Get ready for a weekend of whining about NFL protests, for and against. Thanks to Trump’s statement during his Luther Strange rally last night, everyone is coming out to comment.
Including, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodel:
The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture. There is no better example than the amazing response from our clubs and players to the terrible natural disasters we’ve experienced over the last month. Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.
And the NFL Players’ Association:
The peaceful demonstrations by some of our players have generated a wide array of responses. Those opinions are protected speech and a freedom that has been paid for by the sacrifice of men and women throughout history. This expression of speech has generated thoughtful discussions in our locker rooms and in board rooms. However, the line that marks the balance between the rights of every citizen in our great country gets crossed when someone is told to just “shut up and play.”
NFL players do incredible things to contribute to their communities. NFL players are a part of a legacy of athletes in all sports who throughout history chose to be informed about the issues that impact them and their communities. They chose – and still choose today – to do something about those issues rather than comfortably living in the bubble of sports. Their decision is no different from the one made by countless others who refused to let “what they do” define or restrict “who they are” as Americans.
No man or woman should ever have to choose a job that forces them to surrender their rights. No worker nor any athlete, professional or not, should be forced to become less than human when it comes to protecting their basic health and safety. We understand that our job as a Union is not to win a popularity contest and it comes with a duty to protect the rights of our members. For that we make no apologies and never will.
AND EVEN KAEPERNICK’S MOM:
Trump referred to any NFL player who protests racism and police violence as a “son of a bitch’ who should be fired. https://t.co/5YbNxFKToZ
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) September 23, 2017
Guess that makes me a proud bitch!— Teresa Kaepernick (@B4IleaveU) September 23, 2017
More absurd outrage to detract from the real problems America faces. Yay!!