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Donald Trump tweets ‘the game is over’ for him when he sees athletes protesting during the national anthem

Donald Trump tweets’ the game is over ‘for him when he sees athletes protesting during the national anthem just hours after the Giants’ Gabe Kapler became the first MLB manager to take a knee

  • In a tweet on Tuesday morning, President Donald Trump reiterated his disdain for professional athletes protesting racism by kneeling during the national anthem
  • Trump wrote on Twitter: ‘I’m looking forward to live sports, but every time I see a player kneel during the national anthem … the game is over for me!’
  • As of September 2017, when Trump first addressed the issue, he objected to players protesting during the national anthem in no fewer than 30 tweets.
  • His last offer came after Giants manager Gabe Kapler’s decision to kneel during the national anthem for Monday’s exhibition against the Oakland Athletics

President Donald Trump reiterated his disdain for professional athletes who protested racism by kneeling during the national anthem early on Tuesday morning, just hours after San Francisco Giants’ Gabe Kapler became the first big league manager to do so alongside his players.

“I’m looking forward to live sports, but every time I see a player kneel during the national anthem, a sign of great disrespect for our country and our flag, the game is over for me!” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning.

As of September 2017, when Trump first addressed the issue during a demonstration in Alabama, the President has repeatedly expressed objections, referring to the word “anthem” in no fewer than 30 tweets at the time.

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As of September 2017, when Donald Trump first addressed the issue, the president has objected in no less than 30 tweets to players who protested during the national anthem.

As of September 2017, when Donald Trump first addressed the issue, the president has objected in no less than 30 tweets to players who protested during the national anthem.

As of September 2017, when Donald Trump first addressed the issue, the president has objected in no less than 30 tweets to players who protested during the national anthem.

Gabe Kapler, a former Major League outfielder, is now in his second directorship after leading the Phillies in 2018 and 2019

Gabe Kapler, a former Major League outfielder, is now in his second directorship after leading the Phillies in 2018 and 2019

Gabe Kapler of the Giants became the first Major League Manager to kneel in protest of racism during the national anthem for Monday's Oakland Athletics Exhibition

Gabe Kapler of the Giants became the first Major League Manager to kneel in protest of racism during the national anthem for Monday's Oakland Athletics Exhibition

Gabe Kapler of the Giants became the first Major League Manager to kneel in protest of racism during the national anthem for Monday’s Oakland Athletics Exhibition

His last offer came after Kapler’s decision to kneel during the national anthem for Monday’s exhibition against the Oakland Athletics.

“I wanted to express my dissatisfaction with our clear systemic racism in our country and I wanted them to know that they had to make their own decisions and that we would respect and support those decisions,” Kapler told reporters afterwards. “I wanted them to feel safe while speaking.”

Giant’s first base coach Antoan Richardson and players Jaylin Davis, Austin Slater and Mike Yastrzemski also protested Monday in Oakland, where catcher Bruce Maxwell became the first MLB player to do so in 2017.

The protests mainly took place in the NFL, which has warmed to the demonstrations since the murder of George Floyd, an African American man who died in a violent arrest on May 25 in Minneapolis.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said last month that the league made a mistake of not listening to players about racist police brutality.

Additionally, Goodell said he would encourage teams to sign Colin Kaepernick, the former quarterback of San Francisco 49ers who first protested inequality in 2016 by kneeling during the national anthem.

Kaepernick has been a free agent since March 2017, when he opted out of the last year of his contract pending his release. In February of 2019, the NFL settled a complaint with Kaepernick for an undisclosed fee after he accused league owners of blackballing him in retaliation for the controversial protests.

Trump responded last month to the NFL’s changing position in player protests during a demonstration in Tulsa, Oklahoma by criticizing Goodell, son of former Republican Senator Charles Goodell.

“And explain this to the NFL,” Trump told the crowd in Tulsa. “I love the NFL, I love Roger Goodell, but I didn’t like what he said a week ago.

“I said,” Where did that come from in the middle of summer? Trump continued, referring to Goodell’s apologies to players. “Nobody even asks.

“We never kneel before our national anthem or our big American flag. We will be proud and we will stand. ‘

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