Published: Mon, February 04, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump says he wouldn’t steer son Barron toward football

Trump says he wouldn’t steer son Barron toward football

President Trump, who called out NFL players who took a knee during the National Anthem, said "a lot of people" in the pro-football organization have been thanking him for passing criminal justice reform.

As football fans flood Atlanta for Sunday's Super Bowl, not everyone is thrilled that a city once a pillar of the Civil Rights movement is playing host, given the NFL's record on race.

"I just don't like the reports that I see coming out having to do with football..."

"They have been calling and thanking, you know, that people have been trying to get that taken care of and it's now signed into law and affects tremendous numbers of people, and very good people".

He says equipment, including helmets, has improved "but it hasn't solved the problem".

Trump said, "It's very, it's very tough question".

President Trump has been very critical about NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. "So, it's not totally unique, but I would have a hard time with it". And he actually plays a lot of soccer.

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His comments on Sunday, though, are not dissimilar to President Barack Obama's wariness toward football. It "may affect only a couple thousand of the 181,000 people now in federal custody", a former Obama official wrote in an Op-Ed for HuffPost.

"Today, if you hit too hard, 15 yards, throw him out of the game", Trump said while throwing a pretend penalty flag during his campaign-style rally in Alabama Friday night. "So I think they'll do well", Trump said.

Trump relentlessly criticized the practice as being disrespectful to the American flag and he faulted Goodell for not doing enough to stop it. Players saw kneeling during the "Star-Spangled Banner" as a prime opportunity to heighten public awareness of how minorities are treated by the criminal justice system.

"Football has become soft". "And I think that those of us who love the sport are going to have to wrestle with the fact that it will probably change gradually to try to reduce some of the violence".

"You can't be kneeling for the national anthem. That's my opinion", Trump said.

"I said to Canada, look we have a great American company known as the National Football League, and they were being hurt and treated unfairly, the National Football League, by Canada for a long time".

While he hasn't explicitly said who he'll be cheering for, the president has a close relationship with the New England Patriots, and team owner Robert Kraft, who is a member of Mar-a-Lago.

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