At a political rally for Alabama Senator Luther Strange, U.S. President Donald Trump called on NFL owners to fire players who kneel during the national anthem. Rough Cut (no reporter narration.)
EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS PROFANITY ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. President Trump, on Friday (September 22) lashed out at some players in the National Football League for refusing to stand during the U.S. national anthem before a game and said teams owners should fire those players. "We're proud of our country. We respect our flag. 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. He's fired, he's FIRED.'" Trump said, in a reference to his catchphrase "You're fired" made popular on his former reality TV show "The Apprentice". Trump was addressing supporters at a rally for Republican Senate candidate Luther Strange in Hunstville, Alabama. He urged sports fans to leave the stadium if they saw players go down on their knees while the anthem was being played. "I guarantee things will stop. Things will stop. Just pick up and leave. Pick up and leave," Trump said. Last year San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sparked debate after he chose not to stand for the "Star Spangled Banner" before kickoff, instead kneeling with his head bowed, as a mark of protest over police violence against African- Americans. Since then, the sight of NFL players kneeling during the "Star-Spangled Banner" has become increasingly common at football games in the United States.