Donald Trump Calls NFL Players Advocating Black Rights 'Sons Of Bitches'

Chris York

Donald Trump has called for the firing of American football players who kneel during the pre-match national anthem in protest of the treatment of black people by police.

In a fiery speech in Alabama, a state with a history of lynchings and segregation, the President also called for NFL fans to boycott the sport.

The kneeling protests began last year whith San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick and have since been taken up by a number of other black and white players.

Eric Reid #35 of the San Francisco 49ers kneels during the anthem with the support of teammates prior to the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on September 17. (Michael Zagaris via Getty Images)

Trump said such protests were “a total disrespect of our heritage” and “a total disrespect of everything that we stand for”.

He then asked members of the crowd on Friday night if they’d “love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘get that son of a bitch off the field right now, he’s fired?’”

“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 [but] they’ll be the most popular person in this country.”

The speech was ostensibly a campaign rally for Senator Luther Strange. (Aaron Bernstein / Reuters)

Trump’s fiery rhetoric against people advocating black rights is in stark contrast to his response to the racial violence in Charlottesville after which he said there was “fine people” on both sides, one of those sides being comprised of white supremacists.

A number of NFL players voiced their disgust.