Taking a dig at the Dallas Cowboys, who have been granted a “green light” to protest during the national anthem Donald Trump’s son Eric Trump tweeted, saying “Football is officially dead — so much for ‘America’s sport.’ Goodbye NFL… I’m gone.”
On Monday night, the US President’s son took to Twitter to express his displeasure towards the current sports landscape. This comes after numerous sportspersons and teams from across various sports have taken to making strong statements and lent their support towards the Black Lives Matter Campaign, against police brutality and racial injustice.
In 2017, President Trump struck a nerve with NFL players when he asked team owners to fire players for protesting during the national anthem. Those comments prompted a league-wide show of solidarity. There is no doubt that recent incidents of police brutality toward Black people will spark protests during the national anthem during the 2020 NFL season.
On Friday, while appearing on Dallas radio station 105.3 The Fan, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made a positive statement regarding players protesting during the national anthem, urging fans to respect the fact that players’ opinions are diverse. No Dallas Cowboys player has knelt during the anthem in the four years since Colin Kaepernick first sparked a wave of protests against racial injustices and police brutality.
In his radio interview, Jones said, “That’s the great thing about America: Everybody has a difference. If our players are there, they are sensitive to and respect what America is as it relates to the flag. I’ll assure you that. I’d hope that our fans — and I think they will — understand that our players have issues that they need help on. They need help from the majority of America.”
Referring to the people who are continuously painting the protests in a bad light, former NFL commissioner Roger Goodell expressed, “What our players are doing is being mischaracterized. These are not people who are unpatriotic. They’re not disloyal. They’re not against our military. What they were trying to do is exercise their right to bring attention to something that needs to get fixed. That misrepresentation of who they were and what they were doing was the thing that really gnawed at me.”
Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie is seemingly braced for the possibility that NFL players could also stage a protest that shuts down games similar to what transpired in the NBA, WNBA, MLS, NHL, and with some MLB teams. Expressing his support, Lurie said, “I’m not concerned because I’m supportive of everything that’s involved in terms of trying to create attention and change. I’ve always been that way. And if we have to sacrifice, we have to sacrifice.”