The players in the National Football League (NFL) came together to protest against Donald Trump, the U.S. President, who gave out demeaning remarks to the teammates.
Trump mentioned, the players who failed to stand during the national anthem should be fired or suspended. His comments were deemed deeply divisive.
On Friday, Mr. Trump addressed a cheering crowd of supporters, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, get him off the field right now. He is fired?”
He was referring to the protest movement initiated by Colin Kaepernick, a sports player, who was kneeling during the anthem last year to protest against police violence and treatment of black Americans.
Players immediately protested at the racial remarks and the police injustice at the September 2016 season of NFL.
The players responded with a massive protest during the weekend’s games. On Saturday night, Bruce Maxwell, a player from the Oakland Athletics, became the first Major League Baseball players to kneel in protest during the anthem.
During Sunday’s games, Seattle Seahawks, the Tennessee Titans, and the Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t turn up for the national anthem before their game was scheduled to begin.
The anthem singer at the Seahawk-Titan game kneeled at the end of the performance. The singer at the Lions-Falcons game raised his fist.
Shahid Khan, owner of Jackonville Jaguars, locked arms with his players following the protest at an unusual scene since owners rarely join players on the pitch.
Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner said, “Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect.”
Trump was also criticized for withdrawing Golden State Warrior’s invitation to the White House after Stephen Curry, the popular American basketball player, said he didn’t want to attend.
Stephen Curry and his team, the Golden State Warrior would visit Washington DC on their own to “celebrate diversity, equality, and inclusion.”