On Fox Business Network this morning, Stuart Varney reacted to the national anthem protests that have swept the NFL, declaring that a sporting event is not the place for politics.
"How many millions of people just want to watch football and become intensely annoyed when the left turns a game into a divisive show of disrespect?" Varney said.
He warned NFL players that they run the risk of alienating fans with their political statements.
"The players are biting the hand that feeds them. They are hurting the sport that feeds them," Varney said.
He said that President Donald Trump's controversial remark about anthem protesters, however, was not appropriate.
“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 is fired,’” Trump said at a rally in Alabama Friday night.
Varney said that type of rhetoric just turns NFL players into "First Amendment martyrs."
"Those of us who just want to watch sport without politics, we're out in the cold. Everything is political these days. The Emmys, the Oscars, the weather, football, you name it," Varney said. "In every aspect of life, you are forced to take sides. What a mess!"
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