Donald Trump blasts Roger Goodell’s video message: “Nobody was even asking for it”

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It was arguably the Commissioner’s finest hour when, 11 days ago, he issued a statement responding to demands from NFL players following the murder of George Floyd. The President would argue that it was not Roger Goodell’s finest hour.

Appearing Wednesday night on FOX News, Donald Trump ripped Goodell for his statement to cap the latest banging of the drum regarding the effort to make standing for the anthem the 11th Commandment.

“When the national anthem plays and our flag, the great American flag, is raised, you should not be kneeling,” Trump told Sean Hannity. “You should be standing, ideally with your hand on your heart or saluting. But they should not be kneeling. They can protest enough, and I saw the NFL get very weak. I saw — Drew Brees is a warrior, a great, great quarterback. A fan of his, I’m a fan of his. I saw him make this beautiful statement and the next day he retracted the statement. He talked about his father and his grandfather fighting in the war for our country, our flag and then the next day he retracted it. I just don’t get that. But you have to stand when the flag goes up. And I think they’ll lose a lot of fans and a lot of support in the NFL. That already happened before. I thought they learned their lesson. But I think it’s gonna happen again.

“And I was surprised at Roger, Roger Goodell, that he would have done what he did and made the statement that he made. Nobody was even asking for it.”

Of course, the Goodell video was prepared specifically because a prominent group of players specifically asked for it. But at this point in the life cycle of the current administration fact checks have lost much of their zip.

The bigger point is that the President has renewed his intention to come after the NFL over the kneeling issue, and that he believes it will be a winner for him and a loser for the league. Regardless, it’s becoming more and more apparent that, this time around, the league won’t be backing down. Even if they won’t dare go on the offensive.

58 responses to “Donald Trump blasts Roger Goodell’s video message: “Nobody was even asking for it”

  1. And in Round 1, the President of the United States v. the NFL. I’m putting my money on Roger.

  2. No kidding. People just want to watch sports. Imagine if certain players started wearing their jerseys backwards to protest backward social norms and inner city violence in struggling minority communities. It’s not the majority that needs to change…

  3. They are determined to destroy their gold mine. Just because most people aren’t screaming it now, they will when push comes to shove. The NFL could not have picked a worse time for this with the TV contract coming up. The golden goose has it’s head on the chopping block. I’m somewhat surprised you can’t see this.

  4. I used to give our president the benefit of the doubt on many things. But at this point, I’m really starting to dislike him.

  5. News flash Don, the people in the NFL, who represent the people this affects the most, specifically asked him and the NFL for it.

  6. I hope Goodell has the guts to stick this one out. Only Trump and absolute fools think kneeling is *dis*respecting the flag. It was Kaep’s way to *respect* the flag – kneeling instead of sitting it out – while making the point that justice in this nation is not distributed evenly.

  7. Mr president I think you have a lot of more important issues to worries about. Get off the internet thanks

  8. I don’t care who does what during any song Im just ready for some footballllll (Monday night intro voice)

  9. If Trump wants to influence the policies in NFL, he should buy a team and do as he wishes. Oh wait…

  10. Stick to running the country (for once)

    For someone who doesn’t want politics in football, its odd that he’s the main instigator

  11. When money and jobs are on the line suddenly everyone is joining the choir.

  12. Because Donald Trump doesn’t have other things to worry about? He beats on the NFL because they wouldn’t let him be an owner.

  13. Goodell evolved and went against the owners and sided with the players. He evolved like a big boy should, unlike others who are incapable of evolving.

  14. You say the league won’t back down but the bottom line is the bottom line. This is all well and good right now but come September, if
    There is a season, you have millions of money paying fans who are already desensitized to sports due to Covid and wont be receptive of their Sunday distraction becoming a political/ social sideshow and will take their time and money elsewhere. I think if the nfl is serious about this like they seem, they can’t go back on it now. Inviting social and or political issues into sports is a dangerous issue. I agree the message is important but the nfl has to he very careful on how they proceed with this in terms of air time, ads, the anthem etc. People don’t want social narratives and told how to think and feel during time outs and commercials. If the common fan feels like there time to zone out and not think about the worlds problems Is being jammed down their throat in Sunday’s, the common fan will most likely look for something else to do.

  15. Therein lies the problem with Donald Trump. While I personally believe that you should stand for the Flag and the Anthem, I also believe individuals have the Constitutionally guaranteed right to peacefully protest. The kneeling has nothing to do with the flag. Many, many Americans have fought and died to protect the freedom of individuals to protest. The Constitution gives us that right and as president, Trump should be protecting that right.

  16. I agree with the message. I’m not looking for a debate or argument, just looking to be enlightened as to if it’s not disrespectful to the flag/anthem why not kneel before or after it. I feel it is disrespectful- change my mind

  17. Kneeling is awfully disrespectful to the brave soldiers (of all ethnic backgrounds) who died to keep this country free.

  18. This guy spends more time worrying about the NFL than he does running the country. Sad.

  19. This president doesn’t get it and never will be the president of all the people!

  20. Why dont the teams stay in the locker room for the anthem. All this crap of kneeling can then be avoided… it’s common sense to avoid more diversion in people…I’m really getting tired of this of this.

  21. Unbelievable that this is what he thinks he should be spending his time on. I would say he should stay in his lane but I don’t want him there either!

  22. Here’s an idea. Let’s go back to the days of not seeing the players until kickoff, and they were still in the locker room during the National Anthem. NFL gets paid by the Armed Forces for this display. Just end it. Come out, warm up, go back get yer toridol during the anthem, and go play.

  23. Blackpool says:
    June 18, 2020 at 8:35 am
    This guy spends more time worrying about the NFL than he does running the country. Sad.

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    Well, this is the biggest crisis his administration is currently facing.

  24. Trump needs to bow down on the 50 yard line during the anthem and join the boys.

  25. this is such a smokescreen … he’s still pissed that he couldn’t get the NJ Generals into the NFL on the cheap and was blocked from buying the Buffalo Bills. Does anyone actually believe this would be his stance if he owned the Bills.

  26. Nobody even asked for it, huh? After many of the most prominent names in the NFL literally asked for it in a video that went viral in nothing flat? But I guess those guys are nobodies to DJT—which is one of his many problems as a leader.

  27. They made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. If he didn’t go along they would’ve done to him what they did to Drew Brees. Insults and shaming. They don’t want the world to band together they just want everyone to agree with them. And that IS NOT help !!

  28. I’m glad the peaceful protest of kneeling has helped bring attention to the reality of institutional racism and policy brutality. And real laws, criminal charges, and change are sweeping the country. There’s still a long way to go.

  29. Isn’t there bigger issues for the US right now that probably deserve the president’s time more?

  30. Funny idea. What if Trump were to fix the issues the players are kneeling in protest to? That would mean there was no longer a reason to protest and they wouldn’t kneel. Crazy concept huh? Fix the issues that lead to protests and then the protests go away.

    But instead he rather pick fights with the NFL.

  31. tedy54 says:
    June 18, 2020 at 9:12 am
    Blackpool says:
    June 18, 2020 at 8:35 am
    This guy spends more time worrying about the NFL than he does running the country. Sad.

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    Well, this is the biggest crisis his administration is currently facing.

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    You’re only correct because they seem to be ignoring all of the other crises.

  32. To me as a vet I think kneeling not only helps bring the message of equality to light but it honors my brothers and sisters that lost their lives. They lost their lives fighting to preserve all Americans rights. Their right to freedom of speech and freedom of protest in a peaceful manner. And trying to take that away from people is more disrespectful to their memories than not standing during the anthem. Honor the fallen by not taking away rights of Americans.

  33. Maybe this dude should worry about other issues instead of football? Ya know, maybe ways to combat the virus?? No..? Ok…

  34. Everyone seems to be totally missing the fact that you can support racial justice and the country at the same time.

  35. You have the right to kneel, I would like to see you do it in some other country, but, you have the right to kneel.

  36. The kneeling during the national anthem is only dividing the country nothing else!! The league could set aside time at halftime for both teams to kneel or speak if that’s what they need but this stuff has to stop or this country is in trouble!! They say it’s not about the flag so if it’s not then there needs to be some compromise.

  37. mmarquez209 says:
    June 18, 2020 at 11:14 am

    To me as a vet I think kneeling not only helps bring the message of equality to light but it honors my brothers and sisters that lost their lives. They lost their lives fighting to preserve all Americans rights. Their right to freedom of speech and freedom of protest in a peaceful manner. And trying to take that away from people is more disrespectful to their memories than not standing during the anthem. Honor the fallen by not taking away rights of Americans.

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    As a Veteran, I agree 100%.

  38. You have a right to kneel, and I have a right to object to it and no longer spend any money or time watching a league of overpaid athletes lecture me about politics.

    But there probably won’t be an NFL season at all for them to kneel at anyway.

  39. “No one was even asking for it”

    I’m pretty sure that’s (another) lie.

  40. nps90 says:
    June 18, 2020 at 8:03 am
    I agree with the message. I’m not looking for a debate or argument, just looking to be enlightened as to if it’s not disrespectful to the flag/anthem why not kneel before or after it. I feel it is disrespectful- change my mind
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    Here is how I look at it, I don’t know if it will help, or not:

    While the anthem is being played, thoughts are supposed to be focused on our country.
    Before the anthem, we are focused on not spilling the three beers we bought on our way to our seat.
    After the anthem we are focused on the game.

    So, while the anthem is played, while we are all together thinking about our country, a knee is taken to call attention to a very real problem. A peaceful protest to let people know that our country has work to do. To let people know that we can’t watch Americans being slaughtered because of their skin color.

    I don’t know how you feel about that. . . hope it helps. Remember too, that peaceful protest is as American as apple pie. Our freedom to protest is one of the rights that our grandfathers died for.
    The flag is a 3 x 5 swatch of red, white and blue cloth. It is not magical or holy. It is just a symbol for our great country. A country that needs some work right now, and gracefully encourages us to state that fact in public.

    Take care.

  41. Godell will cave again as soon as owners cant take losing their
    money any longer

  42. I agree with the message. I’m not looking for a debate or argument, just looking to be enlightened as to if it’s not disrespectful to the flag/anthem why not kneel before or after it. I feel it is disrespectful- change my mind

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    I’m not being confrontational with you – The point of a protest is to get your attention. When the anthem is being played, everyone is silent or paying attention to that. For a short time, everyone stops what they are doing to focus on it. In terms of getting attention, its the perfect time to do it because everyone sees it.

    If they did it before the anthem or right after it, hardly anyone would notice. Everybody start doing their own thing again, they turn to talk to their friends, they go get another beer, a commercial comes on…its not nearly as effective to get attention.

    I am not saying its good or bad…I’m just saying its the perfect time to get attention to the protest.

    Think about

  43. Anybody that doesn’t stand for the flag and respect the sacrifice of others to protect their freedoms and rights to protest is fine rigjt after they put on a military uniform and pick up a weapon to fight for those rights . If they are not willing to do that than show the respect that flag deserves .

  44. Goodell encourages? When is he gonna start begging and offering extra draft picks for a team to sign him?

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