( Daily Caller ) ESPN turned into a running political talk show on Monday that centered around one man: President Trump.
Trump’s battle with the NFL over national anthem protests dominated ESPN’s morning and afternoon shows, which at times sounded more like CNN than a sports channel. ESPN’s analysts were overwhelmingly critical of the president.
ESPN host Stephen A. Smith claimed during one segment that Trump’s attack on the NFL was part of a nefarious “grand scheme” from the president. (RELATED: ESPN Pundit Upset That A Former Army Ranger Stood For The National Anthem)
“I personally believe Donald Trump has a grand scheme, I think his aspiration is to own a network when this is all said and done and make sure he has his strong-arm of influence,” Smith said. “That is a different story for a different day.” He also compared Trump’s response to the national anthem protests to the comments he made on violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.
Smith claimed during another segment that the battle between Trump and the NFL isn’t about politics: it’s just about Trump.
“This is not about politics at all. This is about one man, one individual who continuously displays just a lack of decorum and respect and is as divisive as they come,” Smith said, before applauding LeBron James and other athletes who have criticized the president.
When asked if Sunday’s protests were primarily against Trump rather than against racial injustice, ESPN commentator and former NFL safety Louis Riddick simply responded, “Sure.”
“Sure, because the players felt attacked and disrespected. The players are like, you are going there name calling because we are trying to protest against something we have a right and freedom to protest against peacefully, and you make it personal and use derogatory names and paint us all with a derogatory brush?” Riddick said.
( Daily Caller ) The 17 Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars players who took a knee during the presentation of the national anthem in London on Sunday have combined total contracts of nearly $450 million.
Combing the total value of each players contracts adds up to a whopping $448,373,425, a figure greater than the gross domestic product of over a handful of the world’s nations.
ESPN reported that 10 Ravens players and roughly the same number of Jaguars players took a knee during the national anthem Sunday at Wembley Stadium in London.
On the Jaguars sideline, Jalen Ramsey, A.J. Bouye, Calais Campbell, Yannick Ngakoue, Malik Jackson, Tashaun Gipson, and Leonard Fournette.
The players were likely kneeling in response to recent comments from President Donald Trump regarding the ongoing protests of the national anthem at NFL games across the country.
Trump said Sunday morning that NFL owners should either fire or suspend players who kneel during the national anthem, and fans should not keep watching games if players continue to protest.
“If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Sunday morning. “Fire or suspend!”
Trump said that NFL attendance and television ratings were “way down” suggesting that the protests from players were having a damaging effect on the game.
“NFL attendance and ratings are WAY DOWN. Boring games yes, but many stay away because they love our country,” Trump wrote. “League should back U.S.”
Trump also retweeted boycott NFL tweet:
President Trump calls for boycott of NFL games – Read more: TRUMP CALLS FOR BOYCOTT
At least 100 players across the country either knelt or sat during the anthem in protest
( Daily Mail )NFL players have defiantly reacted to President Donald Trump’s criticism, with at least 100 players kneeling, sitting linking arms, giving black power salutes and not even showing up for the national anthem out of protest.
Players from both the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars were the first to protest by taking a knee ahead of their game at Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday morning.
At least 20 Patriots players were spotted kneeling as Tom Brady linked arms with his teammates.
Pittsburgh Steelers players were absent from the sideline and remained in the locker room during the Star Spangled Banner. Alejandro Villanueva, who served three tours in Afghanistan, was the only Steelers’ player to stand outside the tunnel for the anthem.
How each team would observe the national anthem emerged as the center of attention on this NFL Sunday in the wake of Trump’s critical remarks toward players who don’t stand for the anthem.
Read more: A HUNDRED NFL stars kneel during anthem in defiance of Trump: Hundreds more including Tom Brady link arms in solidarity as the President says ‘disrespectful’ players should be FIRED and calls for boycott
President Donald Trump continued his Twitter war with the NFL on Saturday, this time taking aim at Commissioner Roger Goodell for permitting players to protest by kneeling during the national anthem.
‘Roger Goodell of NFL just put out a statement trying to justify the total disrespect certain players show to our country,’ the president tweeted. ‘Tell them to stand!’
‘If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the national anthem,’ he said on Twitter Saturday afternoon.
WHITE MOTHER OF COLIN KAEPERNICK ON TRUMP’S ‘SOB’: ”Guess that makes me a proud bitch!’- CALLS HIS SUPPORTERS ‘RACISTS’
Only Democrat parents believe it’s ok to let their children disrespect America and to hate their own country. Disrespect and self-hatred are deadly combination you feed for the next generation. But that’s what the liberals are doing right now.
On Friday during a rally in Alabama, Trump said:
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL players, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say ‘get that son of b***h off of the field.
Out, he’s fired.”
Teresa Kaepernick, white mother of former NFL player Colin Kaepernick, took Trump’s comment personally and tweeted:
Guess that makes me a proud bitch!
Trump tweeted more today:
“If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU’RE FIRED. Find something else to do!”
Teresa also has something to say on Trump supporters.
“It’s always at his rallies, and he’s always pandering and playing to the crowd. There are a lot of racist people in that crowd, a lot of people that are just looking for something to get hyped about, and this is the kind of thing he does,” she said. “It’s like a bully on a playground, I guess. It’s almost what I’ve come to expect from him and what most of us have come to expect from him.”
Teresa said she heard about the b***h comment via Twitter and said it is ridiculous he is attacking private citizens:
“’He continues to attack private citizens like this and continues to not be able to see what freedom of speech is and that he just refuses to acknowledge those kind of things.’ Yet at the same time, in Charlottesville, he would not call out the Nazis, not call out the white supremacists, but he’s calling out these guys who are peacefully kneeling and asking for their country to do better.”
NFL wants an empty stadium. ESPN, NFL and NBA want to politicize sports but the president cannot respond to their dumb tantrums.
Shaun King tweets:
Black Lives Matter leader and activist, now claims that he has talked to over 75 NFL players who are all planning on protesting the national anthem before their teams’ games Sunday.
This is after President Trump took aim directly at NFL players who chose to “disrespect the flag” and protest the national anthem during a speech at an Alabama rally on Friday and in tweets over the weekend.