British commentator Piers Morgan believes that athletes who are protesting “racial inequality” during games are addressing a problem that “demonstrably exists.” That being the case, according to Morgan, President Donald J. Trump should rethink his stance and apologize about his previous remarks on the matter.
On Monday, Morgan wrote his thoughts in a Daily Mail column. He said he wasn’t always in favor of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem as a form of protest; however, he changed his mind over time.
It started with former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who, during his 2016 season with the San Francisco 49ers, began sitting in protest of perceived racial injustice against people of color — both by police and in general. Morgan wrote that he began to look on Kaepernick’s protests with more favor when he switched from sitting during the national anthem to kneeling.
“Kneeling is not and never has been a mark of disrespect. When I go to church and kneel, it is, in fact, the mark of utmost respect during any service,” Morgan wrote.
Morgan feels that President Trump should invite Kaepernick to the White House to “hear him out.”
“Let this brave, bold young man tell you face to face what he feels is inherently wrong with the way black Americans are still being treated,” he wrote.
“Then pose for a photo as you shake Kaepernick’s hand in the Oval Office and tell black Americans to a TV camera that you hear them, you will listen to them, and you will strive to make their lives better,” Morgan suggested.
“These black football players are kneeling specifically to protest against racial inequality. An inequality that demonstrably exists,” he continued. “It’s time to start healing wounds, not inflict further damage.”
Furthermore, Morgan says the president “owes all those players, and their mothers, a heartfelt apology.”
President Trump would be apologizing for what Piers deems “disgraceful” comments made during a rally in Alabama on Friday when he called the kneeling players “sons of b–ches.” Morgan says the President of the United States should not say that “about anyone, let alone some of the country’s greatest sportsmen.”
The president’s comments led to a wave of weekend protests by NFL players during the national anthem, with football players across the league on Sunday kneeling, sitting, locking arms in solidarity, or, as three teams chose to do, staying in their locker rooms.
President Trump also said at Friday’s rally that everyone in the arena that night was unified by the same great American values. “We’re proud of our country. We respect our flag,” he said.
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