Trump Attacks Protesting Athletes, Pushes For Football Despite Coronavirus Concerns

Written by on August 11, 2020

President Donald Trump on Tuesday continued his yearslong assault on athletes who kneel through the nationwide anthem to protest racial inequality and police brutality. He urged NFL and school soccer leagues to play this 12 months regardless of coronavirus issues ― as long as gamers stand for the nationwide anthem.

Requested whether or not he believes the NFL will transfer ahead with its scheduled season opener subsequent month, Trump instructed Fox Sports activities Radio that his administration is doing “all the things attainable” to assist the league.

“They need to open badly,” Trump mentioned. “I might say this: In the event that they don’t stand for the nationwide anthem, I hope they don’t open. However apart from that, I’d like to see them open. … They’ll protest in different methods. They shouldn’t protest our flag or our nation.”

Trump, who claimed in June that he’s “an ally of all peaceable protesters,” has repeatedly bashed skilled athletes for protesting through the nationwide anthem since then-NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick first took a knee in 2016. The motion gained momentum this 12 months following the police killing of George Floyd in Could and the following nationwide anti-racism protests.

On MLB’s opening day final month, gamers and coaches kneeled on the sphere for about 20 seconds earlier than the nationwide anthem was performed. A few week later, NBA gamers wore Black Lives Matter shirts and kneeled through the nationwide anthem on their league’s opening day.

Trump on Tuesday blamed the nationwide anthem protests for the NBA’s declining rankings earlier than attacking some gamers as “very nasty” and “very dumb.”

“I feel it’s been horrible for basketball. Take a look at the basketball rankings,” the president mentioned. “There was a nastiness in regards to the NBA the way in which it was accomplished, too. So I feel the NBA is in hassle.”

He added that he “didn’t like what baseball did even a little bit bit.”

“Once more, it’s important to stand on your flag, and it’s important to respect your flag and your nation,” Trump mentioned. “You’re making hundreds of thousands of {dollars} a 12 months to play a sport you’d enjoying anyway should you didn’t make ― they’d be enjoying it on the weekends. They usually should respect their nation.”

Trump mentioned it could be a “tragic mistake” for school soccer leagues to cancel their season due to the pandemic.

A number of conferences, together with the Huge Ten and Pac-12, have reportedly voted to not play this 12 months. On Tuesday, the College of Massachusetts joined the College of Connecticut in canceling its soccer season.

“They’re very wholesome folks,” Trump mentioned of school soccer gamers. “You recognize, folks don’t notice, it’s a tiny proportion of those that get sick they usually’re previous. It simply assaults previous folks, particularly previous folks with dangerous hearts, diabetes or some form of a bodily drawback, a weight drawback.”

He continued: “These soccer gamers are very younger, sturdy folks bodily. I imply they’re bodily in extraordinary form. So that you’re not going to have an issue. … You’re not going to see folks dying.”

Whereas it’s true that folks 65 and older are more likely to be hospitalized or die after contracting the virus than youthful folks, COVID-19 has confirmed to be severe and generally deadly in some younger, wholesome folks.

A number of distinguished school soccer gamers have contracted the virus. Louisiana State College linebacker Travez Moore tweeted final week that he had misplaced 27 kilos throughout his battle with COVID-19.

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