Players react to Trump’s comments; linebacker Marshall calls them ‘disgusting’
A number of NFL gamers responded harshly Thursday to President Donald Trump’s feedback supporting the league’s new nationwide anthem coverage, which requires fines or punishment for any type of disrespect throughout the anthem.
“I feel that’s good,” Trump mentioned in an interview with “Fox & Buddies” that taped Wednesday and aired Thursday. “I don’t assume individuals ought to be staying within the locker rooms, however nonetheless I feel it’s good. You need to stand proudly for the nationwide anthem. Otherwise you shouldn’t be enjoying, you shouldn’t be there. Perhaps you shouldn’t be within the nation.”
Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall, who knelt throughout the anthem earlier than a number of video games throughout the 2016 season and as soon as final season, referred to as Trump’s phrases “disgusting.”
“I say disgusting due to our First Modification rights,’’ he mentioned. “We’ve bought freedom of speech, proper? Freedom to protest? Simply because any individual chooses to protest, now we’ve bought to be kicked in a foreign country? That’s not how issues ought to work, in my view. It’s not about, simply because any individual disagrees with one thing, if I don’t stand for the anthem, if I don’t like what’s happening, that’s principally him saying I ought to be kicked out the nation.
“… Everyone shouldn’t be going to agree on issues, everyone shouldn’t be going to be in agreement on issues, so simply because any individual disagrees on one thing, a problem, with one thing that’s happening on this nation, that they need to pack up and depart — that’s absurd, in my view.’’
Seattle Seahawks wideout Doug Baldwin additionally had a robust response to the president’s feedback.
“He’s an fool,” Baldwin mentioned of Trump. “Plain and easy.” I respect the person as a result of he’s a human being, in the beginning. He’s simply being extra divisive, which isn’t stunning. It’s what it’s.
“For him to say that anybody who doesn’t comply with his viewpoints or his constituents’ viewpoints ought to be kicked in a foreign country, it’s not very empathetic, it’s not very American-like, truly to me. It’s not very patriotic. It’s not what this nation was based upon. It’s form of ironic to me that the President of america is contradicting what our nation is basically constructed on.”
A school roommate of Colin Kaepernick whereas the pair performed collectively at Nevada, Marshall was one of many first gamers to hitch Kaepernick in kneeling throughout the anthem to protest social injustice. Marshall added that whereas he doesn’t just like the league’s new anthem coverage, he understands why it was put in place.
“That’s my opinion: I don’t prefer it,’’ he mentioned. “I perceive it, although, I don’t prefer it, however I perceive it and what they’re making an attempt to guard — they’re making an attempt to guard the protect. The rationale we did this within the first place, was to deliver consideration to police brutality, that’s the explanation, that was only a image for what was happening, similar to the flag is an emblem of America.
“So, taking a knee was an emblem and the work got here after that. Colin has been doing work, I’ve been doing work, Malcolm Jenkins, a bunch of fellows have been doing work, so to me the knee wasn’t the top all, be all. There ought to have been motion behind the knee, and there was.’’
Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Artie Burns mentioned he plans to face for the anthem, however he opposes the brand new coverage and expects it to be a supply of division, quite than unity, inside groups. He described the brand new guidelines as a type of “bullying” and mentioned the topic can be “one other subject to get everyone towards one another.”
“It makes (protesters) look dangerous,” Burns mentioned. “Your complete workforce is on the market (for the anthem) and also you come operating out (of the locker room) like, ‘Oh, he’s the man.’ Who desires to undergo that? That’s humiliating us as an individual, as a result of we’re making an attempt to face for one thing, to single us out in entrance of everyone.”
Marshall isn’t so positive the brand new coverage will restrict protesting, partially as a result of its language signifies groups can be fined for any type of disrespect proven throughout the anthem, quite than gamers being fined.
“I really feel prefer it would possibly make individuals insurgent,’’ he mentioned. “ … And let’s be clear, they are saying they may effective the workforce, however gamers don’t care about that — gamers don’t care if the workforce will get fined.’’
—Discipline Degree Media