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By Michael RothsteinNew York — With the inauguration of President Donald Trump just two weeks away, there’s been a lot of talk about how much time has passed since Trump’s inauguration.
And while there’s some truth to that, the difference between the president and the men and women who served in his administration is something that the NFL needs to address.
“There are certain things that he’s done that were very, very controversial,” said Mike Tobin, the head of marketing for NFL Players Association.
“And those things were things that were a big deal and they still are.”
Tobin said Trump’s inaugural address has been a major topic of conversation since its first airing on the NFL Network on Jan. 6, and while it wasn’t the most polarizing of moments, it was still a big topic.
“I think that was a major point that the President has been bringing up and that’s why people are so angry,” Tobin said.
“We are a business, and people are a lot more angry about things than they are about a president.”
There were certainly other big moments that occurred during Trump’s first two weeks in office that led to major discussion, such as the signing of a bill that allows insurance companies to deny coverage to those who commit acts of domestic violence.
Tobin says there was a real outcry over that, but the NFL has had little to say about that.
“We were in a very difficult position in 2017,” Tobins said.
“[The NFL] had no response, we had no action.”
That hasn’t changed since Trump was sworn in, however.
Tobins says the league has spoken to players about some of the issues that players have raised.
The most prominent one is the use of the word “bully,” which has become a common way of talking about players and their teammates.
“Players are not bullies,” Tobiner said.
“In my opinion, they’re the ones that are being bullied, not the other way around.
They’re the one that is being the most hurt, and they’re going to get hurt in a lot bigger ways, and that is not the way that we should treat our athletes.”
That was a key theme of Tobin’s remarks to the NFLPA.
“Players are the ones who have been the most outspoken about being the victims, and the ones they want to see their team be successful,” Tobino said.
The NFLPA is asking players to take a stand and not let Trump’s presidency go unchallenged, and Tobin agrees.
“That’s a very important message for us to send,” Tobrin said.
In a tweet on Friday, Tobin urged players to boycott the president’s inauguration if they haven’t already done so.
“If you’re not willing to sit at home during this inauguration and watch, then go ahead and boycott the inauguration.
#TeamTobin”The tweet comes a day after a number of players including Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz signed a letter to the league demanding the NFL take action.
The letter, which was signed by 10 players, is in support of former players who have publicly called out Trump’s remarks.
The letter said, “We, the undersigned players, feel that the following statements, made by President Trump in January 2017, are not only wrong, but harmful to the well-being of our country and the NFL and the players who we represent.”NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith called Trump’s rhetoric “unacceptable and unhelpful,” and Tobins told NFL.com that he thinks the players are the most vocal group in the league.
“They are not just going to sit around and not do anything,” Tobinson said.
Tobin says the NFL is not going to “let this president go unchalls.”
“The players have got to speak up.
We are a sports league, we are a team and we are going to stand up for the best players on the field,” Tobinos said.
While Tobin doesn’t think the players should boycott the inaugural ball, he said the league is “absolutely going to do everything we can to try to make sure that we can protect and support the players that are doing so.”
In addition to the letter, the NFL will hold an online petition drive to try and convince fans to join the boycott.
The NFLPA has also been using social media to promote the petition, which has already garnered more than 6.5 million signatures.
The petition will go live in early March, and if it is approved, the league will have to make the necessary changes to its policies, Tobins stated.
The players are also urging the NFL to address a number other issues, such, racism, violence and mental health.