What Trump's NFL, Curry remarks should signal to his base

Cheryl Sanders
September 25, 2017

President Donald Trump is getting exactly what he wanted from a racially charged confrontation with professional athletes and sports team owners: A morale boost for his base and a fight with those who see the refusal to stand for the National Anthem as an appropriate form of dissent.

If you missed the exchange that unfolded yesterday, let us catch you up.

Goodell strongly backed the players and criticized Trump for "an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL" while several team owners issued similar statements. The annoyed Trump rescinded Curry's invitation, which caused James to come to Curry's defense. He also implicitly referred to Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who protested racial injustice by symbolically taking a knee while the national anthem played, as a "son of a bitch."

"President Obama with Steph Curry previous year at the White House", Souza wrote. Respectfully, Mr. Trump, the point is this: You're the president.


Trump tweeted early Saturday, withdrawing the White House invitation to the Golden State Warriors.

While the choice would be made as a team to attend, Curry said at Media Day he would vote "no" in hopes to make a statement of Trump's direction in leading the country. So therefore ain't no invite.

"He is giving lots of red meat to his base to fire them up before a crucial election", GOP strategist John Feehery said of the Alabama contest, which pits Trump-backed Sen. "We no longer can afford to stick to sports".

"It's hard to say because I don't know exactly what we're going to do if we do go or if we don't go or whatever but my beliefs stay the same". I completely agree with Commissioner Goodell that we are better off as a nation when we are unified and pulling together.


The term #TakeTheKnee was trending on Twitter on Saturday and early Sunday.

"Wouldn't you love to see one of the National Football League owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he's fired".

"He (Trump) was going to break up with us before we could break up with him".

Richard Sherman, the outspoken Seattle Seahawks cornerback, said: "The behavior of the President is unacceptable and needs to be addressed".


Warriors forward Draymond Green said the good news was that Golden State won't have to talk about going to the White House again - unless they win another title during the Trump presidency.

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