For the last two weeks the sports world has been embroiled in a feud with the 45th President of the United States Donald Trump. Trump ignited the feud when he spoke at a rally in Alabama and called out NFL players who had protested against social injustices by kneeling during the singing of the National Anthem at games.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘get that son of a bitch off the field now. Out. Out. He’s fired!'” Trump said.
Despite Trump speaking about former NFL QB Colin Kaepernick, he drew the ire of many NFL players and coaches who decided to stage their own protest in support of Kaepernick and his stand against the social injustices that has plagued the US for the last few years.
In his naivety Trump didn’t foresee the amount of backlash he would incur nor did he care. As always lines were drawn in the sand across every social divide possible, race, class, and socio-economic standings.
Some saw the NFL’s protests as the players’ right as Americans while others saw it as disrespect to our nation, the flag, the shield, and the ones that have fallen while protecting the nation. With that said, both sides have a claim of validity but both sides have made the mistake of being blinded by a bit of ignorance, arrogance if you will.
Not to be out done by feuding with the NFL, Donald Trump stoked the flames of some in the NBA when he withdrew a White House invitation from the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors. Ironically, at the time of the withdrawal, the Warriors had planned a team meeting to discuss their decision to decline the White House visit. Warriors G Stephen Curry addressed the White Visit at a press conference which promoted the response by Trump.
Not being ones to stand down, the Warriors released the following statement:
“We accept that President Trump has made it clear that we are not invited,” the Warriors wrote in the statement. “We believe there is nothing more American that our citizens having the right to express themselves freely on matters important to them. We’re disappointed that we did not have an opportunity during this process to share our views or have open dialogue on issues impacting our communities that we felt would be important to raise.
“In lieu of a visit to the White House, we have decided that we’ll constructively use our trip to the nation’s capital in February to celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion — the values that we embrace as an organization.”
All of the protests and divisive rhetoric prompted Kevin Carter of The Balls in Our Court Podcast and The Hardwood Nation to reach out due to wanting to share his opinion on the feud with President Trump and the sports world.
Kevin has a very unique perspective on the topic due to his being a huge sports fan as well as a proud veteran. Serving his country is his greatest honor and being a sports fan is his greatest passion. In the rare moment where politics meets sports opinions like Kevin’s are much appreciated and the following Q&A will delve into his unique mindset when it comes to President Trump and the protests that have occurred in the NFL and NBA to highlight social injustices.
Kevin tell me a little about your military background, branch, years etc?
I was in the Airforce from 2001 to 05 and I did 2 tours overseas as a part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and that allowed me to see the worst and best of human nature.
As best as you can detail how you felt when you first saw Colin Kaepernick bend the knee in the name of social injustice?
I had no problem with him kneeling for the anthem nor his platform but there were different things he did after his initial protest. For example, him wearing the socks that displayed the pigs and the Fidel Castro shirt he wore really bothered me.
What are your unfiltered thoughts on President Trump?
He needs to learn to keep his mouth and twitter shut. He’s starting to come across as a small child who has been given a gun and has no idea how to use it. With him, at any minute the gun will go off and there’s no clue what end result might be.
Do you think it was necessary for President Trump to call out the NFL players who protested during the National Anthem?
Trump going after the NFL is that of a jilted lover trying to get back at those who rejected him. My biggest problem was him calling people who are peacefully displaying the right to free speech as “son of bitches” but the KKK nazi assholes in Charlottesville are some “ok people”. President Trump shouldn’t call a citizen of the USA SOBs period, but because he was rejected as an NFL owner over and over again he’s in attack mode.
By way of the NBA’s CBA, players are required to stand for the Nation Anthem, do you think they can do more to protest social injustice?
Basketball has some of the most influential athletes in all of sports and between their social media platform and all the press conferences and talking these guys do the message will get across in a loud way if the right guys do it.