Jets' Blake Wheeler joins NFL, NBA criticism of Trump: 'Come on, Mr. President'
The Winnipeg winger suggests Trump is going after 'the principles the U.S. was founded on'
President Donald Trump made headlines for his sports talk to start the weekend, first NBA champion Golden State Warriors.social injustice by kneeling during national anthems, then on Saturday for Stephen Curry and the
Now, in response, from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to longtime face of the NBA LeBron James , teams and athletes across professional sports have countered the president's statements.
"It's the First Amendment to our Constitution. The first one!" Wheeler said. "Regardless of how it makes you feel individually, these are literally the principles the U.S. was founded on. Come on, Mr. President."
Tampa Bay Lightning forward J.T. Brown chimed in as well, retweeting Saturday three different criticisms of Trump, including James' comments and an earlier tweet from Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, who said "the behavior of the President is unacceptable and needs to be addressed."
Trump has not directly addressed the NHL, but Brown as Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron tweeted Saturday, the president doesn't "stick to politics."about athletes' freedom not to "stick to sports," especially when,
The 27-year-old right winger told ESPN in August that "if everybody stuck to what they're supposed to do, we wouldn't have made the strides we made to get to where we are." And those comments came just weeks after Brown donated $1,500 toward the relocation of a Confederate statue in downtown Tampa, an effort endorsed by the area's three major professional sports teams. In September 2016, the Lightning forward also questioned whether Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella, in suggesting he would bench any player if they mimicked the national anthem demonstrations of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, would "only further prove Kap's point of oppression."
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