Champion boxer and portable grill entrepreneur George Foreman defended the police during an interview with “Fox and Friends,” saying they “rescued” him and other famous boxers, and that they are “heroes.” (WATCH: Badly Injured Cop Dragged Away From Baltimore Riot)
“George, your story, you could have very well been one of those youths, throwing rocks,” host Brian Kilmeade said, as images of the Baltimore riots flashed across the screen. “You were a kid who was going down the wrong path. You changed– you changed your path.”
“The missing link is something called PAL [Police Athletic League],” Foreman replied.
“Mohammad Ali was told, ‘Look you don’t have to fight, I’ll show you how to get your bicycle back.’ Joe Frazier was told, ‘Come on down to the gym and work out.’ I was taken all the way to Vegas to the National Olympics, to the Golden Globes [by the] Police Athletic Commission.”
“The police, they were our buddies,” he concluded. “They stopped us.”
“Now wait a minute, that’s not what I hear these days,” host Steve Doocy said. “These days, people say police are bad.” (VIDEO: CNN’s Brooke Baldwin Blames Military Veterans For Baltimore Riots)
“Well, they rescued us,” Foreman said. “Mohammad Ali, George Foreman, George Frazier, we’re part of caring police. And maybe the police need to go and get a little bit more involved… that will be the salvation of the youth, the continued involvement with the police. They are heroes, really.”