‘Get that son of a bitch off the field’: Trump criticises NFL players
Players who kneel during anthem to protest police brutality are ‘disrespectful,’ says Trump
Team owners, Trump said, should respond by telling their coaches: “Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, he’s fired. He’s fired!”
The anthem protests began in August 2016 when former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeled before a preseason game.
Kaepernick was joined in his protest by some teammates and players on other teams as the season progressed.
He opted out of his contract with the 49ers in March and has not been signed by another team, though the protests have continued this season.
“For a week” any owner who fired a protesting player “would be the most popular person in this country,” Trump said.
The protests, largely by black players, are “a total disrespect of our heritage,” Trump said.
“That’s a total disrespect for everything we stand for. We respect our flag.”