President Trump weighed in on the wave of national anthem protests in the NFL, saying owners should fire those who take a knee.
Even people who could care less about pro football may be tuning into Sunday’s games after President Trump went after NFL players who protest racial injustice by taking a knee during the national anthem.
During an appearance on behalf of U.S. Senate candidate Luther Strange, who is running for the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Trump argued that protests like that of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick are harming the game more than chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the degenerative brain disease recently diagnosed in former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernadez, who killed himself in prison where he had been serving a murder sentence.
“You know what’s hurting the game more than that?” he asked the audience in one of the most ardently football-loving states in the country. “When people like yourselves turn on television and you see those people taking the knee when they are playing our great national anthem. The only thing you could do better is if you see it, even if it’s one player, leave the stadium, I guarantee things will stop. Things will stop. Just pick up and leave. Pick up and leave. Not the same game anymore anyway.”
Trump didn’t stop there, calling on team owners to sumarily fire players who do it: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a (expletive) off the field right now. Out. He’s fired. He’s fired!’”
Unsurprisingly, Hollywood had some thoughts on the subject. Here are a few of the standouts:
‘It has nothing to do with football or business’
Sean “Diddy” Combs, whose son played college football at UCLA, addressed NFL players in a video: “You all have a chance to do something really, really, really, really great tomorrow. If you all do whatever you do in unity, you can’t be stopped. Just do the math, man. Do the math. Stick together, stand up for each other. Ride with each other. Because, believe me, we’re all we got. It has nothing to do with football or business. You’re our stars. You gotta represent us. You’re our strong heroes. Show that strength, please.”
Don’t get it twisted
House of Cards creator Beau Willimon explained the meaning of #TakeAKnee to Trump.
Check your privilege
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling didn’t miss a chance to troll Trump.
When a critic dismissed her as a Brit who wrote some kids books, she shot back, “Wow, sick burn.”
Talk to the hand
Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson had a visual rebuke for Trump.
Maybe it’s you?
John Legend had a few thoughts, beginning with one for Trump about why Golden State Warriors player Stephen Curry didn’t want to visit his White House.
He also had a message for the rest of America.
Someone give this guy a hand
The 87-year-old Ed Asner, whose credits range from The Mary Tyler Moore Show to Disney’s Up, said he was down for the protest but couldn’t resist playing his age for laughs:
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