ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 18: Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on from the sidelines during the second half against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on December 18, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

NFLPA promises to "never back down" following President Donald Trump's


After Donald Trump's explosive comments on national anthem protests as "disrespect," saying that he would love to see an NFL owner "get that son of a bitch off the field," there have been plenty of responses.

After Colin Kaepernick's mother, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL players responded, the NFL Players Association has since pushed back (the statement was released before Goodell's):

"Whether or not Roger and the owners will speak for themselves about their views on player rights and their commitment to player safety remains to be seen. This union, however, will never back down when it comes to protecting the constitutional rights of our players as citizens as well as their safety as men who compete in a game that exposes them to great risks."

NFLPA president Eric Winston weighed in later.

At an event on Friday evening, Trump discussed the protests as "disrespect", saying that he would love to see an NFL owner "get that son of a bitch off the field."


The full quote from Trump:

Wouldn't you love one of these NFL owners... when someone disrespects our flag say, "Get that son of a bitch off the field, right now, out, he's fired."

The live crowd applauded the comments from the President.

Trump also referenced NFL ratings, which are down so far this year, and blamed the drop on the protests negatively affecting the game.

The clear shot here seems to be taken at former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who was the driving force behind the protests last year. Many players across many different teams and sports have since joined in on the protest during the anthem, generating a clear controversy between two sides of the country.


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