“To deny players the right to express their frustration in a peaceful manner is a disgrace to the Constitution, the opposite of patriotism,” Abdul-Jabbar wrote. “By compromising ethics to the economy, you show moral weakness.”
He urged team owners to resist “telling them that they must abide by your white perception of social justice even though you have no experience with the kind of institutional injustice that robs their community of lives, hope, and a future.”
“You don’t own the players or their hearts and minds.”
Twitter went wild over the letter, with users showing their support for the players and their right to #takeaknee.
"They're actually saying *noodles*." https://t.co/aBSgI0cQJt
— Dave Conrad (@daiconrad) July 31, 2018
Let’s not forget that Trump once tried to buy an NFL team and the league rejected him.
Got nothing to with patriotism, Trump was refused entry into the Good Ol’ Boy league called the NFL. He is just paying them back for the slight. Trump could care less about patriotism, just and only just cares about payback and the money he lost when USFL folded
— Mark W. Rose (@markwrose) July 31, 2018
And we all know it was never about the anthem.