President Trump continues to criticize NFL players who take a knee in protest during the national anthem and believes the reason why NFL team owners are not punishing players is because they are afraid of them.
During a recent interview with Pete Hegseth from Fox News’s “Fox & Friends,” President Trump said NFL team owners are hesitant to enforce rules that require players to stand during the national anthem because Trump claims some NFL team owners are “afraid of their players.”
“The NFL cannot disrespect our country. They cannot disrespect our flag or our national anthem. And they can’t have people sitting down or kneeling down during our national anthem,” Trump said during the Interview.
President Trump went on to talk about NFL team owners and how, in his opinion, they need to step up and do something about their players.
“I have so many friends that are owners and they’re in a box,” Trump told Fox News. “I’ve spoken to a couple of them they said we are in a situation where we have to do something. I think they’re afraid of their players, it’s disgraceful.”
President Trump has been very vocal lately about his feelings toward NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem. During a rally in Alabama, Trump called any player who disrespected the flag or anthem a “son of a bitch” – which has since, caused a heap of controversy.
New England Patriots team owner Robert Kraft is one of Trump’s friends but said recently he was “deeply disappointed” by Trump’s remarks last week and he supports peaceful protests made by his players.
“Our players are intelligent, thoughtful, and care deeply about our community and I support their right to peacefully affect social change and raise awareness in a manner that they feel is most impactful.”
On Wednesday President Trump tweeted saying he spoke to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and according to the president, Jones will make sure players stand for the country.