>> The White House press conference on Monday dominated by the battle of words between President Donald Trump and many of the country's top athletes over kneeling during the National Anthem.>> I think that it's always appropriate for the president of the United States to defend our flag, to defend the National Anthem and to defend the men and women who fought and died to defend it.
>> Trump kicked off his battle with the NFL at a political rally in Alabama on Friday, when he said any protesting player was a son of a
o should be fired.>> He's fired.>> That triggered a historic Sunday of protests across the NFL with hundreds of players kneeling on the field during the National Anthem.
Others locking arms with owners in solidarity against the president's remarks. By Monday morning even the New England Patriot's quarterback, Tom Brady described as a good friend of the president, calling Trump's comments divisive on a morning radio show. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, along with the player's union also rebuked the president.
The protest of kneeling started by former San Francisco 49er, Colin Kaepernick, who last year chose to kneel during the anthem to protest police violence against African Americans. Monday, basketball legend Lebron James who tweeted over the weekend that quote, going to the White House was a great honor until you showed up.
Saying the protests aren't about disrespect of our flag and our military, but about equality and saluted Kaepernick. An NFL team has yet to sign Kaepernick this season, but on Monday, the White House insisted the president's position is not about race.>> I think the debate is really for them about police brutality.
They should probably protest the officers on the field that are protecting them instead of the American flag.>> So how far will this go? Watch the Cardinals host the Dallas Cowboys tonight in Phoenix. Neither team has had a player conspicuously kneel during the anthem so far.