NFL players will protest President Donald Trump’s tweets after the Super Bowl on Feb. 3, the league announced Monday.
The league’s executive vice president of communications, Josh Shapiro, said in a statement the league will host a “snowflake rally” at FedExField in Washington on Feb 2 to highlight “the power of this president to make people uncomfortable and feel unsafe.”
“Players will be taking part in the rally and we will host our own free speech rallies, and we expect fans to come out and show support for our players and our country,” Shapiro said.
The NFLPA said it “strongly condemns” Trump’s comments.
The protest will begin at 6 p.m.
ET at FedEx Field and the NFL Players Association will hold a news conference in the afternoon.
It is unclear what the league intends to do about Trump’s statements.
On Feb. 2, the president tweeted that NFL players would not stand during the national anthem and that NFL owners were trying to force players to kneel.
On Monday, Shapiro issued a statement saying players would be allowed to take a knee in the first instance if it was the right thing to do.
“The NFL and all owners have been clear that kneeling during the anthem is not a protest of the flag or of the national flag,” Shapiro wrote.
“The President’s comments were inappropriate and his words are deeply hurtful and deeply troubling.
Players have the right to protest in the NFL.
They should respect the right of the President to do so.”
In addition to Kaepernick, several players who have protested the President have been suspended or released by the league.