And for good reason. Despite the fact several team owners reportedly donated to Trump over the past year, they, are readying to turn against the one they support most. As football got underway in London today between the Baltimore Ravens and the Jaguars, players across both teams, took a knee in protest against police brutality and social injustices.
The Pittsburgh Steelers just confirmed to CBS that they will sit out the National Anthem in Chicago entirely as a team. Nobody will participate.
A movement that has struck a chord with white nationalists; Trump supporters, and pretty much anyone who isn’t deeply embedded in Papa Bear Trump ‘s religious base. Robert Kraft, the owner of the Patriots, released a statement today harshly condemning his “long time friend” and his unusually bizarre comments.
“I am deeply disappointed by the tone of the comments made by the President. There is no greater unifier in this country than sports, and unfortunately, nothing more divisive than politics. I think our political leaders could learn a lot from the lessons of teamwork and … working together toward a common goal. Our players are intelligent, thoughtful, and care deeply about our community and I support their right to peacefully affect social change.”
Meanwhile, one other head coach made headlines across the world after he stunned crowds and decided to join the #TakeaKnee protest himself. Shahid Khan, the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars, joined his team in a show of unity during their protests before the big-game.
Jaguars x Ravens players protest the National Anthem after Donald Trumps comments pic.twitter.com/CaA98UYMMj
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