That guy (Trump) continues to divide us as people, and the thing that frustrated me and p***** me off a little bit is the fact that he uses sports to try and divide us.
This all of course happened against the backdrop of Trump’s renewed condemnation against NFL players who kneel during the national anthem.
Has Donald Trump just made the idea of protesting more attractive?
Todd said later in the show that the White House wasn’t happy when “Meet The Press” told officials the show would be focusing on Trump’s sports comments.
At Cavaliers Media Day on Monday, LeBron James said he felt “so many emotions” about losing his All-Star teammate and was baffled by Irving’s trade request.
While officials in the NFL and National Basketball Association – two majority-black leagues – have largely supported players’ right to kneel during the anthem, players and officials in leagues with smaller minority representation – such as NASCAR – have primarily remained silent or criticized kneeling.
“There are high school coaches across America today who are punished for leading their players in prayer”. Kaepernick’s method of protest had everything to do with race, as its intent was to focus attention on racial injustice.
Kneeling or otherwise, they’re in a great position to be heard. Which is everything that Martin Luther King preached, right?
To some, all they saw this past weekend were a bunch of spoiled, ungrateful and rich athletes whining and disrespecting their flag. “I have an idea of why, but it’s kind of beneath the leader of a country to go that route”.
It’s custom for teams to visit the White House after a championship win, although individual players have chosen to opt out of the visit due to political differences in years past.
“Would we have gone?”
Which is why this weekend wasn’t necessarily one of unity, it was one that just showed us once again how great the divide is between the woke, and the ones who are still voluntarily sound asleep. It’s childish stuff: “belittling people and calling them names”, Kerr wrote. “This is about respect for the military and first responders and the country”. However, I think we’re seeing real support right now for the rights of athlete activists and increasing recognition that they are entitled to be more than simply fodder for our pleasure and consumption. “You know how many troops we have in South Korea and Japan that’s in direct line with where this guy can fire missiles? I don’t have any advice for him now, you’re either with us or against us”. That’s okay. It’s really where we coaches earn our money, accepting and dealing with criticism and keeping the ship moving forward. Irving shared his thoughts on the trade last month on ESPN’s “First Take”, where he explained that he didn’t care about James’ feelings about the trade. It means something more important, they’re doing it for a reason, and you can’t do nothing but respect their decision.
Mnuchin later added how he believes that players should take their First Amendment rights “off the field”, and he’s not thrilled with (in his words) how the National Football League is “picking and choosing” which rules to enforce.