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Comments on kneeling had nothing to do with race – Trump, as Celebrities join Athletes in Taking a Knee

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US President Donald Trump has tweeted that his issue with football players kneeling during the American anthem has nothing to do with race.

Trump had, to a crowd of supporters on Friday, asked that players who took a knee during the anthem be fired.

He said:

Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b**** off the field right now… he is fired’?

His comment was seen as directed toward Colin Kaepernick who in protest of the shootings of unarmed black men in America would take a knee during the national anthem.

Over the past weekend, NFL players and coaches and even owners had in solidarity protested the president’s comments.

Some took a knee, others crossed arms, while some totally removed themselves from the conversation by remaining in the locker room while the national anthem played.

Celebrities also joined the cause, with Stevie WonderJohn LegendPharrell WilliamsCardi BTracee Ellis Ross, and Ice Cube all taking a knee while performing over the weekend.

Trump has come forward to say that his comments were not race related, but is about the respect of the country.

See photos of people taking a knee below:

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 24: Jacksonville Jaguars players kneel during the playing of the national anthem against the Baltimore Ravens at Wembley Stadium on September 24, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mitchell Gunn/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – SEPTEMBER 24: J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans kneels before a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on September 24, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – SEPTEMBER 24: Members of the New England Patriots kneel on the sidelines during the National Anthem before a game against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium on September 24, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

DETROIT, MI – SEPTEMBER 24: Members of the Detroit Lions take a knee during the playing of the national anthem prior to the start of the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Ford Field on September 24, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

DETROIT, MI – SEPTEMBER 024: Members of the Atlanta Falcons football team Grady Jarrett and Dontari Poe take a knee during the playing of the national anthem prior to the start of the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on September 24, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – SEPTEMBER 24: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wide Receivers Mike Evans #13, and DeSean Jackson #11, take a knee during the national anthem before the game against the Minnesota Vikings on September 24, 2017 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

CARSON, CA – SEPTEMBER 24: Terrance Smith #48, Eric Fisher #72, Demetrius Harris #84, and Cameron Erving #75 of the Kansas City Chiefs is seen taking a knee before the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at the StubHub Center on September 24, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

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Photo Credit: Mitchell Gunn/Maddie Meyer/Rey Del Rio/Leon Halip/Hannah Foslien/Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

7 Comments

  1. Joke

    September 25, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    It’s only in America this kind of thing can be an issue

    • truth

      September 25, 2017 at 5:20 pm

      Your way of thinking and not seeing the reason for why they take a knee is a problem with Nigeria and why it still not progressing. If important figures in the Nigerian community actually symbolically voiced their outrage about what the government does to its citizens, then perhaps Naija can become better.

  2. amaa

    September 25, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Gosh who wished this upon America Ehhhhhhh. Is there a race problem in America yes there is .Has it gotten worse since Trump yes it has some may say no that it just emboldened racist .
    Is Trump a big baby yes he, is NFL a big business who has lobby powers yes it is.
    Trump should also understand that the owners of these leagues will not dare risk the wrath of the fans to endanger the source of their wealth period!!!!. If he likes let him keep throwing a tantrum. Capitalism/profit are gods in America.

  3. Akpeno

    September 25, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    We all know this is about RACE.

    He is pandering to his base whom are mostly racist.

    He has however entered an arena where the fight might be bigger than him.
    Those black boys play the game at a level most white players only dream about and, the owners of these teams(NFL and NBA) Know it…. Trump is messing with their money… Why do you think the owners are coming out in support of their players? they know their worth that’s why.

  4. Jemimah

    September 25, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    This got me really emotional. America, what a mess!

  5. Britico

    September 25, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    But it isn’t it more subervient to kneel than stand? They dey kobale for anthem, nah so i dey see am, someone pls explain the issue.

  6. Sweets

    September 26, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    unity is power …we need to understand this in our dear country…

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