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Twitter-finger Trump goes after NFL and NBA players

He strikes again, during a speech in Alabama, “Twitter-finger” Trump called an athlete who protested against the mistreatment of black people in America a “son of a bitch.”

In the speech Trump went on to describe a scenario that he would like to see take place when players kneel for the national anthem in protest, his scenario has NFL team owners say “get that son of a bitch off the field right now, he’s fired. He’s fired!”

He added that for a week, the NFL team owner would be the most popular person in this country because that’s “a total disrespect of our heritage and everything we stand for.”

In reality, the only “son of a bitch” who should be fired from their job is Donald Trump.

A guy who holds the title for having the lowest approval rate ever for a president, since Harry Truman.

NFL owners weren’t the only group that Trump encouraged to take initiative action over players kneeling down during the national anthem, he said if fans were to ” leave the stadium” when players kneel then he “guarantee(s) things will stop.”

Former NFL player Colin Kaepernick started the protests by the NFL players in 2016 when he began kneeling during the national anthem, he explained, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”

Kaepernick was once a highly touted quarter back, however, he has yet to receive a job in the NFL since he started protesting last year. Which Trump gladly takes credit for, agreeing to an article stating that NFL team owners are reluctant to sign the former 49er because they don’t want to get a “nasty tweet” from him.

That has not stopped teams from protesting, the entire Pittsburgh Steelers team (excluding one player who is a former member of the army) is refusing to come out during the national anthem, electing to stay in the locker room. Now other NFL teams are following suit.

People who are in opposition of players kneeling during the national anthem are mistaking what Kaepernick started as a protest of America. In actuality, the protest is about how black people and people of color are being treated in America.

Instead of focusing on a solution to the reason that people are protesting: some people, including Trump, choose to negate the reasoning and make it seem like protesters are anti-America.

Donald Trump did not stop with antagonizing NFL players, he reloaded and aimed his “twitter-fingers” at NBA players next.

Issuing out a tweet to Stephen Curry of the reigning NBA Champion Golden State Warriors.

The tweet read “going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!”

This tweet came after Curry had already said if the team were to take votes on visiting the White House he would vote no.

His response to Trump’s tweet was “it’s not what leaders do.”

Curry’s basketball nemesis LeBron James also spoke out, calling Donald Trump a “bum” and saying that “[Stephen Curry] already said he ain’t going! So therefore ain’t no invite. Going to the White House was a great honor until you showed up!”

James later released a video on Uninterrupted with a more formal approach.

Legendary basketball player Kobe Bryant, responded to Trump with a powerful message saying, “A POTUS whose name alone creates division and anger. Whose words inspire dissension and hatred can’t possibly “Make America Great Again.”

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Jah-Tosh Baruti
Jah-Tosh Baruti, Staff Writer
Jah-Tosh Baruti is author of the sports column titled Shmackem. Previously he was sports editor for Talon Marks. Baruti also took home an award for his sports writing at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges’ state conference in 2018.
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