Martellus Bennett: I'm ok with being fired for what I believe in
GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- President Donald Trump suggested that NFL owners fire players who kneel during the anthem, and fans should consider walking out in protest.
The comments were made Friday night at a rally in Alabama.
Trump also tweeted Saturday.
That didn't sit well with Packers tight end Martellus Bennett and he fired back at the president's statements in a series of tweets.
Bennett has chosen to raise his fist during the National Anthem in protest. His brother, Michael Bennett, is a defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks and has chosen to sit during national anthem. He says he plans to continue sitting throughout this season until he sees the equality and freedom.
Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy released a stament Saturday:
It's unfortunate that the President decided to use his immense platform to make divisive and offensive statements about our players and the NFL. We strongly believe that players are leaders in our communities and positive influences. They have achieved their positions through tremendous work and dedication and should be celebrated for their success and positive impact. We believe it is important to support any of our players who choose to peacefully express themselves with the hope of change for good. As Americans, we are fortunate to be able to speak openly and freely.
Multiple professional athletes have shared their opinions on the president's comments.