‘Find another way to protest. Stand proudly for your National Anthem or be Suspended Without Pay!…’
(Daily Mail) President Donald Trump ripped into kneeling NFL players in a tweet on Friday that recharged his fight with professional athletes demonstrating during the national anthem.
Trump claimed in a tweet that players were outraged about something ‘most of them are unable to define’ in a statement that downplayed their stated cause of police brutality against and equality for African-Americans.
He ridiculed NFL players who protested during preseason games on Thursday, telling them, ‘Be happy, be cool!’
‘Find another way to protest. Stand proudly for your National Anthem or be Suspended Without Pay!’ he said.
A total of 15 players from five teams – the Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks, Jacksonville Jaguars and Baltimore Ravens – demonstrated during the playing of The Star-Spangled Banner.
Two players knelt, three raised their fists, eight either walked from the field or stayed in the locker room, one placed his arm on a protesting teammate’s shoulder and another stood with his back.
Trump chided them for their conduct in Friday morning messages that signaled he is also prepared to make the protests a season-long issue.
‘The NFL players are at it again – taking a knee when they should be standing proudly for the National Anthem. Numerous players, from different teams, wanted to show their “outrage” at something that most of them are unable to define. They make a fortune doing what they love,’ the first message said.
A follow-up tweet directed the players to, ‘Be happy, be cool! A football game, that fans are paying soooo much money to watch and enjoy, is no place to protest.
‘Most of that money goes to the players anyway. Find another way to protest. Stand proudly for your National Anthem or be Suspended Without Pay!’…Original Source…