It looks like President Trump is getting ready to go war with the NFL over national anthem kneeling.
Just a few weeks ago, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell released a statement apologizing for not listening to players earlier about the Black Lives Matters movement and encouraged them to peacefully protest whoever they see fit.
We, the NFL, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of Black People. We, the NFL, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest. We, the NFL, believe Black Lives Matter. #InspireChange pic.twitter.com/ENWQP8A0sv
— NFL (@NFL) June 5, 2020
Since then several players including Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield have said they will kneel during the anthem this season.
Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield plans to kneel during the National Anthem. Mayfield the former Oklahoma Sooners QB explains in statement why he made decision pic.twitter.com/jmcC0eaMhg
— DEE SPORTS GUY (@RodH75727469) June 13, 2020
During his rally at Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday, Trump took aim at Goodell and kneeling players.
Trump: "I like the NFL. I like Roger Goodell, but I didn't like what he said a week ago. … We will never kneel to our national anthem or our great American flag. We will stand proud and we will stand tall."
— Kelly Hines (@KellyHinesTW) June 21, 2020
Trump on NFL… “I thought we won that battle with the NFL. Their stadiums were emptying out”
— Matt Verderame (@MattVerderame) June 21, 2020
Trump takes a shot at Roger Goodell over NFL's Black Lives Matter statement "Where did that come from nobody was even asking" "We will never kneel to our national anthem or to the American flag"…."I thought we won that battle with the NFL" pic.twitter.com/QOdPCGsI7z
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) June 21, 2020
The NFL are going to have to prepare to withstand blowback from the President and his supporters because it appears that several players are deadset on kneeling during the anthem this season.