The owners of the New York Giants on Saturday attacked as “inappropriate, offensive and divisive” President Donald Trump’s call that NFL players be fired for not honoring the flag or the National Anthem.
“Comments like we heard last night from the president are inappropriate, offensive and divisive,” Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch said in a statement reported by NBC Sports.
“We are proud of our players, the vast majority of whom use their NFL platform to make a positive difference in our society.”
Trump on Friday at a rally in Alabama for Republican Senate candidate Luther Strange called on team owners to fire protesting players.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b–ch off the field right now,'” Trump said at the Von Braun Civic Center in Huntsville. “He is fired. He’s fired!”
Trump, who once owned the New Jersey Generals of the former U.S. Football League, doubled down Saturday — tweeting that such players should “find something else to do.”
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell tweeted Saturday that Trump’s comments were “divisive” and showed a “lack of respect for the NFL.”
In addition, DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, said the union would protect the constitutional rights of its members to protest during the National Anthem.
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