Donald Trump spent his weekend tweeting himself silly. First, there was the tweet degrading immigrants, but not neo-Nazis. Then, he baited the president of North Korea, Kim Jong Un. That’s a bad mistake, because saving face is an integral part of this leader’s culture, meaning he cannot back down and might be backed into a corner of war. In spite of this dangerous threat, the leader of the free world still had time for racist insults.
The Kansas City Chief’s are the top team in the NFL. Yet, sports was not on the mind of quarterback Alex Smith after the team’s latest win on Sunday. He found Trump’s attacks on professional black football players “disturbing.” The president has been on a rampage against players who kneeled or sat during the national anthem. The quarterback stood behind the bench during the song.
Smith commented on how freely the president condemned black athletes, while he was reluctant to do so with “violent neo-Nazis:” In an interview with the Kansas City Star Sunday, he said:
‘It’s the same guy who couldn’t condemn violent neo-Nazis. And he’s condemning guys taking a knee during the anthem. There are bigger issues out there that he probably should be worried about. But for some reason the NFL is on his mind.’
The quarterback said he preferred to talk about football instead of politics after the Chief’s 24-10 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers, but he believe he had to respond to the president’s “very alarming” comments concerning these silent protests. Smith said this “struck a chord” for him, in the Kansas City Star interview:
‘You know me, I don’t always feel comfortable talking about a lot of this stuff. We’re athletes, we’re playing football. But certainly I’d be lying if I said the comments didn’t upset me. I’ve been in this league a long time. The league’s not perfect. But I’m definitely proud of a lot of my teammates, coaches, trainers, owners …There are so many good things, great things that go on in this league. … It struck a chord a little bit to see guys get attacked for a peaceful protest.’
‘I’m talking about the comments that were made by the president, targeting the NFL, targeting the quality and character of guys in this league for that very protest. I found that very alarming.’
Check out this video of some of the Chiefs protesting before Sunday’s game via the Kansas City Star: