LL Cool J: NFL players should take two knees and pray Sunday

LL Cool J responds to President 45’s comment that NFL owners should “fire” players taking a knee.

President Donald Trump criticized NFL players during a political rally Friday, September 22, in regards to players taking a knee to the flag. President Trump stated he wants NFL owners to say this to players who knee: “Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, he’s fired. He’s fired.” Colin Kaepernick started the protest last year, taking a knee during the National Anthem, because he didn’t want to “show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” After President 45’s comments, many came to the support of the players including LL Cool J.

“The NFL players should take a knee tomorrow,” LL Cool J said on twitter, Saturday. “When you take a knee, maybe you should take two knees and pray, you know what I’m saying. Pray for country, pray that we can find some solidarity, some clarity during this madness and just pray for each other…don’t just take a knee. Kneel and pray.”

Supporting NFL players freedom of speech NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell released a statement Saturday.

“The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture,” Goodell said the statement. “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.”

Kaepernick’s mother, Teresa, who has been a supporter of her son’s stance responded to President 45’s comments on Twitter.

“Guess that makes me a proud bitch,” she tweeted.

It wasn’t just the NFL President Trump also stated Saturday that former NBA back-to-back MVP Steph Curry would not be invited to visit the White House in February. Golden State Warriors released a statement afterwards.

“While we intended to meet as a team at the first opportunity we had this morning to collaboratively discuss a potential visit to the White House, we accept that President Trump made it clear that we are not invited,” Golden State Warriors said in the statement. “We believe there is nothing more American than our citizens having the right to express themselves freely on matters important to them. We’re disappointed that we did not have an opportunity during this process to share our views or have an open dialogue on issues impacting our communities that we felt would be important to raise. In lieu of a visit to the White House, we decided that we’ll constructively use our trip to the nation’s capital in February to celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion – the values that we embrace as an organization.”

Coming to the defense of Curry, LeBron James called Trump a “bum.”

“U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain’t going! So therefore ain’t no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!” James tweeted.

Curry admired James for sticking up to him, he told reporters Saturday.

“Its bold, it’s courageous for any guy to speak up, let alone a guy who has as much to lose as LeBron does,” Curry said. “I didn’t want to be applauded for what I done on the court when the guy who would be doing the pat on the back I don’t think respects the majority of this country. That’s kind of what I stand for and hopefully that message rings loud.”

Further elaborating on his tweet, James explained why he was vocal about President 45 via UNINTERRUPTED. Growing frustrated the president has been trying to divide people and now taking it to sports where he was advising NFL owners to penalize players exercising their first amendment rights and then attacking a colleague in Curry set him off, James said Saturday.

“This is just something I just can’t stand for. We got Jemele Hill and Colin Kaepernick and all these people are speaking up, it’s for the greater cause. It’s for us to all come together. It’s not about a division, it’s not about dividing. We as American people need to come together even stronger cause this is a very critical time. Me being in the position I’m in, I had to voice this to y’all,” James said.

Before Sunday morning’s NFL game in London between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Baltimore Ravens 27 people took a knee on the field which is the most ever in an NFL game, according to Shaun King.

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By Gino Terrell

Originally published in MCXV.


Gino Terrell is the Director of Content at Hidden Valley Culture Blog/In-Depth section. Terrell covered local artists and reviewed mainstream shows in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area under the Twin Cities Daily Planet (2014-15). He also freelanced for MinnPost and interned at Pioneer Press, KSTP TV (the Minneapolis ABC News Affiliate) and American Public Media Group. He's accumulated over 30 awards from the Associated Collegiate Press, Society of Professional Journalists and National Association of Black Journalists and founded award winning student-magazine Pipers In-Depth at Hamline University (St. Paul, Minnesota). He was once the sports editor for the school newspaper, The Oracle. Follow him on Twitter: @Gin026

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