Another day, another chapter in the ongoing feud between Donald Trump and NFL players who are taking the knee in protest against police brutality.
You might have seen on Twitter or Facebook this picture that purportedly depicts an NFL player burning the U.S. flag in the locker room as his teammates enthusiastically look on:
Besides the utter absurdity of the scene, it immediately pops to the eye that there’s something wrong with the hand holding the flag.
But that didn’t prevent many people from sharing it on Twitter:
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS R THE WORST EVERY ONE SEE THEM BURNING OUR FLAG IN THEIR LOCKER ROOM BOYCOTT THEM UNTIL THEY R OUT OF BUSINESS THEY R ALL COMMIES ,IT FIGURES THERE FROM WASHINGTON WHERE ALL COMMIE DEMS R
— MYT QIN (@MYTQIN) September 29, 2017
The picture was probably posted first on the conservative Facebook page “Vets for Trump”, where thousands of people expressed their disgust and called for a boycott:
However, a quick Google search clearly shows the image was photoshopped:
The original one is from 2015 and shows defensive end Michael Bennett leading the team “in the now-traditional post-victory dance in the locker room”, according to the Seattle Seahawks official website:
Even some pro-Trump people realised it was fake because, you know, sprinklers would be activated if something is burning in the lockroom:
I’m pretty sure the sprinklers would be going off if this was real. I’m done with the NFL even if it is photoshopped. Enough is enough
— Shannon (@shannoneffects1) September 29, 2017