The sports world has responded to President Trump’s criticisms of NFL players who protest against the national anthem. On Friday night, Trump gave a fiery speech in Huntsville, Alabama, while speaking at a rally for Republican Senate candidate Luther Strange.
President Trump referred to NFL players who protest the anthem as as “SOB’s.” He also said which the idea might be a winning public relations move if an NFL owner were to “fire” a player for such a protest.
Trump wishes NFL owners might tell anthem protesters “get which son of a bitch off the field right currently” pic.twitter.com/gq4EH3lNoY
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) September 23, 2017
By Saturday evening, the NFL Players Association, Commissioner Goodell, along with the leadership of several different NFL franchises, had responded to Trump.
Here’s a collection of those responses:
Statement coming from Arthur Blank: pic.twitter.com/20DH3DHc4e
— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) September 23, 2017
Jed York of the San Francisco 49ers weighed-in:
— Jed York (@JedYork) September 23, 2017
Giants co-owners John Mara along with Steve Tisch respond to President Trump’s remarks last night, via team spokesman: pic.twitter.com/AHzL6KM7W3
— Jenny Vrentas (@JennyVrentas) September 23, 2017
Statement coming from Miami Dolphins Owner along with Founder of Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) Stephen Ross. pic.twitter.com/6W3mXwJO6M
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) September 23, 2017
Green Bay Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy released This kind of statement:
the idea’s unfortunate which the President decided to use his immense platform to make divisive along with offensive statements about our players along with the NFL. We strongly believe which players are leaders in our communities along with positive influences. They have achieved their positions through tremendous work along with dedication along with should be celebrated for their success along with positive impact. We believe the idea will be important to support any of our players who choose to peacefully express themselves with the trust of change for Great. As Americans, we are fortunate to be able to speak openly along with freely.
Amy Adams Strunk, Controlling Owner of the Tennessee Titans weighed-in: “I wholeheartedly agree with the commissioner’s statement. The NFL along with its players, more than anything, have been a force for Great. What our country needs right currently will be a message of unity, civility along with mutual respect.”
Commissioner Goodell released a statement earlier on Saturday, in which he called Trump’s comments “divisive,” along with accused the president of failing to understand the “overwhelming force for Great” which the NFL represents to its communities.