At this point, nothing that Donald Trump says should surprise us. The president’s latest comments on NFL protests have stuck the nerve with many sports fans. While speaking at a political rally on Friday in Huntsville, AL, #45 said: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He’s fired! He’s fired!” Apparently, he still thinks he’s running “The Apprentice” TV show and not an entire country.
At no point in Friday’s speech did Trump mention Colin Kaepernick or any other NFL player, but we all know who he was talking about. While players are pushing for an activism month, this idiot is creating division by pandering to a base that is clearly anti-unity. But again, we shouldn’t be surprised.
The fact that Trump is speaking on sports when he should be concentrating on helping the people of Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida is only part of the issue. What really stands out about his ignorant comments is that, while he’s supposed to be holding up the Constitution, he’s actually telling owners that they should fire players for exercising their RIGHT to free speech.
The NFL issued their typical PC statement in response to #45’s comments 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 natural 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.”
Sitting, kneeling or raising a fist during the national anthem is not meant to disrespect the flag, it is meant to protest the atrocities that are happening far too often in America. The bottom line is this. Black and Latin men and women are being killed at an alarming rate by rogue police officers AND the offenders are rarely, if ever found guilty of their crimes. That is why Kap sat and that is why several players have joined in with the former 49ers quarterback. The shit is not rocket science.
It is truly sad that Trump, Goodell and many NFL owners cannot step out of their ivory towers long enough to empathize with the reality that many of their players face every day.