President Trump is taking aim at NFL commissioner Roger Goodell over the NFL’s statement about the recent civil unrest in the country.
According to The Hill:
President Trump is taking aim at NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, questioning whether his statement supporting athletes’ rights to peacefully protest means that the league would stand by players who choose to kneel during the national anthem.
The post served as Trump’s latest salvo in what has become a long-running and divisive debate over professional athletes choosing to take a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial injustice. Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the demonstration in 2016, leading dozens of professional and amateur athletes to replicate it in the ensuing years.
Trump has repeatedly decried the protest, once suggesting that NFL owners should fire players who kneel during the anthem.
But Goodell last week issued support for NFL players after a group of the league’s most prominent African American athletes released a video montage demanding that the league condemn racism and admit it was wrong for attempting to silence them before.
Trump has continuously refused to back down in the battle with the NFL and his recent statements seem to indicate he has no intentions to.