Donald Trump attacks NBA for being ‘highly political’ and claims ‘ratings are way down’ after players’ protest at Kenosha police shooting
- The president returned to attacking the NBA as he prepared to travel to Kenosha
- The police shooting of Jacob Blake days ago set off a protest by NBA players
- He said the league’s ratings were ‘way down’ and said he hopes football and baseball are ‘watching and learning’
- He called the NBA a ‘highly political’
- Other sports also have joined in protests, although the NBA players decided to resume playoffs after the initial round of protests
The president claimed people are ‘tired of watching’ the league, which he bashed.
‘People are tired of watching the highly political @NBA. Basketball ratings are WAY down, and they won’t be coming back,’ the president wrote.
‘People are tired of watching the highly political @NBA,’ President Trump tweeted Tuesday as he prepared to head off to Kenosha, Wisconsin after blasting player protests over the shooting of Jacob Blake
The president then sought to drive a wedge between basketball and other sports, even after protests quickly proliferated to the WNBA, Major League Baseball, and others. Although the pro football season has yet to begin, players have already been talking about the possibility of sitting out a game in protest.
‘I hope football and baseball are watching and learning because the same thing will be happening to them. Stand tall for our Country and our Flag!!!’ Trump said.
NBA players from the Milwaukee Bucks and other teams refused to play after Kenosha police officer Rusten Sheskey shot Jacob Blake in the back seven times while Blake was walking toward his SUV. His children were inside.
Benches sit empty at game time of a scheduled game between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Orlando Magic for Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
After interventions by Michael Jordan and former President Barack Obama, players ultimately voted to resume play. Games resumed Saturday, with the Bucks defeating the Orlando Magic Saturday in Game 5 of their series and moving on to the Second Round.
Trump also attacked the league five days ago in the immediate aftermath of the protests.
‘I don’t know much about the NBA protest. I know their ratings have been very bad,’ he said.
People are a little tired of the NBA, frankly,’ Trump said. Trump said at the time the league was becoming ‘like a political organization.’
Trump has long railed against NFL players and other athletes who kneel in protest during the National Anthem.