The President of the United States was the latest member of the football team to come under fire from the president for not honoring the Black Lives Matter movement’s call to “stand united” against police brutality and violence against black people.
President Donald Trump addressed a joint session of Congress on Tuesday and said the NFL has done nothing to support the Black LIVES Matter movement.
Trump tweeted that “nobody talks about the Black lives matter movement or the riots that are going on all over the country.”
“I thought we had a great relationship with the NFL.
I thought that we were friends, and now I hear it’s not so good,” he said.
“The NFL is doing nothing to help the Black community and is only supporting the thugs and criminals.”
Trump is currently on a two-week vacation at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, where he has had some success with his politics.
The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said that while Trump was “appalled” by the tweet, the president has not made any comments to suggest that the NFL should be disbanded.
Sanders told reporters at a briefing that the president “will not comment on the issue,” but added that “we’re going to have to continue to talk about the issues.”
The White Houses press office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
White House chief of staff John Kelly on Tuesday called on NFL players to respect the Black Community, and said players should not “make excuses” for the way they conduct themselves during games.
“You’ve got to respect everybody.
There are rules for us and you’ve got rules for everybody else,” Kelly said on CBS’ Face the Nation.
Kelly also called on all NFL players who have received suspensions to “take it a step further” and to take a stand against violence against African-Americans, especially in their communities.