- we all love our country!," the president tweeted. "The NFL has all sorts of rules and regulations. The only way out for them is to set a rule that you can't kneel during our National Anthem!" 

Despite Trump's incessant low-ratings claims, Monday Night Football viewership surged on Monday night.

Across Monday's and all of Sunday's games, gross overnight ratings for league showdowns weren't off from those of 2016, but instead were up nearly 3 percent. ESPN's Monday franchise turned in a 9.3 overnight rating for its best showing.

Numerous players kneeled on Sunday during almost all the games. Three teams — the Steelers, Seahawks and Titans — skipped the anthem and stayed in the locker room. Steelers' QB Ben Roethlisberger later said he regretted the move

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the players' union over the weekend issued a statement condemning Trump's remarks, saying players have the right to protest. 

Last season, free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the first to sit out the national anthem in protest of the treatment of African-Americans in America, especially at the hands of police officers. Since then, numerous other players have protested in similar fashion in a number of different sports.

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