NFL and players hit back at Trump

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At a rally in Alabama Friday evening, President Trump blasted NFL players who kneel during the national anthem, saying they should be fired for disrespecting the flag.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b—- off the field right now, out, he’s fired!’” Trump said at the rally for Alabama Senate candidate Luther Strange, as the crowd roared in approval.

“You know, some owner’s going to do that. He’s going to say, ‘that guy that disrespects our flag, he’s fired.’ And that owner will be the most popular person for a week. Because that’s a total disrespect of everything that we stand for,” Trump said.

Now the NFL Players Association, the NFL themselves, and many NFL players have all fired back at President Trump for his statement.

First, the union representing professional football players, responded. DeMaurice Smith, head of the NFL Players Association, posted a statement on Twitter. It read:

“Whether or not [NFL commissioner] Roger [Goodell] and the owners will speak for themselves about their views on player rights and their commitment to player safety remains to be seen. This union, however, will never back down when it comes to protecting the constitutional rights of our players as citizens as well as their safety as men who compete in a game that exposes them to great risks.”

Saturday morning, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell responded to President Trump with his own statement, saying:

“The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture. There is no better example than the amazing response from our clubs and players to the terrible national disasters we’ve experienced over the last month. Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”

Multiple NFL players have also tweeted out their own responses to President Trump’s remarks.

NFL player Zach Brown, a linebacker for the Washington Redskins, shot out a reply on Twitter, saying, “Trump stay in ur place… football have nothing to do wit u smh.” (smh stands for “shaking my head.”)

Bishop Sankey of the Minnesota Vikings tweeted out, “It’s a shame and disgrace when you have the President of the US calling citizens of the country sons of a bitches.”

He then added, “Smh & all because @Kaepernick7 is exercising his right as an American citizen to protest.”

George Iloka of the Cincinnati Bengals stated in a Twitter post, “I can’t take anything our Celebrity in Chief says seriously. He’s a real life clown/troll”

Eric Ebron tweeted, “Does anyone tell trump to stick to politics, like they tell us to stick to sports? Smh.”

Chris Conley, of the KC Chiefs shot out a two-part tweet, saying, “‘Stick to sports boy… Sit down and do what your told. Say or do something we don’t like and your fired’ Well I hate to break it to ya… When will people learn that fear won’t make someone sit down. It quite possibly will make more stand up for what they believe in.”

Rishard Matthews of the Tennessee Titans posted the video on Instagram, stating, “I Fully believe and have trust in this country, whoever is leading it, & for damn sure the Flag! BUT! This right here though is just out right a DAM DISRESPECTFUL thing to say! It is 2017 PEOPLE! EVERYONES BELIEFS DO NOT NEED TO BE THE SAME AS YOURS!!”

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