Trump vs. pro sports: President finds new aim in America First agenda

Trump ignites discuss with comments on NFL players

Democratic strategist Robert Patillo and GOP strategist Sean Noble react

Professional sports has been held in President Trump’s crosshairs as of late after he released severe attacks opposite protesting athletes and group owners.

“If a actor wants a payoff of creation millions of dollars in a NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be authorised to disregard …,” Trump pronounced in tweets Saturday afternoon. “Our Great American Flag (or Country) and should mount for a National Anthem. If not, YOU’RE FIRED. Find something else to do!”

The president, who spent a progressing partial of this week targeting worldwide foes and U.S. senators, began his attacks on pro sports in aspiring Friday night when he bloody NFL players for kneeling in criticism during a inhabitant anthem. He also called out joining owners for not punishing what he deliberate an act of disrespect.

“We’re unapproachable of a country,” Trump pronounced during a domestic convene in Alabama. “We honour a flag. Wouldn’t we adore to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects a flag, to contend get that son of a b—h off a field, right now, out? He’s fired.”


Trump’s comments on players like Colin Kaepernick resulted in pointy recoil overnight, however he didn’t stop there.

In an early morning tweet, he rescinded Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry’s invitation to attend a White House event honoring a group winning a 2017 NBA championship.

“Going to a White House is deliberate a good honour for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!” Trump wrote.

The twitter came a day after Curry told ESPN that he did not wish to attend a eventuality and that a group would “send a statement” if a players collectively voted on not attending.

The NBA did not immediately conflict to Trump’s twitter about Curry on Saturday.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told The Players’ Tribune behind in Jul he believes teams should revisit a White House when invited, yet also pronounced he would not sequence anyone to make such a trip.

“I consider that these institutions are bigger than any particular politician, any particular inaugurated official,” Silver pronounced then. “And it concerns me that something like going to a White House after winning a championship, something that has been a good tradition, would turn one that is partisan. we will say, though, even yet we consider that teams should make decisions as organizations, that we would also honour an particular player’s preference not to go.”

As for Trump’s comments on a NFL, a league’s boss pronounced they were disrespectful.

“The NFL and a players are during a best when we assistance emanate a clarity of togetherness in a nation and a culture,” Goodell pronounced in a statement. “Divisive comments like these denote an hapless miss of honour for a NFL, a good diversion and all of a players, and a disaster to know a strenuous force for good a clubs and players paint in a communities.”

On Saturday evening, Trump lashed out during Goodell on Twitter, accusing him of “trying to clear a sum disregard certain players uncover to a country.”

The NFL Players Association also released a possess statement.

“The pacific demonstrations by some of a players have generated a far-reaching array of responses,” DeMaurice Smith, a union’s executive director, pronounced in a statement. “Those opinions are stable discuss and a leisure that has been paid for by a scapegoat of group and women via history. However, a line that outlines a change between a rights of each citizen in a good nation gets crossed when someone is told to only “shut adult and play.” 

To be sure, a NFL players sitting or kneeling during a anthem, during a start of a game, has sparked a inhabitant debate, with some arguing that Kaepernick not being hired this year in a NFL is a response to his outspokenness.

Championship-winning teams attending a White House rite has turn an increasingly domestic emanate given Trump became president.

NFL Super Bowl champ New England Patriot quarterback Tom Brady’s preference not to attend his team’s White Hose eventuality in Apr sparked controversy, notwithstanding Brady thanking Trump and citing family issues. 

“Thank we to a boss for hosting this titular jubilee and for ancillary a group for as prolonged as we can remember,” Brady pronounced in a statement. “In light of some new development, we am incompetent to attend today’s ceremony, as we am attending to some personal family matters.”


Trump has met with some teams already in his initial year in office.

Clemson visited a White House this year after winning a College Football Playoff, some members of a New England Patriots went after a Super Bowl feat and a Chicago Cubs went to a Oval Office in Jun to commemorate their World Series title. The Cubs also had a incomparable and some-more normal revisit with President Barack Obama in January, 4 days before a Trump inauguration.

Trump, from a start of his winning 2016 presidential campaign, has pounded people with whom he disagrees, including job Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio “little Marco,” and many recently North Korean personality Kin Jun Un “little Rocket Man,” for his continued rocket launches in office of a chief arsenal.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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