NFL Players Protest Trump Comments

NFL Players Protest Trump Comments

Donald Trump has turned his ire on professional athletes, calling for NFL owners to fire NFL players who kneel during the national anthem in a profanity-laced outburst to supporters in Alabama. In response, players from the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars link arms along with staff from the teams. Jaguars owners Shad Khan also joined the team on the field.

Trump’s comments were in reaction to a trend started by Colin Kaepernick, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who began kneeling while the national anthem is played to protest the treatment of racial minorities in the United States. Other players soon followed suit. Kaepernick, who was a second-round draft pick in 2011, was not signed by any NFL team this season despite leading the 49ers to a Super Bowl in 2012.

Trump’s comments were condemned by not only the majority of NFL players but also the players’ union and the NFL itself. Nevertheless, Trump doubled down on his comments on Twitter.

In response to Trump’s comments that anyone who kneels during the national anthem is “a son of a bitch,” Kaepernick’s mother tweeted:

Meanwhile, Trump also took on the Golden State Warriors and the NBA. After Warriors guard Stephen Curry said he had trouble going to the White House while Trump is president, he disinvited the star and the Warriors ultimately refused to go to the White House as a team.

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James, Curry’s opponent in the previous three NBA Finals, voiced his support for Curry.

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