As the NFL anthem protesting controversy continues to rile football fans, politicians, and ordinary Americans all across the country, you can guess what President Trump’s stance was on the matter.
Trump let the owners of the NFL know what he thought of the current situation, saying that it’s “disgraceful” that they’re afraid of the players. They’ve been letting players walk all over this once patriotic, American sport,– according to Fox News.
Before his big address on the topic of tax reform, President Trump was asked by Pete Hegseth of Fox News to talk about the recent NFL anthem protests. As expected, the President doubled down on his previous sentiments.
“The NFL cannot disrespect our country, they cannot disrespect our flag or our national anthem, and they can’t have people sitting down or kneeling down during our national anthem. I said this a year ago with Kaepernick, ‘this is a terrible thing,’… I think it’s very disrespectful to our country and the world picked it up. And guess what, most people agree with me,” the President said.
He mentioned how the owners have been shrugging off their responsibility to do the right thing amidst this controversy. “Again the NFL is in a box; they have to do something about it…and when I say they, in a way it is they because they can stop it. So the NFL, and the players, really have to do the honor of the country…they have to respect our flag and our anthem,” Trump said.
While speaking with Hegseth, the President also mentioned that he had already spoken with a couple of the owners, and mentioned how he believes they are afraid of their players rather than it being the other way around.
“It’s disgraceful,” he added. “When it comes to the respect of our nation, when it comes to the respect of our anthem and our flag, they have no choice.”
Ever since the President first condemned the protests, more teams and players have reacted in defiance. With entire teams having chosen to kneel in solidarity to spite his comments, the NFL is finding itself in a difficult situation: whether to side with the players or the fans.
“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!” Trump tweeted.
These protests show a lack of gratitude and perspective that less fortunate Americans find shocking. These talented, millionaire athletes are disrespecting the very nation that gave them the opportunity to have the level of success that they attained. They are still welcome to their political views, but it’s the freedoms guaranteed by this country that they are spitting on when they take the knee.
President Trump tells NFL owners it’s “disgraceful” that they’re afraid of the players. Are these owners intimidated?
Instead, the owners of the NFL should be afraid of things other than their players. With record low ratings, stadiums struggling to be filled, and a $1 billion in federal funding possibly to be revoked, the owners of the league should be more worried about their bottom line instead.
In light of a recent poll which showed that one-third of NFL fans are not watching football games due to the anthem protests, Kaepernick and his ilk have kickstarted a trend that could sound the death knell for the NFL if the owners don’t take responsibility.