NFL Chief Lashes Out At "Divisive, Disrespectful" Trump Over "Son Of A Bitch" Comment

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Update: Trump's comments have elicited some responses from NFL players also...

DeMaurice Smith, head of the NFL Players Association

Lesean McCoy of the Buffalo Bills

Eric Ebron of the Detroit Lions

Chris Conley of the Kansas City Chiefs

George Iloka of the Cincinnati Bengals

Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks


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As we detailed earlier, after warming up the Alabama crowd Friday night with a recitation of Trump’s Greatest hits (attacks on Hillary Clinton, intransigent Republicans in Congress and, of course, the president’s love of Roll Tide football), Trump abruptly went off on a tangent about the NFL and the growing number of players who are following former San Francisco 49ers back-up QB Colin Kaepernick in kneeling during the National Anthem, purportedly to protest racial injustice in the US.

In remarks that predictably provoked a chorus of outrage in the left wing media Saturday, Trump said that NFL owners should fire players like Kaepernick - whom the president implied was a "son of a b***h" for “disrespecting our heritage” by refusing to stand for the anthem – who engage in gametime protests, adding that any owner who did so would become “the most popular person in the country – at least for a week.” He then asked his supporters to leave the stadium if they see players protesting during games, adding that walkouts would force NFL franchise owners to confront the protests.

"When people like yourselves turn on television and you see those people taking the knee when they are playing our great national anthem – the only thing you could do better is if you see it, even if it's one player, leave the stadium," Trump said. "I guarantee things will stop."


"I'd 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. He's fired."

Of course, even the suggestion that the league engage in the active suppression of speech (as if it isn’t doing that already) was enough to provoke an outraged response from Commissioner Roger Goodell.

In a statement issued Saturday morning, Goodell said Trump’s “divisive” comments “demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL.”

“The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture.  There is no better example than the amazing response from our clubs and players to the terrible natural disasters we've experienced over the last month. 


Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”

Unfortunately for Goodell, Trump has a point about the popularity (or rather, unpopularity) of political protests at sporting events, and their impact on the NFL’s ratings.

As Free Market Shooter pointed out in a Saturday post, ratings truly are down across the NFL, and surveys have suggested that the drop is tied to controversial protests, which have alienated many of the white, working-class fans that comprise the league’s fan base.

Though Colin Kaepernick is still unsigned by any NFL team, other players are continuing the “protest” trend that he started. However, since Kaepernick first refused to stand for the anthem last year, attendance at the team’s games, and its ratings, have declined.

A recent J.D. Power survey shows that the national anthem protests are directly to blame for declining ratings.

The group surveyed 9,200 fans (a sample of 1,000 is usually used in political polling), and 26% of them said they had turned the games off due to the national protests alone.

As Free Market Shooter concludes, at the end of the day, the NFL is facing a number of headwinds that have led to a decline in ratings.  High prices of the game itself, both for the home consumer and the fans in stadium seats, are certainly what gets the ball rolling on fans choosing to tuning out.  Combine that with questions on the quality of the game, accessibility, and a litany of other factors not mentioned here (including the commissioner’s punishments of players and concussion fears), and it seems the political antics of some players is just one of many aspects that has led to the NFL’s sharp ratings drop.

However, when a Trump-voting US military veteran is sitting at home, pissed off about how his team is 0-2, angry that his cable bill is eating into his disability payments, upset that the game “isn’t what it used to be,” and he turns on the game just before kickoff to see a player doing this while the National Anthem is being sung… just might be the straw that breaks this guy’s back and gets him to tune out of this week’s game.  Given the NFL’s current predicament regarding viewership, political antics from players are the last thing the league needs right now. 

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For anyone who has been following the Kaepernick saga, the hypocrisy in Goodell’s statement should be strikingly obvious. NFL owners have, in effect, already acquiesced to Trump’s demands that they fire protesting players: case in point, Kaepernick has been blackballed from the league after opting out of his contract with the 49ers back in March.

But then again, hypocrisy is nothing new to the NFL.

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rbsx's picture

Surprise surprise... every single player complaining is... <drumroll> black.

BaBaBouy's picture

Wow... Shit Hitting the fan ...

Un-Civilish Woar ...

bamawatson's picture

stop watching
MANcott ALL sponsors

BaBaBouy's picture

Yep... Boycott all ML Sports ...

Escrava Isaura's picture

"Bread and circuses" (or bread and games; from Latin: panem et circenses) is metonymic for a superficial means of appeasement. In the case of politics, the phrase is used to describe the generation of public approval, not through exemplary or excellent public service or public policy, but through diversion; distraction; or the mere satisfaction of the immediate, shallow requirements of a populace, as an offered "palliative". Its originator, Juvenal, used the phrase to decry the selfishness of common people and their neglect of wider concerns. The phrase also implies the erosion or ignorance of civic duty amongst the concerns of the commoner.


BaBaBouy's picture

Time to Cut/Demolish the EXORBITANT Playa Salaries ....

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Roger Gooddell is such a megalomaniac douchebag, it's almost like he's a parody of himself

cossack55's picture

Gotta say I will still watch the Packers because I really dig the owner(s).

Manthong's picture


Well, that will sure boost the NFL ratings in the breadbasket of their fan base.

Manthong's picture


“We no longer can afford to stick to sports.”  -- DeMaurice Smith

Well you can always try astro or particle physics, Einstein.

..and you will no longer afford anything as you alienate your fan base.

Michael Jordon stuck to basketball and sneakers… unlike these clowns, he was too smart to get tripped up by politics or social issues.

sickavme's picture



Bread n circus's....


Oh the irony...

3LockBox's picture

Yank all sports Tax exemption status since they want to be a political tool!

Deathrips's picture

Isnt the US military one of the largest sponsors of the NFL with their welfater taxpayer handouts?


This is a clown show...the target is the taxdonkeys wallets last cents.



Gaius Frakkin&#039; Baltar's picture

Lack of repect for the NFL... LOL...

As if niggers fighting over balls should be an integral part of American life.

God Emperor's picture

Oy Vey...

whites are quitting watching Nigger Football League.

Next they will boycott Nigger Basketball Association.

If you're white, STICK to fucking hockey. More violent and entertaining anyways.

Keyser's picture

This should do wonders for the failing ratings and declining fan count in the stadiums... Just who does the NFL think are it's supporters, limped-wristed democrats in mommy's basement? 

Still Losing Money's picture

spoken by a person who sleeps soundly at night under a blanket of freedom protected and defended by the military

jcaz's picture

LOL-  wow, you must have stood in the Kool-Aid line twice to spout that bullshit......

Bay of Pigs's picture

Gotta be sarc and a reference to Col. Nathan Jessup (A Few Good Men).

P-51 Stiletto's picture

> NAVY: A Global Force for Good

> NAVY: Never Again Volunteer Yourself

Akzed's picture

John McCain would withhold the deciding vote.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Maybe it is time to take a break for a couple of weeks with NO NFL and NO PAY for all TREASONOUS PLAYERS and give them some time to reflect on their poor choices!!!!!

Nothing speaks louder than taking away someone's overpriced income.


Deathrips's picture

Remember when Tina Turner had that midget thrown to the pigs?

Who runs bartertown?

Trumps playing tina...wheres ike when you need him.


This shits rediculous. Trumps a nigger...has the nerve to say the flag demands respect while he lies and invades foreign lands discracing it?


Statists are tarded man.



ejmoosa's picture

It's been the No Fun League for years.

Professional sports have done as much to undermine the Republic as anything else we could mention.  

yogibear's picture

Just boycott it!

Fuck these big money teams. 

If people stop attending and watching they'll get the message.

Bubble economics hit sports teams as well.


Dancing Disraeli's picture

The un-cucking of White male football fans proceeds apace, hastened by the tin-eared leftist owners and their pets.

Very, very good news.


Cheka_Mate's picture

Before only 80% of NFL players went broke or bankrupt.

Now they can get that up to 100%.

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

I'm curious, did Godell say that Trump's tweets were more "divisive and disrespectful" than politicizing the national anthem?

Just curious...

Rubicon727's picture

Gooddell's statement was purely economic/political. The NFL 2016 Football Season showed a remarkable decline in viewers watching these games. 

He's simply trying to drum up business/ads/$$ to combat the significant decline seen.

jcaz's picture

Roger has built his entire life around taking it up his ass by his owners- it's all he knows, and that he makes $40M/yr doesn't make him any less of a whore-  he's the richest field nigger in history.

SDShack's picture

"Roger Gooddell is such a megalomaniac douchebag..."

Well Gooberdell is hired to represent megalomaniac douchebag NFL owners, so his behavior is understandable. Likewise, the NFL Players Union is there to protect spoiled, hypocritical, ego-eccentric, thug-brat players that are more interested in promoting celebrations and protests then performing their job on the field that they are paid for. They are all literally in the 1% and thereby feel justified to lecture the 99% who pay all their salaries, most of which would feel "rich" if they made not even 10% of what these elites make. The entire NFL, owners, teams, players, broadcasters, etc is going to get a first hand lesson in Killing the Golden Goose.

Escrava Isaura's picture

BaBaBouy: Time to Cut/Demolish the EXORBITANT Playa Salaries ....


Just tax wealthy people more, in the players case, 90 percent. In the case of financialization, tax it at 100 percent, that way these financiers will give up stealing from the working classes and become, say a player or go planting tomatoes for a living.

See, you don’t need big words such as the “capital letter” word that you used. You just need to change the current tax policy.


jcaz's picture

Good plan, beaner- give the Government MORE money.

You're too fucking stupid to breathe on your own- what sort of life support are you hooked up to?

doctor10's picture

Somebody's need hearing a very old saying...."don't bite the hand that feeds you"

True Blue's picture

Start by revoking the NFL's tax free status.

3LockBox's picture

They just DO NOT get it!

And I love it...

By the end of the year it will be so freaking hilarious!

It is over for the NFL...done...stick a fork in it...

Greedy freaking carpet baggers!

This is awesome...Good luck begging us all back you clown Goodell if you still hold your job!


3LockBox's picture

Every American should demand refunds of their season tickets TODAY!

GreatUncle's picture

When do they start adding gladatorial events in the interim ... nothing appeases like a little bit of blood.

Escrava Isaura's picture

This is more bloody “danger” than the gladiators. I was the impression that Trump twittered the statement son of a bitch. But, he actually said that to rattle his base during a conservative rally.

Trump is playing to peoples emotion. And his base is falling for it.

Will the rest of America?


Chupacabra-322's picture

People aren't buying the Hollywood Pop Culture Gas Lighting Presstitute's Bullshit any longer.

Look at cable, sporting events & their pathetic awards shows where self absorbed Douche Bags kiss one another's asses who think people give a shit about who they are or what they say.

Ratings & viewership is down across the board. People are ditching cable like if it's going out of style.

People are finding Alternative systems to inform themselves & decentraliz themselves from the Borg.

Stan Smith's picture

+1 and many more.    Anyone who looks at the media logically,  sees that most of it is crap, regardless of ones political persuasion.    I just think more and more people are tired of spending an average of 1k per year on this garbage.   Streaming is part of it.   And dont forget most folks "cable" is also their internet.    So it's not like folks really cut the cord the way they think they do.     But at least your not subsidising crap you dont like as much.    So there is that.


I'd also point out that younger generations just arent as into team sports as previous ones (mine include) were or are.    Much of it's cost,  but much of it is folks socialize differently than they used to.    Im not saying it's right or wrong, but it is so.  


It's not just politics though.   Folks are realizing theres a great world out there that doesnt involve a lot of this junk. 

root superuser's picture

Its so funny how people downvote you for saying stuff they are not confortable with, despite they are correct.

I always thought its easier to emotionally manipulate people into doing something than convince them with logic and reason. Its so fucking obvious Trump is doing it to them and they lie to themselves in denial. The masses are so fucking gullible.

claytonmoore50's picture

"Goodell said Trump’s “divisive” comments “demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL.”


I have a 'fortunate' lack of respect for the NFL...

Our society gives entertainers way too much of our time and money.

They are all nothing but a bunch of self agrandizing primadonnas.

Turn 'em off. Turn off the TV!

If it all went away tommorow it would make absolutely no difference to me, except I would probably need to take extra security measures as I'm pretty certain the crime rate would go up really fast...

Looney's picture


The NFL and the club owners should teach their overpaid drama queens, a.k.a “the athletes”, that they should keep their politics (left or right) out of the game. The same should apply to Hollywood.


cossack55's picture

How about keeping the teams off of the field till after the anthem, ya know, like B4 Cheney/Bush got all war cheery.

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

It's going to be hilariously awesome when all the niggers rage-quit football, and it can go back to being an all-white sport, like God intended it to be.

totenkopf88's picture

I can't wait until they all go back to Africa so that Western Europe and the US can go back to being all-white

SoDamnMad's picture

I quit watching pro football about a decade ago with all the brutality and the lack of management response to it. The intention to injure the quarterback is not part of the game; never was, never will be.