Saturday, September 23, 2017
He also encouraged fans to boycott the league over the protests.
But his comments were interpreted as a thinly veiled attack on the athlete, who remains a free agent, and other players he has inspired to take similar action.
Former Miami Dolphins and Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush and Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall were among those to call out Trump for his remarks:
DeMaurice Smith, the executive director of the NFL Players Association, also made his position crystal clear via this statement on Twitter:
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell also released a statement in which it said that “divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect” for the league and its players.
Hundreds of other tweeters joined in with blasting Trump, with many accusing him of trying to prevent people from exercising their First Amendment rights.
The hashtag #takeaknee also began trending globally on Twitter.
Check out a sampling of the other responses below: