Social media users are comparing President Trump’s thoughts on NFL players who kneel for the national anthem to the Third Reich’s punishment of a defiant soccer club.
“Stay Home, Nazis Tell Footballers” was the Jan. 6, 1934, Daily News headline on a story from Metz, France, after German soccer players declined to perform the infamous Hitler salute prior to a Christmas Day match.
The Karlsruhe Football Club’s decision was not made in protest of its homeland. The French team, warning of possible blowback from fans, had threatened a boycott unless the Germans agreed to nix their government-mandated pregame salute.
As punishment, Nazi officials banned Karlsruhe and other teams in its league from playing in France through 1934.
“See any parallels with the #NFL?” one Twitter user wrote.
Playwright Dylan Brody tweeted the article, saying: “I feel this is pertinent.”
The National Football League on Wednesday voted to ban its players from kneeling — to protest police brutality — during the national anthem.
The new rule gives players the option to remain in the locker room while the anthem is sung. If they kneel on the field, however, they’ll face fines.
“You have to stand proudly for the national anthem or you shouldn’t be playing, you shouldn’t be there. Maybe you shouldn’t be in the country,” President Trump said in comments aired on “Fox & Friends” Thursday.
Under the influence of Hitler, the German Football Association required its players to give his salute before and after games.
The organization also encouraged teams to expel Jewish players.