President Donald Trump and NFL players continue to engage in a heated exchange which started last weekend after President Trump asked NFL franchises to fire players who disrespected the National Anthem by bowing their knees while it was being played. The President asked the NFL to fire ‘the sons of bitches’ who had no respect for their country.
Hundreds of NFL players have protested since then via social media as well as continuing to sit or go down on their knees while the National Anthem was played in a show of defiance.
NFL players started adopting the practice of going down on one knee during the National Anthem to protect policy brutality against African Americans.
While NFL players took to social media to criticize President Trump and expressed their disappointment in having their President label them with derogatory names, American media also went after the President for focusing on issues like sports when there were more pressing issues at hand such as North Korea threatening to hit America with a nuclear bomb and hurricane recovery efforts in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico which belongs to the U.S.
However President Trump did not back down from his remarks and continued to go after the NFL as more than 200 players during the past few days have resorted to kneeling or sitting during the National Anthem. Trump tweeted at the start of the week that NFL ratings had
dropped because of boring games and also because Americans loved their country and would not accept the disrespect shown by NFL players. Trump continued to hammer NFL franchises and asked them to take a tougher stand.
In a statement, President Trump said
You cannot have people disrespecting our national anthem, our flag, our country. In my opinion, the NFL has to change. Or you know what's going to happen. Their business is going to go to hell
There is some truth behind President Trump’s statement that NFL ratings had fallen but there are a number of other factors involved as well. President Trump has so far sent out 25 tweets about the NFL and its players disrespecting the National anthem and flag. Trump’s tirade on the NFL could be working as Dallas Cowboy owner Jerry Jones who is a Trump supporter knelt down with his team but made sure that it was done well before the National Anthem was played.