Golden Tate Rips Donald Trump For Supporting White Supremacists; Considering Protest
Golden Tate is just the latest athlete to speak out against Donald Trump and his speech following the violence that occurred in Charlottesville.
The Detroit Lions wide receiver was furious as he watched the President seemingly support the actions of the protesting white supremacists. Tate also commented on the state of social affairs within the country, which seem to be deteriorating by the week.
“It hurts to have those types of things happen,” Tate said Wednesday to Kyle Meinke of MLive.com. “For it to be supported by the leader of our country is even scarier.
“I haven’t read too much into it, but what I have read into it hasn’t been pleasing. It leaves us minorities with our hands up, like, ‘What can we do to protect ourselves? Who can we trust? What can we trust?’ I feel like a whole lot of Americans feel like they’ve been tricked. But at the same time, what is the leader of our country doing that he wasn’t already doing before he was elected? It’s saddening, man. It’s saddening. Because we’re supposed to be taking steps forward. We’re supposed to be moving over that hump. Instead, it just seems like things are getting worse. Only thing I can do is pray on it and try to lead this community otherwise.”
Tate is also considering a protest of his own, however, he doesn’t want to sit through the national anthem.
“I haven’t thought about how I want to do it yet,” he said. “I want to definitely support what’s right for humanity, I just haven’t figured out what’s the appropriate way to do it. The way that’s going to get my point across, and not be misinterpreted. I support the cause that Michael Bennett and Colin Kaepernick are standing for. I’m just not sure I would do it that way because I do have a lot of respect for the men and women who serve our country. That just wouldn’t be my approach.
“I want to talk with my support system, my family, my agency, and see what I can do. But I’m definitely all for it, and hopefully, if I choose to stand up for what I believe in, which is humanity and what’s right, hopefully I’m not blackballed out of this league.”