Following a quickly escalating feud between the President of the United States and our nation’s most respected and talented professional athletes, New York Giants co-owners Steve Tisch and John Mara have issued a news release slamming Trump’s recent words about the NFL.
“Comments like we heard last night from the president are inappropriate, offensive and divisive. We are proud of our players, the vast majority of whom use their NFL platform to make a positive difference in our society,” Mara and Tisch said.
While Steve Tisch donated over $2,000 to Democratic Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, it is still unusual for an NFL owner to criticize a President.
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During Trump’s unhinged speech at his rally in Alabama yesterday – during which he was supposed to be campaigning for Republican candidate Luther Strange ahead of next week’s Republican Senate primary runoff – the President’s attention instead turned to the issue of NFL players kneeling.
Trump wishes NFL owners would tell anthem protesters "get that son of a bitch off the field right now" pic.twitter.com/gq4EH3lNoY
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) September 23, 2017
Trump’s wholly inappropriate and divisive remarks were met with a barrage of criticism from professional athletes, coaches, league officials, and fans. The incident even sparked a movement in which dozens more players have decided to take a knee during the National Anthem in solidarity with their fellow league-mates this Sunday.
35 new players will be demonstrating tomorrow. https://t.co/MdC7VIQ19q
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) September 23, 2017
While Trump may have been hoping to sow the seeds of division in America, it seems that the entire NFL and its fans are banding together in opposition to this glaring failure of a presidency.