The Los Angeles Chargers lock arms during the national anthem prior to action against the Kansas City Chiefs at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

The Los Angeles Chargers lock arms during the national anthem prior to action against the Kansas City Chiefs at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Donald Trump adds NFL to list of Twitter enemies, putting us in crossfire

Donald Trump is waging war against the NFL.

Donald Trump is waging war against the NBA.

Donald Trump is waging war against Colin Kaepernick and Stephen Curry.

Donald Trump is waging war against Roger Goodell and Adam Silver.

A volatile man with idle time and a Twitter account can lead to prickly situations.

The matchups during NFL games Sunday are all about one thing: Who is taking a knee, and who isn’t.

The President of Twitter Trolls went on a rampage during a rally in Alabama and then on Twitter, inflaming tension everywhere.

In case you’ve been hiding in Your Man Cave, (Woman Cave?), a brief synopsis:

“If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast,” Trump tweeted Saturday morning. “Fire or suspend!”

“NFL attendance and ratings are WAY DOWN,” he elaborated in a second tweet. “Boring games yes, but many stay away because they love our country. League should back U.S.”

He then “uninvited” the NBA champions Golden State Warriors for the traditional commemorative trip to the White House, even though Curry had indicated earlier he wasn’t going, and other teammates were very likely to back out.

LeBron James then got into the act with a strong pushback tweet.

“U bum StephenCurry30 already said he ain’t going!,” LeBron tweeted “So therefore ain’t no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!”

Um, nobody was coming to your party anyway Mr. President, so go ahead and eat an extra slice of chocolate cake!

I suspect things won’t be quite so sugar and spice during NFL Sunday and into the Monday Night Football game.

It began early in the day, across the pond, when Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan locked arms with tight end Mercedes Lewis and linebacker Telvin Smith in an impressive showing of team unity.

It was expected to continue deeper into the afternoon. Several players, including Tampa Bay’s DeSean Jackson, have indicated they will react to the President’s Twitter provocation.

Maybe that’s what Trump wants. He’s always been an egomaniac who loves attention, whether it’s someone fawning over him or attacking him for various points of contention.

We’ve seen plenty of those in his short presidency.

I would kindly ask to respect any player who lodges a peaceful protest.

It’s not because they don’t love our country. It’s because they don’t love a Petulant President who interjects himself into all issues, often in inflammatory ways, and whose to-go retort when things don’t look so good for him is (hashtag)fakenews.

Sports used to be a great unifying force for our country. Now, not so much. Maybe Trump can add that to his list of accomplishments.

By the way, didn’t Trump take a knee too when he received his draft notice?

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