HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (CBS/AP)– President Donald Trump has some advice for National Football League owners: Fire players who kneel throughout the nationwide anthem. He’s likewise encouraging fans to leave in protest.And the president
is complaining exactly what he refers to as a decrease in violence in the sport.”They’re destroying the
video game,”he said during a political rally in Alabama on Friday night that veered beyond politics.Several professional athletes,
including a handful of NFL gamers, have declined to stand during”The Star-Spangled Banner “to protest of the treatment of blacks by police. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who began the trend in 2015 when he bet the San Francisco 49ers, hasn’t been signed by an NFL group for this season.In a statement on Saturday, just recently reelected NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith reacted to Trump’s remarks, stating”We will never ever pull back. We no longer can manage to adhere to sports.”Trump, who as soon as owned the New Jersey Generals of the U.S. Football League, says those gamers are disrespecting the American flag and should have to lose their tasks.”That’s an overall disrespect of our heritage.
That’s a total disrespect of everything that we mean,”Trump stated, motivating owners to act.” Would not you love to see one of
these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you ‘d say,’Get that boy of a bitch off the field today. Out! He’s fired,” Trump stated to loud applause. Eric Reid and Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers kneel in demonstration during the national anthem prior to the video game versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2016.(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images )Trump likewise anticipated that any owner who followed the presidential encouragement would become”the most popular
person in this nation”– a minimum of for a week.Trump, who remained in Alabama marketing for Sen. Luther Strange, likewise blamed a drop in NFL scores on the nation’s interest in”yours really”along with what he contended was a decrease in violence in the game.He said gamers are being tossed out for aggressive takes on, and it’s”not the exact same game.”Over the past a number of seasons, the NFL and college football have increased charges and enforcement for unlawful hits
to the head and for hitting helpless gamers. A July report on 202 previous football gamers found proof of a devastating brain disease connected to duplicated head blows in nearly all of them. The league has actually accepted pay$ 1 billion to retired gamers who declared it misguided them about the concussion threats of playing football.During his project, Trump often expressed nostalgia for the “old days”– declaring, for example, that protesters at his rallies would have been carried out on stretchers at that time.
He recently recommended law enforcement officer must be rougher with criminals and should not protect their heads when pressing them into team cars.It’s also not the very first time he’s raised the kneeling concern. Previously this year he took credit for the truth that Kaepernick had not been signed.Television ratings for the NFL have actually been slipping since the start of the 2016 season.
The league and observers have blamed a combination of factors, consisting of completing protection of last year’s presidential election, more viewers dropping cable television, fans’pain with the reports of head trauma and the anthem protests.Ratings have actually been down a lot more in the early 2017 season, though broadcasters and the league have blamed the cyclones that strike Florida and Texas. Still, the NFL stays by far the most popular televised sport in the United States.Trump stated the anthem demonstration was the top reason NFL viewership had subsided.
“You know what’s harming the game? “he asked.”When people like yourselves switch on tv and you see those people taking the knee when they’re playing our excellent national anthem,” he said.Trump encouraged his supporters to get and leave the stadium next time they find a gamer stopping working to stand.”I guarantee things will stop,”he stated.( © Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)