Trump Tweets: Doubles down on disrespect in sports


The debate between President Donald Trump and sports figures has gained steam on Saturday, after the president’s speech Friday night when he called out NFL players who kneel during the national anthem.

At a rally in Alabama for senate candidate Luther Strange, President Trump said, “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!’”

Many have accused his statement of being racist, since the player who initiated the whole debacle, Colin Kaepernick, is an African-American man. In fact, Trump never mentioned any names, but had focused on the disrespect shown, and not any one person.

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

President Trump shot back with two Twitter posts Saturday afternoon, drilling home his firm belief, in no uncertain terms, that all sports figures should show respect to the American flag and the National Anthem.

In the two-part message, Trump stated, “If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL,or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU’RE FIRED. Find something else to do!”

The battle has expanded beyond the NFL.  The Golden State Warriors were invited to the White House, following their victory in the NBA Finals in June, but NBA Star Stephen Curry, a critic of President Trump, announced on Friday that he didn’t want to go to the White House.

In response to Curry, President Trump sent out a tweet Saturday morning that said, “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore, invitation is withdrawn!”

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