AUSTIN - Should NFL players be fired for not standing during the national anthem? And why?
That's been the big debate since Friday and we wanted to know what you think. KVUE headed out to local football watch parties to get some responses.
"It's their constitutional right to do whatever they like," one person said. "You shouldn't be fired for following your right."
"People are forgetting the rights of being an American and being here in the United States. All that our forefathers have done for us," another said. "Yes, we should fire people at a certain point of disrespect."
Travis County GOP Chairman Matt Mackowiak weighed in.
"This is just another battle in the culture wars," Mackowiak said. "I think the president feels this is a useful fight for him politically. I think he feels like his position is one that's held by 70 percent of the country."
Travis County Democratic Party Chair Vincent Harding also gave his thoughts.
"I do not believe that this is a position that is broadly felt around the country," he said. "This protest is about police brutality and institutionalized racism which is something we should all be against. The most frustrating thing about Donald Trump's comments is that his criticism was far stronger for players that are peacefully protesting than white supremacists that violently killed people."
"What's unfortunate here is it has injected politics into sports in a way that I think a lot of people don't like," Mackowiak said. "My own view is I wish there was a way that these players could express themselves with the full rights of the first amendment in a way that doesn't offend people during the national anthem."
"They don't understand American history," Harding said. "If you take a look at 1936 when Jesse Owens in the Olympics won four gold medals in Berlin, Germany, and stood up to racist Adolph Hitler, or the 1940s when we saw Jackie Robinson break the color barrier. Sports has always been used as a place to move our country forward."
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