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This weekend NFL players from many teams protested against President Trump’s remarks on the NFL, support for Colin Kaepernick and police brutality. Some kneeled while others locked arms. But one team, the Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t even come out during the playing of the national anthem.

Russel Simmons wasn’t very pleased about it and had something to say. Read the article below from reports:

President Donald Trump’s call for NFL owners to get rid of players who protest the American Flag has a lot of people pissed and hoping the players will take action today. While more players are stepping up and kneeling in silent protest, others have chosen other routes. This has not left Russell Simmons in his happy place.

Instead of kneeling, some players chose to lock arms. The Pittsburgh Steelers stayed in the locker room while the Anthem was being played prior to their game against the Chicago Bears. Simmons called both acts bitch moves on social media. “Locking arms and staying in the locker room hiding is for bitches,” he tweeted. “I’m sorry I’m so upset WTF. So we not sure if black lives matter.”

After some time to cool off, the Def Jam co-founder followed up with, “I regret my choice of words, but a coach coming out and saying we don’t wanna be politicized is not supporting your brother or BLM.”

Simmons isn’t the first person in the hip-hop community to speak passionately about the NFL controversy. Earlier today, J. Cole made a rare appearance on Twitter and advised fans to boycott the League and suggested an investigation be conducted into why Colin Kaepernick hasn’t been signed.

“God bless every player that finds the courage to kneel today. But the real power comes from you deciding to not watch,” Cole posted on Twitter.

“Your eyes translate to advertising money for the League and its owners…You and I have the power to deny them our attention ($$ to them) until they make a wrong situation right.”

See Simmons’ tweets below.


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6 thoughts on “Russel Simmons Calls Out NFL Players For Staying In Locker Room

  1. I don’t really give a damn about the kneeling at games or the statues they’re raising hell about but the conversations that are being raised are exactly what we need. America needs to be educated…stay woke !!!

  2. specialt757 on said:

    Can anyone explain how and why the national anthem is apart of the opening ceremony at the NFL games?
    No NFL player stood for the national anthem until 2009—before then, the players stayed in the locker room as the anthem played. NFL teams got patriotic in recent years because it was good for business. A 2015 congressional report revealed that the Department of Defense had paid $5.4 million to NFL teams between 2011 and 2014 to stage on-field patriotic ceremonies; the National Guard shelled out $6.7 million for similar displays between 2013 and 2015.

    • specialt757 on said:

      I forgot the ” ” in the above comments. This is what I found out doing research on the internet.
      Players obviously never had to stand, it was something the team owners/NFL were paid to do. So it is not even mandatory, and not a part of any player contract.

      • specialt757 on said:

        Oh and prior to this, the players were in their locker rooms during the national anthem. But I do agree, that taking a knee is a better show of solidarity than not appearing on the field at all, now that it has already become tradition to stand. Not showing up is just like not taking a position one way or the other and again, showing black lives don’t matter. ALL THE TEAMS should have made the same gesture by kneeling. But even more so by doing this EVERY game until Kap is signed to a team.

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