It looks like outrage from some of the top athletes in the nation won’t be enough to sway President Donald Trump.
At an event on Friday night, Trump called out NFL players that were protesting by sitting out the national anthem, saying that he would love to see an NFL owner “get that son of a bitch off the field.”
Trump was then called out by athletes across the NFL and the NBA, who expressed their frustrations at the President. Trump was not swayed, however, as he doubled down on his feelings via Twitter on Saturday afternoon.
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) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU’RE FIRED. Find something else to do!
Trump had also generated controversy with former NBA MVP Steph Curry after Curry said that he had no intentions to visit the White House after his Golden State Warriors team won this year’s NBA Finals. Trump responded that Curry wasn’t invited anyways.
LeBron James came to the defense of Curry, calling the President a “bum”. It doesn’t look like Trump will be winning him over any time soon, either.
All of this comes before what will be an interesting Week 3 for the NFL on Sunday. If Trump was already upset about players sitting for the anthem, he better be prepared for even more to protest following these comments.