Fil-Am NFL star Baldwin believes 'dehumanized' Trump’s comments can unify sports world
MANILA, Philippines－Seattle Seahawks’ Doug Baldwin Jr did not find US President Donald Trump’s recent comments on athletes’ protests surprising at all.
In an official statement, via ESPN’s Josina Anderson, the wide receiver said that while the move failed to astonish him, he believes this exact moment could be a ‘unifying’ one for the whole sports world.
“I’m not surprised by Trump’s comments,” read Baldwin Jr’s statement which was posted on Saturday, September 23 (Sunday in Manila).
“He has shown, since the beginning, his dehumanized nature. To think he would be anything different is to not know the reality of his presidency.”
“I do believe that this will be a unifying moment for the sports world,” the Filipino-American added. “And with as much influence as athletes have on the younger generation, this can be an opportunity for us to change the narrative of society and point to the president as a poor example of of what you can become if you remain close minded (sic), ignorant and uneducated."
The reaction came after Trump, on Friday, fired off at NFL players who protest during games. He said the athletes－ including Colin Kaepernick－who refuse to stand for The Star Spangled Banner should be fired by their respective team owners.
Kaepernick, a former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who is currently a free agent, began the protest last year, saying "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color." By Saturday, Oakland Athletics’ catcher Bruce Maxwell became the first Major League Baseball player to protest the anthem.
If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL,or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
...our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU'RE FIRED. Find something else to do!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
“For all the hate and negativity that has come from Trump’s presidency, I am still hopeful for justice and love to win out,”said Baldwin Jr, who carried an upside down Philippine flag before an NFL game to raise awareness for the Tyhpoon Haiyan (Yolanda) victims.
Baldwin Jr, whose grandmother is from the Philippines, wasn’t the only player in the league to slam the president’s remarks. Cornerback Richard Sherman also made his stand known as he shared his fightback on Twitter.
The behavior of the President is unacceptable and needs to be addressed. If you do not Condemn this divisive Rhetoric you are Condoning it!!— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) September 23, 2017
“If you do not condemn this divisive rhetoric, you are condoning it,” he wrote.
The Trump-NFL saga, interestingly, wasn’t the only one on the books as the president also got entangled on a social media word war with NBA superstars such as LeBron James and Stephen Curry.
Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
James, who came to the defense of Curry after the Golden State Warriors’ White House visit invite was ‘withdrawn,’ said “going to the White House was a great honor until you showed up!”
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!— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 23, 2017