Trump Tweets About NFL Player Kneeling On Thanksgiving

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President Donald Trump has posted another tweet criticizing the NFL over its players kneeling in protest during the national anthem.

"Can you believe that the disrespect for our Country, our Flag, our Anthem continues without penalty to the players," tweeted the president on Nov. 24, according to ESPN. Trump attacked NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in the same tweet: "The Commissioner has lost control of the hemorrhaging league," wrote Trump. "Players are the boss!"

The tweet came in response to a tweet from Trump's social media chief, Dan Scavino, Jr., who had posted about the NFL's ratings, saying they were "[continuing] to plummet."

Scavino shared a story from Breitbart about New York Giants player Olivier Vernon kneeling during the national anthem on Thanksgiving before a game between the Giants and the Washington Redskins.

Vernon has reportedly been kneeling since Trump's earlier comments at a rally in Alabama, where he criticized players for their protests, according to New York Daily News.

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"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, out, he's fired. He's fired!'" said Trump during the speech, according to CNN. "You know, some owner is going to do that. He's going to say: 'That guy that disrespects our flag, he's fired.' And that owner, they don't know it [but] they'll be the most popular person in this country."

"I don't care if you're the president or not," said Vernon after Trump's initial comments. "You ain't my president."

"Just because you got money or whatever and you play a high level sport, you're supposed to be OK with what's going on?" added Vernon. "I don't understand how that's right. So I'm just gonna continue what I'm doing as a citizen of the U.S."

On Nov. 18, Vernon told Newsday that he would continue to kneel in protest, according to Bleacher Report.

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"What it would take for me to stand is if people can understand what the whole message is behind it," said Vernon. "That would actually help a whole lot, but everybody doesn't see things that way and tries to distort what the message was from the beginning, which is basically social injustice on African-Americans and police brutality."

The protests have been controversial, with some arguing they are disrespectful to the flag and troops.

In September, Giants linebacker and captain Jonathan Casillas said that Giants co-owner John Mara wanted players to stand during the anthem but would fully support players' decision to kneel in protest, according to Fox.

Giants coach Ben McAdoo said the team "[practices] empathy here."

"[We're] sticking together as a football team," said McAdoo. "I'm not sure how much the president can empathize with our players and the way [some] grew up."

Sources:, Fox, Bleacher Report, ESPN, New York Daily News, CNN, Donald J. Trump/Twitter, Dan Scavino/Twitter / Featured Image: U.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr / Embedded Images: Jeffrey Beall/Flickr, U.S. Department of Labor/Flickr

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