Kevin Jackson: 'Kaepernick Effect' to Blame for NFL's Ratings Decline
At a rally in Alabama on Friday night, President Donald Trump railed against National Football League players who have protested the national anthem.
He said players who disrespect the flag and refuse to stand for the national anthem should be ejected from the stadium and cut from the 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.
Kneeling or sitting for the national anthem became a trend last 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," Kevin Jackson said he loves those remarks from Trump, because most of America has been thinking the same thing.
"I think the reaction's going to be the same thing that happened with immigration, the same thing that happened with health care, the same that happens whenever Donald Trump decides he's going to finally call somebody out," Jackson said. "Because what this guy has been able to do is tap into essentially the pulse of America on practically every issue."
He said that's because Trump isn't a politician, and he can actually understand how everyday Americans feel.
"The NFL ratings are in the tank, and there's a reason for that," Jackson said. "I call it the 'Kaepernick Effect.'"
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