This blog was hard for me because I do not get offended very easily. However, an article from last year really caught my eye.
Many of us might remember when Donald Trump blasted the NFL and its players for kneeling during the anthem. This article does a good job covering the comments I found most offensive when Trump was blasting the league in the present day.
From the article, “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!’”
He then went on to say the NFL has lost ratings because of the protests and advised fans to not watch or go to games during the season.
A lot of thoughts raced through my head when Trump said this. First of all, how can our country’s leader be held to such a low standard that he is allowed to make these comments? Then I thought how is any of this his business to be discussing when he has more important things to do.
I wouldn’t say these comments are as harmful to us, the public, as they are to the players. How would it feel if the leader of your country publicly took shots at you and your fellow employees about actions you make at work. After all, NFL players are employees of the NFL.
I’d say my response would be accepted culturally based and agreed upon. However, I think it depends what side of the spectrum you’re on. If you support the NFL players and/or the right to protest I think some would agree. Otherwise I believe others would support what Trump said or just not care.