Washington Redskins player Josh Norman reportedly said after his team’s game Sunday night that President Trump “is not my president,” following Trump’s divisive comments and unprecedented attacks on NFL athletes who kneel in peaceful protest during the national anthem.
“What president?” said Norman, as reported by USA Today.
“Not my president. He was chosen, true. But when a president acts like that, what do you say to that? That’s not someone that stands with dignity, pride, respect, honor.”
Norman’s remarks come after Trump suggested to the crowd at a Friday night rally that NFL owners should fire players who kneel during the “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
“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,’ ” Trump said to the crowd at the Friday rally. ” ‘He is fired.’ ”
The Hill added:
The comments led to an onslaught of criticism over the weekend from athletes and widespread protests at NFL games on Sunday.
“Where’s the honor in that? Where’s the dignity in that? Where is anything that’s prideful in doing what you did?” Norman said.
“Words are powerful. They can either unite you, or they can divide you. So what he said united us.”
On Sunday, Trump doubled down, saying that “kneeling is not acceptable.”