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Report: NFL Owners Terrified of Trump

The league's leaders are desperate to avoid the president's crosshairs, according to an audio recording obtained by the New York Times.

By NTK Staff | 04.25.2018 @2:01pm
Report: NFL Owners Terrified of Trump

According to a New York Times audio recording of a recent meeting between NFL owners and players, league leaders are terrified of President Trump’s criticisms of protests during the national anthem.

Throughout the last football season, President Trump targeted players kneeling during the national anthem. He took credit last March for Colin Kaepernick’s continuing unemployment, and he requested that NFL owners yank any “son of a bitch” protesting the anthem off the field.

NFL owners, including Trump ally Robert Kraft, are concerned about the president’s targeting of the league. Kraft brought up the issue at the meeting. “I don’t feel [Trump’s mission] is in the best interests of America,” he said.

The New England Patriots owner Robert K. Kraft pointed to another “elephant in the room.”

“This kneeling,” he said.

“The problem we have is, we have a president who will use that as fodder to do his mission that I don’t feel is in the best interests of America,” said Kraft, who is a longtime supporter of Mr. Trump’s. “It’s divisive and it’s horrible.”

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, a Trump critic, warned players and owners not to “get baited” by the president’s rhetoric.

“All Donald needs to do is to start this again,” Bills owner Terry Pegula told the gathering, worrying about whether the league could take the criticism.

The New York Times reported that league leaders are most concerned that Trump may enjoy the support of the American public in his fight with the NFL:

The owners kept returning to one bottom-line issue: Large numbers of fans and sponsors had become angry about the protests. Boycotts had been threatened and jerseys burned and — most worrisome — TV ratings were declining.

But NFL players were undeterred, demanding that a team sign controversial quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick’s return could spark a Trump re-entry into the protests.

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