Donald Trump Jr. has fired back, mocking an NFL player who said he would quit his multi-million dollar job if he was forced to stand for the National Anthem.
Rishard Matthews, who is in the midst of a three-year, $15 million contract, tweeted, then deleted, a threat last week that he would quit playing football if players were forced to stand for the National Anthem.
— Paul Kuharsky (@PaulKuharskyNFL) October 12, 2017
It came in response to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell penning a memo to all of his league’s teams in which he declared “‘that everyone should stand for the National Anthem.”
Matthews deleted the tweet, probably because the prospect of saying no to $5 million per year to catch a ball didn’t seem too wise in retrospect. But the Internet is forever, and Trump Jr. pounced on the tweet and dared him to quit.
“So do it! I bet he doesn’t,” he tweeted.
So do it! I bet he doesn’t. https://t.co/QjEBivBCSX
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 14, 2017
The NFL is doing everything it can to sweep the National Anthem controversy under the rug. In his letter, Goodell told all 32 NFL teams that the league needed to “move past” the protests.
And now the networks that carry its games are starting to distance themselves from the controversy.
Fox said it will not be broadcasting the National Anthem live for this weeks game but, they will show anything noteworthy that happens during the Anthem as the cameras “are always rolling,” CNN reported.
ESPN also announced that it will not air the Anthem during its “Monday Night Football” broadcast.
The National Anthem has typically not been shown prior to games, other than major games like the playoffs and Super Bowl. But when President Trump came out against players kneeling, the networks made a calculated decision to air the protests.
But they probably miscalculated the public’s interest in watching millionaires protest oppression, because the NFL has been bleeding ratings.
During last week’s Indianapolis Colts game, Vice President Mike Pence walked out, citing the protests that occurred while he was in the stands as the reason.
Dallas Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones also declared that his team would bench any player that disrespects the Anthem, which led to ESPN’s Jemele Hill being suspended from the network when she called on fans to boycott the team.
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