Aug 10, 2018 - Sports

Trump's protest criticism tweet ignites NFL player backlash

New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan led the way in slamming President Trump after he criticized players on Twitter for protesting during the national anthem on Thursday during a preseason game.

Between the lines: Jordan is one of many who are angered by the fact that Trump is criticizing athletes once again for not standing for the National Anthem — but has yet to speak on the "Unite the Right" White Nationalist rally coming to Washington this weekend.

The big picture: Trump has frequently feuded with black athletes throughout his presidency, and as NFL season begins, his tweet this morning shows he's not about to let the issue go. Jordan's response, however, signals that athletes are ready to call him out when he's silent on the rise of hatred.

What's next: The NFL halted its National Anthem policy over the next several weeks until discussions between the NFL Players Association and the league hone in on an exact policy for every team.

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