By now, you’ve probably seen the video of the young girl who was captured on video kicking the ball away from a player in the stands during the US national anthem.
The video, posted to Facebook and YouTube by a group called the American Football Alliance, shows the girl kicking the flag with her left foot in a sign of disrespect for President Donald Trump.
A few days later, the group’s Facebook page was taken down after the girl’s parents released a video of their daughter saying: ‘I don’t care if you love me, I don’t give a shit if you like the flag.
I don.t give a fuck.’
The American Football Association, which represents teams in the NFL, NBA and NHL, has condemned the video.
‘The AFA condemns the behavior of the player in this video,’ it said in a statement.’
The organization will work with authorities to hold accountable those who violate the flag’s values and the American flag.’
‘AFA will work to hold responsible those who abuse the flag.’
The American Football League said in the statement: ‘We will be following the situation closely, including making sure the players involved are identified, if necessary, and we are taking steps to ensure the safety of all our players and fans.’
The league has also been in contact with the US Attorney’s office in Washington state.
On Wednesday, President Donald Trumps administration issued a new statement condemning the behaviour of the girl and her parents, who were filmed on video attacking a player.
According to the statement, the president said: ‘As a nation, we stand together as one and honor our flag, which we proudly display at every game.
President Trump and I both respect the right of all Americans to peacefully express themselves in their communities, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender or sexual orientation.’
I am disappointed that this young girl’s actions in this incident did not lead to the removal of her flag, and I call on her parents to respect the flag and its significance to the American people.’
As the US is now considering banning all football from all stadiums, including some for religious reasons, the US AFL is also looking to bring its players to the front of the line.
And with the national anthem in the spotlight this week, the league is asking fans to keep their voices heard.
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