President Trump was characteristically blunt about the NFL National Anthem controversy saying if he was a team owner and saw one of his players kneeling during the Anthem he'd say, "Get that blankety blank off the field, right now, out, he's fired!".
Nothing is not political in the age of Donald Trump. Why are players fined for celebrating touchdowns and big plays during games if the league supports creative individuality and allowing players to express themselves on the field?
That means facing the wrong direction, slouching or failing to put your right hand over your heart while the anthem plays at a sports event is technically a sign of disrespect.
Others knelt in protest against racial injustice and police brutality.
"Whatever stance you decided to make or if you want to stand for the anthem and you want to put your hand over your heart and go along, that's fine, that's okay", Thomas said. Trump also said the issue of kneeling "has nothing to do with race". On Saturday, the President took on the National Basketball Association, announcing via Twitter that he was rescinding his invitation to host the Golden State Warriors at the White House after hearing Steph Curry wasn't interested in attending.
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That day, basketball star Stephen Curry, the top player for California's Golden State Warriors, announced that he would not be attending a traditional White House reception honoring the National Basketball Association champions.
Trump also seemed to dismiss the accusations that his attacks were racially motivated. They'll be the most popular person, for a week. "Our political leaders could learn a lot from the lessons of teamwork and working together toward a common goal", he said.
The conflict peaked Sunday with Trump's remarks that had the effect of uniting a newly minted coalition including a growing number of players and coaches, as well as some owners who have backed the president.
But there are no flag cops and penalties for ignoring the code. "He's fired!" The crowd cheered wildly, but Oliver was less than pleased with Trump's retreat back into The Apprentice territory.
Trump reinforced his opinion before Sunday's games.
Owners, including the Jacksonville Jaguars' Shahid Khan and the Washington Redskins' Dan Snyder, joined them on the sideline during the pre-game ceremonies.