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President Donald Trump Says NFL Player Protests Are ‘Hurting the Game’

United State President Donald Trump took center stage on Friday night, speaking out about NFL players who protest during the pregame national anthem, stating that it’s hurting the game.

The President spoke at a political rally in Huntsville, Alabama.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b—- off the field right now. Out. He’s fired! He’s fired!” Trump said the protests are “hurting the game.”

Of course Trump might have been directing his comments at the first player to start those protests, that being former 49’ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, but on Friday Trump didn’t mention Kaepernick or any other NFL player specifically.

“The only thing you could do better,” Trump said, “is if you see it, even if it’s just 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.”

The NFL has yet to make any formal comment about the President’s speech.



  1. J. P. Cardan

    September 24, 2017 at 10:05 am

    I agree with our president. I turn the tv on to watch football, not politics. All these spoiled brat millionaires should show respect to the country that gave them the opportunity to make such outrageous salaries. If you want to protest, schedule a rally or sponsor a walk. Don’t ruin my favorite sport. When I see someone kneel, I’ll turn the tv off.

  2. John Wilson

    October 14, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    In a related matter: While opposing player anthem protests in a recent radio interview, iconic Chicago Bears coach stated that he was unaware of any racial oppression over the last 100 years in the U.S. The Hall of Famer later claimed he was talking not about society in general but about “the NFL and related issues. That’s where my head was at.”

    Since the NFL was formed in 1920, first as the American Professional Football Association, Ditka came reasonably close on his time span. But within those early years, after the renamed NFL transitioned from a club sport to a true pro organization in 1933, how many black players, coaches, assistant coaches and executives does he remember? Has he forgotten the days, well into the last century, when black players faced segregated housing and dining when their teams were on the road? One set of standards regarding the off-field demeanor and behavior of whites, another for those with dark skin? When black players had to endure racial taunts from fans in the stands? Insensitive language from sportswriters and broadcasters? Arrest and prison if they crossed the border in certain states with a white spouse hoping to see them play? Had to explain to their kids why NFL management was so white? (I’ll stop here.)

    Iron Mike was a great tight end, but this time he dropped the ball.

  3. John Wilson

    October 14, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Regarding my above post: I forgot to include Mike Ditka’s name at the outset. Sorry!

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