In an ironic echo of Donald Trump last September, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., announced on Twitter on Sunday he planned to boycott the NFL, though for reasons opposite Trump’s.
Friends who know me, know that I love football. But I won’t be watching this NFL season because of the unfair cowardly and idiotic kneeling ban. #BoycottNFL
— Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) May 27, 2018
While Trump’s proposed boycott was to push the National Football League to require players to stand during the national anthem, Ellison’s boycott is against the new NFL policy that does exactly that.
Ellison, who in January endorsed physical violence as an acceptable response to groups he disagrees with, has now effectively added the NFL to that list. His tweet on Sunday condemned the NFL’s ban on kneeling during the national anthem, which at the same time allows players to stay in the locker room if they prefer not to stand for the anthem.
Ellison called the NFL’s decision to put public respect for the United States over the personal bias of individual players “cowardly and idiotic.”