Steve Kerr trolls Donald Trump over tweet about kneeling during anthem
San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler and several players kneeled during the national anthem ahead of Monday’s exhibition game against the Oakland A’s.
In doing so, the Giants appeared to draw the ire of Donald Trump, which provided Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr the opportunity to troll the President on Twitter over his condemnatory remarks.
Kapler stated after the exhibition game that he kneeled during the anthem to support his players and allow them to “feel safe in speaking up.”
Members of the @SFGiants kneel during the National Anthem. #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/QbvAvCZiEs— MLB (@MLB) July 21, 2020
Regardless of intent, Trump appeared to take notice of the Giants’ actions, as he tweeted about kneeling during the anthem on Tuesday morning.
Looking forward to live sports, but any time I witness a player kneeling during the National Anthem, a sign of great disrespect for our Country and our Flag, the game is over for me!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 21, 2020
Kerr, a known and outspoken Trump critic who has frequently issued scathing rebukes concerning his polarizing presidency, submitted a reaction to the President’s tweet that was dripping with sarcasm.
Kerr tweeted out a popular meme inspired by the film, “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory,” in which the titular character says, “Stop. Don’t. Come back.”
pic.twitter.com/BuZ3dcNEPn— Steve Kerr (@SteveKerr) July 21, 2020
The acerbic wit demonstrated by Kerr in his tweet aside, Major League Baseball evidently intends to support players who choose to participate in such acts like kneeling during the anthem during the 2020 season, even if Trump disapproves and won’t be watching should it occur.
The league’s official Twitter account fired back at fans who criticized the Giants’ actions on Monday night. It stands to reason, then, that the league will not be left shaken by Trump’s tweet, which again trumpets his longstanding, vehement opposition to players kneeling during the anthem.