Football player Michael Thomas, currently playing for the Miami Dolphins, said he had to take action to make the world a better place. First and foremost, he said, the world needs to be made a better place for his daughter, which is why he kneels during the national anthem.
During an interview, when asked about Trump's recent comments calling for NFL players like him who don't stand for the national anthem to be fired, Thomas became emotional.
“As a man, a father, as an African-American man, as someone in the NFL, as one of those [explicit], yeah I took it personally,” Thomas said, according to The Hill. “But it’s bigger than me. I’ve got a daughter, and she’s going to have to live in this world. And I gotta do what I got to do to make sure she can look at her dad and be like ‘Hey, you did something to try and make a change.’ ”
Thomas continued, criticizing President Trump for being concerned with NFL players not standing during the national anthem, supposedly something that is beneath the dignity of the President of the United States to publicly address.
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.
On Saturday, President Trump tweeted, “If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag (or Country). “[He or she] should stand for the national anthem. If not, YOU'RE FIRED. Find something else to do!"
President Trump also addressed the controversy in a recent speech, remarking that those who don't stand should be fired. You can watch President Trump's remarks at the video below.
President Trump has come under fire from liberal critics for his NFL comments. Players throughout the day on Sunday have begun kneeling at games during the anthem, with three teams choosing to skip it altogether.
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