During a Trump town hall hosted by Eric Bolling, NFL legend Brett Favre appeared and asked President Trump a question.
“The NBA and the NFL are struggling with lower ratings as fans clearly do not want political messaging mixed with their sports,” Favre said “so how should the leagues support and promote an anti-racism position without becoming political and alienating fans?”
President Trump replied “People don’t want to see all of the politics. They’ve got enough politics with me and with everybody else, and they don’t want to see it with football and sports on Sunday or whenever they happen to be watching.”
He continued ““I think it’s had a huge impact on sports, a huge negative impact on sports. I think the football ought to get back to football and basketball to basketball and let politics remain separate.”
“If people want to protest they can, but they shouldn’t be protesting on the sidelines during the football game, especially when they are making $10 million a year for something that they would be doing anyway for free if they weren’t in the league or the NFL or in the NBA,” he added.
Trump then noted “But the NBA in particular, their ratings have gone down. I’ve never seen anything like it. But the NFL, too. People don’t want to see it, and they want to have these players stand and salute and put their hand over their heart, or at least stand for the national anthem and solute. They want respect for the American flag, they want respect for our country.”