On an NFL Sunday that will be remembered for widespread demonstrations of solidarity by players, one of the most emotional responses was saved for after the game.
The day of visible statements across the league was sparked when Trump derided NFL players who chose to kneel during the national anthem to protest police violence against black people, saying: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b—- off the field right now, out – he’s fired!'”
After the Miami Dolphins loss to the New York Jets, safety Michael Thomas broke into tears while discussing President Trump’s comments.
“As a man, a father, as an African-American man, as somebody in the NFL, as one of those son of b——, yeah I took it personally,” said Thomas. “But at the same time, like I said in my Twitter post, it’s bigger than me.”
In the immediate aftermath of Trump’s initial comments, Thomas had posted a message of encouragement to those that stood for racial equality and against injustice.
Continuing his answer to reporters, Thomas got emotional while speaking about his child, saying “I’ve got a daughter, and she’s going to have to live in this world. And I’m going to do whatever I got to do to make sure that she can look at her dad and be like ‘Hey, you did something. You tried to make a change.'”
You can watch Thomas’ comments below.
Dolphins safety Michael Thomas started breaking up when talking about Trump calling him "a son of a b!tch." pic.twitter.com/Z4wroPcvzW
— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) September 24, 2017
After kneeling for the anthem for the entirety of the 2016 season with teammate Kenny Stills, Thomas did not take a knee before kickoff on Sunday, with the pair saying that people were losing the point of their protest according to the Sun-Sentinel.
Thomas did however have a shirt hanging in his locker behind him that read “#IMWITHKAP,” a reference to former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick whose protest against systemic racism and police violence towards people of color gained national attention last season and inspired him and many of those kneeling on Sunday.