Roger Goodell: Trump's 'Divisive' Comments About NFL Anthem Protests Show 'Lack of Respect'
President Donald Trump on Friday railed against National Football League players who have protested the national anthem.
Speaking at a rally in Alabama, he said players who disrespect the flag and refuse to stand for the anthem should be ejected from the stadium and cut from their team.
"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 - he's fired!'" Trump said.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell released a statement on Saturday morning, calling Trump's remarks "divisive."
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"Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities," the statement read.
Kneeling or sitting for the national anthem became a trend during the 2016 NFL season after then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided to do so in protest of police brutality and racial inequality.
Although Kaepernick remains a free agent this season, several NFL players have continued the anthem protest.
On "Fox & Friends Weekend," Pete Hegseth said Goodell will never take a strong stance against those players who disrespect the country.
He said that's why he agrees with Trump that it will take NFL owners and fans coming out and condemning the protests.
"This is not over, because a few players take a knee, the silent majority of Americans are saying, 'You get up,' just like President Trump did from the podium in Alabama last night," Hegseth said. "So more to come."
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