New England Patriots owner and Donald Trump supporter Robert Kraft on Sunday said he was disappointed the president called for the firing of NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem.
Kraft, whose support of the president got him a shout from Trump during a pre-inauguration dinner, said he supports players’ ability to protest.
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Our players are intelligent, thoughtful and care deeply about our community and I support their right to peacefully affect social change and raise awareness in a manner that they feel is most impactful, the statement said.
In a speech in Alabama on Friday night, Trump blasted players like former San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick for taking a knee during the national anthem.
Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now,’ Trump said, adding, ‘He is fired.’
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell called Trump’s comments divisive and demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the Mark Bavaro Jersey NFL, our great game and all of our players.
On a third-and-goal from the New England 4, Tyrod Taylor lofted a pass into the back right corner of the end zone. Kelvin Benjamin grabbed the ball one-handed, and as he was pulling it back into his body appeared to get one foot inbounds and drag the second foot, enough so to draw a line on the turf. The two officials nearest the play consulted and declared the play a touchdown.
After a lengthy review, referee Craig Wrolstad announced the reversal, and the Bills kicked a field goal to send the game into the half tied at 13. Last week, of course, the Patriots had a late Steelers touchdown called back when Jesse James failed to survive the ground. That call was correct by the letter of the rule but left many non-Patriots fans launching conspiracy theories.
It’s pretty simple 鈥?Does it help the Patriots? it’s a catch. Does it hurt the Patriots? it’s not a catch,
Riley_RJO tweeted at the time.
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Somebody in Boston got the refs on the payroll, said Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes, as he entered the locker room, per ESPN. Y’all paying them big money out here. Still ain’t going to win, though.