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
Bills running backLaSean McCoy
Free agent offensive tackle/NFLPA president Eric Winston
Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin
Buccaneers safety T.J. Ward
Buccaneers wide receiver DeSean Jackson
Redskins linebacker Zach Brown
Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty and Browns cornerback Jason McCourty
Former running back Justin Forsett
Former running back Reggie Bush
Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis
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
Former free safety Husain Abdullah
Bengals safety George Iloka
Former running back Arian Foster
Free agent wide receiver Stedman Bailey
Former defensive tackle Terrance Knighton
Former 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh
It appears these guys have no intention of sticking to sports.