Donald Trump Called for NFL Players to Be Fired for National Anthem Kneeling — And They Responded

Source: Time

Updated: Sep 23, 2017 6:28 PM ET

President Donald Trump has three suggestions to fix the NFL: stop disciplining players for hard hits, boycott games when players kneel during the national anthem, and then fire those players.

Trump offered the advice during a rally in Huntsville, Ala., Friday night, a day after researchers from Boston University revealed that former New England Patriots tight end and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez had a severe case of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease linked with violent and erratic behavior found in more than 100 former NFL players.

“15 yards, throw him out of the game. They had that last week. I watched for a couple of minutes,” Trump said. “Two guys just really beautiful tackle, boom, 15 yards. The referee gets on television, his wife is sitting at home, she’s so proud of him — they’re ruining the game. Right? They’re ruining the game. Hey look, that’s what they want to do. They want to hit, but it is hurting the game.”

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