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Commentary: Donald Trump’s War on Sports

Picking the Wrong Battles

The individual that currently lives at the White House is currently doing the best job that he can to drive a wedge between his administration and the sports community.

As natural disasters ravage the globe, his WWE-styled beef with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un heats up and John McCain continues to throw shade at his health care reform at every turn, Donald Trump makes the time within his day to go to war with both the NFL and NBA.

Placing politics on hold, let us take a step back and ponder what this really means. The current state of affairs demands the full attention of the President of the United States of America.

The first thing that he should not do on a Saturday morning is fire off shots to Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry for his stance on a potential White House visit.

And what did that do? It drew out other NBA stars as they are quick to stand up for the opinions of many American citizens.

James was far from the only other athlete and citizen to chime in on the madness.

Earlier this week at a rally in Huntsville, Alabama, Trump went IN on the NFL. He stated that players that exercise their rights to free speech should be fired on the spot by NFL owners if they kneel during the anthem.

“Wouldn’t you 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 is fired,” Trump said. “Total disrespect of our heritage, a total disrespect of everything that we stand for.”

The anthem topic is tired and worn down to the point of where most of us don’t really even care anymore.

But Trump has to grab the low hanging fruit in the Bible Belt and suggest that club owners should treat the start of NFL contests like the finale of his former reality show The Apprentice.

Let us be clear. Not a single owner in this league will stroll onto the field screaming ‘you’re fired!’ That’s not going to happen even if there are conversations that take place privately regarding creating distractions for any reason.

Anyone that has been a part of sports culture understands that.

Trump also took the opportunity to take issue with the league’s push to make game safer via officiating.

“Because you know today if you hit too hard: Fifteen yards. Throw him out of the game,” Trump said. “That’s what they want to do. They want to hit. It is hurting the game.”

Well if he feels that way perhaps he can as Warren Sapp once said ‘put a jersey on’ and step on the field himself and run that slant route into the heart of a NFL defense.

All this does is further cement the fears that many had that Trump has no idea of what he is doing. He is not assertive, ill-advised and he prioritizes the wrong issues to get upset about.

If he wants to earn respect he has to somehow learn to stand above dissenting voices and focus on bigger issues.

The problem is the time for that has come and gone and we are not even one year into this fiasco.

Lebron was correct in the assessment that there is no honor in the White House.

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