Athletes from various American sports leagues are attacking US President Donald Trump in light of his repeated remarks about players who choose to kneel during the national anthem. Last night, WNBA players kneeled while fans also started to criticize Trump.
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In light of US President Donald Trump’s remarks on Twitter regarding NFL players’ protest during the national anthem, athletes from other leagues are also kneeling during at the beginning of games. After the players of three football teams kneeled and locked arms on Sunday, WNBA players did the same and players from other sports leagues criticized Trump’s comments.
The protest began last season when NFL player Colin Kaepernick kneeled during the anthem in order to raise awareness for the alleged police brutality against African-Americans. However, it eventually turned into a protest against Trump and his controversial demands to fire players who refuse to stand during the anthem.
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Miami Dolphins player Julius Thomas, who had previously stood during the anthem, knelt for the first time Sunday. “To have the president trying to intimidate people — I wanted to send a message that I don’t condone that,” he explained. “I’m not OK with somebody trying to prevent someone from standing up for what they think is important.”
Fans even joined the protest against Trump. Some Eagles fans held up “Not my President” posters and shouted anti-Trump slogans during a game in Philadelphia. Other fans also criticized the president. “I’m a Republican who voted for him but I think this is a battle he doesn’t need to get into,” said New York Jets fan Greg Zaccaria, 61, according to the New York Times. However, Zaccaria also criticized the players: “I understand what they’re trying to get at, I just think there are better ways of expressing yourself.”