Trump Tweet: Goes after NFL again


Written by DML
The NFL is in a world of hurt, and they know it.  Americans are boycotting the games by not attending the stadiums, and by tuning out on TV.  I am one of those Americans.  I love football — ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT — but I will not watch a game until the kneeling stops.

Bringing a bigger spotlight to the issue is President Trump.   On Friday, Trump was in Alabama and ripped into the players who take a knee, and he also tore into the NFL owners for not “firing” the “son-of-a-b_tch” who takes a knee.  Thus, creating a debate about First Amendment rights, and drawing ire from black professional athletes both in the NBA and NFL.

On Sunday morning Trump continued shining his spotlight on the NFL players who kneel during the national anthem, and suggested fans boycott games as he continued his call for team owners to “fire or suspend” the offenders.

TRUMP TWEETED a two-part tweet: “If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast, Fire or suspend!…NFL attendance and ratings are WAY DOWN. Boring games yes, but many stay away because they love our country. League should back U.S.”

Trump isn’t phased one bit by the backlash he is receiving from the sports world.  He continued the criticism Saturday when he rescinded Golden State Warrior Stephen Curry’s invitation to the White House this spring to honor his team’s 2017 NBA championship.

Trump’s weekend remarks were met with sharp criticism from professional athletes and team owners — including NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who called the remarks “divisive,” and NBA star LeBron James, who called Trump a “bum.”

“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 natural disasters we’ve experienced over the last month,” Goodell said. “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.”

Jed York, the owner of the S.F. 49ers, said, “The callous and offensive comments made by the president are contradictory to what this great country stands for.”  York continued, “Our players have exercised their rights as United States citizens in order to spark conversation and action to address social injustice. We will continue to support them in their peaceful pursuit of positive change in our country and around the world.”

Green Bay Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy said: “We believe it is important to support any of our players who choose to peacefully express themselves with the hope of change for good. As Americans, we are fortunate to be able to speak openly and freely.”

The NFL has numerous games scheduled for today — no question there will be protests.  Question is, “will anybody be watching, does anyone really care.”  I say ‘NO’ to both.

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