Redskins’ Josh Norman: Donald Trump is ‘Not My President’
Immediately following their Sunday Night game against the Oakland Raiders, Josh Norman was upset and unleashed on everybody, from Raiders wide receivers to President Donald Trump.
The Raiders-Redskins contest was the final game from a day filled with anthem protests across the league. While speaking to reporters after the game, the Washington Redskins cornerback couldn’t contain his dislike and unloaded on the 45th President of the United States.
“What president?” Norman said late Sunday night by his locker after the team beat the Oakland Raiders 27-10. “Not my president. He was chosen, true. But when a president acts like that, what do you say to that? That’s not someone that stands with dignity, pride, respect, honor. Where’s the honor in that? Where’s the dignity in that? Where is anything that’s prideful in doing what you did?
“Words are powerful. They can either unite you, or they can divide you. So what he said united us.”
“When a man calls you out like that, behind the (office of the) POTUS, and he’s supposed to be the President of America – he’s supposed to be – calls you out like that, in a group, and there’s more going on in the world, that’s frustrating,” Norman said. “That’s coming from you. I’m all cool. You give people the benefit of the doubt, but he’s coming in that direction, directly at you, nah, man. One brother, you mess with one, you mess with all. Nobody’s divided in this. We was in unity. We wanted to stand for something.
“I’m telling you right now, this man is not welcome in Washington, D.C. He’s not. I hope he won’t be around when I see him. He’s not welcome. I can say that to your face. He’s not welcome.”
At a rally on Friday in Alabama, Trump said, “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. He’s fired!”
“I couldn’t stop thinking about it since he said it,” Norman added. “And that was a big game we played. The game came secondary for me, to be honest with you. This came first and foremost. I could not stand to the side and watch such a thing happening.”
“That’s disrespectful,” Norman added of Trump’s remarks. “That’s appalling. When you call a man an S.O.B., how you call somebody that? That’s not your right to do. Understand that.”
“That right there, oh my gosh,” Norman said. “That’s sad. It’s sad to be an American nowadays, when you sit up here and listen to that.”
“I promise you, the next time there is voting or anything about it, we will be the first in line,” Norman said. “Because this right here, is not acceptable.”
“We had to do something and the time was now,” Norman said. “If you can’t do something in the capital – it starts here. Fifty states, this is the capital of the free world. It starts with us and we had to do something about it. It’s not about the flag, man. We love it. We want to be here. This is our country. We were born here. We were bred here. This is what we’re about.
“Nobody is spitting on the flag or disrespecting it. We know you gave your life for it and our gratitude to your service is deeply endeared. Understand that. But if somebody comes on your front porch and takes a piss, as a man, what are you going to do? Sit there and watch him pee? Or are you going to step outside and be like, ‘Hey, what are you doing, sir? You’re on private property. You’ve got to get off, or we’ll make you get off.’ ”
That’s a lot for one man to get off his chest.