Over the last few months, Donald Trump has made a lot of incendiary remarks, isolating allies, insulting colleagues, and putting us in the direct path of nuclear war. His vicious war of tweets against North Korean leader Kim Jung Un prompted Kim to unearth an SAT word – dotard – meaning 'an old person, especially one that has become weak or senile.' One of his recent statements, however, has ignited a movement across the NFL that may have changed football forever. Keep reading to see why players and fans alike are boycotting football this Sunday.
It all started with Colin Kaepernick.
On August 14, 2016, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt silently to protest ongoing police brutality against black men. Few noticed. Fewer commented. Kaepernick wasn’t in uniform and wasn’t playing during that particular game.
But when people finally realized what was happening….
Kaepernick was punished for it.
People booed loudly whenever he took a knee. Fans would come to the stadiums with signs saying ‘You’re an American. Start acting like one.’ In the weeks and months that followed, Kaepernick lost his job, was excoriated by right wing press outlets, and chastised by the president.
The hashtag 'TakeAKnee' began trending.
Kaepernick was not alone in his silent protest. Other players joined in. Teammate Eric Reid joined. So did Jeremy Lane of the Seattle Seahawks.
Megan Rapinoe of the Seattle Reign in the women’s soccer league joined as well, stating that as a gay woman, she knew ‘what it means to look at the flag and not have it protect all of your liberties’
Cue Donald Trump.
Last Friday, Trump gave a speech in Virginia to support Luther Strange’s Senate bid. But in his usual unscripted style, Trump declared, ‘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!’
The players, to put it lightly, weren’t pleased.
And neither were their mothers.
On Friday evening, journalist, Jamil Smith, tweeted an ESPN article chronicling Trump’s remarks. Colin Kaepernick’s mother, Teresa, replied to the tweet with what will soon become an immortal clapback for all mothers everywhere, ‘Guess that makes me a proud bitch.’