At an Alabama rally for Sen. Luther Strange, President Donald Trump lashed out at NFL players who choose to take a knee in protest rather than stand for the National Anthem, calling on the league to “fire” them, much to the delight of the crowd.
Soon after, many, including Commissioner Roger Goodell denounced the comments. Many also were waiting to see if New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft had anything to add. Kraft and Trump are known friends.
“I am deeply disappointed by the tone of the comments made by the President on Friday,” Kraft said in a statement.
“I am proud to be associated with so many players who make such tremendous contributions in positively impacting our communities. Their efforts, both on and off the field, help bring people together and make our community stronger. There is no greater unifier in this country than sports, and unfortunately, nothing more divisive than politics. I think our political leaders could learn a lot from the lessons of teamwork and the importance of working together toward a common goal. Our players are intelligent, thoughtful, and care deeply about our community and I support their right to peacefully affect social change and raise awareness in a manner that they feel is most impactful.”