In an interview with Outkick’s Clay Travis, President Trump suggested he’d rather then NFL not open at all if players are going to kneel during the anthem.
“Well, they wanna open and they wanna open badly.” Trump said” They’ve been working with government. I would say this, if they don’t stand for the national anthem I hope they don’t open. But other than that I would love to see them open and we’re doing everything possible for them getting them open.”
The President added “I think they can protest in other ways. They shouldn’t protest our flag or our country.”
Trump later made the claim that basketball ratings are down due to protests saying “I think it’s been horrible for basketball. Look at the basketball ratings. They’re down to very low numbers. People are angry about it. They don’t realize.”
He continued “They have enough politics with guys like me. They don’t need more as they’re driving down … going up for the shot. They don’t need it. There’s a nastiness about the NBA about the way it was done too. So I think the NBA is in trouble. It’s in big trouble. Bigger trouble than they understand.”