The president has called for a boycott of the National Football League, a day after players kneeled during the national anthem in protest at the country’s treatment of African-Americans.
In a series of tweets on Thursday, Trump said the league has “no respect for our Flag & Anthem.
Players disrespect our Country!”
In a later tweet, he called for players to kneel during the anthem in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
The president also blasted the NFL for not doing enough to promote diversity in the league.
The league, he said, has done little to promote equal opportunities & promote unity in the League.
Players, fans, owners & league must stand together.
No more disrespecting our Flag!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2021The NFL responded to Trump in a statement Friday morning.
“While the president is entitled to his opinion, he has no authority to unilaterally or arbitrarily determine which players or teams are invited to participate in the national anthems during the National Anthem,” the league said in a release.
The NFL said it was also concerned by Trump’s comments and was considering its options.
“We will continue to monitor the president’s actions closely,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said.
“We are concerned about the impact on the NFL and our league partners, including the league office in New York City, and we have the utmost respect for the NFLPA and our players, our families, and our great fans.
We will continue working with our partners to ensure our players and teams are represented and represented in the best possible way.”NFL commissioner Roger Goodell did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The first wave of protests began in September, with players taking a knee in protest of police brutality against African-American men.