Donald Trump took time out of his schedule to once again aim his comments at the NFL. The 71-year-old placed the politics aside during a rally in Huntsville, Ala., (Sept. 22), to give his take on pro-athletes who protest the national anthem within the league.
To a roaring crowd, Trump said, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bi**h off the field right now, out, he’s fired.”
Trump wishes NFL owners would tell anthem protesters “get that son of a bitch off the field right now” pic.twitter.com/gq4EH3lNoY
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) September 23, 2017
Per the Associated Press, Trump said those who decide to take a knee are showing “a total disrespect of our heritage. That’s a total disrespect of everything that we stand for.”
This revelation arrives a few days after a group of current and former NFL players penned a memo to the league’s commissioner, Roger Goodell, on recognizing November as “activism awareness” month.
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Trump’s statement later found its way to Goodell, who published a retort denouncing the president’s comments.
NFL commissioner calls Trump’s comments “divisive” and show a “lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players.” pic.twitter.com/T8fbMyiFyO
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) September 23, 2017