Stevie Wonder has shown its solidarity with the sports stars that were criticized by the us president, Donald Trump for kneeling on the field during the national anthem.
Trump prompted outrage among NFL and NBA players when he said Friday that players have been kneeling, sitting or raised a fist to protest against the police brutality against black people, were “bastards” and must be a stand for the Star Spangled Banner or be fired.
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The players responded to the aggression with anger, labeling the president a “bum” and a “wanker”.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was also critical, saying in a statement: “Divisive comments like [the Trumpet] demonstrates an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL.”
The situation deteriorated further when Stephen Curry, a star player of the Golden State Warriors, said he voted “no” to the champions of the NBA to visit the White House in February, and the Triumph of right away received the invitation.
The president tweeted: “we’re Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team, Stephen Curry is doubting, therefore the invitation is withdrawn!”
In his own statement, the Warriors accepted that there is going to be the White House. But they told me they were going to use his trip to Washington to “celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion”.
Cleveland Cavaliers star forward LeBron James posted a video on Saturday saying Trump had sought to divide the country. “He is now using sports as the platform to try to divide us,” James said. “We all know the amount of sport that unites us … Is something that I can’t be quiet”.
The controversy moved out of the sports industry on Saturday night when Stevie Wonder, performing at the Global Citizens Festival in Central Park in New York, said he was “taking a knee for America” to the cheers of the crowd.
With the help of her son Kwame Morris knelt down on the stage before saying a prayer to “our planet, our future, our leaders of our world.”
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September 24, 2017
Back in the sports field, the tendency to the spread of baseball, with Oakland catcher Bruce Maxwell, becoming the first baseball player to take a knee during the anthem.
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VIDEO: Oakland a’s catcher Bruce Maxwell becomes the first Baseball player to take a knee during the anthem pic.twitter.com/YBprRuY4ny
September 24, 2017