Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman blasted Trump in response to his ridiculous attacks on NFL players who have chosen to peacefully protest.
Trump made controversial statements this week about the NFL players that are choosing to kneel in protest of the mistreatment of people of color.
“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,” Trump said. “I guarantee things will stop.”
“Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b—- off the field right now. He is fired,'” Trump continued.
He also tweeted about the issue the next day.
“If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU'RE FIRED. Find something else to do!” Trump tweeted.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell responded to Trump's baseless attacks, saying that Trump's “divisive comments” show “an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL.”
“The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture,” Goodell stated. “There is no better example than the amazing response from our clubs and players to the terrible natural disasters we've experienced over the last month.”
“Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”
The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith vocalized his thoughts on Trump's comments.
“I’m talking about the comments that were made by the president, targeting the NFL, targeting the quality and character of guys in this league for that very protest. I found that very alarming.
“It’s the same guy who couldn’t condemn violent neo-Nazis. And he’s condemning guys taking a knee during the anthem.
“There are bigger issues out there that he probably should be worried about. But for some reason the NFL is on his mind.”
What's Happening Now:
When asked about Trump's comments, Redskins star Josh Norman had a few strong points to make.
“What president?” Norman said. “Not my president. He was chosen, true. But when a president acts like that, what do you say to that? That’s not someone that stands with dignity, pride, respect, honor. Where’s the honor in that? Where’s the dignity in that? Where is anything that’s prideful in doing what you did?
“Words are powerful. They can either unite you, or they can divide you. So what he said united us.”
Trump didn't know what he started when he made those comments. Instead of discouraging people from protesting, he emboldened many more to unite in resistance.
H/T: USA Today