President Trump has made another controversial foray into the debate over NFL protests. On Thursday, the President of the United States remarked that NFL coaches are "afraid" of their players, and are hence unwilling to do anything about the controversial protests. The mainstream media, always eager to smear President Trump's character, is using the comment as an opportunity to say he's a racist.
“I have so many friends that are owners,” Trump told Fox News in an interview broadcast Thursday. “They’re in a box. I mean I’ve spoken to a couple of them. They say we are in a situation where we have to do something.”
“I think they’re afraid of their players, you want to know the truth. And I think it’s disgraceful,” he continued.
The NFL has been criticized for national anthem protests since former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat during a 2016 preseason game. Kaepernick claimed he was protesting racial injustice and police brutality. Trump has long been upset about the NFL protests, believing that they are disrespectful to both the flag and the troops. But it wasn't until Saturday that Trump finally said something in a rally, and it quickly captured headlines.
You can watch President Trump's remarks at the video below.
Trump's comment on Saturday seemed to escalate the controversy. Beforehand the issue was mainly talked about only in the conservative news media. But now NFL protests seem to be the most widespread news story of the week. And on top of that, the NFL protests themselves seem to be dramatically escalating. Players throughout the day on Sunday have begun kneeling at games during the anthem, with three teams choosing to skip it altogether.
In response to Trump's recent comments about the NFL — that coaches are afraid of their players — the mainstream media is accusing Trump of racism. And in this regard, the controversy has escalated even further. The mainstream media does not believe that Trump feels kneeling during the national anthem is unpatriotic and disrespectful to the flag and those who fight to protect the United States.
Rather, CNN has reported that Trump's comments have a clear racial overtone. NFL owners are overwhelmingly white, says CNN, and the majority of players are black, which suggests a clear racial tone to Trump's comments.
They write, "By wading into the debate about protests by mostly African-American players during pre-game National Anthem ceremonies, Trump is exacerbating questions about his own attitude toward race and his apparent determination to keep tugging at the societal and cultural fault lines in American politics."
It remains to be seen how the NFL will respond to the situation. But one fact remains very clear: with all of the negative press they have been receiving, the NFL will certainly need to do something.
In breaking news, an NFL team just announced that their entire time will no longer participate in protests.