Trump asks if Goodell was “intimating that it would now be O.K. for the players to KNEEL”

Sunday evening, President Trump tweeted:

Could it be even remotely possible that in Roger Goodell’s rather interesting statement of peace and reconciliation, he was intimating that it would now be O.K. for the players to KNEEL, or not to stand, for the National Anthem, thereby disrespecting our Country & our Flag?

Trump was referring to a video Goodell released on Twitter where he said:

“We, the NFL, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people. We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest. We, the National Football League, believe black lives matter.” Goodell says.

Without black players there would be no National Football League and the protests across the country are emblematic of the centuries of silence, inequality and oppression of black players, coaches, fans and staff.”

Per USAToday, on Friday, Trump said Drew Brees should not have apologized for a stance he took in an interview posted Wednesday where the New Orleans Saints QB said he would “never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country.”

Brees issued two subsequent apologies Thursday, and in a post addressed to Trump on Friday, Brees stuck by his apology and said through conversations he’s realized kneeling during the anthem was never “an issue about the American flag.”

While Kaepernick has not played in the NFL since the 2016 season, several players have continued to kneel or do some type of demonstration during the anthem before games. Kneeling became widespread during the 2017 season after Trump said players who took a knee during the anthem were a “son of a bitch.”