Amidst everything going on — hurricane relief efforts in Houston and Puerto Rico to threats of war with North Korea and serious questions about health care to name a few — President Trump keeps finding time to verbally assault protesting NFL players. And fellow athletes are sick and tired of it.
One of them is Matt Barnes. The NBA free-agent forward, who last played for the champion Golden State Warriors last season, took to his Instagram account yesterday and posted a Business Insider article entitled, "SOLDIERS SPEAK OUT ON KAEPERNICK: His protest 'makes him more American than anyone.'"
In his IG caption to that post, Barnes wrote a letter to Trump, blasting 45, saying, "You find the time to attack Black athletes for peacefully taking a knee, or not wanting to meet you" and "not only do you disrespect them as men, but you have the nerve to disrespect their mothers."
With that, Barnes was referring to Trump disinviting Steph Curry to the White House, despite the two-time NBA champion having already said he wasn't going to go well before, and the president calling any protesting NFL player a "son of a b***h."
And Barnes had a lot more to say in that letter, also speaking with TMZ Sports today to add to his frustration with Trump.
Disrespect athletes, 45, and they're going to clap back. Enough is enough. Here's Matt Barnes' letter to Trump, his interview with TMZ and a couple of his other IG posts that prove that athletes like him are fed up with this president.
We love Barnes saying, "You made us athletes realize that together, we are the strongest, most influential group on earth" and "now watch us work TOGETHER." Yes, let 45 know!
Barnes' reason? "Once you attack sports," he said, "you attack all of us." Athletes are definitely going to stick together, despite the divisiveness that comes out of Trump's mouth.
Salute to Matt Barnes for speaking on it.
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