Former Chief tweets praise for Trump, criticism for kneeling

Kansas City Chiefs Tamba Hali runs through players as he is introduced during a NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo. The Chiefs won, 30-13. (G. Newman Lowrance via AP)
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(WIBW) -- Former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to speak his mind on President Donald Trump and the issue of players kneeling in the NFL.

The Liberian-American began with praise for Trump and the U.S., saying the number of opportunities provided in America "is NOT COMPARABLE TO rest of THE WORLD."

Hali adds that while he respects athletes 'standing up' for social injustice issues, he believes taking a knee for the National Anthem was a sign of disrespect to the U.S. military and fallen U.S. soldiers.

"It's disrespectful to men and women that lost their lives fighting for this country," Hali said. "These men and women goes to war on our behalf and lay their lives down while some never gets to return."

Hali also tweeted that while he disagrees, he still supports athletes around the world who are standing up for social causes.

"My not kneeling down doesn't mean I agree with the police brutality or brutality towards one another. It's also wrong for the way not just black people BUT HOW the human race treats one another."

Hali was released by the Chiefs in March of this year after 12 seasons totaling 453 tackles, 89.5 sacks and 33 forced fumbles.