Stand or else! That’s apparently the only message Donald Trump wanted NFL owners to share with players Tuesday.
The President was clearly unhappy with the outcome of the sit down between owners and players in lower Manhattan on Tuesday.
“The NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem,” Trump tweeted Wednesday morning.
Although the league’s preference is that players stand during the pre-game playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the NFL will not “force” players to do so.
“Total disrespect for our great country,” the tweeter-in-chief added.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and 11 owners got together with 13 players and union boss DeMaurice Smith Tuesday morning at the NFL’s Park Avenue offices.
Roger Goodell joins a group of owners and players for a strategy session on working together on issues related to social justice.
(Luiz C. Ribeiro/For New York Daily News )
“We spent today talking about the issues that our players have been trying to bring attention to. About issues in our communities to make our communities better,” Goodell told reporters.
Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins – a key figure in the peaceful protest movement that began with Colin Kaepernick last season – said the two sides are looking to game plan how to work together.
“We were really more talking about solutions and how we get the results we want to get,” Jenkins said.
Trump took aim at the NFL during a speech in Alabama last month when he called on owners to fire any “son of a b—h” that didn’t stand for the anthem.