Pat Tillman’s widow: Don't 'politicize' my husband's death for NFL feud

"Don’t politicize my husband," says Marie Tillman, the widow of former NFL player and Army Ranger Pat Tillman, after President Trump retweeted a photo of Tillman as part of his ongoing feud with the NFL.

The Monday retweet was captioned: “NFL player Pat Tillman joined U.S. Army in 2002. He was killed in action 2004. He fought for our country/freedom. #StandForOurAnthem #BoycottNFL”

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Former NFL star and U.S. Soldier Pat Tillman is pictured in this June 2003 file photograph. The Pentagon's inspector general will blame nine U.S. Army officers, including up to four generals, for missteps after the April 2004 death in Afghanistan by friendly fire of Tillman, the "CBS Evening News" reported on March 23, 2007. It said the Pentagon would release its findings on Monday, showing the officers failed to follow regulations and used poor judgment in keeping the truth of the cause of Tillman's death from his family for more than a month. REUTERS/Photography Plus C/O Stealth Media Solutions/Handout (UNITED STATES). EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
TEMPE, AZ - NOVEMBER 5: Arizona Cardinals' Rob Fredrickson (59)and Pat Tillman (40) celebrate while Washington Redskins Albert Connell sits on the ground 05 November, 2000, as the game ends. Connell failed to catch a fourth down Jeff Blake pass. The Cardinals defeated the Redskins 16-15 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo credit should read IRWIN R. DAUGHERTY/AFP/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 03: Football: Arizona Cardinals Pat Tillman (40) in action, making tackle vs Dallas Cowboys Deion Sanders (21), Irving, TX 10/3/1999 (Photo by Damian Strohmeyer/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images) (SetNumber: X58821 TK2 R6 F18)
CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 3: Pat Tillman #40 of the Arizona Cardinals lines up against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on December 3, 2000 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals defeated the Cardinals 24-13. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 24: Daily News front page dated April 24, 2004, Headline: They called him a football hero, but Pat Tillman turned down millions to fight for something he believed in. On the battlefield of Afghanistan he died a..., TRUE HERO (Photo by NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - APRIL 24: A memorial for former NFL defensive back Pat Tillman during the 2004 NFL Draft on April 24, 2004 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The 27-year-old former Arizona Cardinals football player was killed in direct action during a firefight in eastern Afghanistan two days before the draft. Tillman left the NFL shortly after the September 11th attacks and enrolled in the Army to become an Army Ranger. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA - MAY 3: Darius Rucker of Hootie and the Blowfish sings at a memorial service for Pat Tillman in the Municipal Rose Garden May 3, 2004 in San Jose, California. Pat Tillman, former professional football player for the Arizona Cardinals, gave up his NFL career to enlist as an Army Ranger and was killed on patrol in Afghanistan on April 22, 2004. (Photo by Gene Lower-Pool/Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA - MAY 3: Memorial cards are passed out at a service held by the family of Cpl. Pat Tillman for Tillman, who was killed in action in Afghanistan April 22, 2004, at the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden May 3, 2004 in San Jose, California. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)
NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue speaks in front of a poster of former Arizona Cardinals Pat Tillman during a news conference before the memorial service for Tillman in San Jose, California, May 3, 2004. Tillman, who gave up his NFL career to enlist in the U.S. Army as a Ranger, was killed in battle in Afghanistan on April 22. REUTERS/Gene Lower/POOL PS/GAC
California first lady Maria Shriver speaks at a memorial service for former Arizona Cardinal Pat Tillman in San Jose, California, May 3, 2004. Tillman, who gave up his NFL career to enlist in the U.S. Army as a Ranger, was killed in Afghanistan on April 22. REUTERS/Gene Lower/POOL PS/GAC
A still image taken off a live feed of the Pentagon news conference shows a file photo of U.S. Army Ranger Cpl Pat Tillman (L), and U.S. Defense Department Acting Inspector General Thomas Gimble speaking about the circumstances surrounding Tillman's death, inside the press briefing room of the Pentagon March 26, 2007. A Pentagon watchdog on Monday found fault with nine officers for investigations and incorrect accounts of the death of U.S. Army Ranger and former professional football star Tillman in Afghanistan. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES)
Military personnel bow their heads in moment of silence during ceremony to open Pat Tillman United Service Organizations centre at Bagram Air Base near Kabul. Military personnel bow their heads in a moment of silence during a ceremony to open the Pat Tillman United Service Organizations (USO) centre at Bagram Air Base near Kabul, Afghanistan, April 3, 2005. The National Football League donated $250,000 to the USO in 2004, named in honour of Pat Tillman, a former player with the Arizona Cardinals and a U.S. Army Ranger who was killed in Afghanistan in 2004. REUTERS/USO photo/Mike Theiler/Handout
Marie Tillman, wife of former football star Pat Tillman, listens to Pat Tillman's brother Kevin Tillman (L), speak about Pat Tillman's death in battle, at a hearing titled "Misleading information from the battlefield" held by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington April 24, 2007. Pat Tillman was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan in 2004. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES)
The Pat Tillman memorial statue is unveiled before the Arizona Cardinals vs Dallas Cowboys game at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on November 12, 2006. (Photo by Gene Lower/Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA - MAY 3: Zack Walz, who was Arizona Cardinals' Pat Tillman's roommate and teammate, speaks to the crowd during a memorial service for Cpl Pat Tillman on May 3, 2004 at the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden in San Jose, California. Tillman turned down a lucrative NFL contract to serve as a US Army Ranger and was killed in action in Afghanistan April 22, 2004. Walz also played against Tillman in San Jose during High School. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)
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Tillman left the NFL after the September 11 attacks to join the Army. He was killed by friendly fire while in Afghanistan. 

Marie Tillman told CNN, "Pat's service, along with that of every man and woman's service, should never be politicized in a way that divides us. The very action of self expression and the freedom to speak from one's heart — no matter those views — is what Pat and so many other Americans have given their lives for."

At a rally on Friday, Trump reignited the issue of kneeling during the national anthem as a form of protest for racial injustice.

"'Get that son of a b--- off the field right now. He is fired,'" said Trump. 

But the president insists kneeling has nothing to do with race, but rather disrespects the military.

"This has nothing to do with race or anything else. This has to do with respect for our country and respect for our flag," said the president. 

SEE ALSO: Trump blasts 'FakeNews' CNN for reporting Kelly is unhappy with his NFL stance 

Monday night’s game continued Sunday's show of solidarity among more than 200 players. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones -- a well-known Trump supporter -- joined his entire team in kneeling before the anthem while standing with arms locked as it played.

Trump seemed to approve of this demonstration, tweeting on Tuesday morning in response.

"The booing at the NFL football game last night... was loudest I have ever heard. Great anger but while Dallas dropped to its knees as a team, they all stood up for our National Anthem. Big progress being made-we all love our country!"

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Sep 24, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts players kneel during the playing of the National Anthem before the game against the Cleveland Browns at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Baltimore Ravens players kneel for the American National anthem during the NFL International Series match between Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium on September 24, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 25: Members of the Dallas Cowboys link arms and kneel during the National Anthem before the start of the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 25, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
NFL Football - Jacksonville Jaguars vs Baltimore Ravens - NFL International Series - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - September 24, 2017 Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan links arms with players during the national anthems before the match Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: (L-R) Wide recceivers Chris Moore and Breshad Perriman of the Baltimore Ravens pray prior to kickoff during the NFL match between The Jacksonville Jaguars and The Baltimore Ravens at Wembley Stadium on September 24, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mitchell Gunn/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Jacksonville Jaguar players show their protest during the National Anthem during the NFL International Series match between Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium on September 24, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
NFL Football - Jacksonville Jaguars vs Baltimore Ravens - NFL International Series - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - September 24, 2017 Patrick Omameh of the Jacksonville Jaguars kneels during the U.S. national anthem before the match Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers
NFL Football - Jacksonville Jaguars vs Baltimore Ravens - NFL International Series - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - September 24, 2017 Jacksonville Jaguars players kneel during the U.S. national anthem before the match Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs
NFL Football - Jacksonville Jaguars vs Baltimore Ravens - NFL International Series - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - September 24, 2017 Jacksonville Jaguars players kneel during the U.S. national anthem before the match Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Jacksonville Jaguar players show their protest during the National Anthem during the NFL International Series match between Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium on September 24, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: (Editors Note: This image has been turned black and white) Jacksonville Jaguars enter te stadium during the NFL International Series match between Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium on September 24, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
Sep 24, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills players kneel in protest during the National Anthem before a game against the Denver Broncos at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 24, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Denver Bronco players kneel in protest during the National Anthem before a game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 25, 2017; Glendale, AZ, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) and teammates stand next to service members holding a giant US flag during the national anthem prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 24, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; The Cleveland Browns team stand and kneel during the National Anthem before the start of their game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 24, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers link arms during the national anthem prior to the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 24, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin (44) middle linebacker Tahir Whitehead (59) running back Ameer Abdullah (21) outside linebacker Steve Longa (54) defensive end Jeremiah Ledbetter (98) defensive end Armonty Bryant (97) defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson (91) and defensive end Cornelius Washington (90) kneel during the national anthem before the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
September 24, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets players lock arms during the national anthem before the game against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 24, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Members of the Denver Broncos kneel during the playing of the national anthem prior to a game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 25, 2017; Glendale, AZ, USA; The Dallas Cowboys players, coaches and staff take a knee prior to the National Anthem before the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 24, 2017; London, United Kingdom; Jacksonville Jaguars players kneel during the playing of the United Sates national anthem before a NFL International Series game against the Baltimore Ravens at Wembley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 24, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; Members of the New England Patriots take a knee during the national anthem before a game against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 24, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Some of the Miami Dolphins take a knee during the anthem prior to the game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 24, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; Members of the New England Patriots kneel for the national anthem before the start of the game against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
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Sep 24, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; Oakland Raiders players sit on the bench during the national anthem prior to their game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 24, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder stands with cornerback Josh Norman (24) and cornerback Bashaud Breeland (26) and safety D.J. Swearinger (36) during the playing of the national anthem before the game between the Washington Redskins and the Oakland Raiders at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 24, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; Oakland Raiders players sit on the bench during the national anthem prior to their game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 24, 2017; Carson, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Marcus Peters (22) protests next to running back Charcandrick West (35) and defensive tackle Roy Miller (98) during the National Anthem prior to the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at StubHub Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 24, 2017; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers tight end Lance Kendricks (84) and tight end Martellus Bennett (80) sit on the bench during the national anthem prior to the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 24, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; Recording artist Meghan Linsey kneels after singing the national anthem before the game between the Tennessee Titans and the Seattle Seahawks at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports
September 24, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets players lock arms during the national anthem before the game against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
NFL Football - Jacksonville Jaguars vs Baltimore Ravens - NFL International Series - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - September 24, 2017 Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan links arms with players during the national anthems before the match Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 24: Members of the Chicago Bears stand arm-in-arm during the National Anthem before a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Soldier Field on September 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Justin Houston #50 of the Kansas City Chiefs is seen taking a knee during the National Anthem before the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at the StubHub Center on September 24, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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At the start of the game protestors take a knee in support of the movement started by NFL player Colin Kaepernick, outside Lincoln Financial Field, in South Philadelphia, PA, on September 24, 2017. Similar protest are staged around the nation after US President Donald Trump named Kaepernick a Son of A Bitch at a recent rally. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 25: Strong safety Tyvon Branch #27 of the Arizona Cardinals links arms with staff and players during the National Anthem before the start of the NFL game against the Dallas Cowboys at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 25, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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