Trump Says NFL Owners Are 'Afraid Of Their Players'

Donald Trump

Trump Says NFL Owners Are 'Afraid Of Their Players'

"They have to respect our flag and our anthem."

Published September 28, 2017

Another day, another President Trump attack on protesting NFL players.

Speaking with Fox & Friends on Thursday, the celebrity-in-chief said that NFL owners, many of whom he calls "friends," are "afraid of their players."

"The NFL cannot disrespect our country," Trump said. "They cannot disrespect our flag or our national anthem, and they can't have people sitting down or kneeling down during our national anthem. And I saw this a year ago with [Colin] Kaepernick and I said, 'This is a terrible thing.' I thought it was terrible and then it builds up a little bit and a little bit more, and you see what's been happening and all of a sudden, you see more and more and more [protesting NFL players]."

He continued, standing by his "SOB" comment.

"I came out and I made a statement in Alabama the other day and I said I think it's very disrespectful to our country ... and the world picked it up," he said. "And guess what? Most people agree with me."

Most people? 

Trump went on to say that the league and its players "have to respect our flag and our anthem," adding that he has “so many friends that are owners, and they’re in a box."

In fact, he suggested that speaking to some of those owners prompted him to make the SOB comment in the first place.

"I mean, I’ve spoken to a couple of them," Trump continued. "They say, ‘We are in a situation where we have to do something.’ I think they’re afraid of their players, if you wanna know the truth, and I think it’s disgraceful.”

His full comments can be seen below.

Wow. 

Obviously, Trump's SOB comment triggered more NFL players to lock arms and kneel during the anthem Sunday, reacting to 45.

And people within the political sphere spoke out against Trump, too, while supporting NFL players' right to protest during the anthem. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) knelt on the House floor in a show of solidarity with protesting NFL players on Monday, with the revered John Lewis tweeting in support of kneeling players as well.

We can't help but wonder how many more days Trump will continue his assault on protesting NFL players.

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Written by BET Staff

(Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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