Attorney General Jeff Sessions followed in Donald Trump’s footsteps on Tuesday when he condemned NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem while giving a free speech lecture at Georgetown University.
Sessions spoke out against NFL players protesting injustice by taking a knee during the national anthem, saying that the league owners have the legal right to ban player protests during the National Anthem.
“The players aren’t subject to any prosecution, but if they take a provocative act,
they can expect to be condemned,” Sessions said. “The president had a right to condemn them, and I would condemn their actions, not them as a human being.”
Sessions also condemned violence against white supremacy. Going back to the NFL subject, the Attorney General suggested taking legal action against those who protest.
“People have a right to register their opinions, to protest, to criticize in any number of ways,” Sessions said. “I guess it’s up to the owners and the people who create these games and pay for the ballfields to decide what you can do on a ballfield. But the freedom of every individual player is paramount under the Constitution, it’s protected, and we have to protect it. I think that is not a contradiction there.”