Grey's Anatomy Star Jesse Williams Calls Out NFL Trump Supporters On MSNBC
Is the national anthem during NFL's pregame a scam?
The stars of Grey's Anatomy are certainly making their voices heard this month when it comes to Donald Trump's presidency and what he stands for. A few weeks ago, Ellen Pompeo (Meredith Grey) fired off on her Trump supporting fans on Twitter, saying that she didn't "want Trump supporters for fans." This week, Jesse Williams (Jackson Avery) spoke to MSNBC regarding Trump's recent remarks towards the National Football League players who chose to kneel in protest of the national anthem.
The protests, which started in September 2016, began with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who chose to kneel during the national anthem to bring attention to the oppression towards people of color and the police brutality against African Americans. Since then, many players have continued to kneel or sit during the national anthem to protest.
More recently, Donald Trump scolded the NFL players who in protest through a series of tweets and remarks in Alabama, to which NFL stars like Tom Brady and Aaron Rogers locked arms and kneeled with teammates in response.
If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017
During an interview with MSNBC, Jesse Williams made waves in the media, as he stated that the NFL pregame playing of the national anthem was not actually part of NFL tradition originally.
"I think, Thomas, it's also important to realize that this anthem thing is a scam," Williams said. "This is not actually part of football. This was invented in 2009 from the government paying the NFL to market military recruitment—to get more people to go off and fight wars to die. This has nothing to do with NFL or American pastime or tradition. This is to get boys and girls to go fly overseas and go kill people. They're marketing. They're pumping millions and millions of dollars into the NFL to get us to put on a pageant in front of NFL football games to get you to go off and fight."
Williams went on to say that there was "cowardice and selfishness" in the owners of the NFL.
Williams added, "[The owners] don't know right from wrong because we know, what, seven or eight of these owners gave Donald Trump a million dollars each and are close friends with a very horrible guy who thinks he's a dictator, who treats America like it's a game show and we're North Korea and we need to stand pledging allegiance as war machines fly overhead for military recruiting videos."
Williams continued to discuss the issue on his official Twitter.
Report: At least 50 teams were paid by Department of Defense for patriotic displays - The Washington Post https://t.co/CpLRO0Cc2H— jesse Williams. (@iJesseWilliams) September 25, 2017
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