President Donald Trump has been hammering professional sports teams and athletes on Twitter all day. Not limiting himself to just a few kneeling football players, Trump has now managed to turn the entire National Basketball Association (NBA) and the entire National Football League (NFL) against him for his stance on support of the popular Black Lives Matter movement and the right of players to express their personal beliefs on the matter of racial prejudice.
The response wasn’t limited to just professional sports teams though, as organizations such as the NAACP issued a rebuke of Trump’s childish behavior. Even Colin Kaepernick’s mother got in on the Trump-bashing revelry with an awesome take down of her own! The internet has been abuzz all day with the ongoing feud being carried out by the toddler-in-chief.
In an official statement, The Green Bay Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy had this to say:
‘It’s unfortunate that the President decided to use his immense platform to make divisive and offensive statements about our players and the NFL. We strongly believe that players are leaders in our communities and positive influences. They have achieved their positions through tremendous work and dedication and should be celebrated for their success and positive impact. We believe it is important to support any of our players who choose to peacefully express themselves with the hope of change for good. As Americans, we are fortunate to be able to speak openly and freely.’
The online tweet-fest began during Trump’s stump speech in Alabama where he was campaigning on behalf of Republican senate candidate Luther Strange. Trump made comments during his speech specifically naming player Colin Kaepernick, who took a knee last year during the national anthem before a football game. The act itself has been controversial, but has been steadily gaining support. Kaepernick is currently a free agent and remains without a team, but he has never wavered in his support for the BLM movement.
Writer and activist Shaun King has been tracking the number of players that have committed to kneeling during tomorrow’s game opening ceremonies:
These are just the ones King KNOWS about. The fact that the General Managers of several teams are considering supporting the players is YUGE. In his toddler tantrum, Trump may well provide the impetus to move the Black Lives Matter movement into the spotlight even more than it has been in the past. One of the things you just don’t mess with in America are our sports teams — be they baseball, football, or basketball.
In making this public statement, The Green Bay Packers have joined a growing list of NFL teams and team owners that are fed up with Trump’s childish antics and are speaking out. The days of people ignoring the hateful rhetoric of the president are about to crash down upon his head.
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