The war between politics and sports continues to rage on and it’s being led, foolishly, by Donald Trump. From disinviting the Golden Stare Warriors to the White House to suggesting that NFL players who kneel for the national anthem should be fired, it’s been a long week for the 45th president of the United States and half of the NBA and NFL. I can’t remember the last time the president ruffled as many feathers among pro teams as Trump has but maybe it’s time to take a timeout.
With more pressing issues gripping the nation we would hope that there would be better topics to discuss but apparently Trump doesn’t think so. When you can agitate the Steph Currys of the world maybe it’s time to reevaluate your people skills. The NBA and NFL are currently under attack from the very country they represent and it’s sad. Players are lashing out against Trump through social media, officially making him the least-liked president of all time from a players’ perspective. Congratulations, Mr. President, you’ve officially pissed off the country’s two favorite sports communities.
Where’s the PR person when you need them? It’s hard to understand how the many upstanding athletes, owners and coaches throughout both leagues could all hold the same ticked off attitude caused by one man but that’s the reality we live in. The public reaction to Trump has been comedic at best but it’s trickled over onto fields and courts. If nothing else, the series of confounding tweets and messages has caused many of the competitive men and women inside professional sports to unite and maybe that’s a good thing. But the strange thing is Trump’s opinions and statements have caused sports fans to pick sides.
The leader of the country or the leader of a football team? That’s what children across the country are trying to figure out. Sports and politics can be dangerous when mixing and that’s exactly why. Children can relate to sporting heroes quicker than they can the commander-and-chief and Trump’s announced isolation from those very heroes was a confounding move. On one end, there’s never been a better moment to unite, but on the other, why did it have to come to this? Maybe Trump wanted the extra publicity. Whatever his motives, Trump has the full attention of the NFL and NBA staring right at him. The ball’s in his court now.