NFL player protests expand after Trump weighs in

The sports world was thrown into turmoil this past weekend after the comments by our controversial president. During a speech in Alabama, President Trump decided to use some very descriptive words to describe players that kneel during the national anthem.

Now for those of you who don’t know, Colin Kaepernick started kneeling during the National Anthem as a form of protest to reports of police brutality and the overall injustices for people of color in America.

President Trump decided to weigh in this past week by saying,  “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?” He has continued to tweet similar comments.

This has created much turmoil, as players took offense to this. These are Americans like the rest of us who have First Amendment rights. They see injustice and want to call attention to it. But here is our president, someone who is supposed to bring us together as a nation sowing more division.

So in response to this disrespect, NFL members, owners, coaches, and players all decided to come together in some sort of protest.  Some teams kneeled, others held arms together as form of unity, and the Steelers in particular decided to not come out at all. This incident has had the sports world jumping for the last couple of days, with some players going as far as  tweeting at Trump directly. An NFL running back LaSean McCoy tweeted “It’s really sad man … our president is an a–hole.” NBA star Lebron James called the president a “bum.”

The president has caused lots of controversy this weekend that has affected the sports world more than ever before. He has caused a war between himself and this large chunk of American citizens. It will be interesting to see if things will remain the same or if more advanced protests will occur. My guess is that’s where this is heading.

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Gerrand Moody is a sports columnist for The Lorian.

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