President Donald Trump said Friday football fans should boycott NFL teams that support players who refuse to stand for the national anthem, and voiced the wish that an NFL owner would boot the next protesting player from his team.
‘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.”‘ Trump said during a rally in Huntsville, Alabama, for Republican Sen. Luther Strange, who was appointed to the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and is now running in a special election to keep that seat.
Trump’s comment was greeted by applause and chants of “USA! USA!”
“Because that’s a total disrespect of our heritage, that’s a total disrespect of everything that we stand for,” Trump said.
The reaction among protesting NFL players was different, however, with Washington Redskins star Zach Brown saying Trump should leave the subject alone.
Trump stay in ur place… football have nothing to do wit u smh
— Zach Brown (@ZachBrown_55) September 23, 2017
“Trump stay in ur place..football have nothing to do wit u smh,” Brown tweeted.
During his speech, Trump said that it is only a matter of time until an owner takes Trump’s advice to heart and acts.
“You know, some owner is going to do that. He is going to say, “That guy that disrespects our flag, he’s fired,’” he said.
“That owner, they don’t know it – they are friends of mine, many of them – they don’t know it, they’ll be the most popular person, for a week. They’ll be the most popular person in this country,” Trump said.
Trump said players who kneel during the anthem are exercising their rights, but said fans have the right to no longer support what they do not like.
“I know that we have freedoms and we have freedom of choice. And many, many different freedoms,” Trump said.
Trump complained that the NFL is being ruined by referees who are too quick to throw penalty flags, but said the national anthem protests are hurting the league even more.
“But do you know what’s hurting the game more than (too many penalties)?” he said. “When people like yourselves turn on television and you see those people taking the knee when they’re playing our great national anthem. The only thing you could do better is if you see it, even if it’s one player, leave the stadium. I guarantee things will stop. Things will stop. Just pick up and leave. Pick up and leave. Not the same game anymore, anyway.”
As a candidate, Trump expressed strong disapproval of Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who began the protests by refusing to stand for the nation anthem.
“I think it’s personally not a good thing, I think it’s a terrible thing. And, you know, maybe he should find a country that works better for him. Let him try, it won’t happen,” Trump said last August.
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source: Western Journalism