Donald Trump: Anthem-protesting players ‘shouldn’t get the politics involved’ (vid)
President Donald Trump on Friday again blasted NFL players over the anthem protest issue, arguing that they should not get “politics involved” while seemingly suggesting their high incomes make them hypocrites.
TRUMP on professional athletes kneeling for the anthem: "They're all saying, 'oh, it has nothing to do with the flag, it's the way we've been treated.' In the meantime, they're making $15,000,000 a year … they shouldn't get the politics involved." pic.twitter.com/ooBDR1eU1u
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 15, 2018
“They’re all saying, ‘Uh, it has nothing to do with the flag, it’s the way we’ve been treated,'” Trump said during an interview with FOX News. “In the meantime, they’re making $15,000,000 a year … they shouldn’t get the politics involved.”
Trump of course has been waging war on the NFL — and the world of professional sports in general — since the beginning of the 2017 season. Trump’s initial condemnation of protesting NFL players came during a rally in Huntsville, Ala., in September. Trump argued during the speech that NFL owners should fire any “son of a bitch” who protested during the anthem.
The NFL last month instituted new policies regarding the anthem that require players and staff to stand during the pregame ceremony. Those who do not want to stand have the option of remaining in the locker room.
The antagonism between Trump and the NFL has further devolved, with the President routinely blasting players and players criticizing him in return. Things came to a head earlier this month when Trump abruptly canceled a planned event at the White House where the Philadelphia Eagles were to be honored for their Super Bowl LII victory.
In fact, a statement issued Tuesday by the White House placed all the blame on the Eagles for the sudden cancellation and accused the team of abandoning their fans. Trump instead held a “Celebration of America” event.
Trump has since indicated the NBA-champion Golden State Warriors would not be invited to the White House and said “we’ll see” on whether or not an invitation will be extended to the Washington Capitals after their Stanley Cup Final victory.