In a strong presumptive response to President Trump’s comments Friday night about the cowardliness of NFL owners who won’t stand up to protesting players, the NFL isn’t holding anything back.
Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement on Saturday that the comments were divisive and showed an “unfortunate” lack of respect for the organization.
Though the statement does not mention the president, it’s clear he was the intended recipient.
“The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said. “There is no better example than the amazing response from our clubs and players to the terrible natural disasters we’ve experienced over the last month. Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”
In a statement, the NFL calls Trump's comments "divisive." pic.twitter.com/J8ZeOW3lcN
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) September 23, 2017
Twitter folks lashed out at the NFL head calling him a coward because he couldn’t even say Trump’s name.
Is this the entire statement? Why didn’t he name #potus?
— NotInvisibleUSA (@indivisible_usa) September 23, 2017
The NFL calls DJT divisive? It’s comical. Did they ever hear abt “Colon Pumpernickel and his hatred of our Nat’l Anthem? THAT’S DIVISIVENESS
— Joe Tweetsmith (@interested9) September 23, 2017
Hey @NFL he was just trying to help by pointing out why your ratings are tanking. FYI
— Sede Vacantist (@dibassetto) September 23, 2017