After Donald Trump called players who exercise their first amendment rights ‘sons of b*tches,’ the NFL clapped back in a major way. Players, like Trump’s pal Tom Brady, took a stand by protesting, with many taking a knee to emulate Colin Kaepernick!
Someone better tell Donald Trump, 71, that this is what American democracy looks like. After the President of the United States said that players who, like Colin Kaepernick, 29, should be “fired” for exercising their right to free speech, the sports world responded not by marching, but by “taking a knee.” Stars all across the sports world clapped back at Trump, kneeling during the National Anthem not just to protest the ongoing police brutality in the country (Colin’s original protest) but to defy the man in the White House. HollywoodLife.com will update this post throughout the day with more protests and news.
While Tom Brady, 40, didn’t take a knee, he did show support for his fellow players by linking arms with Phillip Dorsett, 24, during the anthem (while other Patriots players took a knee.) Considering Tom’s friendship with President Trump, this show of support was impressive. Well, considering Brady bailed on the Pats’ visit to the White House following Super Bowl 51, maybe his friendship with Donald is on the rocks?
Members of the Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons locked arms during the anthem, while players for both the Denver Broncos (including Von Miller, 28) and Buffalo Bills knelt during the anthem. About 20 Cleveland Browns players took a knee while others locked arms. A large group of the Browns’ opponent, the Indianapolis Colts, also knelt. Similar scenes were seen before the game between the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets, as players either locked arms or knelt.
The New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles locked arms and stood during the anthem. Perhaps one of the biggest displays came from Steel City, as the Pittsburgh Steelers stayed in their locker room during the anthem ahead of their game with the Chicago Bears, according to Fox News.
The Baltimore Ravens didn’t need to be in the USA to utilize their rights as Americans. Right before they met the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium in one of the handful of NFL games taking place in England this season, two-time Super Bowl Champion Ray Lewis, 42, led the Ravens players in taking a knee. Though Ray actually criticized Colin in the past, he joined Ravens players – along with members of the Jaguars – in taking a knee during the national anthem. The Jaguars owner, Shahid Khan — a 67-year old Pakistani-American — joined his players, linking arms in a show of protest against his president, the one who instituted a sweeping “Anti-Muslim” immigration ban. Amazing.
Football players weren’t the only ones taking a knee. Bruce Maxwell, 26, of the Oakland Athletics became the first Major League Baseball player to protest racial injustice by kneeling during the anthem, according to Deadspin. He took a knee ahead of the A’s game against the Texas Rangers on Sept. 24 – a game Oakland would win, 1-0.
Broncos and Bills sidelines during the national anthem pic.twitter.com/9eu8rref3R
— SB Nation (@SBNation) September 24, 2017
Large contingent of Broncos kneeling for the anthem. Von Miller included. pic.twitter.com/OBeAYKHgYP
— RK (@RyanKoenigsberg) September 24, 2017
— Matt Kryger (@MattKryger) September 24, 2017
Jags owner Shahid Khan. pic.twitter.com/2b3MveeC22
— Andrew Perloff (@andrewperloff) September 24, 2017
Donald is obsessed with Colin – which is no surprise, considering this man is still fixated with how he lost both the Emmy for Celebrity Apprentice and the popular vote to Hillary Clinton, 69. During a speech in Alabama on Sept 22, Donald took another shot at Colin. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!’” he said, according to The Guardian.
“[Trump’s] comments were a slap in the face to the civil rights heroes of the past and present, soldiers who have spilled blood in countless wars to uphold the values of this great nation and American people of all races, ethnicities, genders and sexual orientations who seek civil progress as a means to make this country, and this world, a better place,” Eric Winston, 33, a NFL offensive tackle (currently a free agent) and current head of the NFL Players’ Association, said in a statement, per FanRag Sports
Check out the gallery above of all those who are standing against Trump by taking a knee. Keeping coming back throughout the day, HollywoodLifers, as we’ll update with any more protests.