Ex-NAACP chief encourages Kaepernick to wear Trump criticism as ‘badge of honor’

Ex-NAACP chief encourages Kaepernick to wear Trump criticism as ‘badge of honor’
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Ben Jealous, the former head of the NAACP and current Democratic candidate for Maryland governor, said NFL players like Colin Kaepernick should wear President Trump’s attacks as a “badge of honor.”

“When the same @POTUS who calls white supremacists "very fine people" calls you a SOB, wear it as a badge of honor @Kaepernick7,” Jealous tweeted Friday night.

Trump has previously attacked Kaepernick for kneeling during the national anthem to protest the treatment of people of color in America and suggested Kaepernick is still a free agent because he wouldn’t stand for the anthem.

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Trump told a crowd at a rally for Alabama Senate candidate Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeRoy Moore Facebook page shares provocative memes on NFL anthem protests Poll: Moore has lead, Dems see opportunity in Ala. Senate race GOP establishment doubts Bannon’s primary powers MORE (R) Friday night that NFL players will stop kneeling if crowds leave games.

"When people like yourselves turn on television and you see those people taking the knee when they are playing our great national anthem – the only thing you could do better is if you see it, even if it's one player, leave the stadium," Trump said. "I guarantee things will stop."

Trump also said NFL owners should fire players if they refuse to stand during the national anthem.

"Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a b---- off the field right now,'" he continued, adding, "'He is fired.'" 

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell fired back at Trump Saturday, labeling his comments as “divisive” and said they show “an unfortunate local of respect for the NFL.”

The head of the NFL Players Association, the union representing professional football players, also hit back at Trump, vowing it “will never back down” from protecting players’ right to protest.

Trump faced controversy after an August rally turned violent in Charlottesville, Va. The president failed to specifically condemn the groups that organized the rally, including white supremacists, white nationalists and neo-Nazis.

Trump argued there were "very fine people" on both sides of the rally.