Steve Kerr Responds To President Trump’s National Anthem Tweet
Donald Trump was kneeling during the National Anthem and promised to close any sports event when he saw a player protest, which started years ago by the San Francisco 49ers quarter Colin Kaepernick. Today, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr responded.
Last night, coaches, including a group of San Francisco Giants player and coach Gabe Kapler, knelt before starting an exhibition game. Reportedly, the first demonstration in baseball has been held since 2017. Earlier this morning, the move drew the anger of the president.
“I can’t wait to play live, but when I witness a player kneeling during the National Anthem, a big sign of disrespect for our country and flag, the game is over for me!” tweeted at 6:30 in the morning.
Kerr is a long-time outspoken critic of Trump. In response to the president’s tweet, he released a very cynical gif from the classic movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. As it starts coming back this month, it’s clear that Donald Trump didn’t worry about watching sports.
Looking forward to live sports, but any time I witness a player kneeling during the National Anthem, a sign of great disrespect for our Country and our Flag, the game is over for me!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 21, 2020
We are just a few days away from the start of the MLB season. With the restart of the NBA, the short end of the regular season that started on July 30, Steve Kerr’s Warriors will not be available. After the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others, you can expect many demonstrations in the hands of the police.
MLB supports its players and coaches who choose to show. The league’s official Twitter account explained this and responded to multiple complaints from fans.
“It has never been about the military or the flag. The players and coaches are using their platforms to peacefully protest,” @MLB responded to one fan who accused players of disrespecting the military. “Supporting human rights is not political,” it replied to another complaint about politicizing the game.