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A day after players across the NFL defied Donald Trump with gestures of protest during the national anthem, and as the president continued to tweet his Nick Bjugstad Youth Jersey anger, a league spokesman hit back by invoking the 2005 Access Hollywood tape in which Trump bragged about sexual assault.“Everyone should know, including the president, that this is what real locker-room talk is,” said the NFL’s Joe Lockhart, referring to Trump’s defense of a leaked tape in which he bragged about groping and kissing women without their consent.The NBA great LeBron James also slammed Trump, telling reporters: “The people run this country, not one individual. And damn sure not him.”
On Sunday, about 200 players sat or kneeled in a show of defiance against Trump, while others locked arms or raised fists. A few teams stayed off the field as The Star-Spangled Banner played.In a call with reporters, Lockhart, a former spokesman for Bill Clinton, said players were attempting to advance equality. “This is about going from protest to progress,” he said, noting that since the then San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the anthem, many players have become involved in community work and promoting criminal justice reform.In one NFL locker room on Sunday, the Miami Dolphins safety Michael Thomas discussed Trump: “It just amazes me that with http://www.officialpanthersonlinestore.com/Reilly_Smith_Jersey everything else that’s going on in this world, that’s what you concerned about? You’re the leader of the free world and this is what you’re talking about?
“As a man, as a father, as an African American man, someone in the NFL, one of those ‘sons of bitches’, you know, yeah, I take it personally. But at the same time it’s bigger than me, man.”Thomas’s use of “sons of bitches” referred to Trump’s remarks at a rally in Alabama on Friday: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now’.”Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, repeatedly insisted the president’s message was a matter of “patriotism”.“I think that it’s always appropriate for the president of the United States to defend our flag, to defend the national anthem, and to defend the men and women who fought and died to defend it,” Sanders said at the daily White House press briefing.
Trump ignited anger among Pete Maravich Authentic Jersey owners who donated to his campaign, close friend Robert Kraft among them. Tom Brady, quarterback for Kraft’s Super Bowl-champion New England Patriots who has himself come under fire over his friendship with Trump, said the comments were “just divisive”.Speaking on WEEI’s Kirk and Callahan radio show, Brady – who did not kneel but locked arms with team-mates before facing Panthers Jersey the Panthers Authentic Jersey Houston Hawks Jersey Texans Hawks Authentic Jersey – said: “I think everyone has a right to do whatever they want to do. If you don’t agree with it, that’s fine, you can voice your disagreement. I think that’s great. It’s part of our democracy, as long as it’s done in a peaceful, respectful way. That’s what this country has been all about.”Trump was undeterred, tweeting: “The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our country, flag and national anthem. NFL must respect this!”
The president’s comments were http://www.officialhawkstore.com/Spud_Webb_Jersey nonetheless seen as directed at black players. Kaepernick, who is African American, began his protest to draw attention to fatal police shootings of unarmed black men. He remains unemployed, in what critics say is a league-wide block based on his political views. At a press conference on Monday, James said: “I wish I owned an NFL team right now. I’d sign him today.”James, who endorsed Hillary Clinton in 2016, thrust himself into the debate on Saturday when Trump went after basketball star Stephen Curry, rescinding a White House invitation to the NBA-champion Golden State Warriors. That prompted criticism and rebuke from black athletes including James, who called the president a “bum”.“That’s what makes me more sick than anything. It’s the most powerful position in the world, and we are at a time where the most powerful position in the world has an opportunity to bring us closer together as a people, and inspire the youth, and put the youth at ease, saying that it’s OK for me to walk down the street and not be judged because of the color of my skin or because of my race.
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