Trump’s ongoing war with protesting American professional athletes
President Donald Trump went after professional athletes over the weekend causing major backlash in forms of peaceful protests and choice words on social media.
His words sparked demonstrations by NFL teams either linking arms in solidarity, as players sat or kneeled during the national anthem.
Other teams chose to stay in the locker room.
The form of protest was first done in 2016 by then San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who refused to stand for the playing of the national anthem to draw attention to what he deems are wrongdoings against African Americans and minorities in the US.
However, according to Trump, the issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. It’s about respect for the country, flag, and national anthem.
Trump also cited the fans who booed the players who kneeled during the anthem — saying they demand respect for the flag.
Trump called on fans to boycott the NFL, if teams that do not discipline their protesting players.
In an official statement to 710 ESPN Seattle host Gee Scott, Fil-Am wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks, Doug Baldwin, said he was not surprised at Trump’s comments but believes the outcome will be a unifying moment for the sports world, and will provide a positive example for the younger generation.
Meantime, the President also turned to basketball as he withdrew a White House invitation to the 2017 NBA champions, the Golden State Warriors.
In a press release from the Warriors — the organization decided that they will come up with a way to celebrate equality, diversity, and inclusion during their scheduled trip to Washington DC in February.