After the call for the boycott of Trump, the controversy is spreading in the american sport
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Players from two NFL teams, the Baltimore Ravens and the Jacksonville Jaguars, knelt Sunday when the anthem sounded in the stadium of Wembley, London.
Washington — Donald Trump has re-launched on Sunday, the controversy with the stars of the sport by calling for a boycott of the football teams whose players are missing, according to him, out of respect to America and the national anthem.
The u.s. president has engaged in since Friday in an escalation of rhetoric with the sports-kings in the United States (american football, baseball, basketball), with springs that are reminiscent of his open conflict with the artistic circles, frontally opposed to his political philosophy.
“If the fans of NFL (american football championship) refuse to go to matches until players stop disrespecting our flag and our country, you will quickly see a change. Transfer or pause ! “, launched the president-billionaire on Twitter, offering tacit to hit the professional leagues in the portfolio.
If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop is disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see changes take place fast. Fire gold suspends!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017
“The league should support the United States “, he insisted.
The real estate tycoon has persisted in his denunciation of athletes who, by their distrust of his administration or their positions on issues of society, and dishonor to this country.
It aims, in particular, the former quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, Colin Kaepernick. The latter knelt in August of 2016 for the us anthem to protest against the killings of several Black people killed by white police officers.
The republican president, elected on a populist discourse and a nationalist, has launched its first attack on Friday during a political rally in Alabama.
“Is it that you would not like to see any of these owners (team) NFL say, when someone’s lack of respect to our flag, “get me out this son of a bitch of the pitch, he is fired, fired !””, had he imparted.
A political message
Since the case of Kaepernick, the real scandal in the last year in the United States, several athletes have imitated the player of 29 years to advance a political message, causing the ire of Donald Trump.
“I know our players knelt during the national anthem, and these are young intelligent men with character” who “wanted to start up a dialogue,” responded Sunday, Stephen Ross, owner of the Miami Dolphins.
“At this moment, our country needs a leadership that unites, not more division. We must seek to understand us and have a discourse courteous rather than sentences and small phrases “, he added.
The president of the New England Patriots, champions of the NFL, also said they were “deeply disappointed” Sunday ” by the tone of the remarks made by the president “. “The effort” of his players “on and off the field to gather together and make our communities stronger,” pointed out Robert Kraft.
The NBA also referred to
Donald Trump was taken Saturday to a sport that featured american, basketball, in withdrawing the invitation to the White House for the team of NBA Golden State Warriors, winner of the last championship, breaking with an old tradition.
In question, the opposition including the leader, Stephen Curry is the policy of the american president. The decision has provoked a storm of reactions on the part of other sports stars or leaders.
“Go to the White House was an honor front you to be “, has tweeted on Saturday, at the address of Mr. Trump the other star of the basketball in the United States, LeBron James. “Steph : consider this cancellation as a badge of honor “, has confirmed the players union.
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The players of the football team of the Patriots of the New England knelt during the american national anthem prior to their meeting with the Houston Texans, in the Gillette Stadium.
The controversy seems to have created a snowball effect. Saturday night, it has spread in baseball, with the first player of the professional league, Bruce Maxwell Oakland Athletics, kneel during the us anthem.
It was even exported to London Sunday, where met in an exhibition match two NFL teams, the Baltimore Ravens and the Jacksonville Jaguars. When the anthem sounded in the stadium of Wembley, several players from both teams knelt.
The Penguins will visit the White House
The defending champions of the Stanley Cup, the Pittsburgh Penguins, have said that they had accepted the president’s invitation to Donald Trump to make it to the White House, while the players, coaches and owners of the NFL and the NBA are involved in a war of words with the president of the United States.
The Penguins issued a press release Sunday morning where they stated they respected the president and ” the long tradition of teams champions who visit the White House “. The Penguins have been honoured by Barack Obama after winning the Stanley cup in 2016, and by George H. W. Bush in the early 1990s.
“Any difference of opinion with the policies of the president, his decisions or his agenda can be expressed otherwise. However, we respect the freedom of expression of individuals and groups, as it should be, ” wrote the team.
The tensions are not as sharp between the administration Trump and the NHL, since Americans are a minority within the pool of players compared to Europeans and Canadians. Blake Wheeler, an attacker Winnipeg Jets a native of Plymouth, Minnesota, was one of the few NHL players to criticize Trump on social networks for his comments about the athletes protesters in various professional sports in north america.