Donald Trump: NFL owners won't stop anthem protests because they're 'scared of players'

ALEX REIMER

SEPTEMBER 28, 2017 – 9:51 AM

Donald Trump is continuing his nearly weeklong attack on the NFL.

In an interview Thursday with “Fox & Friends,” the President said league owners, many of whom donated to his campaign and inaugural committee, feel powerless to stop players kneeling during the national anthem.

“I have so many friends that are owners. And They’re in a box. I mean, I’ve spoken to a couple of them. They say, ‘we are in a situation where we have to do something,’” he explained. “I think they’re afraid of their players, you want to know the truth, and I think it’s disgraceful. And they’ve got to be tough and they’ve got to be smart.”

It’s been six days since Trump first unleashed his assault against protesting players, calling them “sons of bitches” at a rally in Alabama last Friday night. Trump demanded NFL owners to fire those who don’t stand up while the “Star-Spangled Banner” is being played.

Since then, Trump has unleashed well over 20 tweets about the subject. Last week, more than 200 players took part in some sort of anthem demonstration. Every owner released a statement –– except Jerry Jones, who kneeled with his players before the anthem –– condemning Trump’s language and praising their players’ community efforts. None of them, however, mentioned police brutality or any specific issues the players are protesting.

On Wednesday, Trump said the NFL’s business will “go to hell” if all players don’t start standing. Ratings for Week 3 were up in comparison to last year.