Well, it’s certainly not over. Today, President Donald Trump picked an even bigger fight with the National Football League, calling on owners to ban players from “taking a knee” during the national anthem. This is in response to almost a hundred football players refusing to stand during the Star Spangled banner over the weekend. Plus, the Chicago Bears, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks, and Tennessee Titans didn’t even come out onto the field.
For the 5th day in a row, the President has commented on the issue. “The NFL has all sorts of rules and regulations,” he tweeted. “The only way out for them is to set a rule that you can’t kneel during our National Anthem!”
Yahoo News has more:
Representatives for the league and its players union could not be reached immediately for comment.
Trump earlier Tuesday praised two NFL teams that had largely steered clear of the controversy Monday night. The Arizona Cardinals linked arms and stood for the playing of the “Star-Spangled Banner” along with the Dallas Cowboys, who knelt before the song.
“But while Dallas dropped to its knees as a team, they all stood up for our National Anthem. Big progress being made-we all love our country!” Trump wrote, adding that “ratings for NFL football are way down.”
All of this, of course, was in response to his comments at a rally in Alabama where he said that “any protesting player was a ‘son of a bitch’ who should be fired, and urged a boycott of NFL games, touching off protests by dozens of players, coaches and some owners before games on Sunday.”
Chances are, this won’t t be the last shots fired by the President or the NFL.