One would think that sports media would be free from the president’s seemingly never-ending allegations of “fake news,” but as recent events have shown, such is not the case.
Now, Sports Illustrated has unveiled a new cover that is sure to irk the president if he ever gets word about it. Magazine covers have repeatedly put on striking anti-Trump displays in the months since the belligerent businessman took office as the nation’s chief executive, and it’s no different in the case of the newest cover of Sports Illustrated.
Last Friday, while campaigning for Alabama Senate candidate Luther Strange, the president went off on the NFL, asserting that the “sons of bitches” who sit out the national anthem as a protest against the treatment of African Americans in the United States should be fired.
In the days since the president’s comments, not only have NFL officials spoke out strongly against him, but multiple sports teams have taken it upon themselves to join in on the protest that set off the president.
This widespread protest is what the newest cover of Sports Illustrated documents. It features an image made out to look like sports leaders including NBA stars Lebron James, Stephen Curry, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell locking arms. (Some teams took to locking arms during the anthem as opposed to the more “popular” option of “taking a knee.”)
The cover also features images of Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan, NFL star Michael Bennett, and even WNBA player Candace Parker. The title of the cover story is “A nation divided, sports united.”
Curry has himself attracted the ire of the president in the middle of all of this, even though he’s not with the NFL. His team won the NBA championship last season, but after he expressed discontent with the president’s policies and suggested he might not want to go to the White House, the standing invitation of Curry’s team to the White House was rescinded.
Lebron James is among those who came to Curry’s defense. After the president said that Curry should have treated the opportunity to go to the White House as an “honor,” James posted to Twitter that it was an honor until the current “bum” occupant moved in.
The Jaguars’ owner joined in on his team’s anthem protest over the weekend, taking a knee alongside his players, and Bennett, who recently revealed that he got profiled by police and had his life threatened, is among those who have slammed Trump for his remarks.
Check out Twitter’s response to the new Sports Illustrated cover below.
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