Trump turns his attention to Roger Goodell.
President Trump took a break from his ongoing feud with LaVar Ball early this morning to take a shot at the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell.
Trump has been critical of Goodell's handling of the national anthem protests, and he doesn't seem to be thrilled with a reported proposal that would ask players to remain in the locker room during the playing of the national anthem instead of kneeling.
After sounding off on LaVar Ball, Trump tweeted,
"The NFL is now thinking about a new idea - keeping teams in the Locker Room during the National Anthem next season. That's almost as bad as kneeling! When will the highly paid Commissioner finally get tough and smart? This issue is killing your league!"
According to the Washington Post (H/T ESPN), some NFL owners believe that the league will change its policy during the offseason and keep players in the locker room to prevent kneeling or other demonstrations during the anthem. Up until 2009, players were rarely seen on the sidelines during the national anthem but the NFL changed their policy and had teams come out prior, which they have done ever since, according to ESPN.
Today's tweet about commissioner Goodell, the national anthem protests, and the NFL's ratings is not the first time Trump has voiced his concern with how the league is operating.
During a rally in Alabama back in September, Trump said, "Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He's fired! He's fired!'"
Trump has maintained that position throughout the season. Most recently, he called out Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch for witting on the bench during the Star Spangled Banner, and then standing for the Mexican anthem, prior to their matchup against the New England Patriots in Mexico City.