Plagued with controversy since he assumed office as the 45th President of the United States; Donald Trump dared into a sanctuary called Sports over the weekend when he called on NFL Team owners to fire those “Son’s of Bitches” who kneel during the playing of the National Anthem at NFL Games.
The issue which has seen mostly African Americans and other minorities and some white Americans siding with Kaepernick and a predominantly large segment of white America taking sides against Kaepernick and other players who have joined him in his protest came to a head on Friday when Donald Trump called for NFL Owners to Fire those ‘Son of Bitches’ when they take a knee during the playing of the anthem; because as he sees it, it is an outright disrespect of the Flag and the National Anthem of the USA as well as US Troops and first responders.
The blowback across the sports, entertainment and other spheres of life across the US and the world was swift and ferocious as player after player and team after team in the NFL, and players in other sports like the NBA took to Twitter to condemn Donald Trump for his divisive rhetoric.
Before Trump even made his now caustic comments against protesting NFL Players there had already been an issue of the Golden State Warriors not visiting the White House and Donald Trump had tried to turn the narrative around as if he was disinviting the Warriors and their Star Steph Curry to which LeBron James replied by Calling him a ‘Bum’
Close acquaintances of the President himself like NFL Team Owner of the New England Patriots; Robert Kraft on his response to Trumps comments, said; "I am deeply disappointed by the tone of the comments made by the President on Friday, I am proud to be associated with so many players who make such tremendous contributions in positively impacting our communities. Their efforts, both on and off the field, help bring people together and make our community stronger."
It was a show of Unity across the NFL on Sunday as team after team either stood together with arms locked in protest or knelt down to send a loud and clear message to a divisive Trump that his opinion and stance which stands contrary to American Values will not be tolerated.
Sports is a sanctuary away from all socially divisive issues and it serves to also uplift communities during trying times, unifying them through trials and tribulations. In America, we have seen how sports has been used as Vehicle to bring the country together during tragedies and also in addressing socially tough issues like racial harmony which helps to cement a divided nation.
So to pour flames of divisiveness in the Sports world that’s known to bring people together was a big mistake by Donald Trump.
By Leslie Koroma Sr