AceShowbiz - In the wake of President Donald Trump slamming NFL players who kneel during the National Anthem in protest of police brutality and injustice, several NFL members have been showing support for fellow teammates. Among them were Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady, who took to their respective Instagram accounts to share messages of "unity."
On early Sunday morning, September 24, Rodgers posted on Instagram a photo of him kneeling alongside fellow Green Bay Packers players. The quarterback for the Packers captioned the photo, "#unity #brotherhood #family #dedication #love #."
Brady was spotted commenting on the Instagram post. The quarterback for the New England Patriots wrote a single arm flexing emoji.
This is Aaron Rodgers' post on Instagram this morning, but look at the comment at the bottom – yes, that's the real Tom Brady. pic.twitter.com/Ntr7y7PyiD— Trevor Sikkema (@TampaBayTre) September 24, 2017
Additionally, Brady took to his own account to further show his support for fellow NFL players. The Patriots star posted a photo of him and James White a.k.a. Sweet Feet. "Strength. Passion. Love. Brotherhood. Team. Unity. Commitment. Dedication. Determination. Respect. Loyalty. Work. #nflplayer," so he captioned the snap.
The posts came on the heels of Trump's comments about NFL players who kneel during the National Anthem, dubbing them disrespectful. "Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a b***h off the field right now. Out. He's fired. He's fired!' " Trump said during a rally in Alabama for Senator Luther Strange on Friday, September 22. "You know, some owner is going to do that. He's going to say, 'That guy that disrespects our flag, he's fired.' And that owner, they don't know it. They don't know it. They'll be the most popular person, for a week. They'll be the most popular person in this country."
Doubling down on the controversial comments, Trump tweeted, "If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL,or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU'RE FIRED. Find something else to do!"
If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL,or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
...our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU'RE FIRED. Find something else to do!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
...NFL attendance and ratings are WAY DOWN. Boring games yes, but many stay away because they love our country. League should back U.S.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017
In response to POTUS' remarks, more than 200 NFL players knelt or sat during national anthem performances around the league on Sunday. Some others locked arms in defiance of the President. However, Trump insisted that "kneeling is not acceptable."
Great solidarity for our National Anthem and for our Country. Standing with locked arms is good, kneeling is not acceptable. Bad ratings!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017
Trump, however, claimed that the comments have nothing to do with race. "This has nothing to do with race. I've never said anything about race," Trump said to reporters in Bedminster, New Jersey. "This has nothing to do with race or anything else. This has to do with respect for our country and respect for our flag."