Bob Knight on Kaepernick: 'I'd Have Gotten Rid of the Guy'
Legendary college basketball coach Bob Knight stopped by Fox & Friends this morning, where he was asked about the national anthem protests by Colin Kaepernick.
Knight said if one of his players ever did something like that, he'd be dismissed from the team.
"Were I a teammate, were I a coach, were I an owner in a situation like that, I would have gotten rid of the guy. That’s a distraction. We don’t need a distraction like that. Our team has got to get together. Our team has got to play," he said.
The 75-year-old Trump supporter argued that the backup quarterback is taking the focus off of the competition and his 49ers teammates. Knight said he would have had a "very difficult time" playing with or coaching someone like Kaepernick.
"It’s hard for me to imagine anyone who can fault the opportunities one has in this country. There is no country in the world that provides better opportunities for people who are willing to work hard and sacrifice," said Knight.
He disagreed that Kaepernick's protest should be viewed in the same regard as athletes like Muhammad Ali, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jim Brown and Bill Russell speaking out on political issues in the 60s.
Knight said Kaepernick, who led the team to a Super Bowl appearance four years ago, is trying to "put a light on himself" after being demoted to second-string.
Watch Knight's comments above and his discussion with Jenna Lee about campaigning for Trump below.