President Trump appeared to have pledged a top political ally that he would not buy tickets to NFL games.
This tweet was written by US Conservative Union leader Matt Schlap on Sunday evening and was retweeted by the commander on Tuesday morning.
Throughout the tweet Step, “I won’t buy another NFL ticket until they go back to playing football and stop dividing the United States.”
Schlap is a powerful name in President Trump’s close ally and conservative circles.
As president of the ICU, he organizes an annual Conservative Political Action Conference, also known as the CPAC, an important event that attracts thousands of right-wing activists and Republican officials – regularly featuring Trump as a keynote speaker.
President Trump has been speaking out against the NFL in recent days, expressing his dissatisfaction with the league’s commissioner Roger Goodell’s apology over the issue of quietly protesting players.
In a video released Friday, Goodell vaguely acknowledged the controversy over years of players kneeling during the national anthem before games.
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.
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.
Ever since the Social Justice Awareness Initiative, Trump has been a vocal critic for kneeling during the anthem, arguing that it is an insult to the American flag and a loss of American 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.
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.