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.
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 Wonder, John Legend, Pharrell Williams, Cardi B, Tracee 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.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2017
See photos of people taking a knee below:
Rico Lavelle sang the anthem AND took a knee pic.twitter.com/mgno4HCzZQ
— Jasmine (@JasmineLWatkins) September 24, 2017
— The Hill (@thehill) September 25, 2017
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) September 25, 2017
— Global Citizen (@GlblCtzn) September 24, 2017
Pharrell takes a knee pic.twitter.com/ev9qcEfFhl
— pharrell's junebug (@angelAmyV) September 25, 2017
— The Independent (@Independent) September 25, 2017
Photo Credit: Mitchell Gunn/Maddie Meyer/Rey Del Rio/Leon Halip/Hannah Foslien/Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images