President Donald Trump has been criticized again after his criticism of NFL players.
On September 22, President Trump said the NFL should fire players protesting during the US national anthem.
High-ranking footballers, as well as basketball star LeBron James, openly criticized President Trump in response.
An NFL team owner said Donald Trump’s comments were “offensive”, but the president continued to repeat his criticism.
At a rally on Sept. 22, President Trump said NFL players who protested during the national anthem should be fired from their team – citing a controversial series of racial protests by player Colin Copernicus. in 2016
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell issued a statement saying that “divisive comments like these show a pitiful lack of respect.”
However, Donald Trump doubled his comments on Twitter: “Roger Goodell from the NFL has just issued a statement, trying to justify the complete disrespect that some players show to our country. Tell them to stop! ”
The NFL Players’ Association said President Trump had crossed the line, effectively telling players to simply “shut up and play.”
Association President Eric Winston said President Trump’s comments were “a slap in the face to past and present civil rights heroes.”
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On September 23, Oakland Athletics’ Bruce Maxwell became the first Major League baseball player to kneel in protest during the national anthem, mimicking a protest gesture initiated by Colin Copernicus.
Jed York, CEO of the San Francisco 49ers – the former Kaepernick team – said he would continue to support his players.
“The insensitive and insulting comments made by the president contradict what this great country is advocating.” Jed York said in a statement.
There were no comments from many teams, including New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, a wealthy businessman and Trump campaign donor who was appointed his ambassador to Britain.
On September 23, President Trump withdrew an invitation to the White House basketball champions Golden State Warriors after a player, Stephen Curry, said he did not want to attend.
Stephen Curry, the NBA’s most valuable player in 2015, said he wanted to show that he and other players did not stand up for “the things he said and the things he didn’t say at the right time.”
President Trump then wrote on Twitter: “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a team.
“Stephen Curry is hesitant, so the invitation has been withdrawn!”
In response, three-time NBA champion LeBron James, one of the biggest stars in the sport, described President Trump as an “abyss.”
He said: “U bum @ StephenCurry30 has already said it won’t go! That is why it is not an invitation. It was a great honor to go to the White House until he showed up! “
Retired star Kobe Bryant also tweeted his support: “A #POTUS whose name only creates division and anger. Whose words inspire discord and hatred, they cannot< Направят Америка отново велика >>. ”