Professional sports has been caught in President Trump’s crosshairs as of late after he issued stinging attacks against protesting athletes and team owners.
“If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect …,” Trump said in tweets Saturday afternoon. “Our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU’RE FIRED. Find something else to do!”
The president, who spent the earlier part of this week targeting worldwide foes and U.S. senators, began his attacks on pro sports in earnest Friday night when he blasted NFL players for kneeling in protest during the national anthem. He also called out league owners for not punishing what he considered an act of disrespect.
“We’re proud of our country,” Trump said during a political rally in Alabama. “We respect our flag. Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say get that son of a b—h off the field, right now, out? He’s fired.”