Donald Trump just refuses to end his obsession with the NFL.
The day after the Oakland Raiders played the New England Patriots in Mexico, Trump lashed out at running back Marshawn Lynch for standing during the Mexican anthem.
Marshawn Lynch of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders stands for the Mexican Anthem and sits down to boos for our National Anthem. Great disrespect! Next time NFL should suspend him for remainder of season. Attendance and ratings way down.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 20, 2017
He would attack the NFL again the next day after hearing that players may be kept in the locker room during the anthem rather than force the players to stand against their will and their constitutional rights.
The NFL is now thinking about a new idea – keeping teams in the Locker Room during the National Anthem next season. That’s almost as bad as kneeling! When will the highly paid Commissioner finally get tough and smart? This issue is killing your league!…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2017
And now Trump is taunting Commissioner Roger Goodell by claiming that the players are effectively his boss since he won’t force them to stand.
After hearing about a few players kneeling during the anthem on Thanksgiving Day, he hopped on Twitter.
Can you believe that the disrespect for our Country, our Flag, our Anthem continues without penalty to the players. The Commissioner has lost control of the hemorrhaging league. Players are the boss! https://t.co/udXP5MR8BC
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2017
The players are merely exercising their right to free speech and expression through peaceful protest. Also, they are not kneeling out of disrespect. They are doing so to bring attention to police brutality and racial injustice.
Furthermore, the protests are not hurting NFL ratings that much. Trump is acting like the NFL is on the verge of going out of business. It’s not.
The NFL remains the most watched sport in America and is, by far, the most profitable. Boycotts by angry conservatives won’t change that. And neither will Trump’s temper tantrums.