It’s impossible for black athletes to leave politics off the field

( CNN) President Donald Trump ignited a conflict of words with the nation’s African-American athletes this weekend, yet again putting himself firmly in the middle of a racially charged debate.

Trump could have acknowledged the deep challenges African Americans front — Colin Kaepernick, the onetime San Francisco 49 ers quarterback, chose to take a knee during the hymn last-place season to spotlight police violence against African Americans. Or Trump could have avoided this issue entirely and focused his vigor on his teetering health care statement or the Alabama Senate race.