George Clooney has weighed in on the NFL national anthem protests by penning a poem in support of the kneeling players.
The actor gave his two cents on the kneeling issue on Tuesday in a poem published by The Daily Beast.
In the 10-line poem, Clooney said he prays to ‘find more that unites us than divides us’ and prays ‘that our nation’s leaders want to do the same.’
George Clooney has weighed in on the NFL national anthem protests by penning a poem in support of the kneeling players
The Denver Broncos took a knee during the national anthem on Sunday ahead of their game against the Buffalo Bills
GEORGE CLOONEY’S ‘PRAYER’ POEM:
I pray for my country. I pray that we can find more that unites us than divides us.
I pray that our nation’s leaders want to do the same. I pray that young children like Tamir Rice can feel safe in their own neighborhood.
I pray for all our children. I pray for our police and our first responders.
I pray for our men and women of the armed services. I pray that dissent will always be protected in this great country.
I pray for a more perfect union. And when I pray, I kneel.
Clooney, who supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, continued praying for children, first responders and those in the military.
‘I pray that dissent will always be protected in this great country,’ he wrote.
‘I pray for a more perfect union. And when I pray, I kneel.’
Clooney’s poem came as President Donald Trump renewed his onslaught against the NFL on Tuesday in a series of tweets.
‘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,’ he tweeted.
Players have been increasingly ‘taking the knee’ in protest following remarks made by the president last week when he criticized the trend.
The entire Dallas Cowboys franchise, including team owner Jerry Jones and coach Jason Garrett took a knee before the national anthem and then stood during it
On Tuesday morning, President Trump once again waded into the NFL protest debate by suggesting that the Dallas Cowboys team had created ‘great anger’ by kneeling before the national anthem, only to make ‘big progress’ for standing during the song
The latest was the entire Dallas Cowboys NFL team, including owner Jerry Jones and coach Jason Garrett, who simultaneously dropped to their knees prior to the playing of the Star Spangled Banner on Monday night.
Billionaire Jones, who gave $1million Trump’s inauguration festivities, had said nothing about the president’s comments over the weekend.
‘The booing at the NFL football game last night, when the entire Dallas team dropped to its knees, was loudest I have ever heard,’ the president tweeted, adding, ‘Great anger.’
Last season, San Francisco 49ers player Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the Star Spangled Banner as a quiet way to protest racial inequality. This season Kaepernick wasn’t picked up to play for a team, though other players have taken up his mantle.
Trump accused the players of ‘disrespecting the flag’ in a Friday speech, setting off a nationwide conversation about the protests and racial injustice.