Trump Attacks NFL Commissioner Goodell for Backing Players: 'Tell Them to Stand!'

| SEP 24, 2017 | 2:34 PM

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President Donald Trump doubled down on his recent attacks aimed at NFL players who protest for civil rights by taking a knee during the national anthem — urging commissioner Roger Goodell to “tell them to stand!”

Trump responded late Saturday night to Goodell's statement supporting NFL players and bashing the president's “divisive” comments.

“Roger Goodell of NFL just put out a statement trying to justify the total disrespect certain players show to our country. Tell them to stand!” Trump fired back.

As the commissioner, players and multiple owners continue to voice their support for peaceful protests, the president followed up early on Sunday, calling for a total NFL boycott.

Trump also took a shot at the football league, saying “Boring games yes,” but according to the president, most people are turning out because of the growing politicization of the sport.

On Friday night, the president kicked off this firestorm by slamming players who kneel during the national anthem: “Get that son of a b***h off the field right now, he's fired.”

Trump's controversial comments came just hours after Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) announced that he could not “in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal.” The president's words have been met with a fierce backlash from both the sports and political spheres.

Many have called out the president for attacking NFL players peacefully protesting “with more conviction than he has NAZIS,” referring to his controversial response to the violence white nationalist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, last month.

Multiple NFL owners have released statements supporting their players right to protest and voice their concerns in a peaceful manner. Even New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, whom he has backed in the past and called a “very good friend,” said he was “deeply disappointed” by the president's comments.

“There is no greater unifier in this country than sports, and unfortunately, nothing more divisive than politics,” Kraft said in a statement tweeted by the Patriots official account.