Trump Says Any "Son Of A Bitch" NFL Players Who Protest National Anthem Should Be Fired

Trump Says Any "Son Of A Bitch" NFL Players Who Protest National Anthem Should Be Fired

And people are disgusted.

Published September 23rd

It was only a matter of time before Donald Trump was going to chime in about Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest movement.

  1. During a stop in Huntsville, Alabama, the 45th President, who was there in support of primary Senator Luther Strange’s primary campaign bid, made some rather insulting remarks about NFL players who kneel, raise a fist or sit during the anthem in protest of systemic racism in America.

    Midway through the rally, Trump asked his supporters if they’d "love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'get that son of a bitch off the field right now.'"

    "He's fired," followed up Trump as the crowd cheered him on. "He's fired." The president also said that any owner who would actually fire a player for expressing his First Amendment right would become "the most popular person, for a week, they'll be the most popular person in this country."

    The response to Donald Trump’s comments, of course, set the Internet ablaze. Surprisingly, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell condemned the remarks as “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,” Goodell said in the statement.

    NFL players also had a response. Washington Redskins linebacker Zach Brown told Trump to "stay in ur place." See the NFL and social media as a whole’s reaction to Trump’s anthem comments below.

  2. NFL Statement
  3. Player's Reaction
  4. Social media reaction

Written by Paul Meara

(Photos from left: John Moore/Getty Images, Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for TIME)

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