President Donald Trump does not seem to have taken NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s remarks that the league was “wrong” because he did not listen to kneeling players during the national anthem.
Two days after Goodell’s video reporting rounds began, Trump spoke on Twitter and wrote on Sunday evening that he found the comments “rather interesting.”
“In an interesting statement of Roger Goodell’s peace and reconciliation, is it now OK for KKEEL players to stand up for the national anthem, or not, thereby insulting our country and our flag?” The commander tweeted.
The president cites Goodell’s apology over the issue of silent protesters, where the commissioner vaguely acknowledged the controversy over years of players kneeling during the national anthem.
The commissioner said in his video, “The National Football League, we acknowledge that it is wrong to not listen to NFL players before and we encourage everyone to speak up and protest quietly.”
Goodell did not name former NFL player Colin Kaepernick, who began his knee-jerk stint during the anthem earlier in the 2016 season.
After becoming the first player to kneel during the Kaepernick anthem, he was added to the league’s blacklist, claiming it was against police brutality.
Over the years, Kaepernick has been leading players from all over the league, constantly kneeling during the anthem.
President Trump has been a bitter critic of the knee during the anthem since the Social Justice Awareness Initiative took shape, arguing it was an insult to the American flag and the lives lost during the war.
In 2017, he began a fight with the NFL over the knee issue, calling on team owners to fire those who don’t stand for the anthem.
Trump’s Sunday evening tweet marks the reappearance of the feud.
Goodell made his most recent comments after a wave of NFL players considered the murder of George Floyd – an unarmed black man killed by a white police officer – inadequate.
Protests and riots have erupted across the country over the past two weeks in a scene of outrage against Floyd’s killing in Minneapolis.
Minneapolis police officer Derek Sauv was able to listen to Floyd in the video of the event, pleading for more than eight minutes to breathe.
The video sparked a nationwide conversation about police brutality against minorities.
“It’s a tough time for our country, especially for black people in our country,” Goodell said in his Friday video, condolences to the families of Floyd, Brona Taylor, and Ahmed Arberry. Brutality. “