Sunday, September 24, 2017

Trump Strikes again, but Players Retaliate (Genesis Thomas)

Friday night, Trump spoke at a rally for Alabama Republican Senate candidate Luther Strange. At this rally, he addressed a very sensitive topic that enraged the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NBA big man Lebron James. Trump commented that any players who kneeled or refused to stand for the national anthem should be fired and that those players are disrespectful. The crowd in support of Trump's idea chanted "USA" clearly showing their great sense of nationalism. Colin Kaepernick started this protest last year as a way to retaliate against the oppression of African Americans and other minorities. Claiming that he refused to show respect for a country that cannot protect their citizens. The NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, spoke out saying that players have the right to express themselves on the field and that the NFL will not infringe upon this right by firing players. Also, that Trump's statements were divisive on an issue that is so sensitive. Since then, Trump has retracted Stephen Curry's and the rest of the Golden State Warriors invitation to the White house sparking responses from not only Lebron James who called him a "bum" but from retired NBA superstar, Kobe Bryant. It is planned that the Golden State Warriors will meet in the nation's capital instead to "to celebrate equality, diversity, and inclusion — the values that we embrace as an organization."

-Genesis Thomas

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