President Donald Trump continued his criticism of the NFL on Twitter, calling out the league by saying its "players are the boss."
"Can you believe that the disrespect for our Country, our Flag, our Anthem continues without penalty to the players," Trump tweeted on Nov. 24. "The Commissioner has lost control of the hemorrhaging league. Players are the boss!"
The president also slammed the league after reports said it plans to keep players in locker rooms during the national anthem next season, Inquisitr reports.
"The NFL is now thinking about a new idea - keeping teams in the Locker Room during the National Anthem next season," tweeted Trump on Nov. 22. "That’s almost as bad as kneeling! When will the highly paid Commissioner finally get tough and smart? This issue is killing your league!"
NFL players got on Trump's bad side when they knelt, sat and raised their fists as the national anthem played before games in protest of police brutality, USA Today reports. At a political rally in Alabama on Sept. 22, the president sparked controversy for his comments on the national anthem debate.
He said during the rally: "Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a b***h off the field right now. Out. He's fired. He's fired.'"
Some readers reacted strongly to Trump's continued criticism of the NFL.
"Donald, you don’t have to constantly remind remind your 31% that you are a racist," one USA Today reader commented. "They know that. That’s why they continue to support you. They know that you will protect them from people who don’t share their skin color. Get a job to take your mind off having to spew your blather unceasingly. It is tiring to see a grown man act this way."
"The role of the president is defined in Article II, Sections 2 and 3 of the [constitution]," added another. "The nation depends on him to fulfill these responsibilities. We really need to have President Trump focus on his job and avoid distractions."
Trump also sparked controversy for comments he made during a teleconference with five branches of the military serving overseas on Nov. 23. The president frequently spoke of military progress under his reign as opposed to former President Barack Obama.
"They say we've made more progress against ISIS than they did in years with the previous administration, and that's because I'm letting you perform your job," he said, according to CNN. "We're very very proud of you. Everybody in this country is watching and they are seeing positive reports for a change. Instead of the neutral and negative reports."
"What you are doing with ISIS is again being talked about -- with armed forces, we're really winning," added Trump. "We know how to win, but we have to let you win. You weren't winning before.
"They were letting you play even," Trump added, in reference to the Obama administration. "We want to let you win."