Bills running back LeSean McCoy didn't hold back when it came to his reaction to President Trump's call for NFL owners to fire the "son of a bitch" players who protest the national anthem. Ten hours after he posted the tweet, he had more than 193,000 "likes" and had been retweeted more than 61,000 times.
It's really sad man ... our president is a asshole
— Lesean McCoy (@CutonDime25) September 23, 2017
President Trump made the remarks at a campaign rally in Huntsville, Alabama, on Friday night, to support the senate bid of fellow Republican Luther Strange.
Without mentioning him by name, Trump made reference to Colin Kaepernick and the protests against injustice toward African-Americans the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback led last NFL season by taking a knee during the national anthem.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b- off the field right now, out. He’s fired. He’s fired!’" the president said, to cheers from the crowd.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell fired back in response to the president's “divisive comments.”
In his statement, Goodell said: “The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture. There is no better example than the amazing response from our clubs and players to the terrible natural disasters we’ve experienced over the last month.
“Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”
The NFL Players Association earlier declared the “union will never back down” in supporting players’ rights.
NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said in a statement posted to Twitter on Saturday morning. “This union... will never back down when it comes to protecting the constitutional rights of our players as citizens as well as their safety as men who compete in a game that exposes them to great risks.”