I was going to wait to publish my next blog until Tuesday, but the universe had different plans. Our Commander in Chief’s words got him in trouble AGAIN last night, here’s the backstory.
If you’re not up to date, Colin Kaepernick started kneeling during the National Anthems when he was a member of the San Francisco 49ers in protest of oppression and to bring light to the racial issues our country is still facing. Since then, he has essentially been ostracized by the NFL, remaining unsigned though he is for sure better than some of the back-up QBs currently on rosters. Since then, other NFL playes, like Eagles DB Malcolm Jenkins, have joined in the protests, holding a fist in the air while the anthem is played. While not direct protests, many other NFL playes are rallying around their protesting teammates by putting hands on their shoulders during the anthem.
At a rally in Alabama last night, Trump addressed these protests by saying NFL owners should fire “son of a bi**h” anthem protesters. Here’s the exact quote:
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a (expletive) off the field right now. Out. He’s fired. He’s fired!’”
Needless to say, this has absolutely lit up the sports world and Twitter is having a field day:
The Executive Director of the National Football League Players Association had this to say
Often outspoken Seattle Seahawks CB took to Twitter to say this
Patriots safety Devin McCourty and Lions TE Eric Ebron pointed out the double standard set forth by the President
Redskins RB telling Trump to mind his business
Cleveland Browns QB RGIII points out how Trump is dividing the country more
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell put out this statement early this morning (in which he doesn’t even name who he’s addressing)
The King himself had probably the most savage reaction of the day, which has amounted almost 5000 likes so far
Jemele Hill, who the White House called for ESPN to fire, summed the comments up the best
So where do we go from here? Trump seems to be playing more of a reality star and less of a President. If anything, this will just incite more protests. Kneeling during the anthem has already made it into College Football and even High School Football, pretty soon we’ll see it in all sports, we may even see the majority of fans sitting during this treasured moment.
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