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Some Of Trump's Biggest Allies Turn On Him

If you were hoping to tune in to NFL programming on Sunday to take a breather from more serious topics, then you were probably disappointed. President Donald Trump took care of that on Friday night when he expressed his consternation with NFL players that feel the need to protest the National Anthem. The intersection between the worlds of sports and politics was gridlocked from that point. The NFL community responded in a big way, and a vast amount of time was dedicated to Trump’s remarks.

As the Daily Mail shares, the NFL world responded with near universal condemnation of what Trump had to say. As often happens with the commander-in-chief, he started off by making a point about a contentious topic, and he proceeded to make it even more contentious by veering off the rails. Whether that is intentionally done by design or not is unclear, but the topic has certainly been dominating the landscape ever since.

Numerous folks associated with the NFL have taken the time to speak out and condemn Trump’s remarks, including a number of team owners. Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots and someone that is reportedly close to Trump, made it pretty clear how he feels about the whole thing.

“I am deeply disappointed by the tone of the comments made by the President...,” Kraft said in a statement. “Our players are intelligent, thoughtful, and care deeply about our community and I support their right to peacefully affect social change and raise awareness in a manner that they feel is most impactful.”

Former NFL coach Rex Ryan is now working for ESPN as an analyst, and he took Trump’s remarks personally after taking the time to appear on Trump’s behalf while he was out on the campaign trail.

“I'm p****d off, I'll be honest with you. I supported Donald Trump. When he asked me to introduce him at a rally in Buffalo, I did that. But I am reading these comments and it is appalling to me. And I am sure it is appalling to almost any citizen in our country. It should be,” Ryan said. ”'I mean, calling our players S.O.Bs and that kind of stuff, that is not the men that I know. The men I know in the locker room, I am proud to be associated with them in the locker room.”

Similar remarks flowed in from across the NFL, and there was simply no separating sports from politics on Sunday. Trump’s remarks ensured that the topic of anthem protests would be discussed ad nauseam, and the end result was that the NFL community banded together and presented a unified response. While it may be hard to see, there’s a gigantic bright spot buried inside of there.

Now is the time for that unification to lead to real action. If there’s an issue that players feel passionate about that they feel is not being addressed or receiving enough attention, now would be the time to come together as a group and try to find some solutions. Sitting and kneeling for the anthem is not leading to solutions, but real action and effort can.

There are scores of NFL players out there that do absolutely phenomenal things for their communities. They volunteer time, donate money, and serve as inspiration for young people. All athletes can do the exact same thing. Take the issue that you’re passionate about, and focus on it with a laser-like intensity. For inspiration, look no further than what Houston Texans defensive superstar JJ Watt was able to help accomplish for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

No one is saying that the issues are easy to solve by any means. However, if each athlete focuses on one single brick at a time, there will be an insurmountable foundation built that can defeat any issue before you know it.

Source: CBS Sports, Daily Mail
Photo: YouTube

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