NFL To Trump: ‘This Is What Real Locker Room Talk Is’

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Robert Donachie Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter
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National Football League spokesman Joe Lockhart had some simmering words for President Donald Trump regarding the president’s comments about players protesting the national anthem Sunday.

“Everyone should know, including the president, that this is what real locker room talk is,” Lockhart, a former spokesperson for former President Bill Clinton, said in a statement Monday.

Lockhart was taking a direct shot at the president for his now famous “Access Hollywood” tape where Trump told Billy Bush that he can “grab” women by the “pussy.” His statement Monday appears to suggest that true locker room talk is about social justice and civil protest.

The president began railing against the #TakeTheKnee movement Friday at a speech in Huntsville, Ala., where the president was campaigning for Sen. Luther Strange.

“The only thing you could do better is if you see it, even if it’s one player, leave the stadium. I guarantee things will stop. Things will stop. Just pick up and leave. Pick up and leave. Not the same game anymore, anyway,” Trump told a group gathered in Huntsville Friday.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He’s fired. He’s fired!'” the president said.

Trump tweeted a suggestion Sunday that “NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country.” Trump also said that NFL owners should “fire or suspend” players who kneel during the presentation of the national anthem.

The president tweeted Monday morning that “the issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. NFL must respect this!”

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