Trump Clashes with NFL & NBA Over Player Protests

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Опубликовано 23 сентября 2017, 23:44
President Donald Trump and the sports world engaged in an intensifying spat on Saturday after he called for National Football League owners to fire players who protest during the U.S. national anthem and disinvited a National Basketball Association star from a White House visit. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Saturday that Trump’s statements revealed “unfortunate lack of respect” for the NFL and its players. Goodell’s statement was released a day after Trump suggested any protesting football player was a “son of a bitch” and should lose his job.
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stirred a polarizing national debate in 2016 after refusing to stand during pre-game renditions of the “Star Spangled Banner” to protest police violence against African-Americans. Several players have made similar gestures of protest before games since Kaepernick initiated his protest. The union representing professional football players also rejected Trump’s comments, saying it would defend their right to freedom of expression. Protesting football players were not the only professional athletes targeted by Trump in recent days. In an early morning Twitter message on Saturday, the president rescinded a White House invitation to basketball star Stephen Curry, who had said he would “vote” against the planned visit by the NBA champion Golden State Warriors. “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!” Trump tweeted.
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