Friday night Donald Trump held a campaign rally for an election that he already won 10 months ago. At the rally he called Colin Kaepernick, and other NFL players who don’t stand for the national anthem, “sons of bitches.”
Therefore he also called mothers of NFL players “bitches” in the process. Naturally and deservedly, he’s getting a ton of blowback for such hateful and divisive commentary. Chicago Bears Team Captain Akiem Hicks called Trump out on Saturday.
Sunday brings the weekly political and NFL talking heads shows, and with it plenty of strong opinions. Here is just a small smattering of opinions.
Boomer Esiason called Trump’s comments “a blight on our country,” while James Brown called it “divisive, insensitive, vulgar and dismissive.” Burleson had the best line, stating: “this isn’t as a player woe is me, this is a woe is us as a country.”
From CBS Sports The NFL Today
“What I’m seeing today is a unity between the owners and the players like I’ve never seen before. So the conversation is started. The conversation is going. I said a couple weeks ago right here that the NYPD here in New York, and I know the Commissioner O’Neill personally, he’s done yeoman’s work in trying to police the community properly, which they are every single day. So the conversation is working, change is happening.
“It’s slow, but what happened this past weekend, unfortunately, is really a blight on our country because it is unfortunate that he used those words and that tone.”
“So to be dismissive, vulgar and divisive with comments that reflect a lack of understanding, insensitive, and indeed colonizing does not serve the purpose of trying to honestly resolve problems, build bridges and foster civil dialogue.”
“What would be more effective is knowing, and Nate said this earlier, the kind of dialogue that uses the four-letter word that former UCLA coach John Wooden said is, the most powerful one to effect change, and that is love.”
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“Listen, we’re talking about what’s next, and I can appreciate your thoughts on that. But as players we have to handle what is now. There are going to be players that will sit and that will kneel. We’re hearing about teams that will stay in the locker room. And because of things that are going on in this country, but also because of the words of our President.”
“So I don’t want any narrative to be changed where people say look at the players and look at what they’re doing. This is almost in direct response to our president calling players, and I say us, SOBs. And this isn’t as a player woe is me, this is a woe is us as a country.”
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