It started with a backup quarterback sitting on the bench during the national anthem. The protest designed to draw attention to violence and police shootings spread across the National Football League and other sports as athletes joined arms, raised fists and knelt down before games.
And, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas can’t stand any of it.
Cruz, a Texas Republican and once (and possibly future) presidential candidate, is calling for a boycott of any jerseys and products endorsed by the protesting athletes.
What set Cruz off – this time – was a tweet from ESPN analyst Jalen Rose, who praised professional football players protesting the U.S. flag.
“To all the athletes who have made millions in America’s freedom: stop insulting our flag, our nation, our heroes,” Cruz tweeted.
On Twitter, Cruz said anything backed by “rich spoiled athletes who dishonor our flag” should remain on the shelves.