NFL players sitting or kneeling during the National Anthem continues to be a controversial topic. President Trump weighed in with his opinion during a Friday night political rally in Alabama. He indicated that NFL owners should not allow their players to participate in such a disrespectful act.
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“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b***h off the field right now! He is fired. He’s fired!'” Trump said.
The political rally quickly turned into how the NFL has changed for the worse, according to President Trump. “They are ruining the game, right?” he asked. “They are ruining the game.” ”
He then transitioned to the NFL’s crackdown on hard-hitting tackles, saying players “want to hit,” so let them. The league has made safety changes in an attempt to limit traumatic brain injuries to players.
The ratings for NFL games have been dwindling ever since Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the anthem to bring awareness to racial injustice in America. Some people have simply lost interest in the game with all the safety changes, while others are actively boycotting NFL games.
Trump said he agrees with the fans who boycott, encouraging them to leave the stadium if a player sits out the anthem.
Trump said. “The only thing you could do better is, if you see it – even if it’s one player – leave the stadium. I guarantee things will stop. Things will stop.”
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell responded Saturday to Trump’s remarks in a statement posted online. In short, Goodell said the president’s remarks were “divisive” and they showed a “lack of respect” for the league and its players.
Trump continued on the topic of sports the next morning on Twitter, rescinding the Warriors’ invitation to the White House.
“Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team,” he tweeted. “Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!” Stephen Curry has publicly said, “I don’t want to go.”
Cleveland Cavaliers’ all-star player LeBron James, who has been vocal in his disdain of Trump, came to Curry’s defense, tweeting Trump: “U bum [Curry] already said he ain’t going! So therefore ain’t no invite,” he tweeted. “Going to the White House was a great honor until you showed up.”
We already know that Trump is not afraid to speak his mind, but, at this point, it is unclear whether the entire team has been uninvited or simply Curry.