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Senator Ted Cruz’s Response to Athletes Calling Out Racism? Boycott their Merchandise

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (Flickr)

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (Flickr)

Senator Ted Cruz urged Americans not to buy apparel from football players protesting the national anthem. The former Republican presidential candidate sent two tweets Sept. 12 blasting the athletes who have sat or kneeled instead of standing for the “Star Spangled Banner.”

Cruz sent the messages in response to ESPN analyst Jalen Rose’s tweet Sept. 11 saluting NFL players and teams who peacefully protested against police brutality.

“Stop insulting our flag, our nation [and] our heroes,” Cruz demanded.

Then, he offered a different peaceful protest to patriots.

“Never buy another shoe, shirt or jersey of rich spoiled athletes who dishonor our flag,” he offered.

The latter tweet follows news of Colin Kaepernick’s jersey becoming a best-seller on the San Francisco 49ner’s site and NFL Shop.

Today, the quarterback’s men’s jersey is still the top seller on

Regardless, Cruz had some backers.

Though Nancy L. Rogers said she didn’t care about athletes, she praised the senator’s “defense of America.”

And Sona thought NFLers protest was pointless. She claimed the gangs were “the root of the problem.”

But there were still others who took the time to educate the senator on the purpose of the protest.

ChocolateSoul pointed out racial profiling and police brutality as two ways the American flag is already dishonored.

Meanwhile, Chris Porter explained he served in the military so that “folks can protest peacefully” and called Cruz an “idiot.”

Ever since Kaepernick began protesting the U.S. anthem to oppose police brutality last month, several other athletes followed suit.

Many wondered if NFL players would suspend their demonstrations in observation of the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. But instead, teams continued to join in.

The Seattle Seahawks participated, albeit without an especially defiant pose. Instead of sitting or kneeling, players and coaches linked arms on Sept. 11. Supporters of social change criticized the safer approach.

A custom men’s Seahawks jersey sits in the top 3 best sellers on NFL Shop, but it is not clear if the position is related to the teams’ less divisive protest.

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