Social media erupted on Friday after President Donald Trump decried NFL players who protest the national anthem, such as quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
What did he say?
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners when somebody disrespects our flag, to say get that son of a b**ch off the field right now?” Trump said at a rally for Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.) Friday evening.
“He’s fired. He’s fired!” Trump continued. “You know, some owner’s gonna do that. He’s gonna say that guy that disrespects our flag, he’s fired. And that owner, they don’t know it, they don’t know it, they’re friends of mine, many of them. They don’t know – they’ll be the most popular person for a week. They’ll be the most popular person in this country.”
“Cuz that’s a total disrespect of our heritage, OK,” he concluded. “That’s a total disrespect of everything that we stand for, OK? Everything that we stand for.”
How did the NFL respond?
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement:
New NFL statement pic.twitter.com/XHPgVvPPfH
— Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) September 23, 2017
How did everyone else respond?
Most of the reaction was squarely against Trump:
Very revealing that the harshest language Trump has ever used as President was reserved for Black men protesting injustice. https://t.co/v2I6tf5ZHq
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) September 23, 2017
Just so we're clear: the president's comments will only incite more player protests, not quell them.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 23, 2017
Trump a lot tougher on Colin Kaepernick than on Vladimir Putin. Protesting American anthem: bad. Subverting American democracy: no big deal.
— Max Boot (@MaxBoot) September 23, 2017
Get that son of a bitch off the stage.
— Samuel Sinyangwe (@samswey) September 23, 2017
Trump's NFL stuff tonight is not trivial. It is his ethos: Owners OWN people and they should get to do what they want with their livestock.>
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) September 23, 2017
Many players sounded off:
It's a shame and disgrace when you have the President of the US calling citizens of the country sons of a bitches.
— Bishop Sankey (@BishopSankey) September 23, 2017
Trump stay in ur place… football have nothing to do wit u smh
— Zach Brown (@ZachBrown_55) September 23, 2017
When will people learn that fear won’t make someone sit down. It quite possibly will make more stand up for what they believe in.
— Chris Conley (@_flight17_) September 23, 2017
I can’t take anything our Celebrity in Chief says seriously. He’s a real life clown/troll 🤡
— George Iloka (@George_iloka) September 23, 2017