Skip to comments.President Donald Trump criticizes NFL player protests, says fans should exit stadiums
Posted on 09/22/2017 7:00:56 PM PDT by God luvs America
President Donald Trump criticized NFL players who lodge protests during the pregame national anthem, saying Friday night that he wished those players would be released and encouraging fans who are offended to walk out of stadiums.
Speaking at a political rally in Huntsville, Alabama, Trump said: "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, which became public last year when then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeled for a preseason national anthem, are "hurting the game."
Trump didn't mention Kaepernick or any other NFL player specifically during the speech. The QB opted out of his contract with the 49ers during the offseason and has not been signed by a new team since.
"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."
Trump went on to say referees are "ruining the game" by calling 15-yard penalties for "beautiful" tackles. He also said that NFL ratings are down "massively, massively" because people prefer watching him. NFL ratings dropped eight percent in 2016 compared to 2015.
An NFL spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment on what Trump said.
There’s the Trump we remember.
He’s too late for this fan. I exited patronizing the sport when the sport became full of low class drug using trailer trash for players.
Go ESPN, straight to hell. Take the NFL with you.
Trump just saved the NFL!
Now all the SJWs will be swarming the stadia and filling them up, just to spite him.
THAT’S Our President!!! 100% agree!!!
We know that’s sarcasm because they don’t have any money.
The nfl will never get tired of #losing!
He’s right and if the NFL would listen, they would be helping themselves. But they won’t. You can expect the sports media to go nuts against Trump for these comments, which will only hurt the league further. It’s a mostly White fan base. A solid majority of Whites voted for Trump. A league that is unpatriotic, anti-White and ant-Trump is going to see its ratings decline severely.
THAT was a speech!
POLL: Why is NFL viewership so low?
Competition from the hurricanes and the presidential race
Fans’ disgust over anti-American protests
A combination of factors
I’m not sure
The NFL does not want to be the football league of this nation.
I President Trump!
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again - this man is inside of my head!
Everything I’m thinking, he THINKS - then gets it out there for the rest of the world to read.
How refreshing! MAGA! :)
Another clever move. The left hates the NFL, and now they will be singing its praises! That man KNOWS how to play them like a fiddle. I LOVE IT!
People should be enjoying football. Take it away and I’ll find something else.
All totally done with the NFL. Won’t and don’t watch them anymore.
That’s one way to ensure people are talking about something other than Luther Strange after the rally.
Oh man, those are spot on comments. I love hearing Trump just speak the plain and simple truth....love it, just love it!
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