By Jasjit Singh, Staff Writer
Since taking office President Donald Trump has attempted to make many changes to our country. In his opinion, he is trying to right the wrongs of previous administrations. Doing things like attempting to repeal Obamacare and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. I guess President Trump has run out of real issues to handle, because our president has now turned his attention to professional sports.
During one of his rallies in Huntsville on September 22, Trump made statements suggesting to NFL owners to fire, “That son of a bitch!” referring to players that choose to kneel during the national anthem. Kneeling during the national anthem was a movement that was started by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The movement allows people to voice objections to racial injustice taking place throughout the country. Trump also pleaded with fans telling them to leave stadiums when they see players kneeling during the national anthem. With as many issues as we have in our country, Trump’s focus should not be on whether NFL players are kneeling during the anthem.
The whole point of the movement is to highlight racial injustices happening in America. The victims of these acts are being punished for expressing basic rights given to them in the U.S. Constitution. President Trump is asking owners to fire players for expressing a right given to them in the First Amendment. I like that Roger Goodell, commissioner of the National Football League (NFL), made a statement protecting players from the President’s egregious comments. It is safe to say the owners never would have acted on this statement: first to avoid any form of lawsuit; second and most importantly, because some of the players that have been kneeling are pro bowl caliber players. They are essential to the team’s success, and you can be sure they are not going to sacrifice team success and ticket sales for petty politics.
Trump being the strong-willed President he is did not stop at the NFL. He then proceeded to take shots at the National Basketball Association the very next day on Twitter. Stephen Curry, two time MVP and star point guard of the Champion Warriors showed hesitancy in visiting the White House. Visiting the White House is a sports tradition for champions. President Trump revoked their invitation via Twitter: “Going to White House is a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating; therefore, invitation is revoked.” One NBA superstar, Lebron James, stood up for rival Curry tweeting, “U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain’t going! So therefore, ain’t no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up.”
It should be noted that no team has ever had these types of problems surrounding a White House visit until Trump took office. There are instances on every championship team to have at least one player not attend the visit. I for one have a newfound respect for the Warriors. Instead of taking this as a roadblock the Warriors organization told fans they would still make a visit to Washington in February. February is also Black History Month, reiterating the message of equality. I leave you guys with one thought. Why is President Trump deflecting his duties, and trying to win a war of words with athletes? Why does he not try to fix some of the real problems with our country, because with as much revenue and tax income sports generate Trump needs to back off.