President Donald Trump has been preoccupied with the sports world this week, and he started Friday morning with tweets about the NFL and Tiger Woods.
Trump criticized the NFL for the third time this week — Friday’s tweet took aim at the players and commissioner Roger Goodell. Trump wrote that Goodell has lost control and added that “players are the boss.”
“Can you believe that the disrespect for our Country, our Flag, our Anthem continues without penalty to the players. The Commissioner has lost control of the hemorrhaging league. Players are the boss!”
The president also tweeted on Friday that he planned to golf with pros Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson later in the day at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Fla.
On Wednesday morning, Trump blasted the NFL after reports that the league would consider keeping teams in the locker room during the national anthem next season. He also attacked LaVar Ball, calling him an “ungrateful fool” after Ball failed to credit Trump’s efforts in the release of three UCLA basketball players after a shoplifting incident in China. Ball’s son, LiAngelo, was among the players who had been detained.
Early Monday, Trump tweeted that Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch should be suspended after Lynch sat during the anthem on Sunday.
There have been widespread demonstrations throughout the NFL since late September, when Trump said at a political rally in Alabama: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b—- off the field right now. Out. He’s fired. He’s fired!”
NFL players responded to Trump’s comments with various gestures during the anthem — kneeling, sitting or raising a fist. Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the protest movement last season in an attempt to bring attention to racial inequality and police brutality.