The quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs had quite a bit to say about Trump’s comments, and they demonstrated how truly alienating Trump really is.
Trump told a crowd in Alabama late on Friday night that they should leave football games if players chose to kneel during that national anthem.
“When people like yourselves turn on television and you see those people taking the knee when they are playing our great national anthem, the only thing you could do better is if you see it, even if it’s one player, leave the stadium,” Trump ranted. “I guarantee things will stop.”
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b- off the field right now. He is fired,'” Trump said.
He also tweeted (I know, surprise) about the topic the next day.
“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 tweeted.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell replied to Trump’s baseless attacks, saying that Trump’s divisive comments demonstrate “an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL.”
“The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture,” Goodell explained. “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.”
The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith was interviewed about his thoughts on Trump’s comments regarding the protests.
At first, he made it absolutely clear that he would rather talk about football than politics.
“You know me, I don’t always feel comfortable talking about a lot of this stuff,” Smith said. “We’re athletes, we’re playing football. But certainly I’d be lying if I said the comments didn’t upset me.”
When pressed, however, Smith admitted that his feelings ran deeper than that.
“I’m talking about the comments that were made by the president, targeting the NFL, targeting the quality and character of guys in this league for that very protest. I found that very alarming. It’s the same guy who couldn’t condemn violent neo-Nazis. And he’s condemning guys taking a knee during the anthem.”