MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – President Donald Trump says NFL owners should fire players who kneel during the national anthem. And he’s encouraging spectators to walk out in protest.
He’s also bemoaning that football games have become less violent, complaining, “They’re ruining the game.”
Several athletes, including NFL players, have been refusing to stand during the national anthem as a protest of the treatment of blacks by police.
But Trump says those players are disrespecting the flag, American heritage and what the country stands for.
He says their behavior is driving away viewers and says spectators who witness such protests should “pick up and leave.”
Saturday morning, the league responded.
(© Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)