Trump threatens to boycott U.S. soccer, NFL over anthem protests

Woke politics have taken over nearly all corporate messaging in recent days, and professional sports are on the forefront of the controversy

President Trump indicated on Saturday that he’s had enough of the virtue signaling from the U.S. Soccer Federation and the National Football League, and said that he “won’t be watching anymore.” 

Woke backlash

U.S. Soccer lead the way in stepping up their social justice compliance. The organization issued a statement last week retracting a 2017 rule that players must stand for the national anthem.

“We have not done enough to listen — especially to our players — to understand and acknowledge the very real and meaningful experiences of Black and other minority communities in our country,” the statement read. “We apologize to our players — especially our Black players — staff, fans, and all who support eradicating racism.”

The NFL was embroiled in the national anthem controversy when then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee in protests of racial issues in 2016. The controversy was revived in light of the killing of George Floyd, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell seems to have had a change of heart since Kapernick’s performance nearly five years ago.

Goodell issued a recent statement apologizing for opposing the protests of the national anthem and said that “I personally protest with you and wanted to be a part of the much-needed change in this country” — leading many to speculate that he may take a knee alongside many NFL players once the season begins.

“I won’t be watching much anymore!,” Trump tweeted on Saturday after Rep. Matt Gaetz called out US soccer for allowing the protests, following the statement up with another tweet warning, “it looks like the NFL is heading in that direction also, but not with me watching!”

Professional sports join in

Social and racial justice have now come to the forefront of national sporting leagues, with coaches, owners, and players using their platform to promote the left’s agenda.

Dozens of players across all different professional sporting leagues have voiced their intention of taking a knee during the national anthem once lockdowns have lifted, and many coaches and owners have backed their declarations.

Some NFL team owners and coaches have expressed regret for not rehiring Kaepernick after he was released from the 49ers in 2017, and Drew Rosenhaus, one of the most prolific agents in the NFL, said on Sunday that “it’s really important” that one of the 32 NFL teams sign him for the upcoming season.

The National Basketball Association has now joined the fray, with a large number of NBA players recently decrying the organization’s decision to re-start the season in July without consulting them. Some players have voiced displeasure that the NBA wants them to return to the court amid the racial strife and ongoing coronavirus concerns.

The US has been without professional sporting events for several months now, and because many professional sports teams have aligned themselves with anti-American messaging, sports leagues should not be surprised if millions of Americans that support Trump may choose to not turn their TVs back on once lockdowns are lifted.

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