Hip-Hop Reacts to President Trump’s Comment That NFL Players Should Be Fired for Disrespecting the American Flag
As he's been known to do a time or two, President Donald Trump has again sparked controversy with comments he made during a public speech, this time insinuating that NFL owners should fire players for protesting the American Flag immediately.
No. 45 was speaking at a political rally in Huntsville, Ala., on Friday (Sept. 22) when he brought up the topic of NFL protests, which have become somewhat widespread since Colin Kaepernick knelt during the National Anthem to protest police brutality last season.
"Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now,'" he said. "Out. He's fired! He's fired," he added riling up the crowd.
The NFL released a statement about Trump's comments earlier today which read: "The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture. There is no better example than the amazing response from our clubs and players to the terrible natural disasters we've experienced over the last month. Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities."
The hip-hop community is also standing against Trump's rhetoric. "Wow," Irv Gotti reacted with amazement to Trump's comments on Instagram. "This guy really don't give a fuck. If I was a black player in the NFL. There is no way you cannot feel a way after seeing this shit. Like all Colin Kaepernick did by kneeling on the National Anthem. Was bring to light that Innocent Black People are getting MURDERED by Police in America. And nothing happens. That was his message. Trumps message here is so crazy. We never had a president who cared so little about people."
Diddy posted a video on Instagram dedicated to the players in the NFL. "Y'all got a chance to do something really, really, really, really great tomorrow," he started. "If y'all do whatever y'all do in unity. You can't be stopped. Just do the math, man. Do the math. Stick together. Stand up for each other. Ride with each other. Because, believe me, we all we got."
Common, Funkmaster Flex, Black Thought and Chuck Inglish have also publicly called out Trump for his statements.
Check out their reactions below.
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