President Donald Trump made controversial comments concerning NFL and NBA players within the span of 24 hours, setting up a weekend of unease for both sports.
During a speaking engagement Friday in Alabama, the president said NFL owners should fire players who kneel during the national anthem. And he encouraged spectators to walk out in protest.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired,” Trump said to loud applause.
Meanwhile, star Stephen Curry of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors said Friday that if the team is invited to the White House — as is custom with championship teams in pro sports — he would not want to go.
“That we don’t stand for basically what our president has — the things that he’s said and the things that he hasn’t said at the right times — that we won’t stand for it,” Curry said during the Warriors’ media day activities. “By acting and not going, hopefully that will inspire some change when it comes to what we tolerate in this country, what is accepted and what we turn a blind eye toward. It’s not just the act of not going, there are things you have to do in the back end that you have to push that message into motion.”
The president responded to Curry’s thoughts with this tweet on Saturday morning:
Watch Kentucky.com for updates on both of these developing stories.