Protests during games on Sunday were the latest twist in a bitter war of words between Trump and USA professional sports.
In a separate feud, Trump also withdrew a White House invitation for the National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors and star player Stephen Curry.
The President said at an Alabama rally at the weekend that he would urge National Football League chiefs to get any “son of a b**** off the field” who refused to stand and even called for a boycott of National Football League games.
Trump exacerbated the rise in protests by calling any player who knelt during the national anthem at the start of football games a “son of a bitch” who should be fired. Trump reiterated his comments the next day on Twitter.
Westbrook: “Obviously the things he’s saying (are) outrageous in my opinion”.
“It’ll get you a ride on a Greyhound bus”, Childress said. “I’m definitely not in agreement (with) anything he says, and I never will be”.
“I was very moved by the players, the coaches, the owners who stood with the players, they stood with these young men. It’s unfortunate because I would like to see our country come closer together rather than being pulled further apart”. “This is an issue going on in this country that I feel like needs to be heard”. -Twenty-eight percent of respondents said seeing other people near them not stand for the national anthem upsets them “a lot”; 28 percent said it upsets them “a little;” and 40 percent said “not at all”.
But there seemed to be a sentiment that fewer people would participate. “I know that we will lose some business because of this but we need to make a stand!” We have to respect our national anthem, we have to respect our country, and they’re not respecting our country. They believe in the goodness of America. For me it’s disappointing.
Over the weekend more than 150 professional players from across the country’s most popular sport took a defiant stance, kneeling, linking arms or raising clenched fists during the anthem.
“The use of the term SOB is beneath – should be beneath the depths of the president of the United States”, Lewis added. I am aware that my involvement in this movement means that my career may face the same outcome as Colin’s.