September 23, 2017
POTUS Takes Aim At Professional Athletes in Latest Twitter Rant
It appears Donald Trump is ready to rumble. After revoking his White House invitation to the Golden State Warriors because their star player, Stephen Curry, refused to attend, POTUS went on a Twitter tirade suggesting NFL owners fire or suspend any players that refuse to stand for the national anthem. Whether it was intentional or not (we’ll go with intentional), his comments ignited a war with professional athletes in leagues all over the country. Despite the comments being directed at football players, NBA star LeBron James took to Twitter to call the president a “bum,” while MLB catcher Bruce Maxwell (the first baseball player to publicly get involved) took a knee during the pre-game national anthem. Toronto Star
What Else You Need to Know
This whole “taking a knee” thing started with the now unemployed quarterback, Colin Kaepernick. In 2016, Kaepernick began taking a knee during the American national anthem to protest the way African Americans were being treated across the U.S. At first, he was pretty much on his own, but as of yesterday, more than 130 players and coaches followed his example. In fact, almost the entire Pittsburgh Steelers team stayed in the tunnel and refused to even come out for the anthem. But not quite everyone is pissed at POTUS. The Pittsburgh Penguins have accepted his invitation to visit the White House, saying they respect the presidency and “the long tradition of championship team visiting the White House.”
With the NHL season kicking off in October and the NFL season barely underway, expect to see a lot of players taking a political stand over the next few months.