Donald Trump wants fans to boycott NFL games due to 'disrespecting players'

United States president Donald Trump is under criticism for urging NFL fans to stop going to games "until players stop disrespecting our flag and country".

United States president Donald Trump has urged National Football League fans to stop going to games "until players stop disrespecting our flag and country".

Over the weekend, the 71-year-old has denounced the kneeling protests undertaken by some NFL players during the national anthem and rescinded a White House invitation for NBA champion Stephen Curry.

Trump tweeted on Sunday: "If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!

"NFL attendance and ratings are WAY DOWN. Boring games yes, but many stay away because they love our country. League should back U.S."

Trump's statements have brought swift condemnation from league executives, star players and miscellaneous celebrities alike.

On Saturday, the kneeling protests spread to avenues beyond American football, with musician Stevie Wonder and baseball player Bruce Maxwell joining in.

NBA legend Darryl Dawkins looks on during the 2012 NBA All-Star Game at the Amway Center on February 26, 2012
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