- Many current and former players voiced their disapproval with President Donald Trump's volatile comments Friday night.
It seems that sports and politics are constantly intertwined nowadays, and on Friday night it was President Donald Trump mixing the two. During a rally in Huntsville, Ala., President Trump voiced his disapproval on NFL players protesting during the national anthem.
"Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, say: 'Get that son of a b---- off the field right now. Out. He's fired. He's fired,"' said Trump.
Commissioner Roger Goodell responded with a statement early Saturday that criticized the comments and drew attention to NFL players' positive influence in communities.
Many current and former players didn't take well to those comments and jumped to Twitter to exclaim their anger and disappointment. It will be interesting to see how many current players do weigh in on the comments, as surely many will want to stay away from the topic entirely in fear of becoming a distraction. Colin Kaepernick, for instance, is still not on an NFL roster, with most in NFL circles believing the reason for that is his political activism.
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman
The behavior of the President is unacceptable and needs to be addressed. If you do not Condemn this divisive Rhetoric you are Condoning it!!— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) September 23, 2017
Bills running back LaSean McCoy
It's really sad man ... our president is a asshole— Lesean McCoy (@CutonDime25) September 23, 2017
Free agent offensive tackle/NFLPA president Eric Winston
Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin
Buccaneers safety T.J. Ward
Buccaneers wide receiver DeSean Jackson
How is it that players taking a kneel is disrespectful to our country but that clown that's suppose to be our president— Desean Jackson (@DeSeanJackson11) September 23, 2017
Can call us players that have a voice and a stand to freedom sons of a bi*** I don't get it !! What happen to a free country— Desean Jackson (@DeSeanJackson11) September 23, 2017
Double standard views he needs to focus on all the other bullshit that he has our country in instead of tweeting all the damn time— Desean Jackson (@DeSeanJackson11) September 23, 2017
Dude is a joke— Desean Jackson (@DeSeanJackson11) September 23, 2017
I definitely will be making a statement no disrespect to our military of service But we have to stick together as people !! Unity 💯💯— Desean Jackson (@DeSeanJackson11) September 23, 2017
Redskins linebacker Zach Brown
Trump stay in ur place... football have nothing to do wit u smh— Zach Brown (@ZachBrown_55) September 23, 2017
Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty and Browns cornerback Jason McCourty
Ppl said it was disrespectful not going to the White House..I’m sure they are quiet about us being called “sons of bitches” 🤦🏿♂️(D-Mac)— Devin&Jason McCourty (@McCourtyTwins) September 23, 2017
Former running back Justin Forsett
Former running back Reggie Bush
Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis
Trump!! 😔😔😔😔😔😔😔— Thomas Davis (@ThomasDavisSDTM) September 23, 2017
Free agent linebacker Emmanuel Acho
Free agent wide receiver Cecil Shorts
Vikings running back Bishop Sankey
Broncos guard Max Garcia
Lions tight end Eric Ebron
Does anyone tell trump to stick to politics, like they tell us to stick to sports? Smh.— Eric Ebron (@Ebron85) September 23, 2017
Former free safety Husain Abdullah
Bengals safety George Iloka
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
Former running back Arian Foster
Free agent wide receiver Stedman Bailey
Mr 45.... I just can't believe this guy is bold enough to say some of the things that he does.— STEDMAN BAILEY SR (@iamSB3) September 23, 2017
Former defensive tackle Terrance Knighton
Former 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh
Harbaugh on President Trump's NFL comments: "No, I don't agree with the president. That's ridiculous. Check the Constitution."— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) September 24, 2017
It appears these guys have no intention of sticking to sports.