President Donald Trump again spoke out Friday against the NFL and players protesting after New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon took a knee during the national anthem prior to Thursday’s Thanksgiving Day game against the Washington Redskins.
Responding to a tweet from White House director of social media Dan Scavino Jr., Trump said NFL players “are the boss” of the league and accused NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell of having “lost control of the hemorrhaging league.”
Can you believe that the disrespect for our Country, our Flag, our Anthem continues without penalty to the players. The Commissioner has lost control of the hemorrhaging league. Players are the boss! https://t.co/udXP5MR8BC
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2017
First of all, shout out to my boy Olivier Vernon for pretty much being the last player in the NFL to kneel during the National Anthem and to do it on Thanksgiving Day just to let the public know what’s really good. It’s honestly the only important thing happening for the New York Giants this year.
Here’s what Olivier Vernon has to say about his kneeling:
“What it would take for me to stand is if people can understand what the whole message is behind it. That would actually help a whole lot, but everybody doesn’t see things that way and tries to distort what the message was from the beginning, which is basically social injustice on African-Americans and police brutality.”
Now, I don’t know about you but for me, it would be super cool if the president of the United States defended the citizens of the United States and not their corporate overlords. Would be mega cool if the president saw this protest on Thanksgiving and said “wow, we really need to do something about police brutality so that players didn’t feel the need to kneel during the National Anthem’. Instead, Trump decided to say ‘NFL players are the boss!’.
Why would NFL players taking power back be a bad thing?
NFL players are literally killing themselves on the football field every Sunday and they can’t even get guaranteed contracts from front offices while they slam their brains until they melt. CTE is a real disease and we’re watching these men destroy their physical and mental futures for our entertainment once a week.
If anything, we should be encouraging them to reclaim power from their bosses. How many times did we complain about guys like Michael Jordan for never being politically active but the second that players do actually start using their platform for social change, we scream at them for ‘ruining the game’.
Let Olivier Vernon and these guys cook. Hey, maybe even take a look at how local police forces handle black suspects while we’re at. Actually nevermind. That makes too much sense. Let’s just boycott the NFL instead, Welp, problem solved.
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