Fool me once, shame on me.
Fool with my kid NOPE.
That’s a big. FAT. NOPE.
Yeah, that’s essentially what the mothers of NFL players who have been and currently are protesting racial inequality are saying right now.
These bothered moms from the Professional Football Players Mothers Association are responding to remarks made by President Donald Trump last week to an Alabama crowd.
Trump told them he wished National Football League team owners would throw “son of a bitch” players who kneel during the anthem off the field and fire them.
Teresa Kaepernick, mother of former pro player Colin Kaepernick, who began the “Take a Knee” protest last year, responded to the statement on Twitter, saying, “Guess that makes me a proud bitch!”
In response to Trump’s statement, more than 200 NFL players engaged in silent protest against racial inequality by kneeling or standing and holding each other’s shoulders or locking arms during the national anthem over the weekend. Some teams avoided the anthem altogether, opting to stay in the locker room or hallway.
Just so we’re clear
Trump is still standing by his statements.
So what did the NFL moms do?
Well, they sent a strongly worded letter, of course.
In it, they made several points:
“It saddens the organization to know that President Donald Trump would make our sons — as well as their mothers — the target of inflammatory, offensive comments that are intended to promote anger and hatred, depleting them of their heritage and self-identity.”
They also said they know their sons’ hearts and, therefore, are certain they would continue to “present themselves in a positive image that exemplifies professional sportsmanlike behavior, high moral values and good character.”
They ended their letter with their wish for Trump:
“Now that we have your attention, let’s put a stop to the divisive language and start a productive dialogue for positive change.”
Why they chose to kneel
The silent protests were first started by Kaepernick, who took the kneel last year. He was joined by former colleague and pro player Eric Reid.
In a statement last year, Kaepernick said he is “not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”
Reid published a Sept. 25 column in the New York Times, where he explained his and Kaepernick’s choice to kneel as a respectful way to show discontent with the state of racial inequality in the country.
“It baffles me that our protest is still being misconstrued as disrespectful to the country, flag and military personnel. We chose it because it’s exactly the opposite,” he said. “I remember thinking our posture was like a flag flown at half-mast to mark a tragedy.”
Has President Trump responded?
Not yet, but he’s got a love for Twitter, if you haven’t noticed, so chances could be likely!
Keep your eyes peeled and check back into AlltheMoms.com for more updates.