NFL team owners do not want to prevent their players from kneeling as a sign of protest during the national anthem due to the fact that “they’re afraid of their players,” President Donald Trump stated Wednesday, insisting that they should nonetheless fully restrict the practice.
“I have so many friends that are owners. And They’re in a box. I mean, I’ve spoken to a couple of them. They say, ‘we are in a situation where we have to do something,’” Trump said in an interview with Fox News’s “Fox & Friends” that was taped Wednesday and aired Thursday morning. “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.”
The president’s campaign against the NFL and its players who practice kneeling during the national anthem as a protest against racial inequality in the U.S., started last Friday at a rally in Alabama, where the president asked the crowd, “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 — he’s fired.’”