It looks like President Trump just gave NFL players something else to protest.
Trump’s condemnation of players who kneel during the national anthem drew cheers and applause at a rally for Alabama Senate candidate Luther Strange on Friday night, but NFL players immediately fired back.
“Trump stay in ur place… football have nothing to do wit u smh,” Washington Redskins linebacker Zach Brown tweeted, following Trump’s remarks encouraging fans to leave the stadiums if any players taking a knee during games.
Trump stay in ur place… football have nothing to do wit u smh
— Zach Brown (@ZachBrown_55) September 23, 2017
Trump has previously criticized former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick after he kneeled during the national anthem before a preseason game in September 2016 to protest the treatment of black citizens in America. Kaepernick, who remains unsigned, inspired similar protests by a handful of other players in the following seasons.
Some fans have taken to protests of their own over politicizing the sport and attendance at NFL games appears to be showing their disapproval.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 23, 2017
But the president’s comments at the rally and his call for NFL owners to “get that son of a b-tch off the field right now!” drew an immediate backlash from other players in addition to Brown.
Lions tight end Eric Ebron:
Does anyone tell trump to stick to politics, like they tell us to stick to sports? Smh.
— Eric Ebron (@Ebron85) September 23, 2017
Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews:
I’m a full supporter of the Flag & This country! Trust Me! But this can’t be real! https://t.co/GAPkZPB8hz
— Rishard Matthews (@_RMatthews) September 23, 2017
Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall:
— Brandon Marshall (@BMarshh54) September 23, 2017
Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis:
— Thomas Davis (@ThomasDavisSDTM) September 23, 2017
Former Texans running back Arian Foster:
cloth has more value than people. apparently. https://t.co/PZjeRA9861
— feeno (@ArianFoster) September 23, 2017
Buccaneers safety T.J. Ward:
Smh! Gives more reason https://t.co/TyVCJgQK0L
— T.J. Ward (@BossWard43) September 23, 2017
Vikings running back Bishop Sankey:
It’s a shame and disgrace when you have the President of the US calling citizens of the country sons of a bitches.
— Bishop Sankey (@BishopSankey) September 23, 2017
While the NFL players found some who agreed with their sentiments on Twitter, many others seemed to echo the president’s remarks.
The NFL commissioner Roger Goodell responded Saturday.
In a statement, the NFL calls Trump’s comments “divisive.” pic.twitter.com/J8ZeOW3lcN
— Yashar Ali ? (@yashar) September 23, 2017
— #TrumpBaby ‘s Dad (@romanichal_dad) September 23, 2017
NFL players should do the protesting on their own time. If I protested at my job I’d be fired
— Jonathan Schmidt 2-0 (@JonSchmidt1213) September 23, 2017
Stay in your place bruh… The President has a freedom of speech too… Shut up and play football!!
— Tyler (@uncty4991) September 23, 2017
Bro the kneeling and sitting has to stop. I grew up in a military family and I was taught to respect the flag.
— Irish n⭐️t Mike? (@IrishCARBomb21) September 23, 2017
The majority of players are fine people, but how many of them are a active on a community level? The Sunday knee accomplishes nothing.
— Polar Vortex (@pcast27) September 23, 2017
At your job are you allowed to demonstrate on your employer’s time without getting fired? Only sports players get by with that.
— kathy harbarger (@whiterabbitwsd) September 23, 2017
You don’t have to stick to sports, just don’t disrespect the flag. Lots of other ways to get your point across.
— Kory (@koryromaine) September 23, 2017
If you don’t like it here ,You’re welcome to leave. Many died fighting for our freedom. Kneeling during the Anthem is disrespectful
— Shane McCollow (@ShaneMcCollow) September 23, 2017
If u can’t respect this country u can go somewhere else. We are all Americans. Disrespecting OUR anthem tells us u don’t want to be American
— JerseyBobo697 (@JerseyBobo) September 23, 2017
(H/T: ABC News)