President Donald Trump created a lot of controversy last week when he attacked NHL players for going down on their knees when the National Anthem was being played before the game. A number of players have been doing down on their knees in an attempt to protest police brutality on African-Americans.
Trump stirred up a hornets’ nest as he called on NHL franchise owners to fire these ‘sons of bitches’ for disrespecting the National Anthem. His comments did not go down well with NHL and NBA players who used their social media accounts to hit back at the President and voice their disapproval for his behavior and resorted to name calling the President.
James ‘Bum’ Tweet Gets 696k ReTweets
NBA Star Lebron James who plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers heaped criticism on the President by calling him a bum and telling him that damn sure does not run America. James has more than 38 million followers on Twitter and another 36 million on Instagram and is one of the most popular players in America. His tweet in which he referred to President Trump as a ‘bum’ was retweeted 659 thousand times and received 1.5 million likes.
James wasn’t the only player criticizing the President for his attack. NBA All-Star DeMar DeRozan said that President Trump has brought on this attack by himself as none of the players were trying to disrespect the flag, the anthem or anybody for that matter. Instead the President resulted to name calling and ended up disrespecting the players.
David Fizdale, the coach of the Memphis Grizzlies also pointed out that President Trump had also been lose with his remarks against the North Korean leader and was instigating a war and putting American troops at risk. Fizdale said the President needs to have a closer look at who is really disrespecting the military with their comments and actions.
200 NHL Players Kneel And Sit During National Anthem
NHL franchises and players also chipped in and showed their disapproval. Jerry Jones who owns the Dallas Cowboys has been a big supporter of President Trump. However he decided to join his players and kneel in a show of support but it was done before the National Anthem. As many as 200 NFL players decided to kneel or sit down during the National Anthem which was played on Sunday before their respective games while three NFL teams preferred not to take the field during the National Anthem.