Stop me if you've heard this one before: President Donald Trump said something controversial.
Trump attacked NFL players who have or will kneel in protest during the national anthem during a speech in Huntsville, Alabama, Friday night (see story). He questioned the NFL and said the owners should release each and every person who takes part in protesting during the anthem.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!' Trump said.
“You know, some owner is going to do that. He’s going to say, ‘That guy that disrespects our flag, he’s fired.’ And that owner, they don’t know it [but] they’ll be the most popular person in this country.”
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell responded to Trump’s comments in a statement from the league. Many other players across the league made their voices heard on Twitter in response to those comments.
Former New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush:
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman:
Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron:
New Orleans Saints second-year wide receiver Michael Thomas:
Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith:
Buffalo Bills and former Eagles running back LeSean McCoy:
We can’t forget McCoy’s comments about Colin Kaepernick just a month ago when he said, “There’s certain players that could be on the team with big distractions and there’s other players that it’s not good enough or not worth it.”
Lebron James, a four-time NBA MVP, took to Twitter to address Trump withdrawing Steph Curry’s invitation to the White House for winning the 2017 NBA championship after Trump said Curry was “hesitating.”
Sixers forward James Michael McAdoo, who signed a two-way contract with the team in August:
These players are not just “sticking to sports” and are speaking out in response to a controversial topic that has engulfed professional sports.