President Donald Trump said Thursday NFL owners are “afraid of their players,” and called their behavior “disgraceful” during a “Fox and Friends” interview.
“I think they’re afraid of their players, you want to know the truth. And I think it’s disgraceful. And they’ve got to be tough and they’ve got to be smart, because you look at the ratings. The ratings are going way down. The stadiums are — I’ve seen a couple of stadiums over the last few weeks. They are losing — there are a lot of empty seats. I couldn’t even believe it,” Trump said.
“The NFL cannot disrespect our country,” Trump said. “They cannot disrespect our flag or our national anthem. And they cant have people sitting down or kneeling down during our national anthem.”
“I think [NFL owners] are afraid of their players,” Trump said. “The ratings are going way down. The stadiums are — I’ve seen a couple of stadiums over the last few weeks. They are losing — there are a lot of empty seats. I couldn’t even believe it.”
Trump slammed the league for having strict rules against wearing pink and dancing in the end zone, but caving on the national anthem protests.
“They have rules for everything,” Trump said. “You can’t dance in the end zone. You can’t wear the pink socks relative to breast cancer. They have rules for everything. Why aren’t they honoring this country by enforcing a rule that has been in existence for a long time?”
The level of disrespect shown by the NFL warranted a response, the President said, adding that most people agreed with his point of view.
“I saw this a year ago with Kaepernick. And I said that’s a terrible thing,” Trump said. “I thought it was terrible. and then it builds up a little bit and a little bit more.”
“When it comes to the respect of our nation, when it comes to the respect of our anthem and our flag, they have no choice. You have to have people stand with respect,” he added.
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