Anthem protests recently witnessed in the National Football League have been a polarising topic in the United States and across the globe, and Paddy Power have drastically reduced odds on a player being fined as a result of their choice to kneel.
The slash comes amid President Donald Trump’s reaction to the news that NFL team owners will not force their players to stand during the national anthem, per BBC Sport.
Trump responded to those reports on Wednesday and tweeted: “The NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem. Total disrespect for our great country!”
One week ago, Paddy Power’s market for an NFL player to be fired as a result of protesting against the anthem was available at 33/1 (34.00). However, that’s a little more than six times the current price of 5/1 (6.00).
Former San Francisco 49ers quarter-back Colin Kaepernick was the first NFL player to kneel during the anthem in the 2016 pre-season, asserting he no longer believed it represented him and to point out the social injustices suffered by minorities in the United States.
Kaepernick remains without a job in the NFL, but masses of American football stars have since followed his lead.
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Donald Trump NFL Specials Odds
Both Super Bowl teams have a player kneel during the anthem: 2/5 (1.40)
Trump to attend next Super Bowl: 4/1 (5.00)
An NFL player to be fired as a result of the national anthem protest: 5/1 (6.00)
Trump to attend a regular season NFL game in 2017: 8/1 (9.00)
NFL to scrap the national anthem from games this season: 66/1 (67.00)
Trump confirms purchase of an NFL team before 2020: 66/1 (67.00)
National anthem not to be performed at the next Super Bowl: 100/1 (101.00)